Beautiful Tonga Holidays & Resorts
Tonga holidays offer a truly laid-back South Pacific ambience far from the commercial resorts offered by its closest neighbour, Fiji. Tourism in the Tonga Islands evolves around its exceptional water activities with tranquil bays and lagoons for sailing, exceptional humpback whale watching opportunities and world class game fishing. Add to this a deeply entrenched culture with some fantastic archaeological sights to explore and you have the making for a great value and exciting tropical holiday.
But it's not just free-spirited adventurers that visit Tonga. The islands host a handful of stunning boutique beach resorts, and despite it being one of the few places in the South Pacific where you can't get married on a beach, Tonga is a great option for a honeymoon.
Rich in culture and with fishing villages to visit, the Tonga Islands is an explorers' paradise. And if you love snorkelling, perhaps even amongst humpback whales, then adventure awaits.
If you want to really escape and relax on a secluded beach, then a honeymoon in Tonga might be for you. There aren't too many options, but that just adds to the charm of this secluded island paradise.
To see which are our favourite accommodations in Tonga to stay at, along with our very best deals be sure to look at our Tonga Package Holidays.
The main island of Tongatapu has pretty beaches, interesting archaeological sites and a stunning lagoon littered uninhabited coral islands, several with small resorts and with day cruises.
The gorgeous Ha'apai Group is a collection of coral islands, some with sleepy fishing villages and others completely uninhabited. There are just a handful of small resorts, ideal for relaxing.
The capital Nuku'alofa is a small seaside town with a colourful local produce market, the Royal Palace and a couple of decent cafes and restaurants. There's no beach and little tourist appeal.
Vava'u is the tourist capital of Tonga with beautiful bays and islands to explore on day cruises, plus excellent whale watching, snorkelling, game fishing and scuba diving charters.
The number of tourists visiting Tonga for a holiday each year is very small and there are no large hotels, just a handful of small beach resorts scattered around the islands. Those you'll find have a very charming atmosphere where you'll be treated as a friend more than a guest.
Tonga has just a couple of luxury resorts
Best Luxury Resorts in Tonga
- Reef Resort - intimate resort with peaceful views
Looking for a romantic break or specialist holiday
Best Deluxe Resorts in Tonga
- White Sands - affordable resort on secluded beach
For a detailed analysis on where to stay, from the most exclusive small island resort to hotels for budget travellers or business visitors. visit our Tonga accommodation guide.
Tonga Holidays - An Overview
If this is your first time visiting the Tongan Islands for a holiday, we recommend you use our Tonga holiday guide. Here you'll get a nice overview about what there is do on holiday in Tonga along with general tourist information such as travel, weather and other handy tips. Otherwise, navigate to an island below to find out more about the region or continue reading further down the page to find out some great places to stay in your price range.
The Tonga Islands is a tiny kingdom, the last remaining wholly independent state in the South Pacific, and has 171 small islands, most of which are coral atolls and three-quartes of which are uninhabited.
A typical Tonga holiday combines a little rest and relaxation by the beach with some light activities on the water, most notably snorkelling and whale watching. The islands have a very laid back South Seas ambience where nothing is too hurried and there is virtually no commercial tourist operations apart from the whale watching charters in Vava'u.
The islands, including the capital town, are a relative backwater in tourism which is much of the country's appeal. The people are very friendly towards outsiders but exploring can be frustrating at times with little information available and tours and services being unreliable. In Tonga, it's a good idea to just go with the flow.
Our Tonga Islands travel guide provides detailed information on all the different regions to visit to help you decide where to go and what to do. Alternatively, try out our interactive picture map of Tonga below to help you visualise the islands and find out where all the different hotels are located:
Tonga Resorts & Package Holidays
Although there are not a great many hotels is Tonga to choose from, there are a handful of real gems that few people have heard about and few travel agents promote. The main problem over the years has been an on-again / off-again domestic airline which has crippled development in Ha'apai and Vava'u islands which both rely on the airline for delivering tourists to their shores. Despite this, several beautiful resorts have triumphed whilst others have fallen by the way and this lack of development is the one thing that really stands Tonga out amongst its neighbours. In Tonga, you still feel that you are venturing into the South Seas of old, and whilst not everything might go as planned, your experiences will be rich with adventure.
If you're searching for the ideal place to stay at the right price, we have created a unique Tonga resort specials highlighting our specials which have been hand created by our own travel specialists. The directory features both the popular large beach resort and hotels sold by most travel agents, as well as highlighting the smaller, lesser-known properties which include luxury villas, boutique self-catering bungalows and affordable holiday homes for families or couples looking to do their own thing.
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