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in Tonga is special
The Vava'u island group is among the world's finest locales in two distinct categories: Yachting and whale watching. And, you can do both at the same time (see photo)
It's superb because the tradewinds in Tonga are suitably strong. And sailors relish navigating between the many small tropical islands surrounding the main island Vava'u (which gave the island group its name).
The main harbor of Vava'u in Tonga offers remarkably safe anchorage. It is separated from the open sea by a maze of natural channels.
It is excellent because humpbacks migrate in large numbers from Antarctica to Vava'u in Polynesia to give birth and rear their offspring in the area's sheltered waters. Some boat tours let you swim with the whales.
Other water-based activities
Snorkeling and diving
Vava'u has crystal-clear lagoons. Underwater visibility averages 25 to 30 meters or 80 to 100 feet.
Among the best in Polynesia.
You can take leisurely day cruises to explore uninhabited offshore islands that are delights to swimmers, sunbathers and beachcombers.
Growing in popularity.
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