Tongan National Centre
Basilica of St Anthony of Padua
Nuku'alofa's most distinctive structure is the Basilica of St Anthony of Padua , opposite the Royal Tombs. It has a beautiful interior...
Royal watchers/rubberneckers (regardless of denomination) head to the 1952 Centenary Chapel to catch a glimpse of members of the royal...
One of Nuku’alofa’s most interesting sights is Talamahu, the kingdom’s main fresh-produce hub. You’ll find produce in handmade...
Slick little Café Escape could be anywhere but provides a refined, air-con oasis and infuses the tropics into its mixed menu. Locals...
Tongan National Centre information
Lonely Planet review
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 demonstrations of tapa making, weaving and basketry, traditional dancing and carving.
The dinner show starts with a kava ceremony, features traditional dishes cooked in an umu (underground oven), and has one of Tonga's best traditional dance and music shows.