‘Eua for Adults
An adult-only getaway is a desirable way to travel the South Pacific. However, this trend hasn’t exactly caught on in the island of ‘Eua in Tonga because, well, it doesn’t really need to. ‘Eua is a quiet off-the-beaten-track destination all year round, offering activities that are most suitable for adults. Think rock climbing, adventurous hikes, scuba diving in caves and swimming with majestic humpback whales! While there are no adult-only accommodations on the island, you will find that the boutique accommodations are quiet enough for most needs or you could always hire a holiday home. We’ll guide you through your options in this adults-only vacation guide to ‘Eua.
5 Adult-Only Activities in ‘Eua
- Scuba dive in the largest underwater cave in the South Pacific
- Hike in the ‘Eua National Park
- Swim with humpback whales
- Fish for big ones with the local fishermen
- Do rock climbing at Fangatave Beach
Find out more about each experience in our 5 Adult-Only Activities in ‘Eua.
How to Get to ‘Eua
‘Eua is connected to the rest of the world through the mainland, Tongatapu. Flights and ferries run between ‘Eua and Tongatapu every day except for Sunday. For an adult-only getaway to ‘Eua, flights to ‘Eua provide the most intimate way to get to the island. As for getting around, there is no public transport but bicycle rental and accommodation transfers fill the gap.
Flights to ‘Eua
The flight from the domestic terminal of Fua’amotu Airport, Tongatapu, to ‘Eua Kaufana Airport is approximately 7-10 minutes making it one of the shortest commercial flights in the world. Flights are scheduled for three times a day, except on Sunday due to Tongan law. Learn more about flying around Tonga in Where Can You Fly to in Tonga?
Considering there is no public transport on the island, accommodations provide their own transport services. Transfers are available to and from the airport/wharf, while many accommodation providers offer their own transport to attractions and hikes around the island.
With one main road on the island and lots of dirt roads, getting around by bike is a popular option for short distances. Bicycle hire is available from Taina’s Place and The Hideaway.
For more information on transport, see the 5 Ways to Get to ‘Eua (& Get Around ‘Eua).
Land Activities for Adults
Any of the land activities that you do in ‘Eua are unlikely to be teeming with overenthusiastic children. The island is pretty quiet in terms of tourists altogether! Nevertheless, if you want to ensure a more tranquil or intimate experience, a good option is hiking. For something more specialised, rock climbing is a growing industry in ‘Eua well worth investigating for the experienced climber! Find out more in the 5 Adult-Only Activities in ‘Eua.
Hikes in ‘Eua
‘Eua is famous for its hiking, especially being home to incredible land formations, such as natural archways, dramatic cliffs, sinkholes, caves and ancient tropical forests. While half of the hikes in ‘Eua can be tackled alone, the other half require a guide who knows the way. Some of the hiking highlights include the ‘Eua National Park Hike to Lokupo Beach, which is a full-day excursion with sensational views. The Fangatave Beach and Caves Hike is also an amazing experience, featuring 11 limestone caves to explore on the way down to a stunning beach. Find out more about each walk in the 5 Best Hikes in ‘Eua.
Water Activities for Adults
Most of the activities that are more aimed toward adults are out on the water. ‘Eua experiences some of the clearest waters in Tonga for scuba diving and whale swimming, as well as amazing opportunities for fishing.
Whale Swimming in ‘Eua
An experience mainly aimed at adults who are strong and confident swimmers, which is also intimate with a maximum of eight passengers on the whale swimming boats, whale swimming in ‘Eua is a must! Between July and October (sometimes November), humpback whales migrate through the waters adjacent to ‘Eua to mate and calve. Join whale tour operators to swim with these gentle giants in their element. Compare experiences in The Best Whale Tours in ‘Eua.
Scuba Diving in ‘Eua
‘Eua is home to some of the best dive sites in the islands of Tonga. Being the oldest island in Tonga and formed by volcanic activity, ‘Eua has an exciting and interesting underwater seascape. Famous dive sites include Cathedral Cave, the largest underwater cave in the South Pacific, with three large holes in the top sending beams of light through the water to reveal sharks, groupers and schools of fish. There are also amazing dive sites to drop-offs with all kinds of tropical fish and coral. Dives from ‘Eua and Tongatapu are available with Deep Blue Diving, while other Tongatapu operators diving around ‘Eua include Blue Water Explorer. Learn more in The Best Scuba Diving Tours in ‘Eua.
Fishing in ‘Eua
Finally, catching the whoppers in the waters around ‘Eua is no place for a kid. So rest assured, you’ll often have charter boats all to yourself or with like-minded travellers. Fishing tours are available to catch large reef fish with Kiko’s Whale Watching. Fishing charters to target larger game fish or reef fish can be organised through Taina’s Place, Blue Water Retreat and The Hideaway.