This fabulous half-day excursion is designed to showcase the most fascinating aspects of life in this Polynesian paradise.
Your first photo-stop of the day is the Victorian Royal Palace. This utterly charming Victorianera building was shipped from New Zealand, and then re-assembled in Nuku'alofa in 1867. Today, the Palace is used solely for ceremonial occasions. Nearby, view the impressive Royal Tomb, the final resting place of King George Tupou I, Tonga's modern-day founder.
Continue through gorgeous sun-kissed countryside, to the lively Tongan National Centre. This colourful heritage centre boasts a comprehensive collection of island art. Here, you will also view demonstrations of island crafts, such as tapa cloth making, mat weaving and woodcarving, traditional Tongan dancing as well as a traditional Kava-drinking ceremony (a plant root that is shared in rounds). Before leaving, you’ll be invited to snack on tropical fruits and browse for souvenirs and island crafts.
Afterwards, visit the famous Tongan blowholes, which can blow up to 30 feet, and are considered the most spectacular in the South Pacific, before stopping to take pictures of the island's sacred fruit bats, known locally as Flying Foxes.
This excursion is operated by island bus or minibus.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.