Neiafu (Vavaʻu)
Neiafu (Vavaʻu)
Second-largest town in Tonga
3,845 (2021)
Port of Refuge, South Coast of Vavaʻu
Administrative Role
Centre of Vavaʻu group with government offices, banks, schools, police station, and hospital

Neiafu, Vava'u

Neiafu is the second-largest town in Tonga and the administrative center of the Vava'u island group. It is situated on the south coast of Vava'u, the main island of the Vava'u archipelago, beside the deep-water Port of Refuge harbor.

Key Facts

  • Population: 3,845 as of 2021
  • Location: South coast of Vava'u island, northern Tonga
  • Known for: Port of Refuge deep-water harbor, tourism hub for yachting and whale watching
  • Administrative center with government offices, banks, schools, hospital, etc.
  • Important tourism center with many yachts anchoring in the Port of Refuge
  • Site of a former German coaling station in the late 19th century
Neiafu serves as the gateway to the Vava'u island group, welcoming cruisers and tourists with its mix of shoreside establishments, marine services, and frontier town feel. The town has a vibrant yachting community, with weekly yacht races organized by local businesses. It is also a prime destination for whale watching during the humpback whale migration season from July to October. The waters around Neiafu are renowned for their crystal-clear visibility exceeding 100 feet, abundant marine life including manta rays, sea turtles, and diverse tropical fish species. Visitors can engage in activities like swimming with manta rays, snorkeling, diving, and exploring the islands' natural beauty, cultural sites, and local markets. In summary, Neiafu is the main town and tourism hub of the Vava'u archipelago, offering a unique blend of natural wonders, marine activities, and a laidback island lifestyle for visitors.
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