Tonga Honeymoon Travel Guide

The ‘Friendly Islands’ of Tonga offer an idyllic honeymoon destination for that special holiday.


Fafa Island
Fafa Island – Image courtesy of Fafa Island Resort

Introducing Tonga

Sunbathe on a choice of soft, sugar-white beaches, swim and snorkel above pristine coral gardens teeming with tropical fish and be spoilt with creature comforts at a choice of fabulous honeymoon resorts.

The three main island groups of Tonga – Tongatapu, Ha’apai and Vava’u – offer some of the best white-sand beaches in the South Pacific where you can choose to do nothing at all or be as active as you like on your honeymoon.

Dubbed the ‘Friendly Islands’ by Captain Cook in 1773 and renowned for its friendliness and gentle pace of life, Tonga is the Pacific's last monarchy and the only Pacific nation never to be formally colonised.

Scuba diving Tonga

What to do and see

Sunbathe on the gorgeous palm-fringed white-sand atolls of the Ha’apai group or scramble over ancient archaeological sites on Tongatapu.

Scuba dive the outer reef and surf offshore waves from May to October. Hike paths through tropical rainforest on pristine ‘Eua Island and meet friendly locals in traditional fishing villages.

Or hire a yacht for a cruising honeymoon along the maze of narrow channels that snake through Vava’u islands – also the perfect spot for snorkelling, kayaking and watching humpback whales from June to November.

Wherever you decide to honeymoon, Tonga is the perfect choice for the active honeymoon couple.

Royal Sunset Resort, Atata Island, Tongatapu, Tonga

Tongatapu Islands, Tonga

Mainly flat and covered in agricultural plantations, sleepy villages and numerous churches, Tonga's main island of Tongatapu boasts a stunning lagoon that is sprinkled with tiny coral atolls fringed with sugar-white beaches – the perfect honeymoon spot for sunbathing, snorkelling, kayaking and swimming. (Photo: Royal Sunset Resort, Atata Island, Tongatapu)

Tongatapu also hosts one of densest concentrations of ancient Polynesian structures in the South Pacific.

Read more about Tongatapu

Foa Island, Ha'apai Islands, Tonga

Ha’apai Islands, Tonga

Discover a slice of honeymoon paradise in the low-lying coral islands of Ha’apai, with a choice of secluded white-sand beaches fringed by swaying palm trees and lapped by crystal clear turquoise water.

Sunbathe on soft, powder-white beaches and snorkel or dive above coral gardens teeming with tropical rainbow-hued fish for an idyllic beach honeymoon. (Photo: Foa Island, Ha'apai – Photo courtesy of Sandy Beach Resort)

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Mounu Island Resort, Vavau Islands, Tonga

Vava’u Islands, Tonga

Considered one of the world’s great sailing destinations, the 50 or more thickly wooded islands of Vava’u (pronounced Va-va-oo) offer a maze of deepwater channels, protected anchorages and tiny coral islands fringed with white-sand beaches and surrounded by reefs teeming with tropical fish – the perfect honeymoon destination for the seafaring couple.

While there are literally hundreds of secluded beaches among the island group, check out at least one of these unforgettable beaches: the powder-white sands of Port Maurelle Bay on Euakafa Island, tiny uninhabited Nuku Island and the picture-perfect Foe’ata Island are all ideal for a honeymoon picnic at any time. (Photo: Mounu Island, Vava'u Islands – Photo courtesy of Mounu Island Resort)

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Fafa Island Resort, Fafa Island


Within Tonga's collection of 176 islands, of which 48 are inhabited, it’s easy to find honeymoon accommodation to suit every budget, from charming and less-expensive traditional beachfront fales to secluded island retreats featuring a wide range of creature comforts to spoil even the most demanding honeymoon couple. (Photo: Fafa Island Resort, Fafa Island)

Find the best deal, compare prices and read what other travellers have to say about resort accommodation in Tonga at TripAdvisor.

Best time to honeymoon in Tonga

The best time to honeymoon in Tonga is during the dry season between May and October. Tonga’s climate is tropical and has a daytime average of 26°C throughout the year.

Fresh sea breezes keep things pleasant and Tonga is slightly cooler than most tropical regions. The wet season in Tonga lasts from November to April with March the wettest month, especially in Vava’u.

For more climate info: Tonga Weather Guide

Getting there

Scattered over 7700sq km of ocean, the islands of Tonga are 775km south-east of Fiji, 1190km north-east of Auckland and 3220km north-east of Sydney.

Virgin Australia Airlines operates direct flights between Sydney and Nuku'alofa; Air Pacific operates flights from Sydney to Nuku'alofa via Nadi, Fiji; Air New Zealand operate flights to Nuku'alofa via Auckland with connections from all major Australian airports.

Information on how to get to Tonga

Latest update about Tonga honeymoon destination: 7 February, 2017

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