Tonga Guide

Though there many not be a great many things to see & do in Tonga, what is available is enchanting. Check out our Tonga Destination Guide below for some information on Tonga’s tourist attractions. Booking onto a day tour in Tonga is a great way to see the sights quickly leaving more time to relax on the pristine beaches of your Tonga resort, or wade in the surrounding warm waters. For helpful tips to use while planning your Tonga holiday check out our Tonga Country Guide.


Things to see & do in Tonga

Scroll further down the page for details on some of the interesting tourist attractions in Tonga.

Art Galleries & Museums

 
Tonga National Cultural Center

….your one stop tour of the Kingdom !

Daily – Cultural Demonstrations

Mon – Fri 2.00pm -4.00pm

Group Tour 10 above: $25 per person

Less than 10: $35.00 per person


Includes:

  • Mat Weaving
  • Tapa Making
  • Coconut Demonstrations
  • Dancing
  • ‘Umu
  • Light Fruit Lunch

Tongan Museum

Check out our lovely Museum where you will be able to view our history from long time ago. You will also take time to explore our Kings and some of the memories from their time.

Banks
 
ANZ Bank
Telephone: + (676) 20500
Opening Hrs: Mon-Fri: 9:00am-4:00pm Sat:8:30am-11:30am

WESTPAC BANK OF TONGA
Telephone: +(676) 23933
Opening Hrs: Mon-Fri: 9:00am-4:00pm Sat: 8:30am-12:00pm

TONGA DEVELOPMENT BANK
Telephone: +(676) 23333
Banking Hrs: Mon-Fri: 9:00am-4:00pm Sat: Closed

MBF Bank
Telephone: +(676) 24600
Banking Hrs: Mon-Fri: 9:00am-4:00pm Sat: Closed
Note: airport branch opens for every flight.

Bars & Night Clubs
 
BILLFISH BAR
Location: Maufanga
Telephone: +(676) 24084

RELOAD BAR
Location: Nuku’alofa
Telephone: +(676) 22383

HOTEL NUKUALOFA BAR
Location: Nukualofa

Telephone: +(676) 24244

VAKALOA BEACH RESORT BAR
Location: Kanokupolu
Telephone: +(676) 41233

HAKAUTAPU BAR
Location: Kanokupolu (Liku’alofa Beach Resort)
Telephone: +(676) 41967


Bird Watching
 
Tonga’s northern island Niuafo’ou has some of the best bird watching options. It is very remote and till very recent times, was accessible by boat only. The rare Polynesian Megapode can be seen in its natural habitat here. The island of Vava’u is much easier to visit. The northern part of Vava’u has native forests that are home to the Tongan Whistler, another bird indigenous to Tonga. The small islands of Maninita and Taula are close by and they have nesting sites for many seabirds, and breeding areas for land birds.

Buses
 
There are no public buses, all are privately owned either by club group or by family. There is no scheduled for the buses running hour, but buses start early in the morning about 7am until 5pm in the afternoon. If you are traveling out of town make sure you are by the road at about 3pm in time to catch a bus back into town. There are two central bus stations along Vuna road in Nuku’alofa. Opposite the Ministry of Education building is the Bus station that takes you to the far eastern and western district. Just further down Vuna road, opposite the Tonga Visitors Bureau office, is the Central Bus Station that takes you as far as the Hospital and around the town area.

Nuku’alofa – Eastern Side

‘Atele ——————- $0.90
Veitongo —————– $1.00
Vaini ——————– $1.20
Malapo —————— $1.30
Tatakamotonga —— $1.60
Lapaha —————— $1.90
Talafo’ou ————— $2.50
Niutoua —————– $2.90
Pelehake ————— $1.50
Fua’amotu ————- $1.90

Nuku’alofa – Southern & Western Side

Fatai ——————— $0.95
Nukunuku ————– $1.20
Te’ekiu —————— $1.30
Houma —————— $1.40
Kolovai —————— $1.60
Ha’atafu —————– $2.50

Currency Exchange
 
All of our banks exchanges foreign currency including Western Union with Global Exchange but MBF Bank has the best currency exchange rate in Tonga.

MONEY TRANSFER:

-Western Union + (676) 24345

-Money Gram + (676) 27847

FUA’AMOTU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

  • Jones Travel Ltd +(676) 26110
  • MBF Bank +(676) 24600
  • Western Union +(676) 24345

Day Trips to Offshore Island Resort
 
There are daily excursions to the offshore islands, where you can relax on the island’s beautiful beaches, join in the daily activities, and return later in the afternoon. The islands are very close – it is only a 15 minute trip to Pangaimotu (the nearest), and less than an hour to Royal Sunset (the farthest) and Fafa Island behind Pangaimotu Island. There are bars and restaurants available to assist customers needs in all of these 3 Islands.

Contact by Phone (676) or email the Offshore Island Resorts

Pangaimotu Island Resort
Phone (676): 15762
Email: pangaimotu@kalianet.to

Fafa Island Resort
Phone (676): 22800
Email: fafa@kalianet.to

Royal Sunset Island Resort
Phone (676): 21254
Email: royalsun@kalianet.to

Diving Charter
 
Tongatapu: Around the offshore islands, Tongatapu has everything a driver could wish for, with wrecks, corals, walls, chasms and caves to explore. Most operators can take you snorkeling and there are charters available for sport fishing, with catches including yellow fin tuna, mahi and marlin.


Deep Blue Tonga
Phone(676): 23379
Email: contact@deep-blue-diving.to

Royal Sunset Fishing& Diving Tours
Phone(676): 21254
Email: royalsunset@kalianet.to


Vava’u: has a wide variety of diving catering for all levels and abilities. The water is some of the clearest in the world; and is well known for its amazing caves.

Operator—————————-Phone (676)—————Email

Beluga Diving————————-70327 —————— beluga@kalianet.to

Dolphin Pacific Diving————–70292 —————– divedpd@kalianetvav.to

Dive Vava’u—————————-70492 —————– info@divevavau.com

Hilltop Hotel————————70209 —————– sunset@kalianet.to

Ferry Services
 
There are two ferries (MV ‘Otumotuanga’ofa and MV Pulupaki) that service between Tongatapu and the outer island groups departing every Thursday afternoon. Both ferries’ schedules sometimes vary so check with the Shipping Corporation of Polynesia, Uata Shipping or Tonga Visitor Bureau for the latest schedules on arrival. If you plan to travel straight out to the northern islands, email or phone to check departure times prior to your arrival:

MV Pulupaki, phone (676) 23855

MV ‘Otuanga’ofa, phone (676) 23853

Golf
 
You can tee off at the nine-hole Tonga Golf Club at ‘Atele along the Taufa’ahau Road, opposite the ‘Atele Indoor Stadium. Green fees $15. Visitors are welcome to join and clubs can be hired.

Health Services
 
Hospitals a valid yellow fever certificate and a valid cholera certificate are required by all Travelers over one year old who have been in an infected area prior to arrival in Tonga.

Tongatapu
Vaiola Hospital
Location: Tofoa
Phone(676): 23200

‘Eua
Niu’eiki Hospital
Location: Angaha
Phone(676): 50111

Vava’u
Prince Wellington Ngu Hospital
Location: Neiafu
Phone(676): 70200

Ha’apai
Niu’ui Hospital
Location: Hihifo
Phone(676): 60203

Health
 
Village Pharmacy

Ph#: (+676) 27522

Beauticious…indulgence meets necessity. Penny Fox, a qualified beautician offers variety of treatments. From facial treatments, luxury manicures & pedicure to waxing, for both men and women.

Location: Kolofoou, Tongatapu

Opening Hours:

  • Weekdays: [9:00am – 5:00pm]
  • Friday: [9:00am – 8:00pm]
  • Saturday: [9:00am – 3:00pm]

Hiking
 
The Tongan islands do not have mountain ranges so hiking trails are few in number. However, there are plenty of enjoyable walking routes along the oceanfront in Vava’u and Ha’apai. Vava’u has a few difficult hills to climb and for the real hiking enthusiasts, ‘Eua has several challenging trails into the tropical rain forest and along the cliffs.

Horse Riding
 
All the island groups still use horses as a mode of transport. Horses can be hired through hotels and tour operators. As saddles are not easily found, the activity is best for experienced riders only!

Internet Cafe
 
TONGATAPU
 

Internet Cafe Location Phone
Friends Café Taufa’ahau Road 22390
Escape Cafe Hearts of Nuku’alofa 21212
Tau’olunga Computer Fasi 24828
Dataline Taufa’ahau Road 27773
Infotech Fanga 27339
Island Technology Kolofo’ou 24875
Tonga Communication Corporation Nuku’alofa 20000

 

VAVA’U
 

Internet Cafe Location Phone
Lighthouse Neiafu 71395
Cafe Tropicana Neiafu 71322

 

HA’APAI
 

Internet Cafe Location Phone
Mariner Cafe Pangi 60374

Jogging & Aerobics
 
You can go jogging at the waterfront along Vuna Road, or use the track at Teufaiva Outdoor Stadium. Aerobics classes with the Ma’alahi programme are held daily at Teufaiva Gymnasium and at the waterfront, opposite Air New Zealand Office.

Old Tonga Cultural Village
 
Located just at the outskirts of Nuku’alofa at the village of Popua about 4 km away from town. The Old Tonga Village resembles a traditional village setting with traditional fales and archtechture overlooking the lagoon. Tours can be arranged on a daily basis except on Sunday. Also caters for special functions etc, offering great accommodation as well.

Postage
 
The Post Office is located on Taufa’ahau Road in Nuku’alofa.

Opening hours

  • Monday to Friday: 8.30am-4pm

Religion
 
This devoutly Christian nation honours Sundays across every island group the Sabbath is declared sacred in the Tongan Constitution. Virtually every denomination is
represented in Tonga with each church taking an interest in the development of the country.

Rental Hire
 
You must obtain a local driver’s license before you are able to rent a car/van. There are plenty of car rental companies located in Nuku’alofa.
 

Company Phone (676) Email
Avis Rentals 21179 avis@tonfon.to
Fab Rentals 23077 rogerlee@kalianet.to
Jones Rentals 29917 ati.fauonuku@kl2.emjones.to
New Millennium 30344 nmatele8@kalianet.to
Pasifika Rentals 27718 pasifikarentalcars@tonfon.to
Sunshine Rentals 23848 sunshinerentalcar@yahoo.com

Sailing Charter
 
Fafa Island Resort’s Sea Star Sailing Charter lets visitors discover the magic beauty of Tonga Islands aboad its 54ft bluewater ketch. Phone 676 22800, email holiday sailing@gmail.com or www.seastar.to

Supermarkets
 
Supermarkets are open from 8am-5pm, Monday to Thursday to Saturday and late night on Friday.

Supermarket Location
Alatini’s Taufaahau Road, Opposite Rainbow Bakery
Molisi Supermarket Tupoulahi Road, Opposite Noah Contrustion
Si’i Kae Ola Taufaahau Road, Next to Seven Day Adventish Church
First Choice Salote Road, Next to EM Jones Gas Station

Talamahu Market
 
Next door to the Central Police Station, Tonga’s colorful fruit and various fresh vegetable, market is open every day except Sunday, and it is a great place to soak up the atmosphere and meet the local people. You will find fresh local produce to sample including seasonal tropical fruits such as papaya and mango, along with staple root vegetables such as sweet potatoes, taro, yams and plantains. Handicrafts can be found on the far side of the market. Upstairs, on the first floor, there are more arts and crafts, including carvings and jewellery. The market opens from 8am-5pm, Monday to Friday and from 7am-4pm Saturday.

Tennis
 
Public tennis courts are located at ‘Atele Stadium, phone (676) 29199 for enquiries and booking.

Tongan Feast & Traditional Dance
 
Liku’alofa Beach, phone 41967: Buffet and show Wednesday and Friday at Kanokupolu, 21km from town. ‘Umu/barbecue on Sunday. $40/person.

‘Oholei Beach, phone 11783/78713: Buffet and show every Wednesday, Friday evening by the beach at Kanokupolu on the Western on the western side, $40/person.

Vakaloa, phone 41233/41234: Buffet and show every Friday evening by the beach at Kanokupolu on the western side, $40/person.

Tu'imatamoana Fish Market
 
Located just along the waterfront and just before the main wharf. View selections of local seashells and other kind of seafoods from the local seas of Tonga. Best time is early morning in the weekends or afternoon during week days.

Unguided Walks
 
Independent walker will find some interesting sights in southern ‘Eua, including the rockgarden cliffs, Liangahu’o ‘a Maui (a spectacular natural archway) and wild horses, while Ha’aluma Beach on the southern coast is great for a cooling swim.

Water Sports
 
Scuba diving and snorkelling enthusiasts love the variety and beauty of the Tongan coral reefs. All necessary equipment can be hired.

The best dive sites in Tonga are in the Ha’apai group and around the small islands off Tongatapu. Vava’u has some exciting cave diving sites. Swimming options are everywhere, as are the lovely sandy beaches.

‘Eua, located 11 km (7 miles) from Tongatapu, has a surfing beach of world class standard. Tonga surfing spots are the Ha’apai islands, the Vava’u islands, and Niutoua Beach on the main island.

The waters of Tonga offer excellent fishing opportunities. Plenty of game fish such as tuna, sailfish, marlin, and barracuda are available. There are ample charter boats.

The Vava’u group of islands offer the best sailing in the South Pacific. The deep waterways, and the harbour at Neiafu with its perfect anchorage and several charter yachts, draw many sailing lovers. It is the island of choice for many international yacht charter companies. The northern group of the Vava’u islands is especially popular. They are not difficult to navigate and are sprinkled with endless anchorages in picture perfect bays and isolated beaches.

Kayaking is popular in two regions of Tonga. The innumerable islands of the Vava’u group have wonderful exploring opportunities and are blessed with calm waters too. Visitors to the Ha’apai group love to hop around the islands, visiting isolated beaches here and there.

Whale Watching
 
From June to November, humpback whales throng the waters of Tonga to mate and calf. Special speakers for whale watching in Tonga are fitted in to a hydrophone that is aboard the catamaran, Pheonix, based at Neiafu. The female whales do not sing.