29 days in Tonga, Samoa & Vanuatu Itinerary

29 days in Tonga, Samoa & Vanuatu Itinerary

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29 days in Tonga, Samoa & Vanuatu Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Neiafu, Tonga
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Apia, Samoa
— 7 nights
Fly:  12​h
4
Tanna Island, Vanuatu
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Luganville, Vanuatu
— 5 nights
Travel:  2​h 30​min
6
Aore Island, Vanuatu
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 15​min
7
Port Vila, Vanuatu
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Sydney, Australia

4
nights
Nuku'alofa, Tonga

Nuku'alofa ©
The capital of Tonga and the seat of the island nation's royal family, Nuku'alofa was first seen by Western eyes in 1777, when legendary Captain James Cook arrived in the area.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Centenary Church and Ha'atafu Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Free Church of Tonga and Captain Cook's Landing Place. Step out of Nuku'alofa with an excursion to Anahulu Cave - The Underground Swimming Pool in Haveluliku--about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of St Anthony of Padua, explore the striking landscape at Hufangalupe Natural Land Bridge, get all the information you need at Tonga Tourism Authority, and take an unorthodox tour of 3 Headed Coconut.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Nuku'alofa online itinerary builder .

Sydney, Australia to Nuku'alofa is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Tonga Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nuku'alofa, with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Neiafu.

Things to do in Nuku'alofa

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Tongatapu Island, Anahulu Cave - The Underground Swimming Pool
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Centenary Church ©
Centenary Church
Ha'atafu Beach ©
Ha'atafu Beach
Free Church of Tonga ©
Free Church of Tonga

2
nights
Neiafu, Tonga

Neiafu ©
On the 8th (Wed), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Joseph's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Mt Talau and then take in nature's colorful creations at Ene'io Botanical Garden.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Neiafu road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Nuku'alofa to Neiafu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In January, daytime highs in Neiafu are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Apia.

Things to do in Neiafu

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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Ene'io Botanical Garden ©
Ene'io Botanical Garden
St Joseph's Cathedral ©
St Joseph's Cathedral

7
nights
Apia, Samoa

Apia ©
The Samoan capital of Apia serves as the first port of call for most visitors, and it plays home to a number of historic sites, a laid-back seaside promenade, and a range of hotels and restaurants keeping tourists entertained.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Baha'i House of Worship, Tiapapata, Samoa and Immaculate Conception of Mary Cathedral. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Giant Clam Sanctuary and Sopoaga Falls. Change things up with these side-trips from Apia: O le Pupu-Pue National Park (in Si'umu) and Cape Fatuosofia (in Cape Fatuosofia). Next up on the itinerary: cast your line with a fishing tour, view the masterpieces at Tiapapata Art Centre, take in the dramatic scenery at Togitogiga Waterfall, and kick back and relax at Lefaga Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Apia route maker site .

Traveling by flight from Neiafu to Apia takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tanna Island.

Things to do in Apia

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Upolu, Cape Fatuosofia, O le Pupu-Pue National Park, Giant Clam Sanctuary
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Giant Clam Sanctuary ©
Giant Clam Sanctuary
Togitogiga Waterfall ©
Togitogiga Waterfall

2
nights
Tanna Island, Vanuatu

Tanna Island ©
Visiting Blue Cave and Mount Yasur will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Blue Hole Number Two and Yakel Village.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tanna Island day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Apia to Tanna Island takes 12 hours. Traveling from Apia to Tanna Island, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Luganville.

Things to do in Tanna Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Blue Cave ©
Blue Cave
Mount Yasur ©
Mount Yasur
Yakel Village ©
Yakel Village

5
nights
Luganville, Vanuatu

Luganville ©
Luganville is the second largest city in Vanuatu. Discover out-of-the-way places like Riri Blue Hole and Cruising Safaris. Step out of the city life by going to Mount Hope Waterfall and Fishing Charters & Tours. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Santo's Blue Hole Hangout, contemplate the long history of SS President Coolidge, make a trip to Million Dollar Point, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Luganville sightseeing tool .

You can fly from Tanna Island to Luganville in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Aore Island.

Things to do in Luganville

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Santo's Blue Hole Hangout
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Riri Blue Hole ©
Riri Blue Hole
Scuba & Snorkeling
Cruising Safaris ©
Cruising Safaris

1
night
Aore Island, Vanuatu

Aore Island ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Freshwater Plantation - Aore Island.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Aore Island day trip planning site .

Explore your travel options from Luganville to Aore Island with the Route module. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Port Vila.

Things to do in Aore Island

Parks Wildlife
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Freshwater Plantation - Aore Island ©

6
nights
Port Vila, Vanuatu

The capital of Vanuatu and the largest settlement on Efate, Port Vila plays home to a number of busy markets, cafes, bars, and restaurants catering to the tourism industry.
Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Eton Beach. Visit Chief Roi Mata's Domain and Quoin Hill Airfield for their historical value. Step out of Port Vila to go to Pele Island and see Pele Island, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Havannah Beach and Boat Club, hunt for treasures at Port Vila Handicraft Market, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Vanuatu, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Port Vila.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Port Vila online day trip planner .

Getting from Aore Island to Port Vila by flight takes about 1.5 hours. In January in Port Vila, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Vila

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Efate, Pele Island
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Pele Island ©
Pele Island
National Museum of Vanuatu ©
National Museum of Vanuatu

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