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Holidays in Tongatapu Island

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Top hotels in Tongatapu Island

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Vakaloa Beach Resort
Vakaloa Beach Resort
3 out of 5
Ikalahi Road, Kanokupolu
Free cancellation
The price is NZ$100 per night from 23 Sep. to 24 Sep.
4.5/5Wonderful! (79 reviews)
Great Stay

"Fantastic stay. very nice beach.....swim, snorkel right from hotel. The good: Location - I would rather stay at Vakaloa (30+ minutes from Nuku'alofa than the other way around. Beachfront - Sloped beach.... and coral, but sandy (crushed coral).... can walk barefoot Kayak - They were free to borrow ..."…"

Reviewed on 11 Mar. 2020

Vakaloa Beach Resort
Little Italy Hotel
Little Italy Hotel
3 out of 5
Vuna Rd, Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The price is NZ$139 per night from 27 Sep. to 28 Sep.
4.3/5Excellent! (66 reviews)
Cozy and comfortable with lovely sea views

"Great and cozy family-style hotel with very personalized service. Comfortable rooms (go for the ones with a view!), great running or walking along the sea in mornings or evenings, and quite decent pizza as a treat for dinner."…"

Reviewed on 26 Jan. 2020

Little Italy Hotel
Emerald Hotel
Emerald Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Vuna Road, Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu
The price is NZ$140 per night from 4 Oct. to 5 Oct.
3.6/5Good! (36 reviews)
International Development Worker

"the hotel has more than enough of what i needed Staff are helpful and takes care of guests"…"

Reviewed on 1 Dec. 2019

Emerald Hotel

Top activities in Tongatapu Island

Tonga Holiday Villa Island Tours - Fixed Prices BEST VALUE
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Tonga Holiday Villa Island Tours - Fixed Prices BEST VALUE

NZ$284
Per adult
Tonga Best of Eastern
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Tonga Best of Eastern

NZ$129
Per adult
Culture & Island Tour 1-5 pax
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Culture & Island Tour 1-5 pax

NZ$502
Per adult

Tongatapu Island Holidays

Tonga’s main island is a treasure trove of ancient burial mounds, stunning coastal scenery and colourful markets selling tropical fruits.  No sooner do you arrive on Tongatapu Island than you slip into the slower, more relaxed Tongan pace of life. Here you can spend your days snorkelling at pristine beaches, visiting the tombs of ancient kings or chatting with locals in the markets or restaurants. 

Tongatapu, which translates as “Sacred South”, is the largest of Tonga’s islands and the place where most visitors to the country will land. Trips to the exotic outer islands await, but it is well worth exploring this fascinating part of Tonga as well. 

Stay in the capital, Nuku’alofa. Here you can shop with locals at Talamahu Market where pyramids of colourful tropical fruit make for some great photographs and tasty snacks. Head to the harbour to see the Royal Palace, a wooden structure built in 1867, still home to the island’s king. 

The island is one of the Pacific’s most significant archaeological sites and much of its history can still be seen today. Head to Mu’a, the island’s second city, to see the burial tombs of ancient Tongan kings. The burial mounds are known locally as langi and are arranged in terraces on hillsides. Another fascinating historical site is Ha’amonga a Maui, a trilithon structure made of coral thought to date back to the 13th century.

Rent a car or scooter and you can easily get around the island in a day. On your way around stop off at the beauty spots of the Anahulu Cave, on the eastern side of the island, and the Mapu'a 'a Vaca Blowholes, which are located on the southern coastline. History buffs will also want to see the landing sites of the explorers Abel Tasman and James Cook.

Get to Tongatapu by flying into the Fua’amotu International Airport. Catch a taxi or arrange for a hotel shuttle bus to take you to Nuku’alofa, which is located 21 kilometres (13 miles) northwest of the airport.

Once you have explored Tongatapu, take a trip to one of the many outer islands where untouched white-sand beaches and pristine waters await. Pangaimotu Island is one of the most popular.

Frequently asked questions

Q: Which airports can I fly in to for a holiday to Tongatapu Island?
A: Prepare to touchdown at Nuku’alofa (TBU-Fua’amotu Intl.). You’ll most likely be arriving on one of the 62 international flights that operate from this major airport in Tongatapu Island each month.
Q: What does a Tongatapu Island holiday booking with Expedia include?
A: It’s totally up to you. Bundle flights, cars and hotels, or simply select one option. You can also add some popular activities and attractions to your travel itinerary. Whatever it is you’re after, Expedia can help you plan a holiday in Tongatapu Island that’s ideal for you.
Q: What is the best way to save money on my holiday to Tongatapu Island?
A: Here at Expedia, we work hard to find you the best deals. So, when you bundle your Hotel, Rental Car and Experiences, you know you’ll save quite a few dollars. Book your next adventure with us and get to Tongatapu Island with some extra spending money.