Local Area Information
Pulekoleva Guesthouse is located on Tu'i Road in Neiafu which is the main road that runs through town. A prime location in the heart of Vava'u! Easy access to all local facilities and surrounding places of interest.
There are many tours to choose from which can cater to all tastes. The water in Vava'u is the most beautiful and clearest in the world. It is also well known for its cave dives. Most if not all tours depart from the harbour which is a short 5 minute walk from the guesthouse.
Vava'u is the only place in the world where you can swim with humpback whales. Whale watching season begins in late June and runs through until early October. We are happy to refer guests to some of the most reliable divers in the country.
As the town is literally a stone's throw away from Pulekoleva Guesthouse this makes it easy access to banks, shops, the local market, restaurants and bars.
If you're travelling to Tonga for the first time it's recommended you read a little bit about the culture just to make your time even more enjoyable and relaxing. Sundays in Tonga are a bit different and have their own twist. Tonga was heavily influenced by a Christian missionary and hence Sundays are strictly a day of rest. It is against the law to play, work, swim, garden and do your washing on a Sunday unless you are a tourist or in a tourist establishment (which rules Pulekoleva guests out).
This is quite a nice idea as it enforces people to take some time off and relax. You should be able to hear the church bells as early as 5am as Tongans go to church three times on a Sunday (5am, 10am and 5pm). Bakeries are also open on Sundays.
Pictured above: Whale watching is one of Vava'u's key attractions
Vava’u is a group of more than 50 islands in Tonga, about 150 miles north of Tongatapu. They are either raised coral limestone or coral atolls. The beautiful harbour opposite the main town of Neiafu (known as the Port of Refuge Harbour) is a common destination for yachties sailing the South Pacific. Neiafu is the fifth largest city in Tonga.
The waters of the islands are known for their clarity and calmness which locals describe as "lolo" which is Tongan for oil. Vava'u is a haven for humpback whales between June and November and is the only place in the world where you can see as many in the one spot.
Vava'u is a prime fishing destination with its beautiful harbour and untouched seas; a hidden gem in the South Pacific. Travel shows such as "Getaway" have described the harbour in Neiafu as the most picturesque place in the South Pacific.
Pictured above: Port of Refuge Harbour