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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 Cafe in Nuku'alofa

Friends Cafe

With a breezy charm, conversation, laughter and dependably good food, Friends is an irresistible social and culinary magnet for visitors and locals alike. Expect everything from panini to Thai beef curry to Moroccan…
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 Chinese in Nuku'alofa

Tiger Inn

One of four quick-fire, perennially busy eateries on the ocean side of the Tonga Post building, Tiger Inn eschews the Western sausage-and-chips offerings of its neighbours and delivers authentic Chinese noodle soups…
Top Choice Bar in Nuku'alofa

Billfish Bar & Restaurant

This chilled-out open-air place down by the wharves is a long-time locals’ haunt. There are hefty pub-style meals (mains T$14 to T$38: try the fish curry or the Hawaiian burger), chipper staff, Steinlager on tap, Di…
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…
Archaeological Site in Around Tongatapu

Mu’a

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…
Dance in Tongatapu

Oholei Beach & Hina Cave Feast & Show

The pinnacle of Tongatapu entertainment is this fab feast and show at Oholei Beach Resort in the island's southeast. The evening starts with a welcome on sandy Oholei Beach, followed by a hefty Tongan feast, includi…