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Welcome to the Tongan Rock web site where you can find all the information you need to plan a climbing trip to this beautiful island.

Currently there’s only 25 pitches of climbing. Please consider helping us buy more titanium bolts and establish Eua as a World class tropical climbing destination. You can donate a few bucks here.

Climbing

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 An access arrangement has been negotiated but could be withdrawn at any time by the King’s Office.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 and pay a land management levy of T$20.

You must also agree to abide by the Climber’s Code of Conduct.

Our Story – the ‘Climb Eua’ Film

Australian film maker Brett Williams tells our story well in his new 18 minute film.

Locations
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.

Fangatave: To access the crag get dropped off at the water tanks, then walk north across farm land, closing two gates behind you, to locate the beach track which starts at the north end of the cliff line (15 mins). Descend the rough track to the beach then wander back south towards the cliffs. About 50 metres after the sand ends some fishing buoys can be seen hanging on the rock, marking the start of the access route up to the crag (20 mins). Scramble
up the rock terrace and follow the buoys through a cave and forest to the crag (10 mins from beach). The point at which you arrive at the crag is known as the “Whale Wall”.
Currently around 24 pitches have been bolted varying in length from 15-30m,
the majority of routes are two pitches and graded from 16 to 24.

Guide book

Click here to download the Tongan Rock guide book.

For specific questions please email kakamakaeua@gmail.com.

Bolts and anchors
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.

Essentials

Situated off the East Coast of Tongatapu Eua is part of the Kingdom of Tonga and the second largest island in the Tongan Chain. The economy of Eua is based around tourism, agriculture, forestry and fishing. Eua offers climbers a unique destination where world class climbs can be enjoyed alongside other adventurous activities including swimming with whales, caving, diving, trekking, horse riding and more…

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. The Kaka Maka Group is working with locals to develop ‘Eua as an international climbing destination and is the central point of contact for all climbing related queries and issues.

Best time to visit

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.

Getting There

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.

Useful links:

Visa

Visitors from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, UK, US and most of Europe are NOT required to apply for a visa to enter Tonga. A 31 day vistor’s visa will be issued upon arrival, free of charge and this can be extended for up to six months.

Read more about Visa Requirements here.

Getting around

There’s no public transport on ‘Eua, so you’ll need to walk, hire a bike or use a local taxi service to get from your accommodation to any of the climbing locations.

Accommodation

There are four main accommodation places:

Other useful links:
Government tourism site (www.thekingdomoftonga.com)

Lonely Planet – Tonga > Eua

Food and Dining

All the accommodation outlets can provide meals, currently there are only a couple of small restaurants on Eua. A number of Chinese owned shops sell a limited range of foods, snacks and other essentials.

Health and Safety

Climbing is inherently dangerous; all climbers must take responsibility for their own safety.
Climbers should note that there are no rescue facilities on Eua and nobody locally with the skills to conduct a rescue operation. In the event of an accident parties would need to self rescue.
There are only limited medical facilities on Eua and only a small hospital, so it is recommended that parties carry a comprehensive first aid kit and have the knowledge to use it.

Sundays and Church

Each Sunday almost all Tongans attend one of the many Churches on the island and all businesses are closed. You’ll still be able to get a meal from your accommodation provider, but don’t count on exchanging money for anything else, anywhere else on the island. Plan ahead and stock up on supplies Saturday night!

Activities

Eua offers adventurous visitors a wide range of activities and opportunities to explore:

  • Climbing
  • Swimming with whales
  • Hiking
  • Bird and wildlife watching
  • Diving
  • Beaches and snorkelling
  • Fishing and spearfishing
  • Horse riding
  • Church and culture
  • Basket weaving

Contact

The Kaka Maka Group

For operational or governance related queries relating specifically to rock climbing on ‘Eua.

kakamakaeua@gmail.com

The Ovava Tree Lodge

For climber registration and payment of the land management levy contact Litani or Seini Taufa.

www.deeplodge.to

+676 50882