The best time to be in Vava'u is the first week of May for the Vava'u Festival, marking the crown prince's birthday on May 4.
There will be a display of handicrafts, sporting events, a game fishing tournament, a yacht regatta, boat parades, the Vava'u Marathon, island nights, concerts, dances, feasts, art exhibitions, church choir meetings, traditional Tongan games, a baby show, and a grand ball with the crowning of Miss Vava'u.
The king usually attends the Agricultural Show in September. Hotel rooms should be booked ahead at these times.
The Sunday morning singing at the Free Wesleyan Church on Tui Road opposite the Flea Market is almost worth the plane fare to Vava'u.