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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.


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Tanoa International Dateline Hotel NZ$169
Reviewed on 5 Dec. 2019
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Tanoa International Dateline Hotel

Tanoa International Dateline Hotel

Vuna Road, Nuku'alofa
     
    3.9 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    A clean, modern hotel. The onsite restaurant is handy, because there's not much going on nearby in Nuku'alofa

    Vakaloa Beach Resort NZ$99
    Reviewed on 10 Dec. 2019
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    Vakaloa Beach Resort

    Vakaloa Beach Resort

    Ikalahi Road, Kanokupolu
       
      4.5 of 5
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      My husband and i loved staying here at Vakaloa beach. The staff were amazing and so friendly. Loved the food! The place is clean and so beautiful. I would higly recommend for couples and families. Thank you Vakaloa Family.

      The Seaview Lodge NZ$113
      Reviewed on 29 Oct. 2019
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      The Seaview Lodge

      The Seaview Lodge

      Vuna Road, Nuku'alofa
         
        4.4 of 5
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Very well presented Kind staff Lovely view Nice room

        Little Italy Hotel NZ$140
        Reviewed on 12 Jan. 2020
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        Little Italy Hotel

        Little Italy Hotel

        Vuna Rd, Nuku'alofa, Tonga
           
          4.3 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          We had a fantastic stay at Little Italy. My husband and I stayed for 14 nights. Our room was immaculately cleaned every day. All staff were very friendly and helpful. The restaurant food was absolutely delicious. We were so happy with EVERYTHING...can’t say enough to recommend it. Would highly recommend ...

          Emerald Hotel NZ$143
          Reviewed on 12 Aug. 2019
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          Emerald Hotel

          Emerald Hotel

          Vuna Road, Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu
             
            3.5 of 5
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            The nicest staff on the Friendly Island. Really, the nicest people you can imagine. Helpful with airport transfer, car rental, advice what to see, where to eat, etc. Room was clean, spacious, breakfast included.

            House of Tonga NZ$102
            Reviewed on 3 Jan. 2020
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            House of Tonga

            House of Tonga

            Cnr Taufa'ahau Rd & Alaivahamama'o Rd, Nuku'alofa
               
              4.8 of 5
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Room was always clean whenever I got back. Staff was very friendly.

              Likualofa Beach Resort NZ$111
              Reviewed on 29 Nov. 2019
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              Likualofa Beach Resort

              Likualofa Beach Resort

              Kanokupolu, Kanokupolu
                 
                3.8 of 5
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Overall we loved staying here, it is very relaxing, with great views and most of the staff are very friendly and helpful when you need something. One staff member who really stood out was Tui, he was fantastic and was always happy, helpful and good to have a chat with. He was a big part of why we ...

                The Friendly Islander (Papiloa's Place) NZ$91
                Reviewed on 29 Dec. 2018
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                The Friendly Islander (Papiloa's Place)

                The Friendly Islander (Papiloa's Place)

                Vuna Road, Touliki, Tongatapu Island, Nuku'alofa
                   
                  3.8 of 5
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Nice to have the pool to cool down in after a day out sight seeing

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