TONGA: Last kingdom of South Pacific (15 days)
1st day: flight to Tonga
Meeting at the airport, departure to Kingdom of Tonga.
2nd day: Nuku’alofa
Arrival to the city of Nuku’alofa (on Tongatapu island), which is capital of the Kingdom of Tonga. Meeting with the guide. Immediately upon arrival at the Tonga you will see exotic costumes of the local people. Transfer to the hotel, relax after a long journey. Evening walk on the streets of the capital. We will see the Royal Palace built in 1867, which is one of the three main residencies of Tongan royal family. We visit ‘Mala’e ‘Kula’ – the cemetery which is the burial place of the kings of Tonga and Tulamahu – the largest market in the country where you can buy exotic fruits, vegetables grown in the Pacific Islands and interesting folk handicraft products. Overnight in Nuku’alofa.
3rd day: Nuku’alofa – ‘Eua
Breakfast. Drive to the harbour and approximately 40 kilometres transfer by ferry to ‘Eua island. It is one of the most unspoiled places in the kingdom. Most of the ‘Eua territory is covered by mountains and rainforest. Walking tour to the traditional local village (the opportunity to try the local drink ‘ava or learning weaving mats). Overnight on ‘Eua.
4th day: ‘Eua
Breakfast. Whole day for exploring the natural attractions of the island. Approximately three-hour walking tour in pristine rainforest in the ‘Eua National Park. Visit to the viewpoints Lokupo and Lau-ua, with amazing views of the cliff coast. Exploring the endemic plants growing here. Optionally snorkelling in underwater Cathedral Cave. You can also participate in the mass in the local church, famous for beautiful singing. Overnight on ‘Eua.
5th day: ‘Eua
Breakfast. Another day for exploring attractions of ‘Eua island. Walk along the coast, recognised as one of the most beautiful hiking trails in the area of the Pacific Islands. Discovering the biodiversity of the island, observation endemic parrots koki. Swimming in the crystal clear waters of the Pacific, optional biking and horse riding. A visit to the local shop where you can buy the original island-made handicrafts. After returning from a walk we will have time to have some dinner and try local delicacies. The cuisine on the island is based primarily on delicious seafood. Overnight on ‘Eua.
6th day: ‘Eua – Vava’u
Breakfast. Light aircraft flight to the island of Tongatapu. Flight to the town of Neiafu (located in the northern part of the kingdom, on Vava’u archipelago). Walk through the picturesque harbour town. Climb Talaue mount, which offers a beautiful panorama of the area. Transfer to the nearby village Tu’anekivale where we will visit the only Botanical Garden in the kingdom, having an interesting collection of plants. Transfer to a small market ‘Utukalongalu, which has an excellent selection of fruits, spices (you can buy some vanilla cultivated on the island) and local handicrafts. Overnight in Neiafu.
7th day Vava’u – swimming with the whales – Mala
Breakfast. Excursion by boat on the archipelago Vava’u. We will try to find humpback whales (the best period for observing animals is between June and October): whales songs listening, observing their behaviour, if you want you can swim with these, the largest on the planet animals. In the afternoon, crossing by boat to the small island of Mala. Overnight at the hotel built in the style of fale (traditional Tongan cottage).
8th day: Mala
Breakfast. All day free on the island of Mala, in a place where you do not feel the rush of the world, and the only sounds are the waves breaking on the shore. A swimming in the crystal clear turquoise waters of the lagoon. You can walk around the island, enjoy some water sports or relax on the beach. Overnight at the hotel built in the style of fale (traditional Tongan cottage).
9th day: Vava’u – Ha’apai
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport in Neiafu, flight to the archipelago of Ha’apai islands. Arriving at a small airstrip in the settlement of Pangai. Ha’apai is a place that has not been transformed yet by the modern world, (this may soon change, as the authorities seek the archipelago to became a UNESCO World Heritage Site). The archipelago is covered with the virgin rainforest. Most islands are coral origin, except there are located on the west, towering volcanic islands Tofu and Kao. Overnight on Ha’apai.
10th -11th day: Ha’apai
Breakfast. Drive to the old royal palace – the residence of the rulers of Tonga, to the monument of Baker – a Western missionary who settled near Pangai, was a friend of the king and the architect of first (adopted in 1875) constitution of the kingdom. A trip to the dated fifteenth century fortress Velate. Trip to the Foa island, where you can find beautiful sandy beaches and the remains of the ancient pyramids which were the tombs of Tongan chiefs. A visit to the local village. Free time with possibility of rest on the sandy beaches, cycling or horse riding, surfing, diving or snorkeling near the Gate of Poseidon (one of the best dive sites in the Pacific), canoeing and swimming. Accommodation in Ha’apai.
12th day: Ha’apai – Tongatapu
Breakfast. The flight to the island of Tongatapu, drive to the capital, Nuku’alofa, accommodation.
13th day: Tongatapu
Breakfast. Half-day excursion of the island of Tongatapu. We visit spectacular blowholes, monument commemorates Captain Cook – one of the most important explorers of the Pacific and the visit of Queen Elizabeth II of England to Tonga. We stop in a small village of Ha’avakatolo, where is a tree on which we will see many flying foxes (bats with a head resembling a fox). We will also see about 800 years Trilithon Ha’amonga-a-Maui, called Stonehenge of the Pacific – one of the most mysterious places on Tonga and stalactite cave ‘Anahulu located in the village Haveluliku with small freshwater lake inside the cave. Free time for immersion in water and then drive to the village Lapaha, famous for about 1000 years old made of coral tombs of the rulers of The Tongan Empire. Overnight in Nuku’alofa.
14th day: Pangaimotu – flight back
Half-day trip to the small island Pangaimotu that you can walk around in less than an hour, the chance to relax on the beach and enjoy some water sports. Transfer to the airport in Nuku’alofa, departure to your destination.
15th day: Flight back
Flight back, arrival to your destination.
* all domestic flights according to the itinerary, transportation by ferry and chartered bus or van,
* accommodation in a local hotels in a double/twin rooms (with an attached bathroom),
* breakfast on every day,
* Professional English speaking guide in Tonga (also another languages speaking guides are available on your request).
* International flight to / from Tonga,
* Entrance tickets: approx. 100 USD.
This is only sample of our offer. Any detail such as duration of the trip, standard of the accommodation and meal plan might be changed according to your preference. We will prepare a tailor made offer for you!