Fertile, cone-shaped Tafahi Island, 3.4 square km in size and nine km north of the Niuatoputapu wharf, produces some of the highest quality kava and vanilla in the South Pacific.
Some 500 people live on the island and the only access is by small boat at high tide from Niuatoputapu.
There are 154 concrete steps from the landing to clusters of houses on Tafahi's north slope.
The climb to the summit (555 meters) of extinct Tafahi volcano takes only three hours—get fresh water from bamboo stalks on top. On a clear day Samoa is visible from up there!
You can also walk around the island in half a day, using the beach as your trail.