5 Best Off-Road Tours in Tonga(c) tongapocketguide.com
5 Best Off-Road Tours in Tonga

5 Best Off-Road Tours in Tonga

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4WD Tours in Tonga

Roads are kind of overrated in Tonga. If you want to get to the less-visited areas, see the ruggedly beautiful forest and cliffs of the islands and do it in a pretty exciting way, then try one of the off-roading tours in Tonga. Admittedly, most of the 4WD tours are on the island of ‘Eua, but you can also drive a UTV or a quad bike yourself in Vava’u. Let’s dive into more detail in the list below!

By the way, if you’re looking for more ways to see the sights, check out the 10 Best Sightseeing Tours in Tonga.

1. The Hideaway 4WD Tour

One of several 4WD tours you’ll find on the island of ‘Eua (and the first of quite a few ‘Eua 4WD tours on this list), The Hideaway 4WD Tour takes you to the island’s hard-to-reach attractions. Get off-road and explore the real Tonga, as you delve through the ‘Eua National Park to various lookouts and check out the famous 800-year-old banyan tree, the Giant ‘Ovava Tree. The 4WD tour also takes you to the southern coast to check out the rugged coastal scenery with natural rock gardens and an archway. We go into more detail into what’s included in the tour in The Best Guided Tours in ‘Eua.

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2. Kiko’s Land Tours

Back to the island of ‘Eua, another off-roading tour available if with Kiko from Kiko’s Whale Watching and ‘Alakoka Tahi Moana Guest House. When he’s not taking you out to swim with humpback whales during the whale season, Kiko can take you on 4WD tours of the island, visiting sights like the Lakufa’anga Cliffs and Rock Gardens, Maui’s Archway, the Smoking Cave, the ‘Ovava Tree and more. Sometimes the tour includes taking part in Tongan cultural activities, such as crafting.

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3. ‘Ovava Tree Lodge 4WD Land Tour

Also in ‘Eua, ‘Ovava Tree Lodge runs its own 4WD tours where you’ll explore the wild southern coast of the island with its nesting sea birds, wild horses and Maui’s natural archway. The tour also includes a trip to the Giant ‘Ovava Tree, as well as the Smoking Cave. If the dirt road is Ok, you’ll even bomb up to Rats Cave overlooking the ‘Eua National Park. Learn more about ‘Ovava Tree Lodge and other accommodations on the island in the 6 Best Resorts in ‘Eua.

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4. Taina’s Place Island Tour

Finally, another 4WD island tour that could entice you is the tour of ‘Eua from Taina’s Place. It’s another way to get to the southern coast of the island to see Maui’s arch, the Lakafa’anga Cliffs and the Rock Gardens. They also take you to Hafu Pool, as well as the lookouts over the ‘Eua National Park from Rats Cave.

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[UPDATE] Explore Vava’u Land Karts

[Update: Explore Vava’u no longer offer the tour described below. See 10 Best Whale Swim Tours in Vava’u to learn more about their whale swimming tours.]

Vava’u isn’t just about islands and beaches. Explore its wild side on a self-drive quad bike or UTV tour with Explore Vava’u! You’ll follow your guide through ‘Utu Vava’u (the main island of Vava’u) on the various dirt roads around the island, passing plantations and tropical forest on your way to some stunning lookouts on the northern and eastern side of the island. Check out more guided tours in Vava’u here.


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of Tonga Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in the South Pacific over 10 years ago with nothing but a backpack and a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to explore a paradise such as Tonga. She knows the islands inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience Tonga’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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