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 Nuku'alofa too. Day-trip boats to Fafá depart Faua Jetty at 11am and return at 4.30pm daily.

The resort's traditional-style fale are perfect in their simplicity, with wood-shingle roofs and walls of woven palm leaves. Accommodation starts at T$400 per double (extra person T$90, half/full board T$110/135).

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1. Pangaimotu

2.46 MILES

The closest island resort to Nuku’alofa, Pangaimotu makes an easy day trip. Daily departures (including Sunday) chug out from the wharf beside the Fish…

2. St Mary's Cathedral

3.93 MILES

St Mary's Cathedral, near Faua Jetty, is worth visiting for its beautiful rose gardens, stained glass and vaulted ceiling.

3. Royal Palace

4.04 MILES

Encircled by expansive lawns and casuarina trees, the white weatherboard Victorian-style Royal Palace, erected in 1867, is the pinnacle of Tongan grandeur…

4. Talamahu Market

4.08 MILES

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…

5. Centenary Chapel

4.23 MILES

Royal watchers and rubberneckers (regardless of denomination) head to this towering white church for a glimpse of Tonga's royal family at Sunday service,…

6. Basilica of St Anthony of Padua

4.37 MILES

Nuku'alofa's most distinctive structure is the Basilica of St Anthony of Padua, opposite the Royal Tombs. It has a beautiful interior of stained glass,…

7. Fishing Pigs

4.39 MILES

As you round the coast to the north of Mu’a, keep an eye out for Tonga's famed fishing pigs. When the tide is out, these unusual porkers trot out into the…

8. Royal Tombs

4.43 MILES

Mala’ekula, the large parklike area opposite the basilica, has been the resting place of the royals since 1893. The statue-studded white concrete tomb…