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Vava'u Lahi

The main island of the Vava'u Group is Vava'u Lahi, where we spent the remainder of our time in the Vava'u Group. This gallery contains pictures from the main island and its surrounding waters. We stayed most of the time at the Hakula Lodge, owned by Jeff and Janine Lestrange, and went out several times on their whale-watching boat, Maris King. For more information about the Hakula Lodge, visit http://www.fishtonga.com.
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Aerial view of Vava'u
Aerial view of Vava'u
Yachts at anchor in the Port of Refuge Harbor
Yachts at anchor in the Port of Refuge Harbor
The islands of Vava'u are limestone and covered with vegetation
The islands of Vava'u are limestone and covered with vegetation
Tongan Beach Resort
Tongan Beach Resort
Beach on 'Utungake Island
Beach on 'Utungake Island
A Tongan Boy and His Horse
A Tongan Boy and His Horse
Alfalfa Island, so named for the lone palm tree at the top
"Alfalfa Island," so named for the lone palm tree at the top
View of the Port of Refuge Harbor from Hakula Lodge
View of the Port of Refuge Harbor from Hakula Lodge
Port of Refuge Harbor, with Mt. Talau in the background
Port of Refuge Harbor, with Mt. Talau in the background
Neiafu, the largest settlement on Vava'u
Neiafu, the largest settlement on Vava'u
Downtown Neiafu
Downtown Neiafu
Shops in Neiafu
Shops in Neiafu
The recently-crowned Miss Cosmos
The recently-crowned "Miss Cosmos"
Neiafu Harbor
Neiafu Harbor
Puataukanave International Hotel
Puataukanave International Hotel
Pigs roam Vava'u freely
Pigs roam Vava'u freely
St. Joseph's Cathedral in Neiafu
St. Joseph's Cathedral in Neiafu
The Bounty Bar, Oldest Bar in Neiafu
The Bounty Bar, Oldest Bar in Neiafu
Boys playing in the harbor in Neiafu
Boys playing in the harbor in Neiafu
Streets of Vava'u Lahi
Streets of Vava'u Lahi
Tropical Hibiscus
Tropical Hibiscus
The Dancing Rooster Restaurant in Neiafu
The Dancing Rooster Restaurant in Neiafu
Swallows' Cave, on Kapa Island
Swallows' Cave, on Kapa Island
Swallows' Cave
Swallows' Cave
Neiafu, as seen from the water
Neiafu, as seen from the water
The Compass Rose Restaurant, one of our favorites in Neiafu
The Compass Rose Restaurant, one of our favorites in Neiafu
Sunset over the Port of Refuge Harbor
Sunset over the Port of Refuge Harbor
Sunset with Mt. Talau on the right
Sunset with Mt. Talau on the right
A great snorkeling spot in the Vava'u Group
A great snorkeling spot in the Vava'u Group
Limestone island in the Vava'u Group
Limestone island in the Vava'u Group
Alligator Rock
"Alligator Rock"
Kitu Island
Kitu Island
Going for a dive at Kitu Island
Going for a dive at Kitu Island
Flying foxes (bats) on Kitu Island
Flying foxes (bats) on Kitu Island
Clouds of flying foxes in the air above Kitu Island
Clouds of flying foxes in the air above Kitu Island
Musicians at the Tongan Fest at Hinakauea Beach
Musicians at the Tongan Fest at Hinakauea Beach
Hinakauea Beach
Hinakauea Beach
Underground oven at Hinakauea Beach
Underground oven at Hinakauea Beach
Dancing at the Tongan Feast
Dancing at the Tongan Feast
The table is set for the Tongan Feast
The table is set for the Tongan Feast
A whale-watching boat accompanies us back to the Port of Refuge
A whale-watching boat accompanies us back to the Port of Refuge
Hakula Lodge
Hakula Lodge
Fire dance at Pua's Restaurant Friday Barbecue
Fire dance at Pua's Restaurant Friday Barbecue
Fire dance at Pua's
Fire dance at Pua's
Carved seat turtle shell at Pua's
Carved seat turtle shell at Pua's
Musicians at Pua's
Musicians at Pua's
Tongan grave
Tongan grave
Rush hour in Neiafu -- Saturday morning
Rush hour in Neiafu -- Saturday morning
Neiafu bustles before noon on Saturday
Neiafu bustles before noon on Saturday
A big spider on Mt. Talau
A big spider on Mt. Talau
View of Neiafu from atop Mt. Talau
View of Neiafu from atop Mt. Talau
Vava'u Lahi from Mt. Talau
Vava'u Lahi from Mt. Talau
A small village along the Port of Refuge Harbor
A small village along the Port of Refuge Harbor
Busy Saturday market
Busy Saturday market
Residences in Vava'u
Residences in Vava'u
A Tongan family
A Tongan family
Spectacular view from 'Utula'aina Point
Spectacular view from 'Utula'aina Point
The northern shore of Vava'u Lahi has tall cliffs dropping off into the sea
The northern shore of Vava'u Lahi has tall cliffs dropping off into the sea
An unfinshed resort on Vava'u
An unfinshed resort on Vava'u
The Come and Get Store in Vava'u
The "Come and Get Store" in Vava'u
Boats in Vava'u
Boats in Vava'u
Neiafu, quiet on a Sunday morning
Neiafu, quiet on a Sunday morning
An adorable Tongan child in Neiafu
An adorable Tongan child in Neiafu
Mt. Talau looks over the Port of Refuge Harbor
Mt. Talau looks over the Port of Refuge Harbor
The Mermaid, undisputed social hub of Vava'u
The Mermaid, undisputed social hub of Vava'u
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