Top things to do

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 Italian in Neiafu

Bellavista Cafe & Restaurant

Quiz a local about their favourite Neiafu eatery, and they'll most likely point you towards Bellavista – a romantic, top-floor Italian restaurant, complete with candlelight and red-and-white checked tablecloths. Ter…
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 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 Cafe in Ha'apai Group

Mariner’s Cafe

Pangai's prime dining option, cheery Mariner’s is just off the main street. The menu, chalked up on little blackboards, features burgers, soups, stews and pastas, served to a soundtrack of Bryan Adams or Robbie Will…
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 Cafe in Neiafu

Aquarium Café

You can get it all at airy Aquarium: generous meals, fully stocked bar, free wi-fi, switched-on service, classic rock soundtrack, even the occasional live-music session around the kava bowl. There are winning views …