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Summary

Definitely an exotic climbing destination!

Description

The main climbing area is on the King’s estate at Fangatave Beach, at the north-eastern end of the island. While there is potential for climbing at Olu, Houmatahi and Laku’fanga, access to these locations has not yet been established.

The best time to climb in Tonga is during the Southern hemisphere’s winter, from the start of June to August. Happily, each year Whales arrive sometime around mid-June and stay till early October, so keep that in mind if you want to swim with these curious cetaceans.

The shoulder season of April to May or September to October are warmer, but still cool enough to climb if you stick to shadey aspects, but expect hot and humid conditions from November to March.

Access issues

The majority of climbing is on the King’s estate and access is a privilege granted by the King’s Office, not a right. An access arrangement has been negotiated but could be withdrawn at any time by the King’s Office.

Before climbing on ‘Eua, all visitors must agree to the Disclaimer (http://tonganrock.azurewebsites.net/climbing/climbers-registration/) and pay a land management levy of T$20.

You must also agree to abide by the Climber’s Code of Conduct (http://www.tonganrock.org/climbing/climbers-code-of-conduct/).

Approach

The beautiful island of ‘Eua is just a 10 minute flight or 3 hour ferry from Nuku’alofa, which itself is just 3 or 4 1/2 hours flight from Auckland or Sydney respectively. Alternatively, you can fly to Nuku’alofa from Fiji or Samoa.

Where to stay

There are four main accommodation places:

  • Ovava Tree Lodge has eight units, there is also a small area where camping may also be possible and you can use their kitchen for a fee.
  • Hideaway Resort has around twelve rooms.
  • Taina’s Place has bungalows and a campsite.
  • Deep Resort which has four units.

Ethic

All bolts are titanium 110mm x 10mm glue in P-style ring bolts. The resin used in 2016 and 2017 was Hilti HIT-HY 200 R.

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