Slide into ‘island time’ with beautiful coral islands, swathes of clear glittering seas, great diving and snorkelling opportunities. Peaceful, calm and easy-going, Nuku’alofa wins over all travellers.
Set on the northern side of the island of Tongatapu, Nuku’alofa is the capital of Tonga. Colourful and vibrant, it exudes a rustic and warm charm for the international globe-trotter. For those looking to experience a country’s capital which in parts both lively and relaxed, Nuku’alofa is the word. It was ‘discovered’ by none other than Captain James Cook, British explorer and navigator extraordinaire back in 1777.
Early Christian and Methodist missionaries effected a wave of religion in the-then tribal country which is still prevalent – locals are very devout and Sundays are strict days of rest! Nuku’alofa houses both the seat of the government as well as the royal palace. With a number of hotels and resorts, many markets and a bustling port, Nuku’alofa is well worth a few days of island exploration.
Have a look at the royal palace on a guided tour and learn about the customs and history of the monarchy – it’s a blast. Then, add on a tour of the city which will have you traversing markets, souvenir shops, the Centenary Chapel, the Royal Tombs and the Basilica of St Anthony of Padua. Nuku’alofa is the island’s heart and spending time here helps travellers uncover a simpler, easier way of life. It is unhurried, takes joy on little things and is surrounded by nature and warm-hearted locals. Plus – whale-watching! Tonga is one of the very few countries where adventure enthusiasts can get up, close and personal with the gentle leviathans of the deep. Call us for season timings and all-inclusive packages!