Tour the Beautiful Vava'u Islands!

The beautiful Vava'u Islands group is at the north of the beautiful Niuas Islands group, northeast of the beautiful Tongatapu Islands group and the beautiful Haapai Islands group. People have settled in the beautiful Vava'u Islands group since 2,000 years ago.

The royal regent, later king George Tupou 1 took the throne while 'Ulukalala 1V was a minor. He annexed the beautiful Vava'u Islands and then united Tonga in 1845.

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Most of the Islands in the Vava'u group are at the south of the main island. The beautiful Vava'u Islands include inhabited islets, as well as evacuated and uninhabited islets, some of which are volcanic islets.

The volcanic islets of Fonualei is at the northwest of Vava'u. Some bird species migrate seasonally to it including Malau birds and some blackbirds.

The volcano erupted in 1846 throwing the volcano ash to over 64 kilometres and that volcanic ash covered some parts of the beautiful Vava'u Islands including the northern part of the main island of Vavau.

The boats that run from Neiafu to Niuas sail near the islets and the passengers could see it clearly across the eastern coast.

The volcanic islet of Late is at the southwest of the beautiful Vava'u Islands. Its volcano erupted in 1854 and its crater is visible from the mainland.

In addition to the active volcano and the activities of the blackbirders in the 19th century, King George 1 evacuated it for these two reasons and the populations are living in Hunga islet.

Late islet has a twin smaller islet called Late'iki or the little Late, at the most southwestern part of the beautiful Vava'u Islands group.

The Little Late islet continued to sink and emerge every few decades. When it emerged during 1979, the king planted the Tongan flag on it and gave it the name of Late'iki.

The other volcanic islet of Toku is in the neighbourhood at the southeast of Fonualei and both of the two islets are in the most northern and northwestern parts of the beautiful Vava'u Islands group.

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Island Landscape, the Beautiful Vava'u Islands, Tonga
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Toku is one of the uninhabited beautiful Vava'u Islets. It was evacuated during the eruption in the 1860s.

The inhabitants of Toku islet moved that time to Pangaimotu islet. Some of the footages of the Blue Planet films about whale are shot in this islet. See the "Useful Resources" section of the beautiful Vava'u Islands.

Pangaimou, shortened to Pangai is the largest island in the beautiful Vava'u Islands group after Vava'u, followed by the islets of Hunga Hunga, Kapa and Nuapapu.

It is at the south of the main island of Vava'u connected to it by a causeway that runs from it to Toula village, with Koto Bay surrounding half of the island.

Another causeway at the west goes to 'Utungake islet. Kapa islet is at the west of it stretching to the south. Nuapapu islet and Hunga islets are at the west of Kapa.

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There are some beaches on the southern part of Pangaimou islet, including Lisa, Ano and Hinakauea beaches, with some activities for tourists, such as the Tongan feasts, which run weekly, during the high touristy seasons.

Hinakauea and Ano sheltred beaches has turquoise waters, safe anchorage and some greenery around.

They both are good for snorkeling. The Rove Hinakauea Beach Guesthouse is on the Rove Hinakauea Beach Guesthouse. The Tonga Visitors' Bureau in Neiafu provides booking service to the guesthouse. In addition, people can reach Tapana islet on small boats from Hinakauea beaches.

Toula village is about 3.3 kilometres at the south of Neiafu and it is accessible through the shore of the old harbour. A path in the village runs to the hill through a cemetry and descends to the beach of Toula and Veimumuni Cave. There is a freshwater spring and a swimming pool inside the cave.

The islets of Okoa, Olo'ua, Mafana, Ofu, Umuna, Kenutu, Faioa, Lolo and Faioa are at the south part of the beautiful Vava'u Islands group. Kenutu is near at the east of Ofu. Mafana is close at the north of Ofu. Umuna is east of Mafana and north of Kenutu.

Olo'ua is at the north of Mafana. Faioa is east of Olo'ua and north of Umuna. Okoa is at the north of Olo'ua and is linked to the main island by a strip.

This area includes some of the beautiful Vava'u Islands. There are some beautiful reefs between those islets, including the reef between Kenutu islet and Lolo islet.

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While the eastern part of Kenutu is rough, the western part has clear waters. There are a beach and a diving site on the reef of Ofu and some beautiful beaches in Kenutu.

Kenutu had intense forestry and a trail crosses the islet to steep cliffs on the eastern coast. People snorkel and dive in the corals at the south of Kenutu.

Although there are no towns here, but there is a resort called Kenutu Island Resort on the Berlin Bar at the sandy white beach, with restaurant and other touristy services. Tonga Visitors' Bureau offers information about this beautiful site.

There is a large cave in the centre of the uninhabited islet of 'Umuna. The cave has a freshwater pool. People cross the reef to 'Umuna and Lolo from Kenutu on foot, when the tide is low.

This would probably be interesting experience for people who love to walk on water on beautiful islets. These places in the Vava'u group of islands are as beautiful as the beautiful places in Tongatapu group of islands.

From Neiafu old harbour, people reach those beautiful islets at the south of the main island at that direction, as there are other southern islets at the southwest of this direction.

Those beautiful Vava'u Islands and Islets include the islets of Euakafa, Taunga, Eueiki, Fua'amotu, Ngau and Pau at the south of Kapa. The islet of Tapana is at the south of Pangai. There are many smaller islets at the south of this direction.

The Swallows' Cave is under the cliff at the west of Kapa. However, hundreds of swifts but not swallows inhabited the cave for hundreds of years. People get inside by small boats and snorkel on the underwater of the cave.

Euakafa islet and Eueiki islet or Eue'iki are uninhabited islets. Euakafa is an area of hiking. It has a beach good for swimming and snorkeling and Eueiki has a white sand beach accessible by boats.

The inhabited islet of Taunga has a beach good for snorkeling. A sandy beach connects Ngau and Taunga when the tide is low and the sand appears between Ngau and the uninhabited islet of Pau during low tides. Most of those beautiful Vava'u Islands have anchorages.

Hunga islet is at the southwest of the main Island of Vava'u. The islets of Foelifuka and Foeata with another very smaller islet are at the southwest of Hunga islet.

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Hunga is one of five larger islets in the beautiful Vava'u Islands group. It has beautiful beaches good for snorkeling including the large beautiful sheltered Hunga lagoon with its anchorage.

On the shore of the lagoon is the Club Hunga. It offers many touristy services including accommodations with single and double bed rooms with private and shared baths, free snorkeling gears, restaurant and bar services with seasonal weekends’ night fests on Fridays and fishing tours.

Foelifuka islet has anchorage at the north of it. Foeata or Foe'ata islet at the closest eastern part of it has white beaches good for snorkeling.

The islets of A'a and Oto are between Kapa and Nuapapu. Luamoko islet is between Nuapapu and Hunga Hunga. The islets of Fofoa and Kaiau are at the southwest of Hunga Hunga, making a bay on that part of the islet and there is another very smaller islet on this bay.

The islets of Tu'ungasika and Laufatu are between the main island and Hunga Hunga. Kitu islet is northeast of Nuapapu.

The islets of Vaka Eitu, Ovaka, Totokafonua, Nu'omu'a, Langito'o and Kulo are at the southwest of Nuapapu. The islets of Alinonga, Lape, and Avalau, Fonualei and Mounu are at the south of Nuapapu.

At the north of Nuapapu is the Mariner's Cave. The cave is accessible in calm weather on boats tours. The fog at the cave forms and disappears every few second. This is one of the most beautiful caves in the beautiful Vava'u Islands.

Maninita is one of the smaller islets in the beautiful Vava'u Islands group. It is at the most southern part of the beautiful Vava'u Islands group. It has an anchorage at the western part and a teraced coral reef at the north with tidepools good for snorkeling.

The forests of Maninita at the centre of the beautiful islet is home to many bird species. See the "Useful Resurces" section for the beautiful birds of the Pacific.

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Clouds, Maninita Island, Beautiful Vava'u Group, Tonga, Pacific Islands, Pacific
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Useful Resources:

Each resident bird species in Tonga, Fiji and Samoa and the regular migrants are given an individual species account with sections on identification-oriented descriptions, flight, voice, food, breeding behaviour and ecology.

Many of the land birds have restricted distributions while others have curious discontinuous distributions. Distribution maps are included as an important aid for identification, especially for those not familiar with the avifauna. Vagrant species and unconfirmed sightings are included in the Remarks section of species accounts of birds with which they may be confused.

The "Extinction and Biogeography of Tropical Pacific Birds is an extremely important work and not only to the central fields of island ecology and biogeography. The book is good and will be widely read and cited by archaeologists, palaeontologists, geographers, and naturalists in general. We need this book." - Patrick Kirch, University of California, Berkeley"

Before creating the monumental Planet Earth, producer Alastair Fothergill and his team from the BBC put together one of the most breathtaking explorations of the world's oceans ever assembled, The Blue Planet: Seas of Life. The BBC Natural History Collection featuring Planet Earth (Planet Earth/ The Blue Planet: Seas of Life Special Edition/ Life of Mammals/ Life of Birds)

"Ocean World" begins with astonishing views of a gigantic blue whale, the elusive Holy Grail of undersea photography, and the marvels continue to demonstrate the power, diversity, and profound ecological influence of Earth's oceans. The Blue Planet - Seas Of Life 2 Pack (Part 1 & 2) [VHS].

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