Things to Do
Getting to know Nuku'alofa
Step out of the Tanoa International Dateline Hotel, and you’ll discover an array of wonderful things to do in Nuku’alofa, Tonga - as well as the many highlights of Tonga that lie beyond the city. From lying on a beach or swimming with whales, to shopping, diving, hiking and birdwatching, there are activities in Tonga to suit all types of travellers.
Activities in Nuku’alofa are best enjoyed at the slow pace that characterises most tropical island cities. From our conveniently-situated waterfront hotel, it’s easy to see and do it all!
Wondering what to do in Nuku’alofa? Urban sightseeing hotspots include:
- Talamahu Market, a bustling hub of fresh produce.
- The Royal Tombs and Royal Palace where the nation’s royal family, both past and present, reside.
- The beautiful Basilica of St Anthony of Padua.
- Friends Cafe and Tourist Center, a popular meeting place.
- Ancient Tonga village and tours.
- The imposing stone Free Church of Tonga.
There are also a myriad of small cafes, parks and places around the capital where you can sit, relax and watch the world go by - the best way to enjoy any city, so throw away the travel guide and explore at your own pace.
Head out on a few trips from Nuku’alofa, and you can enjoy the many nature-based Tonga travel opportunities, including a wide variety of watersports and water-based activities. Swimming with the Southern Humpback Whales that take refuge in Tonga’s tropical waters from July to October is perhaps one of the most exhilarating trips you can take in Tonga.
Even the more low-key Tonga attractions are simply spectacular, including kayaking or sailing through pristine lagoons and past perfect atolls, snorkelling over beautiful underwater landscapes and colourful marine life, witnessing the power of blowholes, swimming in Anahulu Cave and just enjoying the sandy beaches of this beautiful South Pacific island. Tonga travel offers so many amazing experiences that will easily fill your itinerary - and later, your holiday albums.
There are many friendly, professional tour operators in Nuku’alofa and around the island of Tongatapu who can help you embark on an unforgettable activity or tour. Don’t worry about organising equipment, expert advice, maps or guides by yourself - head on down to the tour desk at Tanoa International Dateline Hotel and our knowledgeable tour operator will help you plan your adventures.