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Getting To Vava’u May Seem Confusing

Don’t worry, we’ve done most of the work for you, so you can focus on the fun stuff. Reading below should help!


Looking online For flights

Please note that DOMESTIC flights in Tonga can only be booked on http://RealTonga.to

Please also note that Real Tonga will 95% of the time change your flight time, the day before your flight.
You need to make sure you have wiggle room when flying with them. This is why we recommend staying
one night on the mainland, before flying over to Vava’u, if you choose to fly via TBU. Real Tonga will ask
for your International flight details, and accomodate you the best they can. So flying out is no issue.

  • The only way to get an international flight in to Vava’u is via Nadi, Fiji on Air Fiji -> Twice a week on WED and SAT (see below)
  • All other international flights will take you to Fuaʻamotu International Airport (TBU) (Also known as Tongatapu or Nukuʻalofa)
  • The international airport and domestic airport are five minutes by car from one another
  • Most clients will fly to TBU, spend the night at a hotel, and then make their way on Real Tonga to Vava’u (VAV)
  • This means they will book TWO roundtrip tickets
  • One roundtrip international ticket to TBU
  • One roundtrip ticket from TBU to VAV on http://RealTonga.to
  • When booking a domestic flight on Real Tonga, you will fly from Tongatapu to Vava’u via the domestic airport

Recommended Routes

Air New Zealand Via Auckland

New Zealand to Tonga

  • Air New Zealand offers flights on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
  • Their return flights to Auckland, New Zealand depart every day except Thursday & Sunday.

Check www.airnewzealand.com.au for exact times and prices.

Fiji Air via Nadi, Fiji

Vava’u, Tonga Flight Schedule

Arrival: FJ 275 From Nadi to Vava’u, leaving 8:00am, arriving 11:10am: Saturday and Wednesday

Departure: FJ 274 From Vava’u to Nadi, leaving 4:00pm, arriving 5:20pm: Saturday and Wednesday

Schedules are subject to change.

The options below fly you into Fuaʻamotu International Airport (TBU)in Nuku’alofa, Tonga. From TBU you can get a domestic flight to Vava’u on Real Tonga http://realtonga.to  — yes that is their website!

If you need help setting up an overnight stay near TBU, let us know and we can advise you.

Virgin Air via Sydney, Austrlia

Via Nuku’alofa to Vava’u, Virgin Australia (Virgin Blue) to Tonga

  • From Sydney to Tonga (Monday & Wednesday): VA143 21:45 – 05:10 (Arrive next day)
  • From Tonga to Sydney (Tuesday): VA182 16:45 – 19:30, VA178 06:00 – 14:30, VA178 & connecting flight VA8005 06:00 – 17:30
  • From Tonga to Sydney (Thursday):
    VA182 3:45pm – 6:30pm, VA178 06:00 – 14:30, VA178 & connecting VA8005 – 06:00 – 17:30

Check www.virginaustralia.com for exact times and prices.


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