Tonga’s main island of Tongatapu is home to a beautiful lagoon sprinkled with tiny coral atolls fringed with gorgeous sugar-white beaches – the perfect location for sunbathing, snorkelling, kayaking and swimming.
Mainly flat and covered in agricultural plantations, sleepy villages and numerous churches, Tongatapu boasts several spectacular blowholes that line the southern coast.
Tongatapu also hosts one of densest concentrations of ancient Polynesian structures in the South Pacific.
In the west of Tongatapu, lie long and uninterrupted white-sand beaches that offer good swimming, surf breaks and a choice of beach resorts that are all to happy to pamper honeymoon couples
To the south lies the eco-rich island of ‘Eua, with a network of hiking trails that weave through the pristine rainforest – an ideal location in Tonga for adventurous honeymoon couples.
Although Tonga’s capital, Nuku’alofa, doesn’t have a beach the offshore atolls of the lagoon are just a short boat ride away – ideal for a day trip or a longer stay at one of Tonga's magical honeymoon resorts.
The best beaches in Tongatapu, include…
Choose your own spot to sunbathe on the gorgeous white-sand beach that surrounds this picturesque palm-fringed atoll.
Enjoy safe swimming and perfect snorkelling in the crystalline water of Tongatapu lagoon.
Come for the day with a picnic or stay longer at the 4-star Fafa Island Resort. Fafa Island is located just 30 minutes by boat from the capital of Nuku'alofa.
Dig your toes into the powder-white sand of this gorgeous beach that fringes a long peninsula on Atata Island.
Sunbathe on the soft sand and swim, snorkel or dive in the sheltered waters of Tongatapu Lagoon.
Atata Beach is located just minutes by boat from Nuku'alofa. Come for the day or stay longer at the beachfront 2-star Royal Sunset Resort.
Make your own footprints in the pristine sugar-white sand of this marvellous beach that encircles the tiny, palm-fringed atoll of Pangaimotu.
This picture-perfect atoll is just a short ferry ride from Nuku'alofa and is simply perfect for swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing.
Sink your toes into the fine white sand of this 1.5km-long beach that fringes the western tip of Tongatapu Island.
Here, in this protected marine reserve, you can swim and snorkel among more than 130 different species of tropical fish and coral.
Further south, discover world-class surfing conditions from April to October and offshore breaks between November and March.
Located just 21km from the capital Nuku'alofa, Ha'atafu Beach is perfect for a day trip.
Or stay longer at one of the charming budget-style resorts, which offer traditional thatched-roof fales (bungalows). Try the charming Ha'atafu Beach Resort.
Unwind on this gorgeous pocket of white sand, which stretches between large coral rocks, palm groves, steep cliffs and the crystalline waters of a stunning turquoise lagoon, in one of Tongatapu Island’s most scenic areas.
The beach is also known as ‘pigeon’s gate’, named after the natural coral land-bridge that hangs above the crashing surf.
Hufangalupe Beach is located near a village of the same name on the south coast of Tongatapu.
The mostly uninhabited 176 islands of Tonga offer a choice of fascinating sights with several must-see attractions, including the following…
Explore some of Polynesia’s finest archaeological sites, located on the eastern tip of Tongatapu
Ponder the massive Ha’amonga’a Maui trilithon, a 12-tonne stone archway made from three single limestone slabs where the sun rises and sets in perfect alignment during the winter solstice.
At Mu’a, stroll between 28 pyramidal stone langi (tombs), which were traditionally used for burying royalty; admire Paepae ‘o Tele’a (Platform of Tele’a), a monumental pyramid-like stone memorial; and ponder the Langi Namoala and ‘Esi’aikona, an elevated platform used as a rest area by the chief and his family.
Come at high tide on a windy day and be treated to geyser-like fountains of seawater that shoot up to 30m-high. These spectacular blowholes stretch for 5km along the southern shore of Tongatapu. The seawater spouts are formed when seawater is forced under pressure through natural vertical vents in the coral limestone.
Get an insight into Tongan culture at this fascinating museum in Nuku’alofa, which features historical artifacts and cultural items that are still used in Tonga today. Join a tour to see demonstrations of tapa making, carving, weaving and basketry and traditional dancing.
Stay for dinner, which starts with a kava ceremony, followed by a feast of delicious traditional dishes cooked in an umu (underground oven). Nearby on the Nuku’alofa waterfront sits the Royal Palace and the Mala’ekula (royal tombs).
This underground cavern features an impressive natural display of stalactites and stalagmites near the beach of the same name, about 24km from Nuku’alofa on Tongatapu.
This rugged and pristine island offers sheer limestone cliffs, caves, sink-holes and a pristine tropical rainforest to explore.
Take a guided tour and spot birdlife as well as dolphins and whales from the shore or take to the sea and explore a choice of unspoiled dive sites.
'Eua is just a short boat ride south-east of Tongatapu.
For an insight into the heart of Tongan culture, try to participate in a Tongan feast. Marked with huge quantities of food and traditional dancing, this boisterous occasion is held to celebrate weddings, birthdays and to welcome important people to the village.
As is the custom, fish, root crops and pigs, which are highly prized in Tonga, are cooked together in an underground oven. Often, mats and tapa cloth are presented as gifts to honoured quests.
Within Tonga's collection of 48 inhabited islands it’s easy to find honeymoon accommodation to suit every budget, from charming and less-expensive traditional beachfront fales to secluded island retreats, including the following resorts…
Fafa Island Resort
Location: Fafa Island, Nuku'alofa
Prices: from AUD280 per room
Description: Surrounded by private beaches and tropical gardens, Fafá Island Resort offers traditional beachfront bungalows, a restaurant and a bar. Guests enjoy free use of kayaks and snorkelling equipment. Each of the bungalows is set just metres from the sand and features a patio with sun loungers. All offer high ceilings built from coconut palms, a refrigerator and a ceiling fan. Each has a bathroom with hot water and an outdoor shower. The restaurant serves a varied menu offering both Polynesian and European cuisine. The open-air bar offers a wide range of beer, wine and cocktails. The tour desk books rental cars, bicycle rental, scuba diving, game fishing and island tours. There is a BBQ held once a week, followed by a cultural show featuring Tongan and Polynesian dances. Fafa Island Resort is located on a small island 7 km north of Nuku‘alofa. It is reached via a 30-minute private boat from Faua Wharf.
Royal Sunset Island Resort
Location: Atata Island, Nuku'alofa
Prices: from AUD157 per room
Description:Set on Atata Island, Royal Sunset Island Resort offers bungalows with free Wi-Fi and a patio. Surrounded by 8 acres of tropical gardens, this beachfront resort boasts 24/7 reception, a swimming pool and a restaurant. Guests enjoy free breakfast, free kayaking and free windsurfing. Located alongside the beach, each bungalow offers lagoon, garden or ocean views. All include a bathroom with hot water, a refrigerator and tea/coffee making facilities. Polynesian Restaurant boasts water views and is open each night offering international and Polynesian cuisine. Ata Bar serves cocktails and a range of wine and beer. Full board and half board packages are available. Your breakfast includes cereals, fresh fruit, bread and tea, coffee and juice. The tour desk books scuba diving, kneeboarding, game fishing and free daily village trips. Live entertainment and kava parties can be arranged upon request. Other on-site facilities includes massage services, a gift shop, a beach volleyball court and a tennis court. Nuku‘alofa Royal Sunset Resort is reached via a 20-minute boat transfer from Nuku'alofa Wharf. It is a 30-minute drive from Fuaʻamotu International Airport to Nuku'alofa Wharf.
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The best time to honeymoon in Tonga is during the dry season between May and October. Tonga’s climate is tropical, with a daytime average of 26°C (79°F) 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…
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.
Between islands: Air travel is quick and easy. Local ferries operate from Faua Wharf in Nuku'alofa to Ha'apai and Vava'u islands.
On land: Buses, taxis and hire cars are all available. Traffic drives on the left.
Latest update: Where to Honeymoon in Tongatapu: 30 March, 2020
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