Ha'Apai Group

Overview

Introduction

These islands, set midway between Tongatapu and Vava'u, are well worth seeing. It was in this area that Fletcher Christian led the mutiny on the Bounty in 1789. You can fly in (Lifuka Island has the only airstrip) or go by ferry, a somewhat arduous, overnight voyage. Fishing is good (as is the snorkeling), though meeting the people is the most important reason to go. A long sandy beach stretches up the west side of Lifuka, and neighboring Foa, Uoleva and 'Uiha Islands have even better beaches. Foa is connected to Lifuka by causeway, and Uoleva and 'Uiha are easily accessible by small boat. There are several guesthouses and one small hotel on Lifuka, and Foa boasts Ha'apai's only upscale resort. 75-125 mi/120-200 km north of Tongatapu.

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