Top Choice Archaeological Site in Around Tongatapu

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 constru…
Top Choice Market in Nuku'alofa

Talamahu Market

Want to see the real of Nuku’alofa? Wander through the aisles at Talamahu, Tonga's main fresh-produce hub. You’ll find produce piled into handmade woven-frond baskets, branches of bananas, colourful pyramids of frui…
Top Choice Cathedral in Neiafu

St Joseph’s Cathedral

A vision of colonial piety above Port of Refuge, St Joe's is Neiafu’s defining piece of archiecture. Inside, the hypercoloured crucifixion scene behind the altar is something to behold. The stretch of Fatafehi Rd be…
Top Choice Landmark in Around Tongatapu

Mapu’a ‘a Vaea Blowholes

On an especially good day at Mapu’a ‘a Vaea (Chief’s Whistles), hundreds of blowholes spurt skywards at once. Time your visit for a windy day with a strong swell, when the surf, forced up through eroded vents in the…
Top Choice Beach in Around Tongatapu

Ha’atafu Beach

On the sunset side of the island, Ha’atafu Beach is a sandy slice protected by a reef, where some of Tonga's best surf peels in (experienced surfers only need apply). There’s sheltered swimming and snorkelling at hi…
Top Choice Landmark in Around Tongatapu

Hufangalupe Archway

Near nowhere in particular is this impressive arch, aka ‘the pigeon’s doorway’ – a natural land bridge over the pounding Pacific waves, formed when the roof of a sea cave collapsed. Walk across the top and peer into…
Top Choice Cave in Vava'u Group

Mariner's Cave

Top Choice Cave in Vava'u Group

Swallows' Cave

Archaeological Site in Around Tongatapu


The Mu’a area contains Tonga's richest concentration of archaeological remnants. In AD 1200, Tu’itatui, the 11th of the Tu’i Tonga kings, moved the royal capital from Heketa (near present-day Niutoua) to Mu’a. There…
Archaeological Site in Lifuka

Hihifo’s Archaeological Sites

Hihifo, the contiguous suburban area south of Pangai, hides some archaeological relics seemingly of more interest to rooting pigs than anyone else. Hidden behind a low wire fence in a grove of ironwood on Loto Kolo …