Tauō ’o ’eva! Amazing Things to do in Tonga
Tonga has a multitude of scenic landscapes, relaxing beaches, picturesque atolls and lagoons, and amazing terrains you have to see for yourself. Enjoy a variety of sceneries and activities in the country. Explore the Mapu a Vaea, swim with whales, take a day trip to nearby islands, or watch a cultural show.
There’s a lot to do in Tonga at any time of the year. We’ve listed the best things to do while you’re on the island.
Underwater adventures with the whales
Tonga is one of the few countries where you can swim, dive, or snorkel with the whales up close. Basking with these gentle creatures allows you to learn more about its nurturing side. But, be careful not to intrude heavily on them!
Whale watching is at its peak from July to October as calves and mothers return nearby. These are the best months to watch these mammals bask on their environment.
Other water activities you can do:
Diving and snorkeling to see underwater reefs
Kayaking to see dolphins, turtles, and schools of fish
Fish in Vava’u, Ha’apai, ‘Eua, and Tongatapu for marlin, mahi-mahi, and more!
Kite surfing for an adrenaline rush
Shop for local handicrafts
Visit Talamahu Market and soak up the local culture and people of the Kingdom. Brush up your Tongan language and speak a couple of mother tongue like, “Oku fiha e’ Fiha hono totongi’?” When you want something and asking for its price.
The island also has various arts and handicrafts showcase area where you want to see for yourself how they do it. Don’t miss how Tongan women do the famous Tapa, barkcloth painted in Tongan artistry.
Where else you can shop:
Blue Banana Studio
Langafonua Handicrafts Centre
Le-Ata Fashion Boutique & Giftshop
Eat local cuisine
The best way to appreciate the local scene of Tonga is by eating their famous delish. Tonga’s diverse richness makes it a great place to try yummy food prepared by the locals for you.
You can expect staples like taro and sweet potatoes for a snack, nonetheless, be prepared for an amazing feast with their delectable delights.
Tongan cuisines and drinks to try:
Explore the scenic landscapes
Tonga has picturesque landscapes you don’t want to miss. From mountaintops, green valleys, a cave of wonders, and rock formations, you’ll be surprised how many wonders there are in dry land.
Ditch the waters and fins these amazing places:
Mapu a Vaea. Known as the Chief’s Whistle, this blowhole is a spectacular sight on the coastline of Nuku’alofa. The spouts caused by the waves send a whistling sound, thus, the named formed.
Anahulu Cave. It’s a gorgeous underground swimming pool made of limestone. This cavern can be found in Anahulu Beach if you want to take a swim by the shore.
Hufangalupe. This is a beautiful bridge and archway amidst the palm trees and Gumamela flowers. The waters below waves gently, forming the bridge many years ago.
Ha’amonga ‘a Maui. You don’t have to go to England to see Stonehenge. Tonga has one, too! Scholars believed it’s an astronomical observatory used pre-contact Tonga.