Information on posting mail, finding a courier and other shipping needs here in the islands of Vava’u
Post Office – Vava’u
Opposite the wharf. Open Monday – Friday 9:00am-4:30pm, Closed for Lunch 12:30 to 1:30
Phone (676) 70 141
The post office is the red building behind the Police station right in the centre of town.
Post Office – Ha’apai
Main Road, Pangai. Open Monday – Friday 9:00am-4:30pm
Phone (676) ??????
Couriers into Tonga are not too bad, getting them to Vava’u can be interesting and the slow part of the trip, you might have to chase the courier and customs clearing agent in Tongatapu to put it on a flight and pay them directly as these courier companies do not ship end to end for Vava’u. Allow at least 3 weeks for all courier companies!
Parcels are subject to inspection from the Tonga Customs. Do address to “Yacht in Transit”, but be aware that duty and tax may still apply. Please organise with one of the following companies to receive your packages. If your getting items sent for a cruising yacht or boat then address it as follows…
S/Y Yacht Name, Yacht in transit, Care Of (and then your agents physical and post office address/phone numbers).
UPS agent : E.M. Jones Hardware
Telephone Vava’u +676 70422 Tongatapu +676 23 423 and +679-720-043
FedEx agent : Western Union
Telephone Vava’u +676 70888 Ha’apai +676 60798Tongatapu +676 28928
DHL agent : Mapa (taxi driver)
Telephone Vava’u +676 12363 Ha’apai?????? Tongatapu +676 23617
TNT Agent : Chathams Pacific
Telephone Vava’u +676 71280 Ha’apai +676 ?????? Nukualofa +676 23012
Reef Shipping – ship direct to Nukualofa and Vava’u.
Reef Shipping Contact information
Reef Shipping schedule NZ to Vava’u
Reef Shipping schedule to Asia to Nukualofa
Reef Shipping schedule to Asia to Vava’u
Reef Shipping schedule Australia to Vava’u
Reef Shipping Vessel Situation Report
Dateline TRANSAM Head Office
Dateline TRANSAM Shipping Ltd.
Fakafanua Center Suite 10-12
Cnr By Pass & Vuna Road
Phone: +676 24-470
Fax: +676 23-993
SF Enterprises – Connecting the South Pacific with the World
The Bay Area
AID and volunteering
Volunteering is a great way of gaining a rare and privileged insight into another world, one beyond the irresistible lure of unspoilt beaches, palm trees and balmy evenings. It’s not, though, an option for the casual tourist: volunteer programmes require a serious and long-term commitment. Most organisations require volunteers to have tertiary qualifications or work experience in their particular field, and to hold residency in the organisation’s base country. WWOOFERS (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms ) also have several Independent Hosts in Tonga.
Some of the ways people (Church groups/school groups/tour organisors/tourists) have supported Tonga in the past are:
- Medical – dental/orthopeadic/plastic surgery/optometrist/veterinary
- Sporting – donations of rugby shoes and uniforms
- Hygiene – donations of toothpaste/toothbrushes
- Education – books/pens/calculators
- Or whatever your skill is…
Business hours are flexible, but are usually from 9am until 4.30pm, with most shops open from 8.30am to 5pm on weekdays, and 9am to noon on Saturday. Fale koloa (small grocery kiosks) have the longest hours, from around 6am to 10pm Monday to Saturday. Liquor may not be sold from supermarkets and liquor shops after 5pm Monday to Friday and 12pm on Saturdays
Cafes are usually open from 7am to 10am for breakfast, noon to 2pm for lunch, and 6pm to 10pm if they serve evening meals. Larger hotels and a few restaurants open to the public on Sunday, but most restaurants are closed. Produce markets generally operate from 6am to 4pm on weekdays and are busiest from 6am to noon on Saturday.
Bakeries become the social hub on Sunday afternoon, with wafts of freshly baked bread, pastries and pies drawing customers in. They open from about noon (around 4pm on smaller islands) to anywhere between 8pm and 11pm. Note, however, that time in Tonga is tolerated rather than obeyed. Be prepared for prearranged meeting times and standard opening hours to regularly be ignored without a hint of remorse or social consequence. Taxis do not generally operate on Sundays but some drivers will if pre-arranged.