Nuku'alofa cruises

In nearly 250 years since Captain Cook named them 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.

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.

  • 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.

    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.

    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

  • Highlights and Cultural Village

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

    Highlights and Cultural Village

    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.

    This excursion 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.

    Tour code

    NUH_008

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Vakaloa Beach Resort

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

    Vakaloa Beach Resort

    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.

    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.

    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. Please take adequate bottles of water. 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. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer watersports, these are provided by parties unconnected to Cunard.

    Tour code

    NUH_006

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Oholei Beach & Hina Cave

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

    Oholei Beach & Hina Cave

    Departing from the pier your drive will take in the Royal Palace and the nearby Royal Tomb, the final resting place of King George Tupou I, Tonga’s modern-day founder.

    You’ll continue to Captain Cooks Landing, for a brief stop to view the plaque that 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.

    Afterwards, you’ll drive west to Tongatapu, an area once referred to as Amsterdam, to Oholei Beach and Hina Cave. Refreshing seasonal tropical fruits will be served and you’ll be entertained by Tongan song and dance inside the limestone cave, which according to tradition is also known as the ‘Cave of Love’. Enjoy some time to wander along the sandy coastline or visit the many caves before the return drive to the pier.

    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.

    Tour code

    NUH_001

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3¾ hours

  • Liku alofa Scenic Island Drive

    Gain an overview of this beautiful South Pacific island.

    Liku alofa Scenic Island Drive

    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 three 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.

    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. There are unpaved, rough and uneven surfaces at tour stops and Liku’alofa Beach Resort.

    Tour code

    NUH_002

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Highlights & Otuhaka Beach

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

    Highlights & Otuhaka Beach

    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.

    This excursion will operate by minibus. 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. Please take adequate bottles of water. 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. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer watersports, these are provided by parties unconnected to Cunard.

    Tour code

    NUH_007

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    3½ hours