A beautiful ring shaped island formed completely out of corals, Tokelau is situated right in between New Zealand and Hawaii. A South Pacific gem, these atolls belong to New Zealand. Known for the beautiful blues contrasting beautifully with white clear skies, the reefs here are almost like an episode out of a travel documentary. The language and people here both offer such a variety of experience that landscape takes a back seat from being a priority to being an additional bonus. Although, getting here is challenging- but is completely worth it for anybody who likes to lie in the lap of nature.
In order to ensure that your Tokelau travel guide goes a little beyond just your dreams, then this is the first point to keep in mind. You need to procure a permit from Tokelau Apia Liaison Office in Apia two weeks prior to your travel. The most common way to get in Tokelau is through Samoa, which is a 24 hours ship ride and is under taken every two weeks. If you are planning on taking this way- then you have to procure a permission from the Samoan authorities as well.
When to go
The best time to visit Tokelau is from the months of April to October. From November onwards, the boats from Samoa really tart to fill up and the weather becomes extremely rough as the wet season begins.
Destinations to cover
The island is pretty much divided between three atolls. If you are thinking of things to do in Tokelau, then you definitely have to include exploring the culture, snorkelling and swimming. The three atolls to visit are Nukunonu, Atafu, Fenuafala, which is located on Fakaofo.
Get in and around
If you are thinking of how to reach Tokelau, then your options are really limited. There are no airports here, although there are plans of getting a Tokelau Airlines. Tokelau does not boast of any ports and harbours either, only anchorage is available. To get around, you need to depend on your feet or mercy of locals who fill up the boats that are rarely scheduled. The government-run MV Tokelau provides passenger and cargo services to and from Apia, Samoa every two weeks. The trip takes about 24-36 hours each way, and the ship makes the round trip in roughly five days. The Passengers are expected to bring their own mattresses to sleep on. Food is provided, and there is one bathroom for the passengers in total. To get around the atolls, you can take the traditional canoe.
Hotels and Food
There are very limited options available for accommodation and are divided on the basis of the atolls. Here are a few options that you can consider- The main hotel in Tokelau is known as the Luanaliki. This hotel is located on the main atoll-Nukunonu. There is also one resort which offers mesmerizing views. The name of the resort is Fale Fa, and this is also located on Nukunonu. There is also a guest house situated on Atafu and it is called the Feliti Lopa.