Tonga Islands Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Tonga Islands - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Centenary Church

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Tongans are a particularly religious people. No public activities are allowed on Sunday other than church attendance, and any check written...

Flying Fox Sanctuary

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

At the western end of Tongatapu this sanctuary is home to thousands of the large, black-winged bats commonly called flying foxes. During...

Ha’amonga ‘a Maui

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

At the far eastern end of Tongatapu, around 16 km (10 miles) east of the capital, is Tonga’s icon, the unusual and vaguely mysterious...


  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Twenty-eight unexcavated burial mounds remain at what was once called Lapaha. Nearby is a monument marking the spot where James Cook...


  • Town/Village

The village of Mu’a, about six miles from Nuku’alofa on Hahake Road, is the center of the Tui Tonga dynasty, which dates back to...


  • Town/Village

Just east of Nuku’alofa on Vuna Road is the small fishing village of Nukuleka. It has little to offer tourists other than the fact...

Nuku’alofa Club

  • Local Interest–Sight

Meeting royalty is not out of the question in Tonga; princes, nobles, and the other power brokers of the kingdom meet and drink at the...

Prime Minister's Office and Parliament Buildings

  • Government Building

On Taufa'ahau Road, take a look at the attractive Prime Minister’s Office. Just behind it are the small, wooden-sided Parliament Buildings.

Royal Palace

  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

The small Royal Palace, visible on the foreshore as ships come in, is easily the most visited spot on the island. It is closed to the...

Royal Tombs

  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

Tonga’s royalty all end up in the Royal Tombs, an unusual spot near the center of town. Visitors are expected to be respectful, and...


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