- Nuku'Alofa, Tongatapu
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is the capital of the Kingdom of Tonga
. It is located on the north coast of the island of Tongatapu, in the southernmost island group of Tonga.
to Do, Nuku'alofa Things to See
is very flat and ideal for exploring by bike. There are cycle rentals in Nuku'alofa and some guesthouses also provide bikes for their guests to rent.
There are daily excursions from Nuku'alofa to the offshore islands, where you can relax on the island’s beautiful beaches, join in the daily activities then return later in the day. The islands are very close – it is only a 15 minute trip to Pangaimotu
(the nearest), and less than an hour to Royal Sunset
(the farthest). There are bars and restaurants available.
Diving & Game Fishing
There is superb diving in the islands north of Nuku'alofa. Two game-fishing charter companies also operate out of Nuku'alofa - Royal Sunset Fishing and Dive Tours
and Blue Water
Fishing Charters. The fishing grounds are off the northern coast of Tongatapu Island.
A week-long celebration coinciding with the King's Birthday
in July, and featuring parades, workshops, a beauty pageant, music arts, feasting and sports competitions.
Several companies offer tours around the island and the Tongan National Centre
also has a cultural tour and lunch (bookings essential).
by large lawns and giant Norfolk pines
, Tonga's famous Royal Palace dominates the seafront. This large Victorian
timber building was prefabricated in New Preparing Food
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, when the upstairs verandah was added. The palace is not open to the public but there is a good view from the waterfront on the west side.
Tongan sovereigns, their wives, husbands and close relatives have been buried at the tombs at the Mala'ekula
(a large park area) since 1893. It's
not open to the public but there is a reasonable view from the fence.
Nuku'alofa is a hub for international yachts, particularly from March to October. Faua Harbour
has basic facilities but there are more extensive facilities at the Nuku'alofa Yacht
& Motor Club
, where visiting yachties are welcome.
(at the end of Tupoulahi Road
) is a good spot for swimming and snorkelling, with lots of small fish and the occasional ray.
Tonga’s largest fruit, vegetable and handicraft market is open everyday except Sunday, with an abundance of local foods and inexpensive handcrafts. The market
is a hub of activity, particularly on Saturday mornings, and the perfect place to meet the locals. Colourful
local produce for sale includes papaya, mango, sweet potatoes, taro, yams Traditional Tongan Carving Tonga Visitors Bureauand plantains.
- published: 23 Oct 2014
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