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Cheap flights from Tokelau

Tokelau is a non-self-governing territory of New Zealand in the South Pacific Ocean. The territory has three atolls, namely, Atafu, Nukunonu, and Fakaofo, with a combined land area of 10km2 and a population of 1,400. Tokelau lies north of the Samoan Islands, with Swains Islands being the nearest, and lies east of Tuvalu and South of Phoenix. Sometimes, the island is referred to by its older colonial name which is the Union Islands, especially since it is designated as a non-self-governing territory by the United Nations and directly under the wing of New Zealand and the patronage of the Royal Family of the United Kingdom. More so, the name of this territory was taken from the Polynesian word which means north wind, hinting of its isolation and sometimes, its disappearance due to the rising seas caused by global warming and tides. Indigenous culture in the country has been well maintained due to its isolation, and its tropical appeal and mysterious aura lures tourists to its shores.

However, it is quite inconvenient to travel to this Pacific nation, since there are no airports or airstrips available here. The nearest port in the islands of Samoa will take 20 hours to sail.

Where to go

While the island is blessed with natural beauty and a rich and untouched culture, it is quite impossible to travel around the domestic destinations due to the fact that the area is isolated and limited settlements can be found in the area.

Short Haul 

There are no short haul flights available from this nation because there are no airports and airlines serving the area. The nearest, perhaps, will be the handful of airports in Samoa, but from the said airports, there are only limited flights going to Australia and New Zealand. This will take long, 20 hours of sea travel plus a couple of hours more spent on air travel.

Long Haul 

There are no long haul flights available in the country as there are no airports and airlines serving the area. Private airstrips are unavailable as well.

How to get out

The only way to get out of this beautiful isolation is to chance upon a ship docking in one of the atolls in Tokelau, then sail some 20 hours to the Islands of Samoa. From there, travellers may take the next flights flying out of Samoa to the countries of Australia and New Zealand. Airports serving Samoa are the Faleolo International Airport, the Asau Airport, the Fagali'i Airport that was reopened in 2009, the Lalomalava Airport, and the Maota Airport. Cheap flights from these ports can be booked using Skyscanner. Skyscanner is a reliable source of the cheapest flights from over 600 airlines across the world. 

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