Where to Get Your Grams in Tonga
Where are some of the best places to take photos in Tonga? If you’re looking for breathtaking scenery and amazing wildlife encounters, then these are the places to go to “get your Grams” in Tonga. We go through the best photo spots in this list of the most Instagrammable places in Tonga.
1. The Pacific Ocean
Ok, so the first item on the list couldn’t be more generic being the largest ocean on earth, but most iconic photos out of Tonga come from swimming with humpback whales. Yes, in Tonga’s surrounding waters between June and October it is possible to swim with these gentle giants in their element. Take a waterproof camera to capture your underwater encounter with some of the world’s largest mammals. Learn more in The Guide to Whale Swimming in Tonga.
2. Swallows Cave
The silhouette of snorkelling with thousands of fish against the beams of light casting through a cave entrance makes for a stunning and unique capture for Instagram. Such a photo can be captured at Swallows Cave in the island group of Vava’u. Just about any snorkelling or boating tour in the area will take you to this iconic cave in Tonga.
3. The ‘Ovava Tree
The tangling of roots from a giant banyan tree makes for stunning photos. One of the largest banyan trees in The Kingdom is the ‘Ovava Tree on the island of ‘Eua. In fact, this island arguably has a whole bunch of Instagrammable spots, from natural archways to stunning lookouts across the ‘Eua National Park and beaches. Check out some of them in the 8 Amazing Natural Attractions in ‘Eua.
4. Mapu a’ Vaea Blowholes
Spanning around 5km (3 miles) across the southern coastline of Tongatapu, the Mapu ‘a Vaea Blowholes are not only easy to get to but make for some epic photos. Watch as waves crash into the coast, shooting water into the sky through literally hundreds of blowholes across the coast. It’s like nature’s own water feature! Check out more awesome photo spots on Tonga’s main island in the 10 Amazing Natural Attractions in Tongatapu.
5. Ha’amonga ‘a Maui
An iconic historical attraction teams up as a fun photo opportunity at the Ha’amonga ‘a Maui, also in Tongatapu. This ancient coral limestone trilithon is thought to have been constructed in the 13th Century under the rule of Tu’i Tonga Tu’itatui, an ancient Tongan king. Check out more interesting sights like this in the 10 Fascinating Historical Sites in Tonga.
6. Mt Talau
If you’re looking for Grams with great views, then head to the top of Mt Talau in Vava’u. Located in the Mt Talau National Park, the Mt Talau walk is a short distance from the main town of Vava’u, Neiafu. A short by steep climb brings you to a viewing platform on the mountain where you can get some awesome landscape photos. Check out more attractions like this in the 10 Amazing Natural Attractions in Vava’u.
7. Eueiki Island
Traditional style fales (Tongan bungalows), stunning sandy beaches, outrigger canoes… Eueiki Island in the Vava’u group can’t help but look good – a slice of the real South Pacific! While there are many stunning islands across Tonga where you can get those idyllic South Pacific paradise photos, Eueiki Island and its Treasure Island Eco Resort provides the perfect combination of culture and nature to feature on your Instagram.
8. Pangaimotu Island
Another interesting island, Pangaimotu Island is famous for its shipwreck sticking out of the ocean just in front of the resort. You can either stay at this rugged resort overnight or simply head over to Pangaimotu Island for a day trip (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor)! Visit the island for snorkelling and eating at the “Big Mama’s” cafe.
9. ‘Utula’aina Lookout
On your quest for epic views, check out the ‘Utula’aina Lookout on the northern coast of ‘Utu Vava’u (the main island of Vava’u). The lookout features commanding views of Vava’u’s rugged cliffs broken up by sweeping white-sand beaches – ah, paradise!
10. The Back of a Fishing Charter
Sports fishing is kind of a big deal in Tonga, where a proud moment is getting a photo with your catch after an arduous fight! Check out how to jump onto a fishing charter in The Complete Guide to Fishing in Tonga.
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That’s it for the most Instagrammable places in Tonga. Inspire yourself with more experiences with the 101 Best Things to Do in Tonga: The Ultimate List. Plus, get even more tips in The Complete Travel Guide to Tonga.