11 days in Tonga Itinerary

11 days in Tonga Itinerary

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11 days in Tonga Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  32​h
1
Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu Island
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Neiafu
— 3 nights
Fly:  32​h
End: Washington DC

5
nights
Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu Island

Nuku'alofa ©
The capital of Tonga and the seat of the island nation's royal family, Nuku'alofa was first seen by Western eyes in 1777, when legendary Captain James Cook arrived in the area.
Change things up with a short trip to Anahulu Cave - The Underground Swimming Pool in Haveluliku (about 32 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, kick back and relax at Mapu'a 'a Vaea Blowholes, don't miss a visit to Captain Cook's Landing Place, and pause for some serene contemplation at Free Church of Tonga.

To see reviews and more tourist information, you can read our Nuku'alofa tour itinerary app .

Washington DC, USA to Nuku'alofa is an approximately 32-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Nuku'alofa is 18 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Washington DC in August: high temperatures in Nuku'alofa hover around 76°F and lows are around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Neiafu.

Things to do in Nuku'alofa

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tongatapu Island, Anahulu Cave - The Underground Swimming Pool
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Mapu'a 'a Vaea Blowholes ©
Mapu'a 'a Vaea Blowholes
Ha'amonga'a Maui Trilithon ©
Ha'amonga'a Maui Trilithon

3
nights
Neiafu

Neiafu ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Joseph's Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Talau and then admire the natural beauty at Ene'io Botanical Garden.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Neiafu sightseeing planning site .

Traveling by flight from Nuku'alofa to Neiafu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Neiafu

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Ene'io Botanical Garden ©
Ene'io Botanical Garden
St Joseph's Cathedral ©
St Joseph's Cathedral

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