Vava'u is the island chain of one large island and 40 smaller ones in Tonga. According to tradition Maui fished both Tongatapu and VavaÊ»u but put a little more effort into the former. Vava'u rises 204 m above sea level. Vava'u is a prime fishing destination with its beautiful harbour and untouched seas.
In Polynesia it is explained that the islands were created by the god Maui, that caught the bottom of the sea with his magic hook and left what became the islands of VavaÊ»u. In total there are 70 islands, of which 17 are inhabited, spread over six districts.
VavaÊ»u has a much warmer climate than the rest of Tonga excepting the Niua group of islands. Because of the island's warm climate and fertile soil, VavaÊ»u is a haven for vanilla and pineapple growers as well as other tropical fruits.