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Tonga - An Island Paradise
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Tonga  -  An Island Paradise

The group of Pacific Ocean islands that make up Vava’u is situated in the Polynesian kingdom of Tonga, and is a magnificent tropical island wonderland. With a climate that allows for year-round sailing, swimming, diving, snorkelling and a range of other outdoor activities, Vava’u is fringed by tranquil white beaches, tropical forest vegetation, stunning lime-stone cliffs, and sea caves that just beg to be explored. Isolated and pristine, the sear around the Vava’u islands offers excellent visibility of over 100 feet, with many of the islands remaining uninhabited. Some islands are home to a few traditional villages, and others have a range of exclusive resorts that offer a once in a lifetime holiday experience.

From July to October you can view Humpback whales and their calves, and enjoy the company of over 100 species of marine life including spinner dolphins, graceful manta rays, sea turtles, giant clams, and thousands of delightful tropical fish. The unspoilt paradise that is Vava’u is a wonderful and memorable place to explore.

The Vava’u islands are renowned for exceptional game fishing, with competitively priced charters available throughout the year. Salt water fly fishing and spear fishing are becoming increasingly popular around the islands, with a good chance of landing a big one including blue and black marlin, striped marlin, sail fish, yellow fin, skipjack tune and other open water sea fish included wahoo, tuna, and mahimahi. Fishing the reef gives you the chance to catch species such as the giant trevally and dog tooth tuna. Other fish species which are common around Vava’u are mackerel tuna, barracuda, grouper, Spanish mackerel, roundtail seabream, bluefin trevally, big eye tuna, queenfish, and hammerhead and mako sharks. Tonga is proud to hold several IGFA world records, including men’s 24kg line class for a 94kg Sailfish, and women’s 15kg line class for a 38.4kg GT.

If you are looking for a more cultural Tongan experience, then joining in with a kava party on one of the Vava’u islands is highly recommended. Kava is drunk nightly at “kalapu” or cava clubs, and only men are permitted to drink the kava, with women allowed in the clubs to serve the kava. After being stirred, the kava is poured into the ipu or coconut cup, and served in rounds with the empty cups being returned from hand to hand. Everyone remains sitting cross-legged, and the men discuss politics, sports and other subjects, or sing traditional Tongan songs before the next round of drinking begins.

Visitors to Vava’u may be invited to attend a kava party, including women who may choose to serve the kava, with donations often given to local charities. This is a fabulous South Pacific holiday experience and a wonderful memory of your time in Tonga.


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