Kingdom of Tonga

The weather in Tonga was hot! Apparently February is the hottest month. Nonetheless, we had a good time.

We were collected from the airport by Teta Tours and saw all sides of the island in the next 4 hours. Swimming in Anahulu Caves and watching Mapu’a ‘a Vaea Blowholes were highlights. It was high tide so we did not get to see pigs while they were fishing, but we still stopped for a photo op with them.

Vakaloa Beach Resort sits on beautiful Ha’atafu beach and is owned and operated by a lovely Aussie Tongan couple. Each room is an unattached unit with covered lanai. Our first room had too many ants so we moved to a different one Saturday morning. Ha’atafu beach gets very shallow at low tide and the water heats up. It’s beautiful, but not that refreshing after sitting in the sun.

We took a 40-minute ride via village bus to the capital city, Nuku’alofa and managed to find the restaurant Allen remembered from 10 years ago. A cruise ship was docked, but the town was not overwhelmed with palagi.

On Sunday the island shuts down for church services. We were happy to join in – celebrating mass at Saints Peter and Paul in the king’s village. I loved listening to the Tongan choir at my church in Oahu so this brought back fond memories. Without understanding the words I could feel joy in the music.

With few tourist activities demanding our time, the trip to Tonga was an ideal balance of exploring and relaxing. A hammock on the back would have been perfection!

Dates: 5-8 February 2016
Travel with: Allen
Weather: hot! hot! hot! 80 & 90s and humid
Accommodation: Vakaloa Beach Resort

  • Island Tour with Teta Tours including Anahulu Cave, Ha’amonga ‘a Maui, Maka Fa’akinanga, fishing pigs, royal graveyard, Captain Cook’s landing, Mapu’a ‘a Vaea Blowholes, Tsunami Rock, flying foxes
  • Wandering around Nuku’alofa (capital city)
  • Ha’atafu beach
  • mass at St. Peter & Paul in the king’s village (celebrated in Tongan language)


  • Vakaloa Beach Resort, Ha’atafu
  • Billfish, Nuku’alofa
  • ice cream, Nuku’alofa
  • Holby’s, Ha’atafu

Transportation: Air NZ; village bus; resort shuttle

fishing pig
fishing pig