Does anyone know of any company/individual that rents out kayaks for independent (i.e.: without guide) use for overnight/multi-day trips. I would like to spend a night or two camping on some of the uninhabited islands in Vava'u.
The Ha'apai region of Tonga was ravaged by Cyclone Ian in January (2014). Can anyone report on the current state of affairs there? Has rebuilding progressed?
From what I can gather only the higher-end Sandy Beach resort seems to be operational. Are there any budget/mid-range accommodation options open at the moment (or will be in the next few months)?
I am looking to go whale swimming in Tonga this August in Ha'apai. I was just wondering, how much of a worry is El Nino to this area. I have read that there is one forming in the Pacific and what effects might this have on tourism in this part? I know it pisses down rain in South American usually around Jan/Feb usually while causing droughts in Australia, but what about these islands?
Shameless self promotion here. This is an often asked question for people wanting to swim with whales in Tonga.
I've recently written a Blog post How to go swimming with Whales in Tonga, summarizing information and my experience in Tonga. It has all the information I wish I'd been able to find in one place when I researched my trip.
I hope it is useful.
We are planning to go to Tonga for a honeymoon and are looking for a nice place, not to luxurious but with some comfort. Of course we would like to see the Humpback whales. Any recommendations?
Some must sees in Tonga? Thanks in advance!
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2 of us in our early 30s want to travel to Tonga in late August for about 10 days and are looking for suggestions.
We're keen to head to Vava'u but after reading some previous posts it looks like Ha'apai is better for swimming with whales. Should we make the extra stop or are we OK to head straight to Vava'u? Do the boats go out on Sundays?
Accommodation recommendations welcome - we're after somewhere to relax but also have things to do ( that we can bike or scooter to), socialise, eat,…