Silversea Luxury Cruises To NEIAFU VAVA'U GROUP

NEIAFU VAVA'U GROUP

With a population of 6,000, Neiafu is the capital of the Vava’u Group and the second largest municipality in the Polynesian nation of Tonga (a 169-island archipelago in the South Pacific). The city is situated next to a deep- water harbor (Port of Refuge) on the south coast of Vava’u, the main island of the Vava’u archipelago in northern Tonga. The waters of this region are known for their clarity and beauty, and the area attracts many humpback whales between June and November. View more

A popular destination in Neiafu is the ‘Ene’io Botanical Garden, a bird sanctuary that promotes the survival of exotic and native bird species as well as supports and conserves a diverse array of plant life.

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PAPEETE (Tahiti) To SYDNEY
  • Departure
    Mar 01 2020
  • Duration
    18 Days
  • Ship
    Silver Whisper
From US$ 10,890
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Excursions in NEIAFU VAVA'U GROUP

Ene’io Botanical Garden

Embrace the splendid beauty, culture and traditions of ancient Polynesia during this sightseeing excursion.


Vavau, Ene'Io Botanical Garden, Guided Walking Tour, Plant Collections, Cultural Demonstration

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to the Ene'Io Botanical Garden, Tonga's only tropical botanical garden. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour through the exquisite garden. Along the way, hear fascinating stories and folklore whilst passing by the rich and varied collections of plants and flowers. Learn about the medicinal uses of different plants and the local fauna, and observe cultural demonstrations that include mat-weaving, the pounding of tapa cloths, making nonu juice and vanilla essence, extracting of coconut milk, and a kava-tasting. Before you leave, stop by the gift shop to browse the items available for sale.


At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your bus and return to Halaevalu Wharf via Pouono Cemetery and the Catholic Cathedral Church for your last scenic view and photo opportunity.


Please note: This tour involves an moderate amount of walking and standing at times over uneven and natural surfaces and trails, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the bus. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and bottled water from the ship. Buses utilised on this tour are rustic, with no A/C nor microphones. tour sequence may vary. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions.

Mount Talau Hiking

Experience the panoramic island beauty of Vavau from a unique perspective during this hiking excursion to the summit of Mount Talau.


Vavau, Mount Talau, Royal Palace at Fangatongo, Talau Village

Depart the pier for a brief drive to the base of Mount Talau. Mout Talau has a rich history; according to legend, the tip of the mount now rests in the sea to the north-western side of the mount, and is an island known as Lotuma. Upon arrival, begin your guided, approximately 15-minute slow hiking trek up to the summit. En route, pass by the Royal Palace at Fangatongo and village of Talau.


Mount Talau Summit, Eastern Deck, Vavau Islands, Port of Refuge, Neiafu Township, Islands

Upon arrival at the summit, there are two decks; one facing east and one facing north. From the eastern deck, take in spectacular panoramic views overlooking the islands of Vavau, Port of Refuge and township of Neiafu. Looking further out towards the east, take in spectacular views of the eastern islands and outlying villages, and islands to the south.


Northern Deck, Northern Vavau Island and Town, Bridge, Mount Talayu Bay, Cruise Ships

The northern deck offers a bird's-eye view of the northern end of the island, which features the only bridge in Tonga connecting the villages to the main business centre of Neiafu. There are also tracks leading around the summit, and to the very back of the mount. Here, marvel at the view of Mount Talayu Bay, where cruise ships berth whilst visiting Vavau. Following your stop at the summit of Mount Talau, begin the approximately 15-minute descent to the base on-foot. Upon arrival at the base, re-board your coach and return to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking, at times over uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the bus. This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guests with neck and/or back problems, guests with heart and/or respiratory conditions, guests with a fear of heights, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. To make your day as enjoyable as possible, please ensure to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection. All guests should bring bottled water from the ship to drink. Restrooms facilities may be rustic. We thank you for your understanding as we visit this remote destination. The tour itinerary may operate in reverse. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.