Things to Do in Vava’u for Couples
Tonga’s northern group of islands, Vava’u, is a place for couples to adventure together. Vava’u is a destination about “doing”, with scuba diving, kayaking, sailing and more! It’s a place where you’ll realise that connecting with nature is where you’ll find the best connection to each other, with stunning stargazing, island hikes, birdwatching and, of course, whale swimming. So get inspired for your honeymoon or romantic getaway with this list of romantic activities in Vava’u for couples.
While you’re here, get more inspiration in The Wedding & Honeymoon Guide to Vava’u.
1. Test Your Relationship in a Double Kayak
Team up to paddle across the crystal clear waters of Vava’u in a double kayak! While almost all beachfront accommodation in Vava’u has complimentary kayaks for couples to try out, you could go the extra mile with the Friendly Islands Kayak Company. They offer a range of one-day to 10-day kayaking tours, with the 6-Day Treasure Island Eco-Resort package being the most romantic option for couples! You’ll kayak to a new and luxurious resort each day to sample the cuisine and stay somewhere new each night. Check out more tours on the water in the 10 Best Boat Tours of Vava’u.
2. Sail the Ocean in a Luxury Yacht
A special occasion calls for a special experience, like journeying the best sailing grounds in the South Pacific! There are a handful of year-round sailing charters available from the main town, Neiafu, taking couples on private day- and multi-day excursions. Nothing compares to the joys of tranquilly sailing over Vava’u’s sheltered waters, finding exciting snorkelling spots each day and anchoring at new secluded coves each night. Check out your sailing options in The Best Tours for Sailing in Vava’u.
3. Strengthen Your Bond by Learning to Scuba Dive Together
Nothing strengthens the bond quite like learning a new skill together. Make that skill scuba diving! Vava’u is a diver’s paradise, with unmatched visibility, a variety of underwater landscapes, and a wealth of marine life. Whether you want to do a scuba diving course together or are already certified and looking for your next adventure, there are dives to suit a range of wants and abilities across the 7 Best Scuba Diving Tours in Vava’u.
4. Share an Amazing Whale Swimming Experience
Each July to October, Vava’u’s waters become breeding and calving grounds for Humpback Whales. Tonga is one of the very few places in the world where you can swim with these majestic creatures. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you’re both never likely to forget, seeing these gentle giants slowly move through the water. Compare your whale swimming options in the 10 Best Whale Swim Tours in Vava’u.
5. Enjoy a Private Dinner on the Beach
Get your own private table set-up on the beach at one of Vava’u’s romantic resorts. The island resorts in Vava’u go above and beyond for couples on their honeymoon, so be sure to ask what they can do to help you treat your loved one to a special dining experience. For instance, the Mandala Resort can organise a private dinner on your fale’s verandah, while Treasure Island Eco Resort can serve you dinner under the stars while you feel your toes in the sand.
6. Be Treated to a Private Island Experience
Every wandered what it would be like to get marooned together on an island? Well, the Tongan Beach Resort can make that a reality, with a few comforts so you don’t really feel stranded. You’ll be whisked away to an uninhabited island for the day with a hamper in hand to enjoy a picnic in paradise. Take some snorkelling gear, laze in the shade of a palm tree and enjoy this little piece of paradise all to yourselves.
7. Do Some Stargazing
Once you get away from the urban lights, you won’t believe what the sky can look like! The remote islands of Vava’u are the perfect places to admire the stars and vividly see the Milky Way galaxy. The Mounu Island Resort has a telescope in their main building to enhance your stargazing experience, or you can simply lie on any island beach and enjoy.
8. Enjoy an Island Hike Together
Traverse through the jungle together, look out for coconut crabs and embrace nature on an island hike. Many of the island resorts are private islands where guests are free to wander at leisure. For instance, the Treasure Island Eco Resort has two walking trails, one to a historic tomb and another to a coconut crab cave.
9. Be a Couple of Lovebirds and Do Some Birdwatching
Vava’u’s islands are also an important habitat for tropical birds and seabirds. Maninita Island is a protected area with a vast number of seabird nests. See the island for yourself on a bird-watching boat tour from the Mandala Resort. Mounu Island Resort can also organise birdwatching tours to find the endemic Tongan Whistler, as well as boat trips to Maninita Island. Finally, if you’re staying on the mainland, join a birdwatching tour at the ‘Ene’io Botanical Gardens, which you can learn more about in the 10 Free & Cheap Things To Do in Vava’u.
10. Snuggle Up in a Hammock Together
Finally, remember to enjoy some time relaxing together – you’re on holiday, after all. At the resorts across Vava’u, you’ll hardly struggle to find a place to relax…