Vava’u

With 61 coral and volcanic islands, Vava’u is quite possibly Tonga’s best kept secret. This pristine archipelago brings together an unparalleled combination of island life steeped in centuries old culture with spectacular marine diversity. The world-class diving is inundated with uncrowded dive sites including wreck-diving, caverns and coral reefs. This location is also one of only a few places you can swim with humpback whales – a must while you are in Tonga.

Overview

Getting There

Vava’u is the northern most group of islands in Tonga.

Fly into Fua’amota International Airport, Tonga and catch a connecting flight to Vava’u.

We can arrange a taxi/shuttle/boat transfer to the resort.


Best Time To Dive

You can dive all year round in Vava’u. The tropical paradise offers warm waters where diving visibility of 30 plus metres is common and up to 70m in winter. If swimming with humpback whales is included on your “to-do” list, then time your trip between July and October.


Dive Sites

Humpback Whales: Between July and October, humpback whales migrate to the warm tropical waters around Tonga’s Vava’u islands. This is one of the few places in the world where you can get up close and, when the conditions are right, swim with these majestic creatures.  A truly a unique experience and one never forgotten!

The Clan McWilliam Wreck: This virtually intact 140m steel freighter sunk in the Vava’u harbour in 1927. Now she is home to a variety of small schooling fish and a resting place for a number of different hard and soft corals. This 30m dive will take you back to the time of the Titanic, where you can stand on a deck which has not seen the green hills of Vava’u for over 85 years!

Tu’ungasika: This small cliff-bound island is truly a diver’s dream with three different dives amongst its depths. Coral gardens with drop-offs of 30-40 metres patrolled by small tuna and mackerel, a number of large caverns and white tip reef sharks, and a wall of golden sea fans guarded by a reef that is crowned by multiple clownfish. A photographer’s paradise!

More Diving Locations: Kapa, Eukafa, Kitu Cave, Coral Garden Reef, Hunga Magic, Pelagic Pinnacle.

Accommodation

Vava’u offers a variety of accommodation from hotel rooms to resorts with spacious bungalows in tropical garden and beachfront settings. All accommodation has a full range of rooms and services.