St Marys Cathedral
St Marys Cathedral , near Faua Jetty, is worth visiting for its beautiful rose gardens, stained glass and vaulted ceiling.
Basilica of St Anthony of Padua
Nukualofas most distinctive structure is the Basilica of St Anthony of Padua , opposite the Royal Tombs. It has a beautiful interior of stained glass, wooden beams and hand-crafted furnishings.
As you round the coast to the north of Mu’a keep an eye out for the infamous fishing pigs. These unusual porkers head out in search of seafood and the word is they taste saltier than their land-based brethren. Well worth a photo!
Royal watchers/rubberneckers (regardless of denomination) head to the 1952 Centenary Chapel to catch a glimpse of members of the royal family at a Sunday service and to hear the magnificent, booming singing of the congregation. Dress well.
Abel Tasman Monument
At the northwestern tip of Tongatapu is a modest monument commemorating Dutchman Abel Tasmans discovery of Tongatapu in 1643. He was on his way back to Batavia (present-day Jakarta) after firstly bumping into Tasmania, then New Zealand. With great European sensibility he named Tong
One of Nuku’alofa’s most interesting sights is Talamahu, the kingdom’s main fresh-produce hub. You’ll find produce in handmade woven-frond baskets, branches of bananas, colourful pyramids of weighed-out produce and a few food stands – plus excellent Tongan arts and crafts. It’s a h
Mapu’a ‘a Vaca Blowholes
On an especially good day at Mapu’a ‘a Vaca (Chief’s Whistles), hundreds of blowholes spurt at once. They are best viewed on a windy day with a strong swell, when the water, forced up through natural vents in the coralline limestone, can shoot 30m into the air. The blowholes stretc
‘Ene’io Botanical Garden
Developed by Tongas former Minister of Agriculture, these gardens are brimming with botany (550 different plant varieties!). Access is via guided tour: book yourself onto a short garden walk (T$35), a three-hour birdwatching and hiking tour (T$85) or a full-day cultural tour (T$180
Honeymooners, start your engines! Fronting onto a magnificent beach, Fafá Island Resort is the most elegant on Tongatapu’s offshore islands, but it makes a great day trip from Nukualofa too. Day-trip boats to Fafá depart Faua Jetty at 11am and return at 4.30pm daily. The resorts tr
Tongan National Centre
It would be a major feat to spend any time in Tonga without having a cultural experience, but a visit to the Tongan National Centre is a good spot to start. The museum contains historical artefacts and cultural items still in use today. Good-value cultural tours include demonstrati
Ha’amonga ‘a Maui Trilithon
The South Pacific’s equivalent of Stonehenge, the Ha’amonga ‘a Maui (Maui’s Burden) trilithon near Niutoua, is one of ancient Polynesia’s most intriguing monuments. Archaeologists and oral history credit its construction to Tu’itatui, the 11th Tu’i Tonga. The structure consists of
The Mua area contains the richest concentration of archaeological remnants in Tonga. There are 28 royal stone tombs (langi ) in the area (15 of which are monumental), built with enormous limestone slabs carried by canoes either from nearby Pangaimotu, Motutapu and other parts of To
On the sunset side of the island, Ha’atafu Beach is a sandy slice protected by a reef, where some of Tongas best surf peels in (experienced surfers only need apply). There’s sheltered swimming and snorkelling at high tide in the broad lagoon. If your timing is good (June to Novembe
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