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THE ISLANDS OF TAHITI
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Contents General Information
Tongatapu Accommodation & Sightseeing
6 Tips for your Pacific Islands Holiday
Experience New Caledonia
Experience Tonga Experience Ha’apai & Vava’u
Ha’apai & Vava’u Accommodation & Sightseeing Friendly Islands Kayak Company
Noumea Accommodation Bourail Accommodation Noumea Sightseeing Experience Ile des Pins Ile des Pins Accommodation Experience Loyalty Islands Loyalty Islands Accommodation
Niue Accommodation Niue Sightseeing
Experience Norfolk Island
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Norfolk Island Accommodation Norfolk Island Sightseeing
General Information Accommodation Ratings To assist with the selection of your Pacific Islands accommodation we have created our own rating system allowing you to compare each property. These are personal ratings offered by our people from their own experience and should therefore be used as a guide only. These ratings may alter throughout the year due to a change of circumstances. Norfolk Island ratings however are based on the official Australian AAA Star Rating Scheme, and therefore the rating descriptions below do not apply to the Norfolk Island section. Standard rooms, clean and comfortable usually with basic furnishings and private en suites. Typically most properties would include a restaurant and bar but have a limited range of other guest facilities and services. Moderate accommodation with a reasonable range of room facilities and comfortable standard, usually with a wide range of recreational and leisure activities available for guest enjoyment. Superior accommodation offering a high level of comfort in rooms with quality furnishings and fixtures. First class accommodation offering the very best quality services with detailed focus on high customer satisfaction. There tends to be greater attention to personalised service and a strong focus on the quality of food and beverages. A half star is noted when the level of service and facilities falls between two grades. Grading accommodation can be quite subjective and generally speaking the standard and services will be in line with the price paid. Please check with your travel consultant to ensure you get the accommodation that best fits your needs. Price Indicator: The price indicator is provided as a guide only. The actual price may differ to that indicated in this brochure due to currency fluctuations, special events or peak periods. Your travel consultant will quote you the actual price at time of booking. Pricing is based in New Zealand dollars. Child Policy: Please note bedding configuration varies between properties and in some cases with different room types within a property. Some hotels also offer family bonuses and specials. Your travel consultant will help you choose the hotel to best suit you and your family’s needs. Look out for our “gems” of information scattered throughout our Pacific Islands brochure.
6 TIPS for your
Pac ific Islands Holiday
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Wine & Dine in Noumea
Outer islands of New Caledonia
Get active in Niue
There’s no need to travel to France to experience authentic French cuisine, not when New Caledonia is on the doorstep. Noumea, the capital, is replete with French delicacies - simply step away from your hotel and find an endless array of culinary sensations. From the Escoffier cooking school to roadside food trucks called ‘roulottes’, this is a gourmet city.
Focusing on all that is perfect, Ile des Pins is a 20 minute flight from Noumea and your one way ticket to an untouched paradise. This is where crystal clear lagoons meet platinum white sand and exotic palm trees stand aside towering pine trees. Rent a bike and explore this tiny island at leisure.
Niue is a fantastic destination for getting out and about, whether that’s on land or under the sea. With extensive walking tracks that weave in and around the island, you can easily explore the terrain on foot.
A picnic in the park or on the beach is only half the fun; stopping en route at Municipal Market in Port Moselle is a pleasure in itself. Purchase just baked baguettes and wedges of cheese, and if you’re feeling adventurous, la confiture de banane – vanilla infused banana jam, it’s an island speciality. Head out of the city centre and find restaurants along the beaches of Anse Vata or Baie des Citrons.
For a cultural fix, the Loyalty Islands boast three unique islands that cater for visitors: Ouvéa, Lifou and Maré Island. Offering village stays, fishing trips, sculptors, weavers and friendly Kanak locals, it’s believed the Loyalty Islands were named after its inhabitants, for their obvious friendliness. Make sure you take cash and enough snacks to keep you sustained, each island only has one ATM and a limited amount of food stores.
Caves, chasms, tunnels and sink holes also litter the landscape. Anapala chasm is found at the bottom of a formidable 155 steps, while Matapa chasm provides sheltered swimming and Palaha is famed for its limestone formations and small snorkelling pools. If you want to get under the water, Niue always impresses divers with its clarity and up to 80 metres of visibility. Get in and swim with dolphins and sea turtles or for something more sedate, golf courses and fishing excursions are readily available across the island.
The islands of Ha’apai & Vava’u
Norfolk Island – History buffs
Immerse yourself in culture
Tonga’s Vava’u Island has everything you want from a tropical hideout; emerald lagoons, champagne sand and beautiful blue water. Enjoy the island’s shimmering coastline, and get in the sea for surfing, diving and swimming with whales. Gentle Humpbacks frequent the warm waters between June and November. It’s also known as a yachting playground, so sit back and admire the luxury vessels slicing their way through the waves.
Throw away the smart phones and step back in time – Norfolk Island is history come to life. As one of Captain Cook’s many discoveries, the island was first sighted on 29 February 1774. Named after the Duchess of Norfolk, Cook promptly claimed the land as British. From convict settlements and bounty mutineers to WWII airbases, Norfolk has played an important role over the centuries.
Albeit different, cultural traditions across all the Pacific Islands have a certain fluidity that connects them all. Notably, the islands have a strong connection to art, craft and celebration.
For total isolation, Tonga’s Ha’apai group of islands will be more your bag. With reefs, white beaches, one or two volcanoes and not much else, it’s impossible not to relax here. Climb onboard a kayak and start paddling, stopping along the way for a picnic lunch on a deserted island. This is what the word ‘perfection’ was coined for.
Discover more at the Norfolk Island Museum, with its rich collection of exhibitions, restored houses and fascinating artefacts. Or watch descendants of the mutineers bring the famed ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ story to life with an outdoor show performed in an amphitheatre.
In New Caledonia storytelling retains its importance for the exchange of myths and legend from one generation to the next, whereas in Niue, annual village festivals unite the community and provide the perfect excuse for dance, food, sport and art. Norfolk Island is renowned for its woodturning, which visitors are welcome to watch, and in Tonga, authentic culture abounds. From Sunday church to ceremonial kava drinking, little has changed here. The customs are resolutely traditional and modernity has yet to make much of an impact.
An intoxicating blend of South Pacific idyll and French sophistication is waiting
BELEP ISLAND Poum Ouegoa
Ouaieme Hienghene Pouembout
LOYALTY ISLANDS LIFOU
Poya Bourail La Foa
just a two-and-a-half hour flight from Auckland. New Caledonia is like nowhere else in the Pacific – and as soon as you set foot there, you’ll appreciate the source of its very special charm: Mediterranean meets mellow Melanesia. The capital, Noumea, occupies the southern tip of the main island, Grande Terre, with beautiful bays on both sides. It’s sophisticated yet casual and you won’t find anywhere else on earth quite so similar to the French Riviera. The atmosphere in this little city is pure Gallic, with boutiques, patisseries, cheese shops and restaurants lining quaint streets and squares. Explore the Latin Quarter and the old districts of the Vallee du Tir and Vallee des Colons – and you could be in France.
NOUMEA Maitre Island Ouen Island
ISLE DES PINS
Just outside the town, on the shores of the world’s largest lagoon, are the stylish resorts of Anse Vata. The lagoon itself is home to a myriad of tropical fish as well as the endangered dugong and rare turtles – a visit to the National Aquarium will give you an insight into this remarkable underwater world. Venture further afield and you’ll find a surprising variety of landscapes on Grande Terre: forests, mountains and wide, grassy plains. And, of course, there’s more to New Caledonia than just one island. The Isle des Pins is a dreamlike paradise on the Tropic of Capricorn and the tranquil, unspoilt Loyalty Islands – Lifou, Maré and Ouvéa – are simply exquisite. If you want to lose yourself in relaxation, these are the places to go. So, for the ideal New Caledonian experience… give yourself time to explore the chic town of Noumea, time to enjoy the resort life of Anse Vata and round it off with time all to yourself on a magical outer island. Perfection!
Noumea The Place des Cocotiers is a perfect place to begin an exploration of the Paris of the Pacific. While the ornate bandstand and cafés could be straight from France, towering flame trees and tropical produce at the market add an exotic South Seas touch. The temptations of boutiques offering fashion straight from Paris will keep shoppers engrossed but the beaches of Baie des Citrons and Anse Vata are also irresistible. Getting around is easy, especially if you have all of the hot spots covered on a city orientation tour. One of Noumea’s star attractions is the Tjibaou Cultural Centre, a masterpiece inspired by Kanak architecture. Evenings entice with a host of restaurants, bars and casinos. For a change of pace take a lagoon boat trip to the 140-year-old Amedee Lighthouse. The island’s underwater world waits beyond its beaches.
Our favourite things to see and do Tjibaou Cultural Centre – Discover the unique architecture of the Tjibaou Centre. These bold, modern yet elegant buildings have been designed from the inspiration of traditional Kanak architecture. View fantastic art and artefacts from all over the South Pacific. Amedee Lighthouse – Take an excursion further afield to the Amedee Lighthouse located within a natural marine reserve and home to a large variety of coloured tropical fish. This trip is a must-do for those who like snorkelling. Your excursion includes return catamaran transfers from Noumea, buffet lunch, cultural dancing and a glass bottom boat ride.
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Anse Vata Bay – This is the main area for sea activities. It’s also pleasant for a walk along the beach fringed by coconut trees. Numerous hotels, shops, restaurants and night clubs are also located at Anse Vata Bay. Dine at Baie des Citrons – Head to Baie des Citrons where you’ll find restaurants and bars jostling for space with indoor and outdoor seating and all manner of cuisine on offer. From fine French fare to seafood, burgers or pizzas, there’s something for everyone.
Shop at a local supermarket – Noumea’s supermarkets © Ethnotrack/NCTPS
are a mecca for passionate foodies - so stock up on gooey (and affordable) French cheeses, foie gras and paté, and get your freshly baked baguettes, croissants or delicious pain au chocolat from the bakeries that are dotted everywhere.
Visit Port Moselle Market – Get down to Port Moselle Market which is open daily from 8am-11am (except Mondays). It’s where fishermen tie up and drop off their catches of fresh tuna. You can also get veges, fruit, olives and breads and have fun perusing the handcrafts, hats, sarongs and jewellery.
To Tontouta International Airport
Duck Island – Also called Ile aux Canards - which sounds
much more exotic! It’s a 10 minute water taxi ride from Anse Vata Beach. Take a picnic or buy your lunch at the restaurant there. Rent a sun lounger and snorkel gear - or take your own. Wind and kite surfers dot the waves and colourful fish are plentiful to keep your little ones amused for hours.
Magenta Airport (Domestic)
Baie de la Moselle
Baie de l’Orpbelinat
Baie des Citrons
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Play Petanque with the locals – Wander along Anse Vata Beach in the evening, where the locals gather to play petanque. They’ll probably ask you to join them, so be prepared to lob your best boule.
Anse Vata Bay
Bourail La Foa
Noumea Aquarium – World-famous for its fluorescent corals and numerous varieties of tropical sea life, the Aquarium is located between the two main beaches - Anse Vata and Baie des Citrons.
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Noumea Accommodation Nouvata
Right on the promenade of Anse Vata, this 300 room hotel complex is a great base to explore Noumea. There’s a vast range of amenities on offer, not least of which are the large swimming pool, tropical gardens and an outdoor restaurant/bar. With three properties under one umbrella, there are plenty of room types on offer, from comfortable standard to premium. The hotels are grouped around the pool and sun deck area, are in proximity to numerous restaurants, bars, shops and cafés and a short distance from a water activities centre. Anse Vata Beach is just across the road from the hotel and it’s an easy 10 minute trip to central Noumea and other main attractions.
Hotel Beaurivage Noumea
Hotel Beaurivage is great value for money. It’s chic, contemporary and right on the promenade of the lovely Baie des Citrons – a top location, with excellent swimming across the road. The area is one of the most popular dining destinations for Noumean locals, and there’s good shopping here too, including some of Europe’s best known brands. Central Noumea is a short bus-ride away, and the hotel itself has a beach restaurant. All rooms here have free WiFi and are fully air-conditioned, with ample amenities. With the clear lagoon across the road you’ll have the biggest pool in the South Pacific to enjoy. Boats and windsurfers are not allowed close to this beach, so you’ll have a peaceful time in the water.
Escapade Island Resort
With its bungalows and picture-postcard setting, this resort more than lives up to its name. Standing on the shores of a tiny, palm-fringed island, surrounded by a 200 hectare marine reserve, it offers total relaxation. Here, the hardest thing you’ll have to do all day is decide when to reapply the sunblock, or when to take your next swim. There are three types of accommodation, but for maximum romance choose a thatched, overwater bungalow. These spacious bungalows have balconies that face the setting sun, and a flight of steps leading straight into the blue waters of the lagoon. If you prefer to keep your feet on dry land, there are garden and beachside bungalows offering excellent amenities in a beautiful setting. Less than 30 minutes by boat from Noumea, Escapade really is a world apart. Facilities include a restaurant, swim-up bar, pool, massage, boutique and water activities centre.
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Ramada Hotel & Suites Noumea
You’ll have plenty of space to spread out and enjoy your stay at this 4-star property in the heart of Anse Vata – the rooms and suites are huge! Perfectly positioned for beach or business, it overlooks the lagoon on one side, and the island’s picturesque racecourse on the other. But, for the best views of all, be sure to dine at the revolving rooftop restaurant; it’s the only one in Noumea and well worth a visit. After a busy day, the ‘Le Rendez-Vous’ sports bar located on-site is a fun place to unwind with a drink in hand while sampling the pub style menu. A day spa provides holistic pampering and the rooms all have kitchen facilities which is great when you feel like a light meal or a quiet, private evening. There’s also a big range of business facilities. For a day on the sands, take a very short stroll to Anse Vata and check out the water sports at Plages Loisirs. Mmm steak at the revolving restaurant is served with the most delicious sauce you ever tasted. The recipe is a legendary kept secret
One Bedroom Apartment
Hilton Noumea La Promenade Residences
Fresh, modern and fabulous, Hilton Noumea La Promenade Residences will meet the needs of travellers wanting 4-star comfort, a self-catering option, and the convenience of hotel service. It’s not often these things come perfectly together in one package, which is why this place has so many fans – plus its right on Anse Vata Bay. All apartments here have two things in common: oodles of space and a big balcony overlooking the lagoon. You can cook for yourself in your fully equipped kitchen, take advantage of the hotel’s room service, or dine at its relaxing restaurant. Facilities include a pool, gym, women’s fitness centre, shopping arcade and park-like grounds. A great location, near the Anse Vata attractions and less than five kilometres from Noumea’s picturesque town centre.
Three Bedroom Apartment
Noumea Accommodation 6
Chateau Royal Beach Resort & Spa With one of the best spots on Anse Vata, this beachfront chic apartment hotel is one of our favourites. Since opening its doors in February 2011, it’s gained a reputation for service, style and class, with a very high standard of accommodation, and received an international travel award every year since 2014.
Set in four acres of gorgeous tropical gardens on Pointe Magnin, the Chateau Royal Beach Resort & Spa opens straight onto a superb stretch of beach ideal for swimming and has views right across the lagoon. Although its accommodation is apartment-style, it provides a full range of hotel facilities, including three restaurants, lounge bar, café-concert and pool bar, boutique, activity desk, fitness centre and day spa. Apartments are airy and fresh, with contemporary design, fully equipped kitchen, living room and a balcony with table and chairs. Head to Le Roof in Anse Vata Bay for exceptional French cuisine. A dining experience not to be missed!
Le Meridien Noumea
Perfectly located on the tip of Pointe Magnin, this magnificent resort overlooks Anse Vata and the balmy waters of the world’s biggest lagoon. Here, 5-star luxury, modern elegance and absolute relaxation go hand in hand, ideal for business and holiday travellers. Families are welcome too, with spacious suites including kitchen facilities. There’s direct access to one of the island’s best beaches, and a wide range of leisure activities, including tennis, a huge swimming pool, children’s pool, kayaking, stand-up paddling, snorkelling, bike rental and wind surfing. Golf and horse riding are available nearby. There are four restaurants within the resort, two bars and a world-class Deep Nature Spa and fitness centre. In-room amenities are, of course, excellent. Le Meridien Noumea is quite simply the finest hotel in the area.
Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Spa & Golf Resort
This latest addition to New Caledonia’s luxury scene was designed to take your breath away – and it will. If you’re in the market for something really special, this is it. Opened in August 2014, it offers top quality accommodation in a choice of spacious rooms, suites with kitchens and Melanesian-style bungalows, with an excellent range of guest facilities. There are water and beach sports equipment available, including snorkelling gear, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. Back on land, enjoy a trek or a bike ride in the Deva hills, and no golfer will be able to resist tackling the magnificent 18-hole course. Like the resort itself, it was designed to impress. Add to this a dedicated kids club and worldclass spa facility and you have a resort that will cater for all. But perhaps the best thing of all about this place is its location. Built on an incredible 20,000 acre site overlooking a UNESCO World Heritage lagoon and a full 13 kilometres of beach, it provides a new, exciting look at New Caledonia – 90 minutes from Tontouta International Airport and two hours north of Noumea on the island’s west coast. The nearest town is Bourail. The reef, part of the UNESCO site, is teeming with marine life and ideal for diving and snorkelling, and the area has some of the finest hiking trails in the South Pacific. Make sure you leave time for a horse ride into the mountains: it’s an unforgettable experience and one you won’t want to miss. The Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Spa & Golf Resort: every possible holiday need catered for, and every imaginable incentive to relax.
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Guided City Orientation Tour This tour is entertaining, fun and educational. It will give you an overview of the touristic, cultural and shopping hot spots of the city of Noumea. Starting at the Ouen Toro Hill look out, you’ll drive along the city’s famous bays Anse Vata Bay and Baie des Citron with their lovely beaches.
Take an excursion further afield to the Amedee Lighthouse, located 24 kilometres out from Noumea and within a natural marine reserve - home to a large variety of coloured tropical fish. This trip is a must for those who like snorkelling. Your excursion includes return catamaran transfers from Noumea, a delicious buffet lunch, a traditional dance show and a glass bottom boat ride.
Aquarium and Duck Island Explore the Aquarium on Anse Vata featuring turtles, sharks, tropical fish, sea snakes and more. Then out to Duck Island, where you can snorkel along the 500 metre underwater walkway and come face to face with a myriad of tropical fish and coral.
Gourmet Tour Be introduced to the city and its surrounds and immerse yourself in French influence and island culture. Soak up the atmosphere at the colourful markets, a perfect spot for some shopping and wander along the Promenade.
Botanical Tour Your chance to see the famous native bird of New Caledonia, the Cagou. The zoological and botanical gardens in Noumea is now home to over 700 animals, and over 130 species.
Ile des Pins
Tropical island fantasies meet reality on the Ile des Pins, a 20 minute flight from Noumea. Crystal lagoons lap white sand beaches, which in turn are fringed with the island’s unique combination of flora, palms and stately Araucaria pines. Both Kanumera and Kuto Bays are well known in the Ile des Pins. Kanumera is great for snorkelling especially around the Sacred Island as the bay is rich with sea life. Kuto Bay is your more idyllic, postcard perfect beach where the water is clear and shallow and the sand is a soft as powder. While the beaches are almost irresistible, Ile des Pins also has other nooks and crannies to explore. Like the ever intriguing caves. Don’t miss the Oumagne Grotto, better known as the Cave of Queen Hortense, steeped in myth and legend. Or take your camera and visit the remains of a 19th century convict settlement at Ouro where you can freely walk around the crumbling walls of the old gaol. Ile des Pins is only 18 kilometres by 14 kilometres so exploring is easy – rent a car, bike or scooter and discover your own piece of paradise. We recommend you plan a stay of at least three days to get the most out of your holiday.
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ILE DES PINS
Corbeille Bay Ouro Kuto Bay
Ile des Pins Accommodation Ouré Tera Beach Resort
If you’re looking for a picture-book setting, this is it. Ouré Tera stands on one of the island’s loveliest bays, set amidst gorgeous tropical gardens. The beach is a crescent of silver sand and azure water, fringed by pines and coconut palms, and the atmosphere is one of total tranquillity. It’s hard to imagine a more perfect South Seas setting, or a better place to indulge in complete relaxation. Accommodation is in private wooden bungalows whose large rooms, big bathrooms and sun terraces were designed to blend the best of Melanesian and European style. Equipped with the full range of amenities, they’re cool, airy and super-comfortable. Canoeing and snorkelling are available at no cost, and there’s a pool, petanque, table tennis, two restaurants and a garden bar.
Le Meridien Ile des Pins
The most upmarket resort on the Ile des Pins, Le Meridien is unbeatable in terms of luxury and service. Built among century-old coconut palms by beautiful Oro Bay, it offers a superb standard of accommodation and an idyllic setting for self-indulgent relaxation. The resort blends so perfectly into its tropical surroundings that you’ll find it hard to distinguish its magnificent swimming pool from the extraordinary turquoise waters of the bay. Rooms, suites and bungalows are beautifully furnished, each with a private terrace or balcony. Amenities include a day spa, terrace restaurant and lounge bar. Kayaking, paddle-boarding, snorkelling and mountain biking are available, as well as some of the world’s finest scuba diving.
A 20 minute walk will have you embarking on one of the most enchanting snorkelling sites, the Oro bay natural swimming pool
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There may be no better places than the Loyalty Islands for combining quintessential tropical island activities (or no activity at all!) with encounters with the friendly Kanak locals and their unique culture. The three islands that cater for visitors are, Ouvéa, Lifou and Maré. Lifou is the largest island, with small coves, limestone caves, grottos and cliffs sheltering secluded beaches. Check out Jinek Bay Marine Reserve, one of the Pacific’s most pristine spots, with some of the biggest varieties of coral and more than 2000 fish species. Maré is a relatively untouched treasure and has mysterious sunken pools in its rugged interior. Yejele Beach is a highlight with its large stretch of white sand and fantastic swimming and snorkelling. Ouvéa’s 25 kilometre long beach, superb lagoon and rare parakeets give it special charm. Ask a friendly guide to take you to Mouli Bridge where you can enjoy magnificent views and swim with rays, turtles and sharks. Don’t miss trying bougna, a local dish that includes sweet potato and taro.
Whale sightings (Jun - Sep) Waterholes Swimming FAYAOUE 4
Pointe de Mouli
Baie de Jinek
Snorkelling Cliffs, caves Diving & lookout
Tribal Village KUMO Deep Sea Fishing 3
MARÉ Padawa Caves
TADINE Swimming 2 Diving
Loyalty Islands Accommodation
Oasis de Kiamu, Lifou
Affordable, away from it all, and ideal for families, this small resort is nestled among coconut trees at the base of a cliff, just a few steps from a sandy cove. It offers friendly service and great value, and there’s just 14 rooms in all, so you’ll never feel crowded. There’s a bar, pool and restaurant, and airport transfers are provided. Settle into Lifou’s gentle way of life and enjoy days spent on the lagoon, or exploring the delightful scenery - you’ll love it.
Drehu Village, Lifou If the idea of a boutique resort on a remote and beautiful island sounds like you, take a close look at what’s on offer here. Lifou is the largest of the Loyalty group, just 40 minutes by air from Noumea, and Drehu Village is a tranquil little group of semi-detached and stand-alone bungalows on magnificent Chateaubriand Bay. There’s a bar, pool and restaurant, plus a range of water sports. Also be sure to make time for a visit to Lifou’s dramatic cliffs while you’re there.
Nengone Village, Maré Maybe you’ve never heard of Maré (pronounced Ma-ray) and its many charms, but once you’ve been to this lovely island, you won’t forget it. Nengone Village is a hidden treasure on its south coast, set by a dazzling white cove and sheltered by pines and palms. Enjoy the water sports, explore the island’s dramatic scenery, or just laze by the beach in this true holiday haven. It’s only 35 minutes by air from Noumea and accommodation is in attractive, individual bungalows.
Hotel Le Paradis D’Ouvéa, Ouvéa
Elegant, avante-garde Le Paradis is officially the only hotel on Ouvéa and it certainly is paradise – though in fact it’s on the tiny, tropical islet of Mouli! Mouli is connected to the larger island by bridge, but it’s a world apart. The setting is dream-like, with sands white enough to dazzle you and sea, a clear, aquamarine blue. Relaxation is the prime activity here, or you can hire a scooter and explore. There’s plenty to see in this beautiful corner of the world.
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You’ll never feel like just another tourist on Niue, the island nation a three
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Huvalu Forest Conservation Area
hour flight from Auckland. That’s because, with just under 130 guest rooms, there are often more whales visiting in season than human visitors! Niue is one of the world’s largest raised coral atolls and is home to around 1600 hospitable residents. There’s no such word as rush-hour on Niue, it’s one of the world’s safest destinations and you don’t need foreign exchange – Niue uses the Kiwi dollar. What many people don’t know is that Niue is far from tiny – it’s over four times the size of Rarotonga. A quarter of the island is clothed in pristine rainforest and almost the entire island is surrounded by 20 to 30 metre cliffs, and dramatic beautiful chasms and coves provide perfect swimming spots. Niue is also honeycombed with some of the South 2 Pacific’s most spectacular and extensive caves. The island is encircled by a 64 kilometre coastal road so bikes are a great way to get around, although you can also hire a car. Diving and snorkelling around Niue’s coast is renowned for its water clarity and the richness of its marine life. Swimming with humpback whales (in season) is unforgettable and thanks to Niue’s deep surrounding waters, you can sip a cocktail and marvel at these awesome giants breaching just 50 metres from shore.
Talava Arches HIKUTAVAKE Matapa Chasm
Scenic Matavai Resort Apartments & Villa TAMAKAUTOGA
Scenic Matavai Resort AVATELE
HAKUPU Anapala Chasm
Niue Accommodation Nic’s Bungalows
Nic’s Bungalows is a great holiday base, surrounded by tropical bush in a quiet cliff top area. You’ll find this property in the village of Tamakautoga, a 10 minute drive from Alofi and close to Buccaneer Adventures, Niue Dive and Scenic Matavai Resort Restaurant. The two bungalows are self-contained, fully insect-screened and air-conditioned for comfort. Each has a balcony and receives Sky’s Pacific TV service as well as complimentary WiFi. These Bungalows offer the right ambience for a great relaxing holiday. A rental car is also included in the room rate so you can start exploring Niue as soon as you arrive.
This eco-aware lodge-style property provides everything you could hope for and more – including a car for your convenience. Be sure to ask your wonderfully friendly host for tips on interesting places to visit, as there are certainly plenty on the island. The setting is serene, and the accommodation is comfortable. Built from local limestone, the villas were designed to maximise indoor-outdoor living, and are the first of their kind on the island. Each has a verandah, a bedroom with private patio and a full kitchen. On a Tuesday or Friday head into town to the markets. You can pick up fresh produce, live uga (coconut crabs) and fresh fish along with other local delicacies. This is your home away from home.
Make sure you wander down to the Friday night Food Markets just a couple of minutes’ walk from Stone Villas for some tasty treats
This fantastic, family-run property is a real home away from home, with roomy open plan units overlooking the ocean. If you’re wanting a central location, then Taloa Heights is the perfect option for you. It’s just a kilometre from the town centre, with several restaurants within walking distance. Or if you prefer to relax in the comfort of the property instead of venturing out for a meal, the rooms have the added bonus of cooking facilities. The Bungalows and Treetop Studios are perfect for couples as each sleep two, while for groups or families there’s also an option of a spacious Villa which sleeps six. The rooms are modern and fresh with an authentic feel to them. All three options have ample amenities. This is a great little place in a perfect location.
Niue Accommodation Namukulu Cottages & Spa
Looking for somewhere special, secluded and peaceful? Relaxation comes easily at this lovely little hideaway, which has just a handful of cottages in a gorgeous garden setting. All are perfectly placed to overlook the ocean, and each has a big, private deck with BBQ and outdoor dining setting, ideal for al fresco dining or simply watching those spectacular sunsets. Each cottage is wood panelled, cooled by ceiling fans, attractively decorated and has a well-equipped kitchen. Some of Niue’s best swimming, snorkelling, caves and chasms are nearby and Alofi is around 10 kilometres south. Namukulu’s wonderful little day spa provides a range of treatments at good prices. This property is highly rated by guests.
Niue’s newest! Lau’s Gateway is the perfect escape for those looking for peace and tranquillity. It comprises just two villas, nestled amongst lush tropical gardens on the cliff edge offering breath-taking ocean views. Lau’s is located on the western side of the island so you are guaranteed fabulous Niue sunsets. The villas are self-contained to give you the convenience of cooking for yourself or if you choose to venture into town for a meal, it’s only a few minutes away. Relax on your daybed on the top deck while watching the spinner dolphins frolicking in the water, or if you’re lucky, whales resting close to shore. This is laidback luxury at its finest!
Visit the lovely host’s Japanese Restaurant - Kai Ika. Well known for its wonderful food – delicious fresh sushi comes highly recommended!
Scenic Matavai Resort Niue
Scenic Matavai Resort Niue
– If you’re heading to Niue on holiday, chances are you’re the kind of person who appreciates places with a difference, and we’re sure you’ll love this one. Instead of silver sands, you’ll find sea caves, rainforest and mysterious chasms, and a world that centres around the ocean. In fact, ‘Matavai’ means eye on the water (mata - eye, vai - water), and it’s an appropriate name for this wonderful clifftop resort with its sweeping Pacific panorama. Scenic Matavai Resort Niue comprises three properties and has a wide range of room types on offer.
Scenic Matavai Resort Niue - Ocean View Room
Both the 3-star studio apartments and the villa are located a 5 minute drive away from the main resort itself. The studios offer good value for money with magnificent ocean views. There are five duplex units, each divided into two spacious studios. Large private balconies make the most of the views and all rooms are well equipped with a kitchen for self-catering. Other on-site facilities include a freshwater swimming pool, trampoline, a BBQ area and access to a sea-track. The villa is situated adjacent to the studios and this super spacious home away from home offers all sorts of holiday options for families or groups. It has a garden setting, with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, full kitchen plus a BBQ and al fresco dining deck. The 4-star resort features the gorgeous, newly built Superior Rooms. Alternatively, choose a recently refurbished Ocean Room, both come with private balconies, air conditioning and super-sized beds. There are 12 new deluxe guest rooms planned to open in July 2017. These rooms will be contained in a new block and feature some subtle differences in style and comfort to the Superior rooms. The reef with its pools, breakers and intriguing sea tracks lies just below the resort, and the entire place was planned to merge unobtrusively into the unique surroundings. The resort has an excellent restaurant and two bars with live entertainment and cultural shows to keep you entertained.
Scenic Matavai Resort Niue - Villa
Scenic Matavai Resort Niue – Studio Apartment
Tali’s Cave Tours*
The Commodore’s Orientation Tour A not to be missed tour for an introduction to Niue for the first-time traveller or, even if you’re a repeat visitor, you’ll learn from a knowledgeable guide, a little of the history, the culture and see some of Niue’s iconic locations all in the comfort of an air conditioned mini bus.
For the most rewarding and safe experience join Tali’s Cave Tour, a family-run tour of Niue’s limestone caverns. Niue is riddled with caves but many of them shouldn’t be visited on your own. In fact, there are so many on the island that up until the mid 1800s most locals lived in them. These caves are located on traditional family land and are known for their variety of passageways.
Toamana Fishing Charters Niue’s legendary among fishermen and is one of the best kept fishing possie secrets left in the world. Its distance from any other major landmass, the wide range of in-shore fish and clear waters combine to attract the ‘big ones’ that fishermen dream of. Big fish like wahoo, tuna and marlin are often caught and the deep waters hide all sorts of surprises.
*This tour is paid direct
Uga Tour The uga or coconut crab is said to be the largest hermit crab in the world. While it spends all its adult life on land, it must return to the sea to release its eggs. The tour provides an opportunity to see and capture the uga in its natural habitat. The tour is in two parts – the first is to lay the bait during daylight hours. The second part takes place at night when the crab comes out to feed on the bait.
Avatele Village Tour The village of Avatele on the southern coast was one of the early trading stations when sailing ships plied the oceans on trade winds from the east. Its sandy cove was an attractive landing place for sailing ships. It could be said that the history of Niue is encapsulated in this one village – from a trading station, to early missionaries and to the island’s first elected Premier.
This delightfully unique destination will take you by surprise – so rich in
Point Howe Point Vincent
history and breathtakingly beautiful, Norfolk Island is as enchanting and quaint as its friendly locals who have lived on this tiny island for generations, many of whom are descendants of those famous Bounty Mutineers. You’ll find it hard to believe, as you drive down quiet country roads or walk through the soaring trees of the national park, that this could ever have been the setting for such a checkered and at times gruesome past: firstly as the site of two penal colonies, then as a new home for descendants of the Bounty Mutineers.
Captain Cook Memorial Bird Rock
Mt Bates Norfolk Island National Park
Cascade Bay Cascade Pier
NORFOLK ISLAND Botanic Gardens
Burnt Pine Township
Point Blackbourne Reserve
Bucks Point Reserve Ball Bay
Rocky Point Reserve
Kingston Common Reserve
Norfolk Island International Airport
Golf Course Cemetery Bay Emily Bay Point Hunter Reserve
Adventure tourism is still growing, but if you’re after a little excitement, you can opt for activities like sea-kayaking, mountain biking, big game fishing and horse trekking. The subtropical temperature is the icing on the cake: average maximums range from 18˚C in winter to 24˚C in summer. Despite its compact size (total area is less than 35 square kilometres) Norfolk Island is the ‘Bounteous Isle’, in every way – just awaiting your exploration and discovery. Norfolk Island is truly a captivating experience.
Norfolk Island Accommodation
Family adventures start here, at Daydreamer Apartments - Norfolk Island. Offering One and Two bedroom self-contained apartments, open plan kitchen, dining and living rooms, set in a protected landscaped garden area just a few minutes’ walk to the centre of town. These apartments are ideal for families or friends travelling to Norfolk Island together. Head out for the day and come back to a comfortable space to relax and unwind. The accommodation is set on a large property with landscaped gardens and some views across the valley. Local bananas are hung for guests to eat when available, there is a common wellequipped BBQ area. This is an affordable and comfortable Norfolk Island accommodation property, and families and small groups are most welcome at Daydreamer.
Ocean Breeze Cottages
Take a deep breath of fresh Norfolk Island ocean air from the deck of your cottage when you book and stay at Ocean Breeze for your next Norfolk Island holiday. The One bedroom, self-contained cottages all have modern kitchens, en suite bathrooms, separate bedrooms and open plan living areas all with outstanding ocean views. The property boasts stunning landscape gardens, a tennis court and a large central building suitable for a small conference or family event. Modern, comfortable, close to town and fully equipped for groups, families, couples or singles, we invite you to choose Ocean Breeze as your affordable luxury Norfolk Island accommodation.
Whispering Pines Cottages
Nestled close to the edge of the Norfolk Island National Park, Whispering Pines Cottages sit around the ridge line overlooking the stunning slopes and valleys covered in iconic Norfolk Island pine. Just out of town, but quiet enough that you find yourself getting lost in the view of the stunning natural scenery with the ocean just off in the distance beyond. The cottages make the ideal setting for small families or groups of friends travelling together – offering close proximity but still allowing for personal space. All cottages are fully self-contained with modern and spacious kitchens with open plan living and dining rooms. Sit on the front veranda, enjoy a BBQ and watch the sun go down over the mountain.
Each named after the flower that greets you at its doorway – rose, daisy, gardenia, lavender or azalea – the five identical cottages here are charming. Set on a country lane, in leafy grounds with valley and mountain views, they provide home comforts down to the smallest detail. Even the picnic hamper and blanket have been remembered – why not pack these up and head to gorgeous Emily Bay? It’s very nearby, and there are shops and restaurants within easy reach too.
Absolutely central yet utterly tranquil in their big landscaped gardens, Aloha Apartments have been hosting Norfolk’s visitors since the 1960s. One of the reasons for their popularity is a great location in Burnt Pine, with shops, cafés, restaurants and clubs just moments away from the entrance. But there’s more to it than that: they are also a very attractive, welcoming and comfortable place to stay. Amenities here include a pool, beautiful BBQ/picnic area, on-site café which is open for breakfast and lunch daily, library, guest laundry and a convenient computer station. Aloha Apartments also provide a seven day manned reception and they can arrange car hire for guests.
South Pacific Resort Hotel
Set in five acres of beautiful landscaped gardens the newly renovated South Pacific Resort is the largest and most conveniently located hotel on Norfolk Island. Just a brief walk to the main shopping township of Burnt Pine and only a short drive to historical Kingston, beautiful Emily Bay and the golf course, the South Pacific Resort is the perfect place to relax and unwind on your Norfolk Island holiday. The property features include room service, business services, bar, laundry facilities, BBQ area, parking, large swimming pool, children’s pool, sauna, poolside café and a restaurant.
Norfolk Island Accommodation
Coast Norfolk Island
This small, village-like collection of cottages and apartments offer everything a visitor to Norfolk Island could wish for, including an exceptional location, excellent service, high-quality accommodation and a host of thoughtful extras. Hardly surprising, then, that people return here time and time again. There’s a choice of lodgings, starting with immaculate one and two bedroom apartments, each with a private balcony. For those who prefer stand-alone units, there are three cottage options – the charming one bedroom Niau Executive Cottages, twobedroom, two-bathroom Routi House with its cathedral ceilings, and the very romantic, twostoreyed lofthouse, Rahooloo Cottage.
Escape today to Endeavour Lodge and discover a world of peace and tranquillity. Endeavour Lodge is your choice for luxurious self-catering serviced apartments on Norfolk Island with ocean views from all apartments. From your private, spacious verandah sit back, relax and enjoy the spectacular sunsets and watch an amazingly wide variety of birdlife nesting in the giant Norfolk Island Pines. Just a 5 minute drive from the Burnt Pine shopping centre, the World Heritage-listed Kingston and Arthur’s Vale Historical Area, golf course and beach. Featuring native Norfolk pine timber furnishings throughout.
Paradise Hotel & Resort
Fantastically located, family-run and very highly rated by travellers, Paradise is one of Norfolk Island’s most popular resorts. Better still, there’s a room to match your budget at this Gold-Award winner. Its peaceful setting in 11 acres of private, landscaped gardens is an easy 10 minute, level walk to the Burnt Pine Shops, with a free shuttle vehicle to and from for those who prefer to ride. There’s an excellent restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining, a swimming pool, cocktail bar, coffee lounge with complimentary tea and coffee, an internet hub and a well-stocked DVD library with free rentals.
Aataren Norfolk Island Villas
This boutique property offers two One Bedroom Villas, a Two Bedroom Villa, and the two storey, Three Bedroom Villa, which can sleep up to six. All are self-contained, attractively decorated, spacious and very comfortable, and each has its own BBQ for outdoor dining. The location is handy to tennis courts (next door), Burnt Pine Centre (one kilometre) and beautiful Emily Bay (two kilometres). The unforgettable sights of the Kingston historic area are just a 5 minute drive away.
Governor’s Lodge Resort Hotel
Gorgeous is the word for Governor’s Lodge, this place is a stand-out. It has the atmosphere of a resort, the convenience of a hotel and a top location: everything you need for the perfect Norfolk holiday and it has plenty of history at heart. Accommodation is what matters first and foremost to every holidaymaker, and Governor’s Lodge will not disappoint. Guests here stay in attractive, stand-alone units, built among sub-tropical gardens to form a village setting. Each has a verandah, separate bedroom and open-plan living room with kitchenette.
Tintoela is Norfolk Island’s original boutique luxury retreat. The island-style Homestead and two Cottages each offer world-class design, craftsmanship and story-book ocean views. Tintoela truly is the most serene refuge you can imagine. Hunky’s Homestead, Norfolk’s largest accommodation, showcases the best of Norfolk Island architecture blended with the subtle elegance of sophisticated living. This three storey, six bedroom holiday home, set amongst tropical gardens, caters for up to 14 guests. Kushu and Hilli Cottage, are bright and beautiful one and two bedroom cottages; are ideal for couples, small families and groups of friends.
Norfolk Island Sightseeing
The ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ Show See descendants of the mutineers bring the story of the famed ‘Mutiny On The Bounty’ and historic events alive in this show performed in an outdoor amphitheatre on the island’s western shoreline. An event not to be missed!
Wonderland by Night With ten acres of magical pines and bushland lit up like an enchanted forest you’ll feel like you’ve entered a magical wonderland. Meander along (or ride in the ‘moon buggy’) a gentle winding path with Archie, a descendant of the Bounty Mutineers as he recites his poems.
Sound & Light Show Nightfall at Kingston brings a different mood to the convict settlement. The stillness and the stars are there just as they were before mankind arrived in 1788, until the mood is broken and you experience the horrifying decades of Norfolk Island’s convict era in a theatrical show.
Night as a Convict Dinner A fun night out for all ages. Dress up in your supplied convict outfit and join the Commandant for an evening of feasting, singing and dancing. Norfolk’s only dinner and dance night – this is the most popular feature dinner on Norfolk and you’ll be raving about it for weeks!
Island Fish Fry Enjoy a feast of island dishes, salads, homemade bread and fresh fried fish, followed by island desserts and tea or coffee. Enjoy some local entertainment on Norfolk’s beautiful Puppy’s Point. This is a great meal to have before the Bounty Show or Sound and Light Show.
© Tonga Tourism & James Blackwood
The Pacific’s last kingdom is a paradise for seekers of pure peace. Its Pacific Ocean 1
Ha’atafu Beach Alakipeau Kolovai Beach Polo’a 3 2 Flying Fox NUKU’ALOFA Sanctuary Monotapu Beach Royal Palace Mapu’a Vaea Blowholes
Ha’amonga ‘a Maui
Captain Cook’s Monument Keleti Beach
Ahononou Beach Fua’amotu Beach
beautiful islands, divided into four groups, are scattered like pearls across 700,000 square kilometres of ocean. There is no shortage of deserted beaches and pristine anchorages here, and the swimming, snorkelling and diving are exceptional. The main island, Tongatapu, is home to the capital Nuku’alofa, and to most of the kingdom’s resorts. Many of these are familyowned and personal, because Tonga likes to welcome its visitors in low-key style - this is a place for simpler living and genuine encounters with the local people. With about a third of all Tonga’s population living here, Nuku’alofa can be a surprisingly bustling place but its size also means there’s a great array of restaurants, nightclubs and dynamic cultural shows. There’s plenty to see too, such as the Talamahu Markets with its mounds of fresh produce and selection of handcrafts, including wood carving and jewellery. Although the Royal Palace is not open to visitors, you can admire this white-timber 19th century building from the waterfront. Try to time your visit to town to include a Sunday. Tongans are ardent churchgoers and their singing is legendary. Everyone’s welcome but make sure to pack your Sunday best.
Tongatapu Accommodation & Sightseeing
Heilala Holiday Lodge
The homely and super-peaceful Heilala Holiday Lodge offers some of the best surfing and snorkelling on the island, and definitely the most beautiful sunsets! It’s perfectly positioned at the tip of Tongatapu by two stunning beaches, Ha’atafu and Kanokupolu, where the water is as clear as glass. And, as you would expect, life here revolves around the beach; your choice of snorkelling, swimming, kayaking, sunbathing or dozing under a palm tree on the sand. Your accommodation will be in a traditional style fale, with a choice of Superior or the more basic but still very comfy Tongan. Both are cooled by ceiling fans and have insect screens on all windows.
Liku’alofa Beach Resort
Liku’alofa Beach Resort is situated on the west coast of Tongatapu, fringed with palm trees, surrounded by lush tropical gardens and sits along a stretch of white sandy beach. It’s a 35 minute drive from Fua’amotu International Airport, so you’ll be unpacked and relaxing ‘Tongan style’ in no time. If you’d rather keep busy, check out the snorkelling and kayaking, enjoy a leisurely cycle, discover the island paradise of Fafa or Pangimotu, take a full island tour or swim with the whales (seasonal July-October). Make sure your stay includes a Wednesday or Friday night for the hotel’s legendary Island Night.
Fafa Island Resort
Fafa is tiny and unspoilt, with just a handful of fales on its palm-fringed shores – they are seriously gorgeous! If you’re hoping to immerse yourself in a South Seas dream, this is the place to go. Privacy and peace are paramount here, with fales built as far from one another as possible. They are very stylishly furnished, and in true Tongan style have high, cathedral ceilings, thatched walls, big coconut beams and poles and wooden shingle roofs. Each has its own outdoor space, with hammock, beach beds and shady palms, and a bathroom opening out to a secluded flower garden and outdoor shower.
Scenic Hotel Tonga
Located across the road from the airport and in the southern region of Tongatapu, it is close to the island’s secluded eastern beaches, limestone caves and dramatic cliff walks. You can spot humpback whales from nearby cliffs at Hufangalupe during the migration season or take a picturesque half hour drive into the capital, Nuku’alofa. Set in spacious grounds, enjoy a spot of mini golf with the new 18-hole putt putt course, golf driving range and kids playground. Scenic Hotel Tonga offers 76 spacious air conditioned guest rooms, a restaurant, bar and WiFi.
Nuku’alofa City Tour
Island Day Trip
This fun and informative walking tour is a great way to experience and familiarise yourself with the kingdom’s capital, Nuku’alofa. In addition to visiting the Royal Palace and Royal Tomb, you’ll visit Talamahu Market, the kingdom’s main fresh produce hub. It’s a hive of activity here particularly on Saturday mornings. Another highlight of this tour is the Langafonua Handicrafts Centre which stocks the best range of traditional Tongan handicrafts and fine arts including traditional tapa cloth, woven crafts from pandanus leaves, Tongan jewellery and wooden carvings. A must for first time visitors.
Take a day cruise out to one of the two offshore islands, Royal Sunset Island Resort located on Atata Island a 55 minute boat ride north-west of Nuku’alofa, or Fafa Island a comfortable 30 minute boat ride North of the capital. There’s time aplenty to swim and snorkel in crystal clear waters, join in the daily resort activities or simply relax on the white sand beaches – the choice is yours! You’ll capture many fascinating sights of Tonga’s capital, Nuku’alofa from the boat as you head out. The two islands are easily accessible and close by so you’ll get the most out of your day in paradise.
Ha’apai & Vava’u
© Tonga Tourism & James Blackwood
spectacular and unspoiled, these island groups are less often visited, but the rewards for those who go there are great.
VAVA’U ISLAND GROUP Port Refuge Harbour 2
HA’APAI ISLAND GROUP 1
If you’re in search of empty white sands and brilliant blue waters, Vava’u is your perfect choice. This tropical archipelago has one large island and a host of smaller ones, all with shimmering lagoons, hidden coves and superb diving sites. Neiafu, the main centre, lies on the shores of the Port of Refuge, a magnificent deep-water harbour. It’s the prettiest town in Tonga, and has a Saturday market, plus shops, cafés, bars and restaurants. Ha’apai, on the other hand, has no towns at all. It’s a faraway world of atolls, lagoons and white sand – an untouched slice of pure Polynesia, where most islands are tiny and uninhabited. The main centre is the friendly village of Pangai on Lifuka, with a lone bank and a few small stores. Ha’apai is way off the beaten track, and if you’re looking for somewhere untouched by time, you’ll love it here. Whale watching, swimming with whales and kite-surfing are on offer and there’s history too: it was in these islands that the Bounty Mutiny took place.
Ha’apai & Vava’u Accommodation & Sightseeing
Sandy Beach Resort, Ha’apai
This small resort on Foa Island has pride of place on a magnificent sandy beach, and the service here is way beyond ordinary. You’ll be met at the airport and welcomed like a long-time friend and served a cool drink as you settle in to your European-style bungalow. These bungalows offer great access to the lagoon, perfect for swimming and kayaking. Swimming with the whales (in season) can be organised through Sandy Beach Resort with their own new, purpose built boats.
Tongan Beach Resort, Vava’u
Reef Resort, Vava’u
If you are lucky, you’ll wake in time for an incredible sunrise at this intimate, laid back resort. With 12 modern beachfront guest rooms, you’ll never feel overcrowded. Six are interconnecting and suited to families. Snorkel, kayak, sport fish, sail, scuba dive and whale watch (in season). Enjoy a tropical cocktail in the Sandpit Bar, dine in the traditional Fale Restaurant, or overwater in the Tiki House. Experience the real Tonga: peaceful and perfect.
This intimate resort on Vava’u’s Kapa Island is a pearl, offering true luxury, absolute seclusion and the perfect romance. There are just five private fales, all beautifully furnished and spacious with a sundeck and hammocks and spectacular ocean views. The snorkelling is superb, and kayaks are available for guests’ use. The beachside restaurant is overlooking an azure lagoon. Outstanding meals are prepared to suit your personal tastes. A magical place!
Whale Encounters, Ha’apai*
Jet Powered Kayak Tours, Vava’u*
Target One Gamefishing, Vava’u*
Every year from July to October the serene islands of Ha’apai provide a safe haven for one of Mother Nature’s most captivating creations the majestic Humpback whales. They are often spotted from a boat, and if you’re a thrillseeker why not get into the water and get up close and personal with these visitors. There’s a vast array of interesting behaviour that may be witnessed - from a single breath, graceful spyhop or powerful tail slaps to continual full body breaching or inquisitive approaches to the boat – this can be a truly life changing experience and one that relatively few people will ever get the chance to enjoy.
Climb onboard your own powered kayak and your experienced guide will lead you on your water adventure to some of the most stunning places in the kingdom. You’ll explore uninhabited islands, caves, blowholes, striking coral reefs, white sand beaches and see some of the best kept secrets in Vava’u. This is a fun and exhilarating way to spend time on the water offering ultimate freedom and it’s simple to use, easy to control and has incredible manoeuvrability. Be sure to keep your eyes open as you may encounter a whale or two ( July to October).
You can target one or many species, in all cases you’ll have great fishing onboard the reliable and very successful ‘Target One’, an eight and a half metre game and sportfishing boat. Skipper Henk and his experienced deckhand will make sure you have a great day out on the water, whether you are a novice or an experienced angler. The boat is well equipped and maintained with top quality tackles and lures. Henk and his crew have set many local and national sportfishing records so they know the best fishing spots and can have you out there in no time at all – you’re sure to have a fishing experience of a lifetime.
At this resort you can snorkel straight off the white sandy beach into an abundance of colourful reef and fish!
*These tours to be paid direct
Friendly Islands Kayak Company The lush tropical islands of Vava’u and Ha’apai are home to Friendly Islands Kayak Company. Whilst the islands are separated by reefs or open water, they are not great paddling distances apart so there’s plenty of time to kayak the warm waters, snorkel amidst colourful coral and inside legendary marine caves, and observe the traditional way of life of the Tongan people. Your most difficult choice will be deciding on which kayak tour to do. Vava’u’s hilly terrain is perhaps more interesting and scenic but if it’s white sand beaches you’re after, there’s no shortage of these in Ha’apai. Snorkelling’s superb in both island groups, but soft corals and sizeable fish are more abundant in Ha’apai waters. On the other hand, Vava’u’s relatively sheltered waters are conducive to more reliable whale sightings between July and October.
Vava’u Islands, 3 Day Starter Package
Vava’u Islands, 8 Day Classic Package
3 days kayaking
6 days kayaking
This no frills kayak tour, designed for those who are time constrained or for families with young children, offers an affordable way to experience the beautiful Vava’u Islands. Transfers and accommodation (pre/post kayak tour) are not included, but can be arranged.
During this tour you’ll visit those islands in the middle of the Vava’u Island Group. You’ll have time aplenty to snorkel and experience the Tongan culture (village visits and local feast). Includes transfers and two nights accommodation pre/post kayak tour.
*16 departures from Vava’u, January – December 2017
*16 departures from Vava’u, January – December 2017
Price Guide From: $895
Price Guide From: $2625
Vava’u Islands, 10 Day Classic Package
Ha’apai Islands, 11 Day Classic Package
8 days kayaking
9 days kayaking
This kayak tour is ideal for those wanting to truly unwind and gain a deeper experience of Vava’u’s tropical paradise and its friendly locals. Includes transfers and two nights accommodation pre/post kayak tour.
The longest of the kayak tours, you’ll paddle the length of the Lifuka Archipelago and experience areas as remote as one can get in Tonga. Includes transfers and two nights accommodation pre/post kayak tour.
*16 departures from Vava’u, January – December 2017
*6 departures from Ha’apai, July – December 2017
Price Guide From: $2995
Price Guide From: $3695
The price guide shown is per adult per kayak package for twin share, based on low season travel, including all meals. Surcharges may apply depending on travel date.
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13. NON-USE OF SERVICES OR FACILITIES
5.1 The price indicator is provided as a guide only. It is based on low season, per adult share twin pricing and is correct at the time of printing. The actual price may differ to that indicated due to currency fluctuations, special events, trade shows or peak periods.
If, of your own choice, you decide not to use part or parts of the arranged services or facilities, you will not be entitled to a refund from us (provided we have carried out our service with reasonable skill and care and to your requirements) and you may not be entitled to a refund from any Supplier.
5.2 We will guarantee the price of the portion of the booking as processed by us, against currency fluctuation for a period of seven (7) days from the time of confirmation of the booking; note: special conditions apply for cruise bookings. It is the responsibility of your travel agent to advise you of the date of confirmation. If your booking remains unpaid after the seven (7) day guarantee period it will be subject to currency fluctuation, up to the time full payment is received by us. 5.3 Events beyond our control, such as changes to the prices of aviation fuel or changes to the cost of services or facilities may result in the prices charged to you being different from those shown in the brochure. You should check all prices with your travel agent before making reservations, and before ticketing.
14. HEALTH OR DISABILITY Some Suppliers may reserve the right to refuse to carry or accommodate people who because of a health condition or disability may require services or facilities to be provided in a special manner. You should check this with your travel agent. 15. SERVICE SATISFACTION
2.2 All travel, entertainment, and accommodation facilities or services are supplied directly to you by the Suppliers. We have no control over the facilities or services themselves, or the manner in which they are provided by the Suppliers. Therefore you should be aware of the following conditions:
5.4 Prices may also be liable to variation between the time of booking and the date of departure due to events beyond our control. Due to unforeseen events we reserve the right to vary the price up to the time of your departure.
During your holiday, if you encounter any situation where the service supplied to you does not meet your satisfaction, please take the matter up with the Supplier immediately. Your contract for each service is with the Supplier. If this is not possible immediately, or if you are still dissatisfied, please contact your travel agent. Both we and your travel agent will endeavour to investigate on your behalf and to negotiate with the Supplier to resolve the matter as soon as possible, so that you continue to enjoy your journey.
• We will not be liable for any loss or damage of any kind which may arise from your use or consumption of, or inability to use or consume those facilities or services.
6. HOUSE OF TRAVEL ACCOMMODATION RATINGS
16. LEGAL CLAIMS
To assist you with the selection of your accommodation, we have created our own rating system allowing you to compare each property. Please note that these gradings are to be used as a guide only and may alter throughout the year due to a change of circumstances. Please check with your House of Travel consultant to ensure you get the property that best suits your needs.
Any claims or legal action in connection with the provision of our services to you will be governed by the laws of New Zealand. Any claim or legal action against the Suppliers is likely to be subject to the terms of your contract with them, and may be governed by the laws of other countries.
2.1 When we make bookings with Suppliers, we are acting as a booking agent for such Supplier.
• The provision of those facilities or services is subject to the terms and conditions of your contract with each Supplier. • Where for any reason, a Supplier is unable to provide particular facilities or services, then that Supplier may be entitled, under its contract with you, to substitute those services or facilities with comparable or equivalent facilities or services without incurring any liability to you. You should check your contract with each Supplier. • All facilities or services described by us are subject to availability from the Supplier. • We will not be liable or responsible for any loss or damage relating to your baggage, personal possessions, health or welfare, or delays or travel disruptions unless these arise directly from the service we provide to you. 3. BUSINESS PURPOSES You agree that where our services are acquired for business purposes, or where you hold yourself out as acquiring our services for business purposes, the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 will not apply to any supply of goods or services made under these conditions, and we will not be liable or responsible for any loss or damage of any kind to you, including any consequential loss or damage however it may be caused. 4. INFORMATION IN THIS BROCHURE 4.1 While we attempt to ensure that the contents of this brochure are correct, accurate, and up to date at the time of printing, the contents of this brochure are drawn from information supplied to us by Suppliers. We do not have, and cannot be reasonably expected to have, personal knowledge about all of the facilities or services provided by each Supplier. 4.2 Facilities or services may change after the date of printing. We endeavour to keep travel agents informed of any changes to information in this brochure which are brought to our attention. Prior to completing your booking, you should ask your travel agent whether they are aware of any changes to the published information. You should also make sure that if
7. PAYMENT 7.1 A non-refundable deposit will be required by your travel agent and must be paid at the time of booking. This is in addition to any deposits imposed by Suppliers. 7.2 A communication charge may be made for bookings requested less than 72 hours prior to departure. 7.3 Final payment must be made in full before we can release travel documents (including tickets). 8. CANCELLATION 8.1 If you wish to cancel your booking for any reason, you must advise us in writing through your travel agent as soon as possible. 8.2 If you cancel your booking or any part of your booking, we will impose a cancellation fee in respect of each person travelling under that booking. You must also pay all cancellation fees imposed by Suppliers and your travel agent. These cancellation fees are required to offset booking, communication, and administrative charges which have already been incurred by us, Suppliers and your travel agent. Cancellation fees imposed by Suppliers and travel agents are beyond our control and you should check with your travel agent regarding what cancellation fees may be applicable. 8.3 We strongly recommend that you insure yourself fully against cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances. See Section 10. 9. RESERVATION AMENDMENTS We are happy to incorporate any reasonable amendments you request. An amendment constitutes a change to an existing booking and will attract a
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