For honeymoon couples who enjoy sailing, the Vava'u Islands are considered one of the world’s great sailing destinations.
The 50 or more thickly wooded islands of Vava’u (pronounced Va-va-oo) in Tonga offer a maze of deepwater channels, protected anchorages and tiny coral islands fringed with white-sand beaches and surrounded by coral reefs teeming with tropical fish.
Vava’u is the perfect honeymoon destination and romantic getaway to do nothing at all or enjoy your favourite activity – go diving, sea-kayaking, game-fishing, surfing, hiking, mountain biking, bushwalking and even abseiling into caves.
Vava’u also offers one of the best places in the South Pacific to watch and swim with humpback whales when they come to calve in these calm protected waters between June and October each year – surely, a memorable honeymoon experience.
While there are literally hundreds of secluded beaches among the Vava’u Island group, check out the picturesque and uninhabited island of Nuku, which offers golden sands fringed by towering palms and warm clear turquoise waters that are perfect for swimming and snorkelling. Foe’ata Island is also prefect for a honeymoon picnic at any time.
Play ‘Robinson Crusoe’ on tiny sugar-white coral atolls or sunbathe and create your own footsteps in the gorgeous white sands of Vava'u, where hilly islands lie amid fjord-like channels.
The best beaches in Vava'u, include…
Enjoy the natural solitude of this perfect crescent of white sand that shelves gently into the clear waters of the lagoon. Do nothing at all or enjoy swimming, snorkelling, diving, sailing or fishing.
Savour a cocktail from the beachside bar of the Blue Lagoon Resort, which sits beneath palm trees overlooking the beach. Foe’ata Island is located in the Vava'u group, around 45 minutes by boat from Neiafu.
Play 'Robinson Crusoe’ on this perfect crescent of white sand that nestles between the palm-fringed beach and the clear waters of the sheltered lagoon, which offers perfect conditions for swimming and snorkelling.
Come for a day’s excursion or stay longer on a chartered yacht anchored in Port Maurelle Bay. Port Maurelle Beach is located in the Vava'u group.
Dig your toes into the velvety sugar-white sand of this gorgeous beach and cool off with a dip in the crystal-clear waters of the aquamarine lagoon that is perfect for snorkelling and kayaking.
Come for the day or stay longer at the beachside 3-star Tongan Beach Resort. Utungake Island is accessible on a causeway from mainland Vava'u, just a 10-minute drive from Neiafu.
Pick your own spot to sunbathe on this gorgeous palm-fringed white-sand beach that edges the northern tip of tiny Eueiki Island in the Vava'u group.
Go swimming in the calm crystalline waters of the turquoise lagoon, snorkel amid colourful reef fish above pristine coral gardens and savour a range of creature comforts at the beachside Eueiki Island Eco-Resort.
Play 'Robinson Crusoe’ during the day on this gorgeous and secluded white-sand beach that surrounds a tiny coral atoll.
Go swimming in the clear waters, snorkel or kayak above a pristine coral garden in the shallow lagoon, then savour a range of creature comforts at the award-winning 4-star Mounu Island Resort, a luxury eco-resort that nestles hidden beneath palm trees just meters from the beach.
Mounu Island is located in the southern waters of the Vava’u archipelago.
Be spoilt with creature comforts at a choice of traditional honeymoon resorts in Tonga's Vava'u Islands.
It’s easy to find honeymoon accommodation to suit every budget, from charming and less-expensive traditional beachfront fales to secluded island retreats, including the following resorts…
Reef Resort Vava’u
Location: Kapa Island, Vava’u
Prices: from AUD328 per room
Description: Located on the remote Kapa Island, Reef Resort Vava'u offers bungalow-style accommodation directly opposite the Japanese Coral Garden, a popular snorkelling spot. This secluded property provides complimentary wetsuits and whales may also be seen from the resort during the annual breeding season from July to October. All rooms at the Reef Resort offer sea views and an outdoor terrace with a seating area. The private bathrooms feature a double vanity and free toiletries. The on-site gourmet restaurant boasts panoramic lagoon views and serves contemporary Polynesian European food served by the European chef. Changing daily, the menu features fresh produce from the local market, with a focus on seafood. The property can organise complimentary catamaran or boat trips to the beach and Japanese Coral Garden.
Tongan Beach Resort
Location: 'Utungake Island, Vava’u
Prices: from AUD263 per room
Description: At Tongan Beach Resort, guests have access to a safe, private beach area, a restaurant, which is open for all meals, a library with over 500 books and an outdoor pool. Free bicycle hire is available. All rooms and apartments have a refrigerator and a terrace with both beach views and outdoor furniture. Some have a fully equipped kitchen. After a day of enjoying an array of activities on site or in the surrounding areas, including snorkeling, diving and canoeing, guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant, serving international and local cuisine. The complimentary continental breakfast includes toast, cereals, fruit, juices and tea/coffee. The resort is 20 m from the beach, a 14-minute drive from a variety of shops and restaurants in Neiafu Town Centre. It is a 26-minute drive from Lupepau'u International Airport.
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The best time to visit Vava’u is during the dry season between May and October. Tonga’s climate is tropical, with a daytime average of 26°C (79°F) throughout the year.
Fresh sea breezes keep things pleasant and Tonga is slightly cooler than most tropical regions. The wet season in Tonga lasts from November to April with March the wettest month, especially in Vava’u.
For more climate info: Tonga Weather Guide…
Vava’u is located 240km north of Tongatapu. A daily one-hour flight and a weekly ferry service links Neiafu to Tonga's capital, Nuku’alofa.
Between islands: Air travel is quick and easy. Local ferries operate from Faua Wharf in Nuku'alofa to Ha'apai and Vava'u islands.
On land: Buses, taxis and hire cars are all available. Traffic drives on the left.
Scattered over 7700sq km of ocean, the islands of Tonga are 775km south-east of Fiji, 1190km north-east of Auckland and 3220km north-east of Sydney.
Virgin Australia Airlines operates direct flights between Sydney and Nuku'alofa; Air Pacific operates flights from Sydney to Nuku'alofa via Nadi, Fiji; Air New Zealand operate flights to Nuku'alofa via Auckland with connections from all major Australian airports.
Latest update: Where to Honeymoon in Vava'u Islands: 30 March, 2020
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