The more upscale Vava'u Beach Fales, a 10-minute walk west of Aufaga, has six attractive bungalows with a fridge at about three times the places in Saleapaga. The property is currently a little rundown but may be redeveloped by the Warwick hotel chain if outstanding land disputes can ever be settled. The lagoon and beach here are stunning and the managers serve a good breakfast.
The coast here is fantastic with rock pools and a beach for swimming, but beware of the currents (ask for advice). Also ask about the nearby crater lake connected to the sea by a lava tube or "ocean trench" (custom fee collected). It's accessible off the main road just west of the turnoff to Vava'u.
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