Tonga - Vava'u

Tonga is in the top 10 beaches and small islands for travel in Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2014 guide. Shh, don't tell everyone!

Situated approximately 240 kilometres north of Tongatapu, the Vava'u Island Group is a smattering of 50-odd islands, in an area 23 by 25 kilometres, protected by a semi-circular reef. The islands are separated by reefs or open water, but are not great paddling distances apart

Also be sure to check out the Ha'apai Island Group for further trip opportunities

Join us for a leisurely day out and experience diving at its best. The distinctive landscape of Vava'u creates a unique diving environment with dramatic caverns and swim throughs. Explore the myriads of reefs with brilliantly coloured hard & soft coral and abundant reef fish while diving in crystal clear waters. In winter you may even hear humpback whale song! Time and conditions permitting, enjoy a swim or snorkel from a pristine outer island beach.

  • Vava'u Islands, Tonga
  • 5 hours
  • Diving
  • Grade: Easy/moderate

Learn about the Humpback Whale and other marine creatures whilst on a whale watching excursion within the Vava'u Archipelago! Observe these amazing mammals, once on the brink of extinction, within their natural environment. Time and conditions permitting, you may also have the chance to snorkel the crystal clear waters and take part in the spectacular underwater world surrounding you!

  • Vava'u Islands, Tonga
  • July - October
  • 7 hours
  • Whale Watching
  • Snorkelling
  • Grade: Easy/moderate

Join us for a fun filled day sailing and exploring the myriads of reefs in the crystal clear waters of Vava'u. Snorkel directly from the vessel and/or from some of the world's most pristine beaches. A perfect way to discover the stunning Vava'u island Group and learn about the flora, sea birds, and marine life along the way. You will have ample time for swimming and picnicking on an outer island.

  • Vava'u Islands, Tonga
  • 5 hours
  • Snorkelling
  • Grade: Moderate

This tour offers a leisurely exploration of the fjord-like Port of Refuge. Whilst paddling along the stunning shoreline, your friendly and knowledgeable naturalist guide will interpret the tropical world surrounding you. You will learn about the multitude of land and sea birds found in Vava’u year ‘round as well as the diversity of the stunning coral reefs.  Stopping for lunch at Mala Island you will have the opportunity to snorkel the spectacular Japanese Gardens. Finally, you will make your way back at a gentle paddling pace to the Adventure Centre.

  • Vava'u Islands, Tonga
  • 6 hours
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkelling
  • Grade: Moderate

Swallows Cave & Kapa Island

During the morning, you will enjoy the adventure of kayaking inside and outside Swallows Cave, a magnificent home to an abundance of sea birds and spectacular coral reefs teeming with tropical fish. Following this wonderful experience, your guide will lead you to Kapa Island – an idyllic location in which to relax and enjoy your lunch. Whilst there you will have ample time to swim and snorkel amongst a colourful underwater world of tropical fish and stunning coral reef. Back in your kayak, your guide will continue an informative dialogue informing you of points of interest as you paddle along the beautiful shoreline until you arrive back at FIKCO's base, completing your adventure.

  • Vava'u Islands, Tonga
  • 6 hours
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkelling
  • Grade: Moderate+