Tongan tradition is alive and kicking on these three small volcanic islands in Tonga’s extreme northern reaches. The Niua Group were the first Tongan islands to be eyeballed by Europeans (Dutchmen Schouten and Le Maire in 1616); it may seem like little has changed since. The main islands of Niuatoputapu and Niuafo’ou are about 100km apart.

Unless you're on a yacht, any trip to the Niua Group should be approached with flexibility in mind as weather conditions often cause delays and cancellations of flights and ferry services.