Scuba Diving in Vava’u
Crystal clear waters, stunning reef systems, drop-offs, swim-throughs, caves, tunnels, wrecks… Vava’u has variety. Mix it with unbelievable visibility and you have the perfect blend of conditions for scuba diving. There are around 170 marine species in Vava’u’s waters, including turtles, sharks, large pelagics, parrotfish, eagle rays, manta rays, moray eels, nudibranchs and much much more! What’s more, Vava’u has the largest variety of dive operators in the whole of Tonga to show you this place in paradise. Compare your options with this list of scuba diving tours in Vava’u.
While you’re here, you might also be interested in The Complete Guide to Vava’u.
1. Beluga Diving
A long-established dive centre in Vava’u, Beluga Diving offers PADI courses, intro dives, as well as a number of exciting dive trips for certified divers. They offer two-tank boat dives with equipment rental as required, as well as one-tank wreck dives. Diving trips include light refreshments of tea, coffee and fruit. Tours require a minimum of two divers. Beluga Diving also offers snorkelling tours, as well as accommodation at the Flying Annie Moa Bed & Breakfast. Whale swimming is also on the cards, which you can read up about in the 10 Best Whale Swim Tours in Vava’u.
2. Dolphin Pacific Diving
Certified divers, take a look at Dolphin Pacific Diving. Their two-tank dive trips include all the diving rental gear and take you to the best dive sites for your abilities and the conditions on the day. Trips include a full lunch and snacks, making Dolphin Pacific Diving the only diving company including lunch their tours. The mantra of the crew is to not rush divers and to get to know each other. The company has also hosted the BBC for wildlife documentaries.
3. Tongan Expeditions
Part of Tongan Expeditions’ array of water activities, they also offer scuba diving as part of their five-star PADI dive centre. Tongan Expeditions offer two-tank dives with all of the diving equipment included, as well as snacks and a hot drink. They also do PADI diving courses should you want to get your diving certification or move your diving to the next level. Additionally, Tongan Expeditions offers whale swimming tours between July and October, as well as fishing charters. Learn more about the latter in the 10 Best Fishing Charters in Vava’u.
4. Riki Tiki Tours
Finally, join Riki from Riki Tiki Tours for boat transport and equipment hire offered all year round. Found at the wharf by the Mango Cafe, Riki Tiki Tours can take you to the best scuba diving sites to suit your abilities (for certified divers only) and that are best suited to the conditions. Riki offers small group tours of up to six people on the boat at one time. Riki also offers snorkelling trips and boat tours, which you can learn more about in 10 Best Boat Tours of Vava’u.
5. Dive Tonga
[Update: Dive Tonga has suspended bookings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They plan to operate once the borders reopen.]
Operating a five-star PADI dive shop from Neiafu, Dive Tonga are well worth considering for your dive trip in Vava’u. Offering scuba diving tours, intro dives and PADI dive courses all year round, Dive Tonga can take you to awesome dive sites including their favourites: No Worries, Split Rock, China Town, Sea Fans, Swallows’ Cave and Pelagic Pinnacle. All scuba diving tours include two dives with all of the gear included as needed, light refreshments, pick-up from resorts and more! Dive Tonga also provides snorkelling, freediving, spearfishing and swimfari experiences. Check out more snorkelling tours in Vava’u here.