‘Eua island is a nature lovers paradise. ‘Eua island is the easiest island to reach from the main island of Tongatapu, and a convenient ferry links the two.
‘Eua island is known for it’s lovely beaches, it’s well marked hiking trails, its dramatic hills and cliffs, and it’s national park/ ‘Eua is home to the Kingdom of Tonga’s largest tropical rain forest, contained within the ‘Eua National Park.
‘Eua island is the least populated island in the Kingdom of Tonga, making it a great place to discover the natural beauty and heritage of this unique part of the world.
If you are short on time and want to visit another part of Tonga, then consider ‘Eua island.
If you want to visit another island but do not want to fly, then ‘Eua island is your best bet.
If you want an exhilarating experience, filled with eco adventures, then head for ‘Eua island.
Getting to ‘Eua Island
There are two ways to get to ‘Eua island. One way is to take the world’s shortest scheduled flights, clocking in at only 7 minutes. But considering that ‘Eua is primarily an eco-tourism destination, and the environmental costs of air travel (the majority of carbon emissions are during take off), we hope that you will chose the second option.
Option number two is to arrive from the main island of Tongatapu on the 3 hour long ferry. This ferry departs about four times per week, so plan accordingly. Tickets are bought on the ferry and are cash only. It can get pretty full, so we recommend getting there roughly an hour in advance to secure a seat.
Where to stay on ‘Eua Island
There are only a few guesthouses on ‘Eua Island, so we recommend booking in advance to secure your spot. The easiest way is to email the guesthouse in advance, but we simply got one of the staff at Nuku’lofa’s tourist information office to ring for us.
The two most popular guest houses are The Hideaway and Tainas Place. Both guest houses offer all meals as well as organizing activities. We stayed at The Hideaway where there was a plethora of activities on offer; horse riding, bike rental, guided hikes, self guided hikes, cultural activities and of course, swimming with Humpback Whales.
The Hideaway website ‘Eua Guides
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone Hideaway : (00676)50255
Mobile Hideaway : (00676)7755753
The Hideaway Website : www.kalianet.to/hideawayeua
Taina’s Place website
Email : email@example.com
Website : www.tainasplace.com
Where to eat on ‘Eua Island
The only restaurants on ‘Eua are the ones attached to guesthouses so if you have specific dietary requirements you might want to bring supplies with you. Most guest houses will allow you to use their kitchens if you wish to self cater. That being said, there isn’t really anything comparable to a grocery store on the island, so you will probably want to bring your supplies from the mainland if you plan to cook your own meals.
What to do on ‘Eua Island
- If there is one thing to not miss on ‘Eua Island, it’s swimming with the whales. Local guides will take a maximum of eight people out on their small boats in search of whales. The best season for this is between July and November.
- If you want to watch the whales, but don’t want to get wet, ‘Eua is a great place for whale watching from shore. Where we stayed at The Hideaway, there is a shaded viewing platform right at the waters edge where you can enjoy the views.
- There are plenty of hiking opportunities available on ‘Eua. You can go on guided hikes, or grab a map from your guest house and go out on your own. For a small fee, our guesthouse provided us with a map, pick up and drop off at trail heads, and gave us a mobile phone to use in case we had any issues. We did two of the shorter hikes in the region, but there is a world of opportunities in the national park.
- Explore the beaches by horse back.
- Join the community for Sunday morning church. Tongan singing is some of the best in the world, and a church service is the best way to be immersed in this important part of Tongan culture.
Tips for visiting ‘Eua Island
- There are no ATM’s on the island. Bring cash with you. There is a bank which can change travelers cheques and exchange foreign currency.
- This is one of the best (and only) places in the world to swim with Humpback whales. Bring an underwater camera.
- The landscape here is very rugged. If you plan to do any hiking you will want to bring hiking shoes.
- Take plenty of water when going on hikes.
- The island doesn’t have many shops or facilities. Bring everything you need with you.