Travel Guide to ‘Eua, Tonga
Raw natural beauty awaits on the island of ‘Eua. Pronounced “Ay-wah”, the island with too many vowels is a nature lover’s paradise between the lush rainforest of the ‘Eua National Park to the remarkable underwater seascapes like Cathedral Cave. Limestone cliffs are carved into incredible works of art creating attractions like archways and caves that are easy to explore. Bird watching for the red shining parrot or swimming with humpback whales is how you will get your wildlife fix, while accommodations working with the local communities will get you engaged in the local culture through craft workshops and delicious “umu” feasts. It’s raw, it’s rugged and it’s the “forgotten island” that you’ll never forget! Dive a little deeper into experiencing ‘Eua in your style of travel with this complete travel guide to ‘Eua.
Fast Facts About ‘Eua
Location: Southeast of Tongatapu in the south of Tonga (see map below)
Climate: Daily average temperature – 25°C/77°F, yearly average rainfall – 1,600mm/63″
Find out more in What is the Weather Like in Tonga?
Time zone: TST / GMT+13
Find out more in What is the Tonga Time Zone?
How to get to ‘Eua: International flights from Fiji, Australia and New Zealand land at Fua’amotu International Airport on Tongatapu where travellers can get a connecting domestic flight to ‘Eua or take a ferry from Nuku’alofa. Find out more in the 5 Ways to Get to ‘Eua (& Get Around ‘Eua).
Family Holidays in ‘Eua
‘Eua Island is certainly one of the most rewarding Tongan destinations for families. It’s a place where kids can engage and learn about the local culture, see amazing landscapes on family-friendly walks and enjoy watching whales from boats or shore. Learn more about taking the kids to ‘Eua in The Guide to ‘Eua for Families.
Things to Do in ‘Eua with Kids
- Watch the whales between July and October
- Explore the island on an exciting 4WD tour
- Tackle one of the island’s family-friendly walks
- Explore beaches and rockpools
- Learn Tongan crafts and do dance lessons with the local villagers
Find out more about each experience in the 5 Things To Do in ‘Eua with Kids.
Where to Stay in ‘Eua
Family accommodation is limited but very affordable on ‘Eua. Families have a choice of guest houses, cottages and lodge-style accommodation. Find out more in 5 Best Family Accommodation on ‘Eua.
Budget Holidays in ‘Eua
‘Eua is a backpacker’s paradise thanks to all of the accommodation here being super affordable. Not only that, but you don’t have to empty your wallet to have an amazing time on the island, with many free and cheap things to do. Guided tours are reasonably priced, while self-guided hikes or hiring a bike to explore the island make inexpensive ways to discover the highlights of the island. Find out more about a budget trip to the island in The Guide to ‘Eua on a Budget.
Things to Do in ‘Eua on a Budget
- Spot whales from shore
- Go to a Sunday church service
- Experience a traditional umu
- Do the guided hike through the ‘Eua National Park
- Jump on a 4WD tour of the island
Learn more about each activity and more in the 10 Free & Cheap Things To Do in ‘Eua.
Where to Stay on a Budget
Luckily enough, all of the accommodation in ‘Eua is extremely affordable, from private rooms being around TOP$75-$100 a night to ultra-cheap dorms and campsites for around TOP$20-$30! Find out more about all of the cheap places to stay in the 6 Best Budget Accommodation in ‘Eua.
Foodie Holidays in ‘Eua
Compared to elsewhere in Tonga, the food scene in ‘Eua is minimal. With only a tiny selection of ever-changing takeaways, ‘Eua is not exactly known for its restaurants. As for meals in your accommodation, meal services are available which are an authentic representation of what the islanders eat.
Nevertheless, a few ways to get your foodie fix in ‘Eua is to participate in one of the Sunday umu nights. This is where food is cooked using the traditional method of an underground oven. Umu are available at The Hideaway and Taina’s Place.
Another foodie experience is through self-catering. Many of the accommodations on the island offer kitchen facilities for foodies to spruce up their own meals using local produce from market stalls, which is an experience in itself! Necessities can be purchased from the villages’ fale koloa (convenience store).
For more foodie-related trips in Tonga, see The Foodie Guide to Tongatapu.
Luxury Holidays in ‘Eua
‘Eua is not a place for lavish hotels and five-star resorts. Accommodation and food are basic, but it’s the experiences that are considered more “premium”. For instance, scuba diving in the South Pacific’s largest underwater cave is a must, while fishing with the local fishermen for wahoo and mahimahi is an exciting experience.
Additionally, guided hikes provide a more premium way to experience highlights like the Fangatave Beach and Caves and the ‘Eua National Park. Refreshments, often your guide grabbing a coconut off a tree for you, and lunch is often included.
Finally, being in one of the only places in the world where it’s possible to swim with humpback whales is also a privileged experience. Check out who to have this once-in-a-lifetime experience in The Best Whale Tours in ‘Eua.
Adult-Only Holidays in ‘Eua
The adult-only style of travel is becoming more and more of a trend in the South Pacific, but it hasn’t caught on in ‘Eua for good reason. ‘Eua is already a tranquil paradise where other tourists, let alone overenthusiastic children, will be the least of your worries. Nevertheless, if you manage to find a babysitter for the kids or are seeking activities more aimed toward adults, then The Adult-Only Guide to ‘Eua has heaps of advice.
Activities in ‘Eua for Adults
- Scuba dive in the epic Cathedral Cave
- Tackle one of the full-day hikes in the ‘Eua National Park
- Swim with humpback whales
- Fish for whoppers with the local fishermen
- Rock climb at Fangatave Beach
Find out more about each experience in our 5 Adult-Only Activities in ‘Eua.
Where to Stay in ‘Eua
Well, you won’t exactly find adult-only resorts, but you’re next best bet is a private holiday home, such as the Seta Homestay.
Honeymoons in ‘Eua
‘Eua certainly makes a more down-to-earth honeymoon destination in Tonga. It’s a place to connect with nature and each other through amazing hikes, horse riding, scuba diving, whale swimming and more. Learn about how to visit ‘Eua with a romantic spin using The Wedding & Honeymoon Guide to ‘Eua.
Romantic Things to Do in ‘Eua
- Enjoy long walks on ‘Eua’s secluded beaches
- Tackle one of ‘Eua’s amazing hikes together
- Buddy up on a scuba diving trip
- Go horse riding together
- Do some bird watching
Get details on each experience in the 6 Romantic Activities in ‘Eua for Couples.
Where to Stay in ‘Eua
With most accommodation being basic and budget, you have very little choice when it comes to looking for “honeymoon” style accommodation. One place that stands out for its romantic tree-nestled surroundings and attractive timber cabins is Ovava Tree Lodge boasting double rooms, especially for couples.