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Eua

  • Grade context: AU
  • Photos: 108
  • Ascents: 148
  • Aka: 'Eua
  • Aka: Eua Island

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Summary

The island of Eua is part of the Kingdom of Tonga. This small and hilly paradise offers steep cliffs next to the sea, a truly exotic destination for climbers.

Description

Single- and multi-pitch sport climbing on steep limestone in a beautiful but somewhat remote area. All routes are equipped with glue-in titanium ring bolts.

Visit http://www.tonganrock.org for details.

Access issues

Before climbing on ‘Eua, all climbers must register at Ovava Tree Lodge. During registration climbers must agree to the Disclaimer and the Climber’s Code of Conduct. There is a T$20 climbers registration fee and an admin fee of T$5. This is a one off payment per trip.

Please remember that climbing is on the Kings estate and access is a privilege granted by the Kings Office, not a right. We are guests on their land - please act accordingly.

Approach

Make your way to Tonga, most likely by plane from e.g. Auckland or Sydney. From there you either go to Eua by boat or by plane. Both do not operate on Sundays in accordance with strict Sabbath law.

Where to stay

The main accommodation places are:

  • Ovava Tree Lodge has nine bungalows and are building a climbers camp site for 2019. Their kitchen can be used for a fee.
  • 'Alakoka Tahi Moana at Kiko's place with a couple of guest rooms, restaurant, pool table and possible kitchen use.
  • Taina’s Place has bungalows and a campsite.
  • Deep Resort has four units, right at the beach.
  • Hideaway Resort has around twelve rooms, but has not re-opened after Cyclone Gita.

Other useful links: Government tourism site

Lonely Planet – Tonga > Eua

Ethic

To ensure climbers can enjoy this special place it is critical that climbing is supported by the local community. To help achieve this the Kaka Maka Group has been formed as a partnership between climbers, the Kings Office and the Eua Tourism Association to develop ‘Eua as an international climbing destination. Contact them by email: kakamakaeua@gmail.com

History

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In Aug 2016, a small team from NZ & Australia visited Eua and assessed the viability for climbing on it's large limestone cliffs.

Check out this video for more details on climbing in Eua: https://youtu.be/JABZrTUpZUg

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