Welcome to Tongatapu


Tongatapu's key archaeological sights – such as Mu’a and the Ha’amonga ‘a Maui Trilithon – are on the isle’s eastern side, which also features caves, calm sandy coves and the airport. To the west are the Mapu’a Vaca Blowholes and the most of the resorts and surf breaks. North of Nuku'alofa are some lovely little day-trip islands. Give yourself a good few days to check it all out.


Top experiences in Tongatapu

Tongatapu activities

$250 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Whale Swim Day Trip

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Talamahu Markets, Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu IslandWe will leave the harbour by boat and head towards the islands of Tongatapu to search for Humoback Whales

$241.10 Cultural & Theme Tours

Shore Excursion: Small Group VIP Island Tour with BONUS experience!

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Ha'atafu Beach, Tongatapu IslandPick up from your cruise ship at 9:00am you will join a small group of max 8 people in your air-conditioned coach with knowledgeable guide.First stop will be by the Royal Palace for a photo stop, and hopefully if we are lucky, catch a glimpse of the King! Next we will stop at the famously rare 3-headed coconut tree. A freak of nature and not reported to be found anywhere else in the world.A stop by the blow holes is a must! Along the rocky terraced coastline, waves send water spouting 18 meters into the air through natural vents in the coral rock creating one of the most impressive sights in the south pacific and also known as the "chiefs whistle" Then we are off to the western side of Tongatapu to the Blue Banana Beach studios located on the beach directly in front of an ancient surfing pass where Tasman came to anchor thus becoming the first European to meet with the inhabitants of Tongatapu. Here you can view the Ha'a Fonu, Tonga Maritime museum. The term “maritime” is synonymous with the seafaring Polynesians and their ancestors in general but even more specifically the once vast oceanic empire of Tonga. The museum will house a comprehensive display of artifacts that illustrate this long, rich past. Tonga is the birthplace of the Polynesian culture. “Ha’a Fonu” or “Clan of the Sea Turtle” is a symbolic tribute to the family of Polynesia and their intrepid explorations across the largest and unknown ocean- the Pacific. The far wandering Fonu was often used as a motif of reverence. Exhibits will span 3,000 years of Tongan history in one room. Beginning with the first arrival of the “Lapita People” and through their transformation to the Polynesian Culture- which spread as far east as the Americas, north to Hawai’i and south to Aotearoa (New Zealand). The conception of surfing as a cultural activity, it’s passing on to Hawai’i and eventual dispersal around the entire globe and the arrival of Europeans and early interactions. BONUS: Coconut Demonstration. Learn how to Husk a coconut, grating, making cream and explanation of oil making. Then you can try the oil we make all whilst sipping on your own fresh Coconut. You will also each receive your very own hand painted Lava Lava to take home with you!From here we will pass the flying fox sanctuary and you may see them sleeping in the trees. Next we visit Tsunami rock, also known as "Maka Sio'ata. With its mysterious and forbidding name, the giant three-story boulder sits just off a tiny and beautiful beach on the western side of Tongatapu - and no one knows exactly how it got there. Researchers believe the ancient wave may have hit the island's shore sometime within the past 7,000 years, after the melting of the most recent ice age brought sea levels to roughly where they are today! A stop by the local’s favorite for a quick bite to eat, you can sample pork, chicken, beef, sheep ribs and of course fish to name a few popular meats. Add in some coconut milk, taro leaves and various starches such as yams, taro, sweet potatoes and tapioca and you can taste the true Tongan cuisine. One of the most scenic views in Tongatapu is a huge natural coral bridge under which the seawater churns next to steep cliffs overlooking the beautiful beach. It is breathtaking. Time permitting and having the right tide, we can stop by to the fishing pigs. Lastly we will stop off for a visit to the Ha’amonga, Known as the Stonehenge of the south pacific the mysterious Ha'amonga was erected in 1200AD. It consists of two upright coral stones about 5m high, topped by a horizontal connecting stone 6m long and has 3 paths that lead to the beach. When the sunrises in the middle path the day is equal. If it rises on the left path, its the shortest day of the year and the right path is the longest day of the year.Return to the cruise ship by 4pmDuration: 6 hours

$101.27 Shore Excursions

Nukualofa Shore Excursion: Small group mainland tour - max 14 - air-con bus

You will join a small group in your air-conditioned Van with knowledgeable guide.Sight 1 – Royal PalaceQuick photo stop, and hopefully if we are lucky, catch a glimpse of the King!Sight 2 - Abel Tasman Landing siteWe visit the western side of Tongatapu where Abel Tasman came to anchor thus becoming the first European to meet with the inhabitants of Tongatapu.Sight 3 - Flying fox sanctuaryYou will see them sleeping in the trees.Sight 4 - Tsunami rockAlso known as Maka Sio'ata, the giant three-story boulder sits just off a tiny and beautiful beach on the western side of Tongatapu - and no one knows exactly how it got there. Researchers believe the ancient wave may have hit the island's shore sometime within the past 7,000 years, after the melting of the most recent ice age brought sea levels to roughly where they are today!Sight 5 - 3-headed coconut treeA freak of nature and not reported to be found anywhere else in the world.Sight 6 – Blow Holes A stop by the blow holes is a must! Along the rocky terraced coastline, waves send water spouting 18 meters into the air through natural vents in the coral rock creating one of the most impressive sights in the south pacific and also known as the "chiefs whistle"Sight 7 – Local Lunch (lunch not included)A stop by the local’s favourite for a quick bite to eat, you can sample pork, chicken, beef, sheep ribs and of course fish to name a few popular meats. Add in some coconut milk, taro leaves and various starches such as yams, taro, sweet potatoes and tapioca and you can taste the true Tongan cuisine.Sight 8 - HufangalupeOne of the most scenic views in Tongatapu is a huge natural coral bridge under which the seawater churns next to steep cliffs overlooking the beautiful beach. It is breathtaking.Sight 9 – Fishing pigsTime permitting and having the right tide, we can stop by to the fishing pigs. (not guaranteed to see)Sight 10 - Ha’amongaLastly we will stop off for a visit to the Ha’amonga, Known as the Stonehenge of the south pacific the mysterious Ha'amonga was erected in 1200AD. It consists of two upright coral stones about 5m high, topped by a horizontal connecting stone 6m long and has 3 paths that lead to the beach. When the sunrises in the middle path the day is equal. If it rises on the left path, it’s the shortest day of the year and the right path is the longest day of the year.

$137.44 Shore Excursions

Nukualofa Shore Excursion: Small group mainland tour with lunch - max 8

You will join a small group of maximum 8 people in your air-conditioned van with knowledgeable guide.Sight 1 - 3 Headed Coconut TreeNext we will stop at the famously rare 3-headed coconut tree. A freak of nature and not reported to be found anywhere else in the world.Sight 2 - Blow HolesA stop by the blow holes is a must! Along the rocky terraced coastline, waves send water spouting 18 meters into the air through natural vents in the coral rock creating one of the most impressive sights in the south pacific and also known as the "chiefs whistle"Sight 3 - Tsunami rockNext we visit Tsunami rock, also known as "Maka Sio'ata. With its mysterious and forbidding name, the giant three-story boulder sits just off a tiny and beautiful beach on the western side of Tongatapu - and no one knows exactly how it got there. Sight 4 - Maritime Museum and Coconut Husking DemonstrationThe museum will house a comprehensive display of artifacts that illustrate a long, rich past.  BONUS: Coconut Demonstration. Learn how to Husk a coconut, grating, making cream and explanation of oil making. Then you can try the oil we make all whilst sipping on your own fresh Coconut. You will also each receive your very own souvenir to take home with you.Sight 5 - Flying Fox SanctuaryFrom here we will pass the flying fox sanctuary and you may see them sleeping in the trees.Sight 6 - Local LunchA stop by the local’s favorite for a quick bite to eat, you can sample pork, chicken, beef, sheep ribs and of course fish to name a few popular meats. Add in some coconut milk, taro leaves and various starches such as yams, taro, sweet potatoes and tapioca and you can taste the true Tongan cuisine.Sight 7 - HufangalupeOne of the most scenic views in Tongatapu is a huge natural coral bridge under which the seawater churns next to steep cliffs overlooking the beautiful beach. It is breathtaking.Sight 8 - School VisitWe visit a primary school and meet with the local kids. You are welcome to bring some small gifts but it is not required. They will sing us a song and show us their classrooms.Sight 9 - Ha’amongaLastly we will stop off for a visit to the Ha’amonga, Known as the Stonehenge of the south pacific the mysterious Ha'amonga was erected in 1200AD. Lastly we will stop off for a visit to the Ha’amonga, Known as the Stonehenge of the south pacific the mysterious Ha'amonga was erected in 1200AD. It consists of two upright coral stones about 5m high, topped by a horizontal connecting stone 6m long and has 3 paths that lead to the beach. When the sunrises in the middle path the day is equal. If it rises on the left path, it’s the shortest day of the year and the right path is the longest day of the year.