Niuatoputapu Map, Tonga
Niuatoputapu Island, 300 kilometers north of Vavau, is one of two inhabited islands in Tongas remote Niua Group. The volcanic cone of the third member of the group, uninhabited Tafahi Island, is clearly visible to the north of Niuatoputapu.
A ridge 150 meters high runs down the center of Niuatoputapu, surrounded by a plain like the brim of a hat. Bush trails from Vaipoa lead to gardens on the ridge. The plain has been planted with coconuts and limes, although small tracts of native forest remain in the south.
Niuatoputapu has some fine white beaches, especially on Hunganga Island where there's good swimming and snorkeling in the sheltered lagoon. The freshwater Niutoua Spring in Hihifo village runs into a sandy crevice which is perfect for a swim.
The island's 300 inhabitants live in Hihifo, Vaipoa, and Falehau villages near the broad lagoon on the north side of Niuatoputapu. Ocean waves crash into the unprotected south coast. The post office, store, bakery, and administrative offices are in Hihifo.
Weekly flights reach Niuatoputapus airstrip from Vavau once a week, when operating. Theres also a monthly supply ship from Vavau which ties up to a wharf at Falehau. Niuatoputapu is an official port of entry for yachts and other shipping arriving from Samoa or beyond. Very few tourists get this far.
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