Nuku'Alofa, Tonga - Australia & New Zealand Cruises

In nearly 250 years since Captain Cook named then the Friendly Islands, little has changed. It remains the last kingdom in the South Pacific, colourful coral gardens are still untouched and the pleasure of sipping cool coconut milk fresh from the shell is as strong as it ever was.

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Excursions

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.

  • Vakaloa Beach Resort

    Escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy some quality time at the Vakaloa Beach Resort, one of the most beautiful beaches in Tonga.

    Vakaloa Beach Resort

    A relaxing transfer will take you to the western side of Tongatapu. As you head towards the Vakaloa Beach Resort, you’ll make a short stop to capture on camera the impressive Royal Palace and Royal Tombs.

    Enjoy a few hours at the one of the top beach resorts in the Kingdom of Tonga, Vakaloa Beach Resort. This side of the island is on the western side of the Tongatapu. The western side of the island has cool sea breezes, providing a comfortable environment to unwind and relax on the beautiful white sandy beach.

    You will have approximately two hours to enjoy the sun, sea and sand. A complimentary bottle of water will be served during your stay.

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


    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion operates by minibus and on foot. Facilities are limited, 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 near or walking across coral. For those who wish to snorkel, please bring your own equipment as there is none available on the island. 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.

    Tour code

    NUH_006

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Historic Nuku Alofa

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

    Historic Nuku Alofa

    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.

    The Burial Tombs of ancient Tongan Kings, the ‘langi’, date back to 1,300 BC. These marvels of engineering are constructed from square stone volcanic blocks in the form of terraces.

    One of ancient Polynesia’s most intriguing monuments is the Ha’amonga Hinge Stone. Built around 1,200 AD, the giant stone arch is 15 feet high and weighs around 80 tons. The gate is considered to have an astronomical significance and is a seasonal calendar for planting and harvesting.


    This excursion operates by island bus or minibus. This tour involves a moderate level of walking over uneven ground and steps. Guests 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.

    Tour code

    NUH_003

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Liku alofa Scenic Island Drive

    This fascinating tour introduces you to the culture and traditions of this beautiful South Pacific island.

    Liku alofa Scenic Island Drive

    Nuku’alofa is the seat of Tonga’s government and home to the royal family. You’ll view the exterior of the Royal Palace, a white-painted, wooden building, home to His Majesty King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV. You’ll also see the Royal Tombs, where King George Tupou I and his descendants were laid to rest.

    A short stop will be made beside the rocky coastline to see the dramatic blowholes where the mighty Pacific rollers are forced through natural fissures to spout 90 feet skywards.

    The Flying Fox is Tonga’s only native land mammal, whose wingspan nearly three feet. There are literally thousands of these bats, snoozing upside down in the trees, offering you a great photo opportunity.

    After a traditional welcome at the Liku'alofa Beach Resort, you’ll be treated to a buffet of mouth-watering traditional island dishes, including roast suckling pig, fish, chicken, taro and seasonal tropical fruits, lunch will be complimented by a performance of colourfully dressed islanders who will exuberantly serenade you with Tongan song and dance.


    This excursion will operate by island bus or minibus.Guests 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.

    Tour code

    NUH_002

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Oholei Beach & Hina Cave

    Enjoy traditional Tongan entertainment, sweeping coastal vistas and fascinating rock formations.

    Oholei Beach & Hina Cave

    Departing from the pier you will venture deep into the island which was once called Amsterdam (Tongatapu). Travel through the capital, Nuku’alofa in a south westerly direction through villages to ‘Oholei Beach’ and the exclusive ‘Hina Cave’.

    Stop briefly at Captain Cooks Landing, where a plaque commemorates the place he is believed to have landed in 1777. Here stands a banyan tree, an offspring of the original tree under which the famed navigator is thought to have rested.

    At Hina Cave, you will be entertained by Tongan song and dance inside the limestone cave, which according to tradition is also known as the ‘Cave of Love’. Refreshing, seasonal tropical fruits will be served to delight your taste buds. Afterwards, you‘ll have time to time to wander along the sandy coastline or visit the many caves.

    Catch a glimpse of daily local life as you head back to the pier, along the picturesque coastline and make a stop at the blowholes. Known as 'Chief's Whistles', they are considered the most spectacular blowholes in the South Pacific. Spouting sea water 30 metres up into the air, they make a distinctive 'whooshing' noise, hence their nickname.


    This excursion will operate by island bus or minibus and on foot.Entrance to Oholei Beach has stairways of 60 steep steps which includes three rest platforms. Restroom facilities may be rustic. To make your day as enjoyable as possible, please ensure that you wear comfortable, flat soled shoes, clothing suited to the weather conditions, a hat, insect repellent and bring along some sunscreen and bottled water. As with all natural phenomena, the activity at the blowholes cannot be guaranteed.

    Tour code

    NUH_001

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Western Scenic & Otuhaka Beach

    Enjoy a snap shot of Tonga’s capital, admire the islands blow holes and view the islands sacred fruit bats before relaxing on the Otuhaka beach.

    Western Scenic & Otuhaka Beach

    This wonderful half day excursion is a wonderful way to explore this perfect slice of Polynesia, starting with a scenic drive and ending with a relaxing visit to the beach.

    As you travel along the Vuna road and picturesque countryside your guide will share stories and answer any questions.

    You’ll soon arrive at the islands famous blow holes, these are the most impressive blowholes in the South Pacific and on a windy day the coast stretching for miles is shrouded in mist thrown into the air by hundreds of them working together. The blowholes are known in Tonga as “Mapu-a-Vaea, “The Chief Whistle.”

    Kolovai is your next stop and the sanctuary village of the flying foxes, recorded in Tongan songs and legend from times gone by. These primordial fruit bats – harmless, immobile and seemingly lifeless – hang eerily from some of the ironwood pines along the main village road.

    Pass by the stunning Royal Palace, which was shipped from New Zealand and assembled in Nuku'alofa in 1867, while the Royal Tombs are the final resting places of the founder of modern Tonga and his descendants.

    Laze and relax at 'Otuhaka Beach’. Otuhaka Beach is a stunning white-sand beach which is located on Tongatapu's North Shore. It is popular with tourists for its excellent surf, sun-bathing and snorkelling among the corals.


    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.



    Transportation is by local non-air-conditioned bus with no PA systems or microphones. Please wear your swimsuit under your clothes and bring a hat and adequate sun protection. Waterproof shoes are recommended for swimming near or walking across coral. For those who wish to snorkel, please bring your own equipment as there is none available on the island. It is prohibited to take any live coral or shells away from the island.

    Tour code

    NUH_007

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Western Tonga & Cultural Centre

    Discover the royal history of this colourful region, and learn more about its cultural heritage at the Tongan National Centre.

    Western Tonga & Cultural Centre

    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.

    Tour code

    NUH_004

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3½ hours

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