Cheap flights from Tokelau

Floating halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand is Tokelau, a Polynesian group of three atolls – Atafu, Nukunonu, and Fakaofo. These three tiny dots in the Pacific may seem little to the point that there are little sights to see, except for the great earthly sea view, and almost isolated case. But don’t fret; an indigenous culture is thriving in these sparse, tiny islands. You might want to come and make this trip a once in a lifetime experience.

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Referred as the Chiefly Island, Fakaofo consists of 62 islets that make it the largest group among the atolls. It is also home to a thriving, proud number of 580. Interestingly, three churches can be found in the island, which caters to a majority of Protestant and Catholic inhabitants living in the island. It also has a traditional village hall, which has a coral slab that personifies the ancient Polynesian God Tui Tokelau.

Next in line would be Nukunonu, which has about 24 islets, and houses the largest lagoon. It is considered as the largest of Tokelau’s three atolls and is said to have been blessed with abundance of pandanus trees for weaving.

Atafu is deemed as the smallest and most traditional of Tokelau’s atolls. Interestingly, the island is also home to a number of traditional houses which can be largely attributed to large supply of building wood called kanava.

From Faleolo International Airport, you can reach Honolulu, Hawaii in just a few hours. As an archipelago of about 19 volcanic islands floating in the northeast corner of Polynesia, Hawaii is home to the largest and most active volcanoes on earth, the Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. Despite this hazardous nature wonder, Hawaii overall is frequented by tourists for its unspoiled natural beauty. In the capital Honolulu, you can go visit the famous Waikiki Beach. If you want to go to less frequented tourists spots, you can go to the west, almost near Downtown, which will lead you to your solitary confinement in Ala Moana Park, a green corner in the capital with lots of trees and grass as well as a nice sandy beach.

Since Faleolo International Airport only serves short haul flights, the best way to reach the other side of the world is through connecting flights. If you want to reach Norway, you can opt for a connecting flight in Australia, which in turn, has connecting flights via Bangkok in Thailand or Doha in Qatar. In Norway, particularly in Tromsø, you can see the aurora, or the so called northern lights. During summer, you can get a glimpse of the midnight sun.

How to get out

If you want to get out of Tokelau, you first need to board a ferry that goes to Apia, the capital of Samoa. It has been established that MV Tokelau cruise goes on a twice monthly service, while the Pacific Expeditions Limited goes to Nukunonu Atoll once a year but for accuracy purposes, you may directly consult the Tokelau government website for boat schedules. Upon arrival in Apia, you can head to the Faleolo Airport, which is approximately 20 miles from the city proper. Faleolo International Airport is being served by airlines such as Air New Zealand, Fiji Airways, Inter Island Airways, Samoa Air, Polynesian Airlines, and Virgin Samoa, which fly to destinations such as Auckland, Honolulu, Nadi, Suva, Pago Pago, Tau, Asau, Maota, Brisbane, and Sydney.

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