Boating & Sailing

Vava’u is a world-famous yachtie hangout. Charter a yacht, either bareboat or skippered, and cruise around the islands, stopping to snorkel and explore beaches as the mood strikes you (not a bad life).


Vava’u’s dive sites range from hard and soft coral gardens to barnacle-encrusted wrecks and vast sea caves – plenty of options for all levels and abilities. Most dive operators also offer whale-swim and snorkelling tours.


If you're keen to bag a marlin, tuna or sailfish (then let it go), Vava’u is one of the best game-fishing destinations in the Pacific (more than 1km deep not far offshore).

Water Sports

Island resorts and beachside accommodation operators around Vava'u often provide kayaks for guest use. There are some remote reef surf breaks here, for expereinced wave hounds.

Whale Watching

With a passing parade of humpback whales, Vava’u has become one of the world’s top whale-watching destinations. The activity is not without controversy: see Whale-watching Ethics for more.

There are 19 commercial whale-watching/-swimming licensees in Vava’u, all with similar prices (around T$350 to T$450 per person per day). The whales are generally here from June to late October.