The Best Car Rentals in Vava'u(c)
The Best Car Rentals in Vava'u

The Best Car Rentals in Vava’u


Car Rental Companies in Vava’u

Explore Vava’u at your own pace by hiring a car! Hiring a car makes it easy to stay out of town at one of Vava’u’s idyllic accommodations, yet you’re never too far from the essential services and activities in Neiafu. You’ll also be able to check out attractions like the Veimumuni Caves and the various beaches of the main island. Admittedly, car rentals in Vava’u are limited with the available car rental companies only offering small fleets of vehicles. Nevertheless, they are utterly affordable and well worth considering if you prefer to travel independently.

Check out our comparison of the car rental companies in Vava’u. Plus, get more advice on car hire in Things to Know About Car Rental in Tonga.

Tips for Hiring a Car in Vava’u

  • Location is important, but Vava’u is small enough so that most rental companies will offer pick-up/drop-off at your accommodation
  • Compare prices and inclusions of car rentals. While car rentals in Vava’u have similar prices, compare the inclusions to find the best value for you
  • Note that most car rental agreements don’t allow you to take vehicles down certain roads like Katahi Beach. Some won’t even allow you to drive off sealed roads, so consider this before paying extra for a 4WD you probably won’t need to use
  • You need either a driving licence from a visitor visa-exempt country or a Visitor’s Driving Licence before you can legally drive in Vava’u. Learn more in Can You Drive in Tonga with an Overseas Licence?
  • No insurance is offered for car rentals in Vava’u, meaning you will have to pay the requested amount for any damage you cause. Rentals require a cash security deposit, which will be refunded if you return the vehicle undamaged.

For more tips, see How to Drive in Tonga and 10 Safety Tips for Driving in Tonga.

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Coconut Car Rentals

Offering a small fleet of affordable car rentals, Coconut Car Rentals is worth considering for getting around Vava’u. Choose from a couple of easy-to-drive Toyota Yaris or opt for something more robust, such as one of the Mitsubishis with 4WD. Not that you’ll unlikely be able to use the latter to its fullest abilities, as the rental agreement forbids you to take vehicles off-roading. Nevertheless, the cars, with both manual and automatic options, provide a vehicle for what most visitors want to do in Vava’u. What’s more, the team as Coconut Car Rentals can drop off vehicles to most places tourists stay in Vava’u.

Pick-Up and Drop-Off Locations

Courtesy pick-up and drop-off services in Neiafu are offered. Pick-up and drop-off at Lupepauʻu Airport, ‘Utugake Island and Talihau is available by arrangement. Depot based in Toula Village.

Vehicles Available

  • Toyota Vitz (Yaris)
  • Mitsubishi Pajero Jr. 4WD
  • Mitsubishi Delica

Vehicle Age Range: 15-25 Years Old


  • Multiple drivers
  • Free-of-charge delivery in Neiafu
  • Assistance with the Visitor’s Driving Licence

Price Range

TOP$70-$90 per day. Weekly specials available, for instance, book seven days, pay for five. TOP$500 security deposit required.

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[CLOSED] Tropicana Rentals (Tropo Rentals)

[Update: Tropicana Rentals is no longer operating].

Tropicana Rentals, also known as Tropo Rentals, offer the widest range of rental vehicles in Vava’u, from small affordable cars to sturdy 4WD. They even offer scooter hire and mountain bike hire, should you want to explore Vava’u an alternative way. Opt for their convenient accommodation and airport drop-off for multi-day hires, making them an ideal option should you be sticking in Vava’u for a while.

Pick-Up and Drop-Off Locations

Pick-up and drop-off services are available for Vava’u accommodation or Lupepauʻu Airport for multi-day hires. Based in Neiafu.

Vehicles Available

  • Daihatsu Terios
  • Toyota Nissan Note
  • Toyota Passo
  • Honda Fit
  • Toyota Rav4
  • 50cc scooters

Vehicle Age Range: 14-21 Years Old


  • Multiple drivers
  • Baby seat
  • Laminated maps
  • Tourist information
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Other Car Rentals in Vava’u

Like many local businesses in Tonga, there are some car rentals in Vava’a that are a bit off the radar. They are a more face-to-face business that you’ll be able to organise once you arrive on the islands.

Some alternative car rental options in Vava’u include:

  • Illena Rental (cars around TOP$50 a day)
  • Luke’s Car Rental (based out of the back of the Chinese supermarket in Neiafu)
  • ‘Ana Tevunga Rental (Liviela Street)
  • Tim Ellis Rental (Fatafehi Road)
  • Master Tyre Rental (Vaipuna Street)
  • Elim Rental.


Laura 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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