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by , SmarterTravel Staff - January 12, 2009
Tonga

Vava'u, Tonga: Paradise International Hotel

One of the most gorgeous parts of the gorgeous Polynesian kingdom of Tonga, Vava'u attract yachters, wildlife watchers, and beach lovers looking to stay far far away from the stresses of urban life. Sailors appreciate Vava'u's stunning harbor and protected waterways while wildlife watchers coming during the summer get up close to humpback whales that spend the season near Tonga before migrating back to Antarctica. As for beaches, there are countless postcard-perfect strands and uninhabited sand islands to explore. The 48-room Paradise International Hotel overlooks the harbor and the staff can arrange for whale watching, snorkeling, picnics on deserted islands, game fishing, and more. Prices start at $69 per night.

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