Romantic Activities and Experiences in Tonga
The swaying coconut palms, sandy shores and azure lagoons of Tonga make for a stunning setting for your romantic getaway. Whether you’re visiting the islands of Tonga for a special occasion or simply a couple’s escape, there are a few activities that are effortlessly romantic for couples. From unforgettable wildlife encounters, active adventures to tackle together to simply romantic picnics on the beach, there is a range of experiences to suit any couples’ style. Check out our suggestions in this list of romantic things to do in Tonga for couples.
For more advice on planning a romantic trip, check out The Wedding & Honeymoon Guide to Tonga.
1. Buddy Up in a Scuba Diving Trip
Scuba diving is an activity best done in pairs, not only for safety reasons but because it’s an experience that extends well beyond after your dive when you can properly communicate about the amazing underwater world you’ve seen together. Tonga is a top destination for diving even if so few people know about it (and it prefers to keep it that way). See stunning seascapes, from caves to coral arches along with its vast array of corals, fish and tiny sea critters through waters with usually no less than 30m (100ft) visibility. Learn more in The Guide to Scuba Diving in Tonga.
2. Test Your Teamwork in a Double Kayak
Nothing tests teamwork quite like paddling together in a kayak. From casual paddles using your resort’s complimentary kayaks to island-hopping missions on day tours to even multi-day kayaking excursions, there are many ways to experience Tonga in these simple crafts. You’ll experience the beauty of gliding over crystal clear waters, discovering the islands’ hard-to-reach-places and possibly encountering amazing marine wildlife along the way. Check out The Guide to Kayaking in Tonga for more ways to experience Tonga on a kayak.
3. Enjoy a Private Sailing Trip in Vava’u
For couples seeking a little luxury, perhaps you’ll want to consider experiencing what is often described as the South Pacific’s best sailing grounds on a sailing charter in Vava’u. There are several charters offering either day sails of multi-day sailing holidays across these tightly compact islands with sheltered inlets and bays. Snorkelling, listening to the whale song through the boat and even swimming with whales in some instances is all part of the sailing experience in Tonga. Start checking out our options in 5 Best Sailing Charters in Tonga and see more romantic experiences in this island group in the 10 Romantic Activities in Vava’u for Couples.
4. Indulge in a Private Beach Dinner
A private dinner is an easy go-to to celebrate a special occasion, where the experience can be amped up further in Tonga by having your own set-up on the beach. Resorts in Ha’apai and Vava’u can organise this romantic evening experience, while some resorts in Vava’u can also organise such a dinner on the terrace of your fale (Tongan bungalow). Check out which resorts offer these experiences in the 10 Romantic Activities in Ha’apai for Couples and in Vava’u.
5. Go Horse Riding Together
Seeing your partner riding a noble steed? We know you’re blushing at the thought! How can it get more romantic than riding a majestic horse across a stunning beach in Tonga? Islanders in Ha’apai and ‘Eua use horses to simply get around the island, where some of the resorts work with local villagers to organise horse treks through the islands’ villages and beaches. Learn more in the 5 Best Places to Do Horse Riding in Tonga TTD362.
6. Have a Life-changing Experience Together Swimming with Whales
If you know anything about Tonga, then it’s probably that you can swim with Humpback Whales there. Needless to say, being in the water with some of the ocean’s giants is a humbling yet life-changing experience that you’ll be talking about with your partner for years and years. Whale swimming tours can be done in the four main island groups of Tonga, which you can get more information on in The Guide to Whale Swimming in Tonga.
7. Have a Private Island Experience
Especially in the islands of Ha’apai, where most islands are uninhabited, resorts can organise for couples to be boated out to a secluded island for the day – or even a few days! Sea Change Eco Retreat drops couples off at pristine beaches with a picnic and snorkelling gear in hand, while Matafonua Lodge has a cosy beach hut on Luahoko Island, which you can have all to yourselves for multiple days! Can you imagine being marooned on an island together?!
8. Do Some Stargazing
Simply looking up the stars is a beautiful way to end another amazing day in each others’ lives. Stargazing in Tonga, however – with its vividly clear nights’ skies and limited light pollution – is something else. You can enjoy amazing stargazing just about anywhere in Tonga, but we list some of the best in 5 Best Places for Stargazing in Tonga.
9. Go on an Island Hike
Go on an adventure together, exploring the tropical forests, beaches and intriguing land formations on an island hike in Tonga! The island of ‘Eua is arguably the best place to explore on foot, especially in the ‘Eua National Park with its magnificent banyan trees and the sounds of the Red Shining Parrot. Learn more about hiking in ‘Eua, as well as more experiences, in the 6 Romantic Activities in ‘Eua for Couples.
10. Discover Secret Cave Pools Together
Ok, so some of the swimming holes in Tonga aren’t so secret, but many times that the Tonga Pocket Guide have visited, they’ve been secluded – so they might as well be! ‘Anahulu Cave in Tongatapu is a large limestone cave lit-up to emphasise the dramatic stalactites and stalagmites that line the cave. At the end of a short walkway is a freshwater pool, which makes for a refreshing swim. Other swimming holes can be checked out in The Most Beautiful Swimming Holes in Tonga, while more experiences on the main island are listed in the 8 Romantic Activities on Tongatapu for Couples.