Climber’s Code of Conduct

Access and permission to climb on the King’s estate on Eua Island is a privilege not a right. The following Code of Conduct has been developed in conjunction with the King’s office and local authorities to clarify the behavior expected from visiting climbers and you’ll need to read and sign these terms to climb on ‘Eua Island.

Observe all access restrictions and agreements.

Do not camp at crags. You’ll need to stay with one of the local accommodation providers.

Use official approach tracks. Access has been negotiated and approved tracks avoid tapu (sacred) areas. Check the guide book for detailed maps of tracks and please don’t stray from them.

Close farm gates. Fences can be delicate, be careful and close them behind you and please don’t disturb livestock.

Leave only footprints. If you pack it in, pack it out. Don’t take souvenirs.

Put safety first. Numerous natural hazards exist on ‘Eua. It is the responsibility of the climber to exercise his or her own judgement and discretion at all times when climbing. The climber assumes total responsibility for climbing safety. The landowner accepts no responsibility for any event arising out of this activity.

Respect Tongan culture. Dress conservatively, keeping togs or bathing gear for the beach only. Keep your language clean and inoffensive, even when falling off climbs.

Respect wildlife. Do not disturb nesting birds or other wildlife and protect all native plants especially at the base of cliffs. Avoid removing vegetation from cracks and ledges when developing new climbs.

Respect tapu (sacred) sites. Specifically, at Fangatave these include:

  • Solar power generation area
  • Water tanks
  • Water supply pipes

Avoid these areas and don’t develop climbs in the near vicinity.

Bury human waste. If you need to go, bury human waste at least 50 metres from any water source. Dig a hole 15-20 cm deep and cover well. Carry out sanitary products.

Preserve delicate cave features. These take thousands of years to form, so please don’t touch or break them.

Be covered by insurance. Neither the King nor those who have established routes accept any liability for the consequences of your actions.

Please note: Climbers wishing to establish new routes should first contact the Kaka Maka Group.