Silversea Luxury Cruises To Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu

Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu

As the Kingdom of Tonga's largest island and capital, Nuku'alofa is the hub of city life, with Tonga's greatest concentration of hotels, restaurants, and nightlife. It is also the seat of Tonga's government and the island's historic center, where you'll find the royal palace, the government and business districts, as well as churches, the colorful Central Market, and ancient vestiges of the island's storied past. As Tonga's only deep-water port, Nuku'alofa is also its hub for boat rides and excursions to the many outer islands.

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Excursions in Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu

Kayak Island Hop Adventure

Kayak through the crystalline waters off Nuku'alofa watching for marine life, and then savour lunch at Pangaimotu Island, where you may snorkel or simply relax.


Papiloa Beach Kayaking

Depart from the pier for a short walk to the Papiloa Hotel Beach, the kayak base for your excursion. Upon arrival, you will receive a short briefing and kayaking instructions before climbing aboard your kayak and setting off toward Pangaimotu Island. The water here is absolutely beautiful, as you will discover during your leisurely kayaking. Keep a lookout for the abundant marine life, including sea turtles, which are often symbolised as sacred throughout the Tongan islands. Spinner dolphins and humpback whales also inhabit these crystal-clear waters and if you are lucky, may be seen, as you paddle just north of Nuku'alofa to lovely Pangaimotu Island.


Pangaimotu Island Resort and Lunch

The island offers long stretches of golden beach, coconut palms swaying in the gentle breezes and remote, crescent-shaped coves. During your hour's visit, the time is yours to enjoy. You may wish to continue kayaking at your leisure or swim next to the island's famed shipwreck, most of which lies above the water right next to the shore. Take time out to enjoy a lunch of local fare, energizing you for the return kayak trip to Nuku'alofa.


Once at the kayak base, a short walk returns you to the ship.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of activity and is suggested only to those guests who are physically fit, strong swimmers, and able to paddle for at least two one-hour periods. Walking on this tour is mainly at the guests' discretion; however there are sandy and uneven surfaces at Papiloa Beach and Pangaimotu Island. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Kayaks are 1-2-seaters. Wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, sun protection, and aqua shoes. Bring a bottle of water and a towel; a waterproof camera is suggested. Although the sighting of marine life is a frequent occurrence, it cannot be guaranteed.

Likualofa Scenic Island Drive & Beach Resort

Take in the natural island beauty on this half-day excursion to some of Tonga's most unusual attractions, followed by a relaxing trip to the beach.


Liahona Mormon Coconut Plantation

Meet your guide on the pier and board your island-style bus. Pass through scenic villages and thriving plantations in the countryside as you make your way to the Liahona Mormon Coconut Plantation. Coconuts are one of the most important crops in Tonga. Look for the coconut tree with three separate heads, a botanical rarity, found at the plantation.


Blow Holes

Next, your driver takes you to Tonga's blowholes. Visitors often find themselves mesmerised as they watch this natural phenomenon. Seawater funnels through the natural tunnels cut in the rock, shooting upward in fountains as high as 60 feet (18 metres). According to legend, the ancient Tonga chiefs would meditate here while listening to the crashing surf. Although this is a great photo stop, it can be a challenge to capture the perfect shot.


'Flying Foxes'

Re-board the bus for the 20-minute drive to Kolovai. This site is known for the 'flying foxes' that you may see clinging to the casuarinas trees. The 'foxes', are really bats with fox-like heads, who live in large communal groups and primarily feed on fruit at night.


Likualofa Beach Resort

Your final stop is at the Likualofa Beach Resort where you may enjoy about half hour relaxing in the resort's idyllic setting. This beautiful location offers tropical gardens, shaded by coconut trees that rim the pristine beach. For your entertainment, local dancers will perform a traditional show.


At the appointed time, return to the bus for the 30-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of walking and is suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair, able to make their own way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Wear light casual clothing and flat walking shoes. All guests should bring bottled water from the ship to drink and do not forget to bring your camera. The tour itinerary may operate in reverse. Guides and equipment are the best in the area and all seats may be utilised on the bus. We thank you for your understanding as we visit this remote destination.

Nuku'alofa Highlights & Beach Resort

Explore the historic landmarks and splendid natural beauty of Tonga during this memorable, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Royal Palace and Royal Tombs

Depart the pier for the short drive to the Royal Palace. Located on the capital's scenic waterfront, the Royal Palace was formerly the monarch's principal residence. Following your guided tour, re-board your coach and proceed to the nearby Royal Tombs. Situated on one of the states of the king, the Royal Tombs has served as the burial place of Tongan royalty since 1893. The burial ground is known as 'Mala'e kula'.


Liahona Plantation, Houma and Blowholes

Next, re-board your coach and head to the Liahona Plantation. During your guided walking tour, you can view the only three-headed coconut tree on the island. Leaving the plantation, drive to the western side of the island. Here, a visit is made to the iconic blowholes, which can be found along the rocky, terraced coastline at Houma, approximately 9.3 miles (about 15 kilometres) from Nuku'alofa. The waves send water spouting approximately 60 feet (about 18.2 metres) into the air through the coral rock, creating one of the most impressive natural spectacles in the Pacific.


Flying Foxes and Vakaloa Beach Resort

Your tour continues with a visit to the see the 'flying foxes', which are really bats with fox-like heads clinging to casuarinas tress. After a photo stop here, re-board your coach and drive to the idyllic Vakaloa Beach Resort. During your visit, relax with a selection of fresh fruit accompanied by a traditional Tongan dancing performance. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking, at times over unpaved surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and at the sites visited. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair-accessible. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended.

Oholei Beach Hina Cave

Witness the natural phenomenon of the blowholes and enjoy a traditional dance performance in Hina Cave in Oholei Beach.


Blowholes

Depart from the pier for a short drive in an island-style bus through beautiful Nuku'alofa to the Western district of the island. Passing through villages and the school area, arrive at the Blow Holes. Visitors often find themselves mesmerised as they watch this natural phenomenon. Seawater funnels through the natural tunnels cut in the rock, shooting upward in fountains as high as 60 feet (18 metres). According to legend, the ancient Tonga chiefs would meditate here while listening to the crashing surf.


Oholei Beach Resort

Next, travel south-easterly across the island for approximately 40 minutes, headed to the Oholei Beach Resort. The name Oholei comes from Oho, the Tongan word for food for a journey, and lei the Hawaiian word for necklace of flowers. Set among the caves and cliffs of the Lavengatonga beach on Tongatapu, Oholei has its own cave with a legend of lost love, the Hina Cave. Here, a traditional dance and musical performance awaits.


If you wish, take a moment to swim, snorkel or stroll along Oholei beach.


Returning to Nuku'alofa, pass through several villages, offering you a glimpse of daily life in Tonga during the 40-minute drive back to the ship.

Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking; however, the steps at the resort are very steep and there are at least 25 to climb. There are sandy and uneven natural surfaces to negotiate. Any walking at Oholei Beach is at each guest's discretion. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair. All guests should bring bottled water from the ship to drink. Wear a swimsuit under a cover-up and bring a towel and protection from the sun. Snorkelling is available; however, gear is not available. The tour itinerary may operate in reverse. Guides and equipment are the best in the area. We thank you for your understanding as we visit this remote destination.

Tongan Culture: Past & Present

Experience the culture, traditions and lifestyles of the Tongan people during this picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Local Market and Handicraft Centre

Depart the pier for the short drive to the local market. Upon arrival, take a guided tour, and learn about the locally-grown vegetables and root crops. In addition, explore the different stalls and handicraft centre, where woven and other handicrafts, including sarongs, t-shirts and woodcarvings, are offered for sale.


Ancient Tonga

Next, re-board your coach and proceed to Ancient Tonga. Here, learn about the culture, attire and daily lifestyles in the Kingdom of Tonga through demonstrations of the Lali (Tongan drum), Fale Tonga (Tongan house), mat-weaving, tapa- and coconut oil-making, and cooking in an underground oven. A kava ceremony, floor show and refreshments are also included. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach for the short drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking, at times over unpaved surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and at the sites visited. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair-accessible. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended.