10 Things to Do in Tonga That You Shouldn't Miss

November 18, 2017 Rebbecca Marino

Tonga from South Pacific region, is best know for Beaches. Discover best things to do in Tonga with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
Restaurants in Tonga

1. Mapu'a 'a Vaea Blowholes

Houma | Corner Of Salote Rd And One Way Rd., Tongatapu Island, Tonga +676 882 0222
Excellent
65%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
4%
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4.5 based on 331 reviews

Mapu'a 'a Vaea Blowholes

Reviewed By Matt E

The rock formations not only provide spectacular blowholes but because of the crater-like tops the also provide pools of water and tiny water Fountains when the water gushes over.

2. Anahulu Cave - The Underground Swimming Pool

Halaliku Rd, Haveluliku, Tongatapu Island, Tonga +676 23-363
Excellent
56%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 210 reviews

Anahulu Cave - The Underground Swimming Pool

These are limestone caves with fresh water to swim in. Situated in the village of Haveluliku on the Eastern Side of Tonga and only about a 30 minute drive from Nuku'alofa it's a must see.A tour of the cave ( including a swim) plus drop off and pick up can be organized by email or contact Teta Office in Nuku'alofa, TongaAnahulu Beach is just infront of the entrance of the cave and is great for snorkeling and swimming.

Reviewed By nzp0ppy - Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand

This is a lovely cave which we enjoyed swimming in for 15TOP each. The water temp was fine for us. The only disappointing thing was that it was school holidays so owners son and friends were doing jumps in the cave with loud music blarring...MoreWe totally apologise for that we have banned any loud music and over excess of jumping into the water inside the cave . Appreciate your helpful review.

3. Ene'io Botanical Garden

Neiafu, Tonga +676 71-048
Excellent
68%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 95 reviews

Ene'io Botanical Garden

22-Acre botanical garden with 40 years of conservation and natural growth, Daily guided Eco tours and beach activities for the family; ocean-side restaurant and bar specializing in fresh fish and local fare; souvenir shop with gifts, many of which are made by local craftsmen and artists utilizing native materials, Local Tongan Family Owned and Operated

Reviewed By robertmacaulay - Sydney, Australia

I visited the Botanic Gardens at Ene'io last Friday, and had a fantastic time.
Lucy organised a car to come and pick me up and deliver me to the Gardens, which are about a 15 minute drive.
Was met by Haniteli Fa'anunu, who created the Gardens.
Fantastic fellow, very knowledgeable about plants, obviously, but also about Tongan history and traditions and economy, etc.
Haniteli took me on a tour of the Gardens, and was able to tell the interesting story behind many plants.
I ate at their restaurant on the beach, and had Lucy's amazing coconut cake, which is the best I have ever eaten, and then fish and chips which came with Lucy's mango chutney. That also should be bottled!
The Gardens are 22 acres on a beach with local villagers fishing and using the lagoon to prepare pandanus leaves for weaving. The location is beautiful. Worth going out there to explore the beach alone. They also rent outrigger canoes at high tide to paddle around the lagoon.
Even if your kids have no interest in looking at plants, they'll have a great time at the beach.
Highly recommended.
They don't advertise it, but for any bird watchers out there, the area is a prime location for sighting the unique and rare Tongan Whistler, only found on two Islands in the world.
Haniteli is a knowledgeable and funny man, with a great wife and staff.
Go, you'll have fun.

4. Ha'atafu Beach

Corner Of Salote Road And One Way Road. Behind The Talamahu Market, Tongatapu Island, Tonga +676 877 3545
Excellent
66%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 102 reviews

Ha'atafu Beach

Reviewed By David_fr84

Very nice beach. Since we visited outside of the touristy season, we were the only ones on the beach. The water was very clear We went there walking from the Likualofa (15 minute walk, but you have to step over somepointy/slippery rocks at the beginning)

5. Luahoko Robinson Island

Luahoko Island | owned and responsibly managed by Sandy Beach Resort, Tonga
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5 based on 2 reviews

Luahoko Robinson Island

Reviewed By Mikii07 - Basel, Switzerland

Die kleine unbewohnte Insel ist das Naturparadies pur. Es gibt Tausende von Vögel, Abends kommen Seeschlangen, Muräne jagen zwischen den Steinen nach Fischen und die Einsiedler Krabben - die Recycling Maschine - gibt es überall in allen Farben und Grössen. Kleine Echsen jagen nach Insekten. Säugetiere gibt es keine und ausser der Seeschlange gibt es auch giftige Tiere auf der Insel. Die ist nicht an Menschen interessiert, verkriecht sich lieber im Dschungel. Das typische Südseehaus - Fale ist ein offenes Holzhaus auf Stelzen. Die Wände und Dach sind aus Palmwedel, jede Seite hat grosses offenes Fenster, vorne und hinten gibt es grosse Terrasse. Holztüre und Holzklappe Fenster kann man bei Sturm zumachen. Im ca. 16 m2 grossen Raum stehen 2 Betten mit bequemen Matratzen. Die Kissen, Decken, Leintücher, Handtücher und Moskito Netz werden mitgebracht und bei Ankunft frisch angezogen. Ein grosser Tisch und 4 kleinere Tischen stehen zur Verfügung. Für einen Robinson ist es Luxus pur! Neben dem Haus stehen Papaya Bäume, ansonsten könnte man sich theoretisch im Notfall von den Krabben und Fischen ernähren. Luxuriöser ist es jedoch, wenn man sich vorher auf der bewohnten Insel mit Proviant eindeckt, das ohne Kühlschrank haltbar ist. Die Auswahl ist der kleine Inselgruppe, Mitte in Pazifik entsprechend. Das Regenwasser bekommt man in Kannistern zum Abkochen oder Filtern mit. Kokosnüsse auch. Es gibt kein Strom, kein Internet, kein Bad und kein WC. Robinson macht sich eine Feuerstelle selber, sammelt Holz, macht Feuer und kocht. Der Körper und das Geschirr wird im warmen Meer gewaschen. Für Schatten ist gesorgt, am Strand gibt es eine überdachte Holz Plattform auf Stelzen. Wunderschöne Aussicht auf blaues Meer ist garantiert. Für Notfall steht ein einheimisches Handy zur Verfügung. Diese Insel ist ein Refugium für selbstständige Ruhesuchende. Man hat kein Service, man ist für das wenige, das man zum Leben braucht, selber verantwortlich. Man kann es sich schön machen, oder es sein lassen....wie man es will. Der Luxus besteht in Ruhe, traumhaften und unberührten Natur und Abgeschiedenheit, weit weg vom Zivilisation Stress, Hektik und Lärm.

6. Ha'amonga'a Maui Trilithon

Lapaha, Tongatapu Island, Tonga +676 882 0222
Excellent
23%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
31%
Poor
5%
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4 based on 144 reviews

Ha'amonga'a Maui Trilithon

This mysterious 11th-century stone arch weighs about 12 tons and is made up of three large slabs.

Reviewed By kristianj54

Very curios rock structure - seems to align with the longest and shortest days plus also has a smaller Rock carved for a paranoid king. Get a local guide to tell you the story of why the King was a renown knee cracker!
Good walks down the"avenues".
Some of the roads are potholed, so allow some extra time.

7. St Joseph's Cathedral

Neiafu, Tonga
Excellent
40%
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38%
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4 based on 36 reviews

St Joseph's Cathedral

Reviewed By Rix_11 - Kewarra Beach, Australia

A lovely church in a great environment. One can feel the history of the Church and the pride people have, we were disappointed we were not there on a Sunday.

8. Free Church of Tonga

Fatafehi Rd, Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu Island, Tonga
Excellent
30%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
30%
Poor
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4 based on 55 reviews

Free Church of Tonga

Reviewed By Rob M - Adelaide, Australia

It's believed the Free Church of Tonga (FCT) was instituted by King Tupou the First in the early 1800's. Other christian churches then followed. The FCT have churches all around the Kingdom of Tonga. As almost everything is closed in Tonga on Sundays, except the churches, it's a great experience to go past, or enter the churches to hear the glorious singing & observe the locals of all ages in their 'Sunday Best'

9. Centenary Church

Wellington Rd, Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu Island, Tonga
Excellent
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4.5 based on 20 reviews

Centenary Church

Reviewed By h20kat - Auckland Central, New Zealand

The band and choir are simply amazing. Attending the morning church service was a fantastic way to start off my visit to Tonga. Highly recommended!

10. Talamahu Markets

Salote rd Nukku'alofa, Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu Island, Tonga +676 24-146
Excellent
21%
Good
65%
Satisfactory
14%
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4 based on 14 reviews

Talamahu Markets

Reviewed By EvaLady - Hillsboro, Oregon

From back in the day to today this place has always been bustling with life. This was the hub where you could sell your fruits or your wares and catch up on life with all the other people and learn the news. Outside of the market there are old timers playing checkers and bingo is just 3 blocks down. The bus depot is around the corner and a block away. Police station and supermarket are also across the street. Everything was built around here. You can get the best deals on your souvenirs or your fruit. The prettiest mats to wear or flowers for your hair. You can literally find everything you need here. The prices are cheap you are open to haggle if you wish but it is definitely a big part of history see it on a saturday and it's even busier than any other day.

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