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Nuku Alofa

The Tongan capital and main cruise port's almost unpronounceable name - Nuku'Alofa - translates far more harmoniously as 'Abode of Love'.

This gives a much better sense of the tranquillity of this sleepy, dusty town on the main Tongan island of Tongatapu (Sacred Tonga).

To get a real feel for the Tongan history and culture which so captivated Captain Cook, visit the Tonga National Centre on the outskirts of town. Here they stage traditional dance shows, local handicraft workshops and mythical ceremonies. Elsewhere in the town, monuments and royal tombs remind visitors of Tonga's status as the only Pacific nation never colonised and one having the oldest remaining Polynesian monarchy. There are some fascinating archaeological sites around the island but even more of those fabulous South Pacific beaches.

 

Shore excursions in Nuku Alofa

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Highlights and Otuhaka Beach

Activity low

Duration: 3½ hours

Relax and enjoy some time at the Vakaloa Beach Resort, one of the most beautiful beaches in Tonga.

A scenic transfer will take you to the western side of Tongatapu to enjoy a few hours at the Vakaloa Beach Resort.

Located on the western side of the Tongatapu, the resort offers cool sea breezes and is the perfect place to unwind and relax. During your stay you can laze on the warm white sand, take a stroll along the beach or perhaps cool off with a swim. Complimentary seasonal fruits will be on offer for you to enjoy.

At the agreed time, you’ll re-group at the designated meeting point for the return drive to the ship.

Essential information

This tour will operate by minibus and on foot. Transportation is by local, non-air-conditioned buses with no PA systems or microphones. Facilities are limited at the beach, and there are no chairs or umbrellas are available to rent. Please wear your swimsuit under your clothes and bring a hat and adequate sun protection. Waterproof shoes are recommended for swimming or walking across coral. For those who wish to snorkel, please bring your own equipment. It is prohibited to take any live coral or shells away from the island. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to any swimming activities.

Fafa Island South Sea Paradise - Small Group Optio

Activity low

Duration: 4½ hours

Discover Fafa Island Resort, an 18 acre south sea paradise.

Fafa Island Resort is the perfect place to unwind, with its white sandy beach, crystal clear waters and surrounding natural beauty.

A brief bus ride will take you to Vuna Wharf, where you’ll board the small Fafa Island Resort transfer boat for a 50 minute crossing. Upon arrival, you’ll have around 2½ hours to spend as you please. The resort caters for small numbers so you’ll find your visit an idyllic experience. During your stay, a traditional Tongan lunch will be served at the on-site restaurant.

After your relaxing experience, you’ll re-join the boat for the return transfer to the pier.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by island bus or minibus and boat. Places on this tour are limited to 15 guests and early booking is advised. This tour is not suitable for children. Please note that the motor boat is basic and there are no toilets; however facilities are available at the resort. A degree of agility of required when boarding the boat. Drinks are not included but may be purchased at the on-site bar. Please remember to take Australian or US Dollars. Snorkel equipment is not included but may be available for hire. Please take swimwear, sunscreen and a towel. Out of respect for the local people, if wearing swimwear under clothing please do not expose the swimwear until arrival at the resort. Sunbeds and umbrellas are not available and shade may be limited. Please refrain from drinking alcohol prior to swimming activities.

Highlights and Cultural Village

Activity medium

Duration: 3½ hours

Discover the cultural village of Ancient Tonga and enjoy some of the island’s highlights.

Setting off from the pier, you’ll take in the Royal Palace and the nearby Royal Tomb, the final resting place of King George Tupou I, Tonga’s modern-day founder.

Next you’ll head to Ancient Tonga, a small cultural village that offers an insight into local Polynesian life. Here, you’ll enjoy a traditional welcome ‘Kava ceremony’ and you’ll be shown demonstrations including tapa cloth making, mat weaving and wood carving. During your visit refreshing seasonal fruit will be offered.

Afterwards, you’ll continue to the famous Tongan blowholes, which can blow up to 30 feet, and are considered the most spectacular in the South Pacific. A stop will also be made view the island's fruit bats, known locally as Flying Foxes, before heading back to the pier.

Essential information

This tour will operate by island bus or minibus and on foot. Please note that with all natural phenomena, the activity of the blowholes cannot be guaranteed. Great care should be taken when walking around the stony area, at the blowholes. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

Historic Nuku'alofa

Activity medium

Duration: 3 hours

Take a step back in time to see the most celebrated historic buildings and monuments of Tonga.

The first port of call on your scenic drive is a photo stop at the King of Tonga’s, white-painted Royal Palace. Afterwards you’ll pass by the Royal Tombs, the resting place of royalty whose ancestry dates back to the 18th century.

Your next stop is a visit to Captain Cook’s Landing Site. In 1777 Cook landed on Tongatapu and his arrival paved the way for the introduction of Christianity to the island, which had a profound and long lasting effect on the Tongan way of life.

Afterwards a visit will be made to one of ancient Polynesia’s most intriguing monuments, the Ha’amonga Trilithon. Built around 1,200 AD, the giant stone arch is 15 feet high and weighs 80 tons. The gate is considered to have an astronomical significance and is a seasonal calendar for planting and harvesting. To round off you’re your, a visit will also be made to the ancient burial site at Mu’a, the ancient capital of Tonga.

Essential information

This excursion operates by island bus or minibus.This tour involves a moderate level of walking over uneven ground and steps. Passengers are advised to take bottled water. Caution should be exercised at the steps to the tombs, which are in poor condition so comfortable, non-slip shoes are recommended. Order of itinerary may vary.

Liku alofa Scenic Island Drive

Activity low

Duration: 3½ hours

Gain an overview of this beautiful South Pacific island.

Set off on a scenic drive that will show you some of the highlights of Tonga, with photo stops along the way for you to admire the sights and scenery.

See the dramatic blowholes where the mighty Pacific rollers are forced through natural fissures to spout 30 feet skywards, and view the Liahona Coconut Plantation. At Kolovai Village, you can discover Tonga’s only native land mammal, the Fruit Bat, known locally as the Flying Foxes, whose wingspan is almost 3 feet. The bats can be found snoozing upside down in the trees, offering you a great photo opportunity.

At the Liku'alofa Beach Resort, you’ll be welcomed by colourfully dressed islanders who will serenade you with Tongan song and dance. Seasonal fruits will also be available for you to sample.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by island bus or minibus.Passengers are advised to exercise caution at the stony area around the blowholes and comfortable, non-slip shoes are recommended. As with all natural phenomena, the activity at the blowholes cannot be guaranteed. There are unpaved, rough and uneven surfaces at tour stops and Liku’alofa Beach Resort.

 

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