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Tokelau Travel

Tokelau is a protectorate of New Zealand. It is located just north of Samoa and composed of just three atolls. There are only three primary villages on each of these islands, all of which are surrounded by lagoons. It is fairly difficult to reach since Tokelau does not have an airport, harbor or port. Planes that are capable of landing on water can transport visitors to the islands. There is also a boat service from Apia , which is the capital of Samoa . This boat service offers great food, but passengers will not reach the destination until the next day.

Tokelau travel

This cozy tropical location was settled by the Polynesians and the main language is Tokelaun which is similar to Samoan. Fortunately, most of the people can speak and understand English as well. Also, like many tropical locations, Tokelau has both rainy and dry seasons. Both seasons are pleasant, but many visitors will prefer to visit the atolls during the dry season, which is April through October. Furthermore, in the rainy season there may be a real risk of cyclones which affects the travel from Samoa.

It should also be noted that in November through January the islands become very crowded because students and other Tokelauns who study abroad come home during these months to visit family. There is limited accommodation for tourists on the atolls because it does not yet receive very many visitors. For this reason, large groups may not want to come to Tokelau. That being said, small groups and individuals will enjoy coming to Tokelau for a relaxing retreat.

Each atoll has unique attractions and there is weekly boat transportation between them. Nukunonu is the largest of the three atolls. The island is surrounded by islets and beautiful corral reefs. This makes scuba diving and snorkeling and diving memorable activities here. Also, there are handmade crafts available for purchase on the atoll. So be sure to pick up souvenirs. This atoll also has many pandanus trees.

Atafu is the smallest and most traditional atoll of Tokelau. The population is Protestant and the faithful community does not consume alcohol. They also use the dugout canoes to get around on the islets. There are more beautiful reefs to explore through diving around Atafu.

The third island is Fakaofo and it displays a huge coral statue of Tui Tokelau, the ancient Polynesian god. This is where the majority of the population of Tokelau lives. They have a traditional town hall and beautiful lagoons.

People who love adventure, crave relaxation, and have some determination should visit Tokelau. It may take some elaborate travel arrangements, but the reward is worth it. Tourists can also tour the islands and admire the lagoons and reefs from the comfort of a yacht. The people of Tokelau are friendly and inviting, and the peaceful island atmosphere will bring relaxation to weary travelers.

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