Niuatoputapu is probably the most remote destination you will ever visit. A dot in the middle of the Pacific, it's a part of Tonga, yet closer to the border of Samoa. Niuatoputapu is as the South Pacific used to be. Its attractions are its isolation, the wonderful scenery, and the friendly people. Tongans have a reputation as the "friendliest South Sea Islanders." You'll have a chance to decide this for yourself when we visit a Tongan village. The 176 islands of Tonga range from high volcanic to low coral terrain and create scenic variety seldom matched elsewhere in the world. The islands are divided into four groups and bordered on the east by the deep Tongan Trench. The inhabitants spoke formerly the Niuatoputapu language, but it has now been extinct for centuries and the inhabitants speak mainly Tongan.
Watch horses haul wet pandanus leaves from the lagoon, where they are soaked in preparation for making tapa cloth. Listen to the gorgeous singing for which Tonga is famous.
If you like, hike around the barren lava flows, or swim or snorkel in the pristine waters.
Currency in Tonga: pa'anga (TOP)