A colonial territory of New Zealand, Tokelau is made up of three coral atolls in the Pacific Ocean. Tokelau is also referred to as the Union Islands by some westerners. Tokelau is becoming a great place for tourists and visitors from all over the world, and there are many new activities and wonders each time you visit.

Water Sports
Tokelau is a wonderful place to dive, as it sets on three different reefs and is a meca for marine life and vegetation. Since diving is such a large part of anyone’s stay here, there are a couple of diving schools and shops where you can learn and get the right gear to enjoy your dive. Swimming and fishing are also very popular water activities here, and even though there aren’t many other water sports, the tourism industry is always adding more.

Island Diversity
Tokelau was first inhabited by the Polynesians when they migrated from their homes in other island chains. But, in 1889, the island came under British rule and the Polynesians were removed to other islands around the Pacific. When New Zealand took over the rule of Tokelau in 1916, the people who lived there were able to continue to observe their traditions and culture that they had created over the years.

Although Tokelau is just now coming into the tourist industry, there still aren’t that many activities for visitors to enjoy outside of the diving and water sports. But, you can shop at some of the local markets for great handcrafted art works and other handicrafts.

Diverse People of Tokelau

Diverse People of Tokelau

The Tokelau Islands are a group of three tropical coral atolls which are governed by New Zealand. The Tokelau Islands are like a delicate string on the ocean, and the total landmass is only around twelve square kilometers. With no harbors or ports, getting to these islands is difficult, as ships must approach as close as possible and then sent rowboats to shore to offload passengers, cargo, and other items. When the weather is poor, no trade can occur, and the ship’s crew must wait for calmer conditions before attempting to row to shore.
Tokelau’s long term viability as an inhabited [...]