Getting to Vava’u
To get to Vava’u you have a couple of options:
Option 1. The traditional route… via the main Island of Tonga flying in to the International airport of Nuku’alofa (Airport code TBU) and then take a domestic flight to the beautiful northern islands and the whale breading grounds in Vava’u (airport code VAV).
This can be done direct or via Sydney with Virgin Australia or via Auckland with Air New Zealand or Nadi, Fiji.
The domestic airline ‘Real Tonga’ offers daily flights (except Sundays) between the main island (TBU) and where we swim with whales in Vava’u (VAV). Whilst the International and domestic airlines share the same runway there are domestic and international terminals. On booking to Vava’u, the Real Tonga flight is the one advertised between Tongatapu and Vava’u.
Arrival times on the main island may dictate an “overnight” (or only a few hours between midnight and 6 am) stay, before catching the domestic flight. The airports are only open around flight arrival and departure times.
The last few years have seen periodical direct flights (2 or 3 days per week) to Vava’u from Nadi, Fiji.
This means routes such as Aust-Fiji-Vavau; USA-Fiji-Vavau; NZ-Fiji-Vava’u, Hong Kong-Fiji-Vavau are all possible.
Why not consider a Fiji stopover en-route?