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5 Best Guided Island Land Tours of Vava'u

5 Best Guided Island Land Tours of Vava’u

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The Best Sightseeing Tours of Vava’u

One of the best ways to see Vava’u is by doing a guided land tour. Vava’u is home to fascinating historical sites, breathtaking lookouts, creepy caves and a variety of landscapes. Joining a local guide for a tour of the island is a great way to get some real insights into the culture, heritage and scenery of the islands without the hassle of figuring out where to go by yourself. There are all kinds of guided tours in Vava’u, from half-day driving tours of the highlights to guided garden tours. Compare the best guided island land tours in Vava’u in the list below!

Note that tours are typically charged on a per-trip basis, rather than per person. We go over the usual costs in Tonga Travel Budget: How Much Does a Trip to Tonga Cost?

1. Steven’s Island Tour (Hansen Tours)

Explore the causeway-connected islands of Vava’u with a local on Steven’s Island Tour (also known as Hansen Tours). Either curate an island tour visiting your selected sights and attractions or choose from three preplanned tours. Tour #1 is the “Capital Tour“, taking you to the top sights in and around the main hub of Vava’u, Neiafu. Tour #2 is the “Local Points Tour“, which also takes you to some more active highlights of the Neiafu area, such as Mt Talau and Veimumuni Cave. Tour #3 is the “Beach Tour” to explore Vava’u’s best beaches and stop by some lookouts along the way. Tours last approximately 3-4 hours, are suitable for groups of up to eight guests and include refreshments such as local fruit and a drinking coconut. Taxi services are also available – see The Guide to Taxis in Tonga.

Location: Tours are based in Neiafu. Pick-ups are available from Neiafu and the main island.

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2. Grace City Taxis (Vava’u Taxi Council)

Most taxi companies in Vava’u double up as island tour guides, which is especially the case for Grace City Taxis. This guided island tour of Vava’u is the perfect option for those who haven’t got a plan and want a suggested itinerary. The four-hour tour takes you to the likes of Mt Talau, Pouono, Veimumuni Cave, ‘Esi ko Salote, ‘Utula’aina Lookout and Hila ki Tapana Lookout. They sometimes have fruit and light refreshments but it’s recommended to bring your own water (or they will stop for you to buy refreshments). Tours are suitable for up to six people. Of course, they also offer taxi services.

Location: Tours are based in Neiafu. Pick-ups are available from Neiafu and the main island.

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3. Joyce’s Tour

The ideal option for solo travellers or couples wishing to see the sights, Joyce’s Tour is an easygoing land tour of Vava’u. Come along with a list of sights (get inspiration from the 50 Best Things to Do in Vava’u). Otherwise, if you’re unsure of where you want to go, Joyce will introduce herself and have a conversation with you at the beginning of the tour to get to know you and customise a tour. Joyce encourages guests to ask questions and don’t be shy to learn more about beautiful Vava’u. Tours are suitable for one to two passengers. Times are flexible.

Location: Tours are based in Vaipua. Pick-ups are available from Neiafu and the main island.

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4. Epenisa Taxi

Another taxi company ready to take you around the causeway-connected islands of Vava’u, Epenisa Taxi has a similar offering of island tours to those listed above; taking you to your chosen sights or the usual hotspots. Either way, it will be in their funkily decal-designed vehicles suitable for up to six passengers. Note that tour prices are the same for the first four passengers, then it’s an extra reasonable fee for each additional passenger.

Location: Tours are based in Neiafu. Pick-ups are available from Neiafu and the main island.

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5. ‘Ene’io Botanical Garden Tour

Join the former Director for Agriculture and Forestry, Haniteli Fa’anunu, for an insightful guided tour of his beautifully curated ‘Ene’io Botanical Garden. Culture meets nature on his guided walking tours of a tropical garden. On the standard Garden Tour, learn about Haniteli’s interesting life story, as well as about tropical plants from across the South Pacific and their many benefits. Plan some time to relax and swim at ‘Ene’io Beach while you’re there, as listed in the 10 Best Beaches in Vava’u.

For the ultimate experience of ‘Ene’io, choose the ‘Ene’io Grand Tour where you’ll be greeted with a fresh floral garland on arrival to the gardens. After the guided garden tour, enjoy a demonstration or live show of how live plants are processed into valuable products by the local women at the garden’s visitor centre. Continue to a scrumptious Tongan feast with a roast suckling pig and taste local dishes. Relax and enjoy the dazzling display of traditional dancing with a floor show and a live band with folk music to enjoy. Note that a minimum of eight guests are needed for this tour to go ahead.

Location: For the “Grand Tour”, pick-ups are offered from Neiafu. For the standard tour, make your way to the east side of ‘Utu Vava’u (the main island), south of Tu’anikivale. Keep left at the fork in Tu’anikivale and ‘Ene’io is approximately 900 m (980 yards) down this road. If no one is waiting for you at the gate entrance, continue down to the beach.

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More About Guided Island Lands Tours of Vava’u

That’s it for our guide to the best guides island land tours of Vava’u. For more experiences on the islands, take a look at the following:

Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Complete Travel Guide to Vava’u.


Laura (Lola) S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of Tonga Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in the South Pacific over 10 years ago with nothing but a backpack and a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to explore a paradise such as Tonga. She knows the islands inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience Tonga’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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