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Tonga Travel Guide

The Niuas

The isolated volcanic islands of Niuatoputapu, Tafahi, and Niuafo'ou sit midway between Vava'u and Samoa, and often share the devastating hurricanes common to the latter. Two owe their names to their ubiquitous coconut trees (niu).

Surprisingly, these were the first Tongan Islands to be seen by Europeans (by Schouten and Le Maire in 1616). The number of visitors to the Niuas today is negligible, but the islands have a lot to offer and are well worth including in your trip, if you can afford the extra airfare (and if the air service is operating).