Things to Do in ‘Eua for Adults
Have you somehow found a babysitter or are you on your own adult-only escape to ‘Eua in Tonga? Then take the opportunity to do some of the adventurous experiences on the island! Tonga’s second-largest and oldest island has an array of incredible landscapes and seascapes to explore between adventurous hikes, rock climbing and scuba diving. Wildlife encounters are also a privilege here with fantastic fishing opportunities and swimming with humpback whales. Find out more about each experience aimed at adults in this list of adult-only activities in ‘Eua.
1. Scuba Dive in Cathedral Cave
‘Eua is home to some of the most dramatic dive sites in the islands of Tonga, especially the astonishing Cathedral Cave. The largest underwater cave in the South Pacific is around 100m/330ft long, 50m/165ft wide and 30m/100ft deep. Large holes in the top of the cave send beams of light through the clear water to reveal sharks, groupers and huge schools of fish. Near the cave are also amazing drop-offs with all kinds of tropical fish and coral. With divers needing to be certified for this dive, you can be sure that the experience in a kid-free zone. Dives from ‘Eua and Tongatapu are available with Deep Blue Diving, while other Tongatapu operators diving in ‘Eua include Blue Water Explorer.
Learn more about diving around ‘Eua in The Best Scuba Diving Tours in ‘Eua.
2. Hike in the ‘Eua National Park
More famous than the seascapes are the landscapes of ‘Eua. Hiking is a fun and rewarding way to get to amazing land formations, such as natural archways, dramatic cliffs, sinkholes, caves and ancient tropical forests! Half of the hikes in ‘Eua can be tackled independently, while some of the tougher hikes require a guide to show you the way. A hiking highlight includes the ‘Eua National Park Hike to Lokupo Beach, a full-day excursion through the national park to a secluded beach. Additionally, the Fangatave Beach and Caves Hike is an amazing experience scrambling down cliffs to 11 limestone caves on the way down to a picturesque beach.
Find out more about each hike in the 5 Best Hikes in ‘Eua.
3. Swim with Humpback Whales
With swimming being in the open water, whale swimming in ‘Eua is definitely an experience aimed more at adults. In ‘Eua, the experience is also much more intimate than some of the other whale tours found elsewhere in Tonga with all boats having a maximum of only eight passengers. Between July and October (sometimes November), humpback whales migrate through the waters directly adjacent to ‘Eua, making it an excellent location for whale encounters. There is a small selection of whale tours on the island enabling you to swim with these gentle giants in their element.
Compare whale tour experiences in The Best Whale Tours in ‘Eua.
4. Fish with the Local Fishermen
Fishing in ‘Eua provides a much more authentic experience than what’s found on the other islands of Tonga. Accommodations, such as Taina’s Place, Blue Water Retreat, The Hideaway and ‘Alakoka Tahi Moana Guest House, can arrange fishing trips for you with local fishermen. That way, you’ll get local guidance on the hotspots and what bait to use on the tropical fish that frequent ‘Eua’s waters. While reef fish are a popular catch, exciting game species like wahoo, mahimahi and marlin and also on the cards.
5. Do Rock Climbing at Fangatave Beach
Keen rock climbers, don’t miss the opportunity to ascend the dramatic cliffs of ‘Eua. Some of the best climbing cliffs can be found at Fangatave Beach boasting incredible limestone climbing in the range of grades 18 to 23. More than 50 routes have been established in ‘Eua with more being discovered as the sport is quickly developing on the island. Although climbers will need their own equipment, exclusively with titanium hardware, transfers and registration for climbing on the island can be done through Ovava Lodge and Blue Water Retreat.