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Nuku'alofa Highlights

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Tamakautonga Rd, Nuku'alofa, Tonga

This family-run enterprise offers insights into authentic Tongan lifestyles and traditions. A two-hour tour introduces a mix of rituals and experiences including dances, a kava ceremony, weaving demonstrations and even the chance to try on a...

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Royal Palace, Nuku'alofa, Tonga

The interior of this red-roofed 1867 palace is closed to the public, except for special occasions, but it’s worth visiting to admire the exterior. The Victorian facade might not look its best, but it retains some of its original dignity. A...

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‘Oholei Beach is located on the southeast side of Tongatapu, a 30-minute drive from Nuku‘alofa. It’s a hotspot for locals and visitors alike, and it’s easy to see why: Set on a lagoon, the beach offers soft sand and...

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Fatafehi Road, Nuku'alofa, Tonga

The Free Church of Tonga (also called the Centennial Church) is not just a local house of worship; it’s also the name of a religious denomination. The religion was established in 1885 by King George Tupou I and the missionary Reverend...

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Niutoua, Tonga

Located close to the village of Niutoua on the northeast corner of the island, this dramatic structure (officially called a trilithon) was built from coral and limestone around 1200. Its name translates as “Maui’s Burden,” a...

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Taufa'ahau Road, Nuku'alofa, Tonga

One of the most popular hangouts on the island of Tongatapu, Friends offers a great menu of breakfasts and lunches with highlights like top-notch local coffee, vanilla French toast and delicious milkshakes, not to mention the popular...

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Unga Rd, Nuku'alofa, Tonga

Marco’s Pizza Pasta can be found along Unga Road, close to the old Village Mission Pharmacy. Run by the eponymous Marco and his wife, it’s a simple place that has nonetheless become a firm favorite with locals and expats alike....

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Nuku'alofa, Tonga

The Langafonua Gallery and Handicrafts Centre is the city’s main arts and crafts market. Established by Queen Salote Tupou III in 1953 to promote Tongan handicrafts, it has long ensured a better quality of life for the women of Tonga and...

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Nuku‘alofa’s main market, located next to the police station, is a wonderfully atmospheric place where you can browse and purchase an array of fresh fruit and vegetables as well as wander past stalls full of local arts and crafts,...