Nuku’alofa, Tongatapu – the main Island of Tonga
Ana, our taxi driver is a licenced Tour Guide, with extensive knowledge of the history of Tonga, in particular the ancient monuments, caves and royalty. Ana operates 1/2 and full-day tours on the main island of Tongatapu.
She will pick you up from your hotel or from your flight.
Ana speaks good English and always happy and friendly.
Her tours take you past the ‘marble palace’ of the late King George Tupou V and his sister Princess Pilolevu Tuita’s residence (recognised by the large statues of at the entrance) then on into Nuku’alofa to see the Royal Palace, (photo left) where Queen Halaevalu Mata’aho ‘Ahome’e still resides since her husband, King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV passed away in 2006.
she is still very active and and is seen out & about attending difference functions on a regular basis.
Their eldest son reigned as King George Tupou V of Tonga for just a short time before suffering heart failure in hospital in Hong Kong in 2012.
As King George Tupou V did not marry or have children, his brother, King ʻAhoʻeitu Tupou VI (centre of photo – flanked by his 2 sons attending his grandfathers funeral in 2006) now rules the Kingdom. He is the ‘peoples’ King’ supported by his wife, (Queen Consort) Nanasipau’u Tuku’aho. Their son Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala (standing left of the King) is the next heir to the throne.
Nuku’alofa is a busy centre, with a a large traditional market, selling fresh produce, Tongan handicrafts, fashion items and more. It’s well worth a visit to experience the Tonga way of life. Perfect if you only have a few hours to fill in.
Upstairs in the market you will find unusual carvings and jewellery, as well as fashion items.
The fresh fish market is further along Vuna Road opposite The Waterfront Lodge & Restaurant.
When you need some refreshments and a meal – best cafe in Nuku’lofa is Friends! It has been established since 1999, by Paul Aitu-Johansson and is a family-run business. The food and friendly service is wonderful as is the coffee and fresh fruit smoothies. Wifi is available free when you have food.
The Friends Tourist Centre is right next door with lots of information and well-made handicrafts, unusual Tongan gifts, art, books and the best postcards in Tonga.
Out on the eastern side of the island are the ancient balancing stones, The Ha’amonga of Maui, the trilithon of Tonga. It is constructed of two upright, rectangular pillars rising fifteen feet and weighing fifty tons each. A rectangular lintel eighteen feet long and weighing approximately nine tons was placed on top. Built perhaps as early as 1500 BC, this structure probably served a purpose similar to that of Stonehenge — as a solar, lunar, and stellar observatory. In fact, notches in the stones of the trilithon mark the summer and winter solstices.
The other ancient attraction is the Anahulu Caves. These are limestone caves with fresh water to swim in. Situated in the village of Haveluliku on the Eastern Side of Tonga, about a 30 minute drive from Nuku’alofa it’s a must see. A tour of the cave ( including a swim) can be organised by our tour Guide Ana.
Anahulu Beach is just in front of the entrance of the cave and is great for snorkelling and swimming.
The Mapu a Vaea or “Whistle of the Noble” are natural blowholes on the western end of the main island of Tongatapu in the village of Houma in the Kingdom of Tonga. When waves crash into the reef, natural channels in the volcanic rock allow water to forcefully blow through and create a plume-like effect. It is one of the highlights of the tours around the island of Tongatapu. “Vaea” is the name of the Honorable Vaea Family of nearby Houma.
Its a spectacular site at sunset – worth a visit!
The Northern Islands of Vava’u
As a PADI resort ,we deliver the high quality experience you would expect on our scuba diving trips to unforgettable dive-sites with soft corals, crinoids, underwater caves, walls, overhangs, gorgonian fans and diverse fish life and the unbelievably blue waters all add up to a diving destination that is second to none.
Most days during the whale season, you will be accompanied on your dive, by the haunting song of the humpback whales!We pride ourselves on our customer service and friendly staff, contact us to start planning your extra days before or after your tour to scuba dive!
2-Tank Dive is AUD$130 – includes all dive gear.
Hakau Adventures pontoon boat is the ideal way to travel in comfort for reef viewing, snorkelling or just to visit many of the uninhabited islands in the Vava’u group. Plenty of room for up to 10 people with seating for all. Loads of room for all the bags and whatever for your trip. And when you find the island of your dreams the shallow draft allows it to be driven right up onto the beach without the need to transfer to a dinghy. Just hop off.
Picnic lunches are included as part of our cruises.Special dietary lunch requests must be ordered 2 days prior to the cruise to allow us to organise our caterer. Our lunches usually include a meat or seafood and salad roll, fruit, homemade chocolate brownies (or alternative sweet treat) and water. Just let us know if you require vegetarian lunches. Guests are welcome to bring their own additional beverages or snacks.
Our cruises are usually around 6 to 7 hours that include reef viewing, lunch on a beach, swimming and snorkelling.
Prices TOP $180.00 per head.
Children under 12 are half price
Includes 3 course lunch, snacks, water and fruit as well as gear if needed.
Pickup is at Poolside Cafe dock around 9:30am and returning around 3pm.
Just email Don & Laurie firstname.lastname@example.org to book a fantastic day snorkelling the exquisite reefs and caves of the unspoilt islands of Vava’u.
The Vava’u island group in the Kingdom of Tonga is one of the most stunning places you’ll visit on your travels through the South Pacific. Powered Kayak Tours is happy to take you for a ride and share some of its finest points. Follow your guide as you explore uninhabited islands, caves, blow holes, striking coral reefs, and white sand beaches that will make your soul say “ahhhhh”. We take our customers to see some of the best kept secrets in Vava’u.
$200.00 per person Group discounts offered
Contact Lisa or Ben at Mandala Island Eco Resort email@example.com
Vava’u Adventures is the home of the Kart Safaris. Vava’u Adventures is your premier booking specialist for island tours, adventure activities and relaxing accommodations in Vava’u. Kart Safaris is a must do adventure, fully guided, to see some of the beautiful sights around the main island of Vava’u. It includes beaches, traditional villages and some spectacular views of the ocean and surrounding beaches and land from lookouts.
Pricing – TOP $200 Single / TOP $300 Double seater – 3 hour tour
Discounts for groups.
Email Sandy – firstname.lastname@example.org
Vava’u Game Fishing Charters
Kiwi Magic is a 34 foot sport fishing vessel with all safety equipment, large cockpit with shade cover for protection from sun and rain, toilet. Holds current Government Survey Certificate and all necessary licences required to operate in Tonga . Kiwi Magic and skipper Keith McKee have been fishing the pristine waters of Vavaú since 1991. Fish for Blue, Black and Striped Marlin,Yellowfish Tuna, Mahimahi and other pelagic tropical species. All fishing equipment is included.
Contact Pat McKee for information.