Travel Nuku'alofa, Tonga

Tongan Islands of Tongatapu and Vava'u

January 23rd, 2010

From New Zealand we flew to Tonga, a huge archipelago with more than 160 islands that stretch over enormous distances.

The Kingdom of Tonga is located at about 2000 kms north east of New Zealand in the South Pacific and is known as the first country in the world to see sunrise each morning.

The beach of Vava'uThe beach of Vava'u

Tonga is home to different island groups which can be reached by plane or ferry.

There is one international airport in Fua'amotu, on Tongatapu, Tonga's largest island and home to the capital of Nuku'alofa.

Fua'amotu is the international gateway to popular travel destinations like Australia and New Zealand. We knew the airport wasn't too far from Nuku'alofa so we could easily get a taxi to our guesthouse.

We stayed at Sela's Guesthouse which was not too fancy but cosy enough and situated in the centre, pretty close to everything which was more important for us.

The beaches of Vava'uThe beaches of Vava'u

In Nuku'alofa the city centre is built pretty much around the parliament building and from here it's an easy walk to touristic attractions as the Tongan Royal Palace and the towns church. A must see are the Tongan blowholes on the southern coast of Tongatapy which are stunning and great for picture taking.

To fly to other island groups like popular Vava'u, more laid back Ha'apia or the more rugged islands of 'Eua with its amazing wildlife, there are domestic flights that depart from Fua'amotu. The two northermost island groups of Niuatoputapu and Niuafo'ou, or The Niua's, are more remote, less developed and closer to Samoa.

Pictures of Tonga IslandPictures of Tonga Island

We had heard a lot of good things about the island group of Vava'u so we booked a flight with Chathams Pacific after our stay in Tongatapu. The flight went without any problems and in less than an hour we arrived in paradise!

One of the things we wanted to do in Vava'u was to go kayaking around some of islands. There are over 30 islands in the Vava' u island group so we were sure to encounter some very beautiful spots. The kayaking turned out to be a great adventure and we had a great time discovering some of the islands.

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Travel Tips for Nuku'alofa Tonga:

Where to stay in Nuku'alofa: Sela's Guest House in Tongatapu

What to do in Nuku'alofa: Go kayaking around the beautiful islands of Vava'u

Where to eat in Nuku'alofa: We had an amazing dinner at the Waterfront Lodge in Nuku'alofa

Travel Pictures of Nuku'alofa, Tonga

  • The beach of Vava'u The beach of Vava'u
  • The beaches of Vava'u The beaches of Vava'u
  • Pictures of Tongan blowholes Pictures of Tongan blowholes
  • Pictures of Tonga Island Pictures of Tonga Island
  • Blowholes onTongatapu Blowholes onTongatapu
  • The Church of Nuku'alofa in Tonga The Church of Nuku'alofa in Tonga
  • The Castel Gates in Nuku'alofa The Castel Gates in Nuku'alofa
  • Kayaking Trip Tonga Island Kayaking Trip Tonga Island
  • Underwater photos of Polynesia Underwater photos of Polynesia
  • Diving in the waters of Tonga, Polynesia Diving in the waters of Tonga, Polynesia
  • Underwater pictures of Polynesia Underwater pictures of Polynesia
  • Underwater photos of the Tonga Islands Underwater photos of the Tonga Islands
  • Underwater photos of Polynesia Underwater photos of Polynesia
  • Picture of a sea cucumber in Tonga Picture of a sea cucumber in Tonga
  • Foto of a purple sea star in Tonga Foto of a purple sea star in Tonga
  • Marine Life in Tonga Marine Life in Tonga
  • Snorkeling in the waters of the Tonga Islands Snorkeling in the waters of the Tonga Islands
  • Photos of Tonga, Polynesia Photos of Tonga, Polynesia
  • The islands of Tonga The islands of Tonga
  • Photos of our trip to the Tonga Islands Photos of our trip to the Tonga Islands
  • Pictures of our trip to the Tonga Islands Pictures of our trip to the Tonga Islands

Weather

Nuku'alofa Weather

Partly Cloudy
14 °C | 57.2 °F

Traveller

Ela photo
Name: Ela
Age: 26-33
Travel type: Friends getaway

Travel Blog

Tongan Islands of Tongatapu and Vava'u
Continent: Oceania
Country: Tonga
City: Nuku'alofa
Period: Nov '09-Dec '09
Lenght of stay: 7 days
Views: 3147

Travel Review

Liked: The Blowholes on Tongatapu and the kayaking around Vava'u
Disliked: We had some cloudy days
Trip Rating: Excellent

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