Welcome to Nuku'alofa
Raffish Nuku’alofa is the kingdom’s seat of government and the home of the royal family. While it may not be a perfect Pacific paradise, Tonga’s capital (aka ‘Dirty Nuke’) has hidden charm and promise if you blow the dust from the surface. The buzzy main street leads to the broad waterfront, from where there are impressive views across the bay to coral islands, a short boat ride away. The market here is a mainline into Tongan life, there are a few good places to eat and drink, and you’ll still see pigs and chickens careening around the back streets.