8 Most Beautiful Sunrise & Sunset Spots in Tonga
8 Most Beautiful Sunrise & Sunset Spots in Tonga

8 Most Beautiful Sunrise & Sunset Spots in Tonga

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Where to See a Stunning Sunrise or Sunset in Tonga

Many agree that it’s on the coast where you can witness the most breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. So naturally, the island nation of Tonga has a dizzying array of destinations for capturing the beauty of the beginning and the end of the day. Go to just about any coast or high point on the 170 islands of Tonga and you’ll get to view some incredible hues across the ocean and islands, but if you’re looking for specific places for sunrise and sunsets spots in Tonga, then check out our picks below.

For more photo opportunities, take a look at the 5 Best Places for Stargazing in Tonga and The Most Instagrammable Places in Tonga.

1. Ha’atafu Beach, Tongatapu

On the west coast of Tonga’s main island, Tongatapu, Ha’atafu Beach is a popular place to check out the sunset. The western-facing beach captures stunning views of the sunset, which you can enjoy from many accommodations located here, including the Ha’atafu Beach Resort, Holty’s Hideaway, Teukava Beach Oasis and Heilala Holiday Lodge. For more beaches to check out on the island, see the 10 Best Beaches on Tongatapu.

Best for: Sunset

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2. Keitahi Beach, Vava’u

Tonga’ easternmost beach is an ideal place to wake up early and watch the sunrise. This rugged beach on ‘Utu Vava’u (the main island of Vava’u) with rocks and tiny “islands” just off the coast and a sweeping coastline backed with trees makes for a stunning silhouette against the early morning sun.

Best for: Sunrise

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3. Houmale’eia Beach, Ha’apai

On the northern tip of Foa Island, Houmale’eia Beach is arguably good for both the sunrise and sunset as it curves on the tip of the island. However, its western-facing resorts, the Sandy Beach Resort and Matafonua Lodge, definitely capture the sunset best, making for a stunning place to relax with a glass of wine at the end of the day at the resorts’ restaurant or from your private deck.

Best for: Sunset

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4. Uoleva Island, Ha’apai

Another island in the Ha’apai group, this island is uninhabited except for a small selection of boutique resorts and fales. Beachfront accommodation on the western side of the island, such as Sea Change Eco Retreat, Fanifo Lofa Kitesurf Tonga and Taiana’s Resort are the best places for watching the sunset across the ocean, while Serenity Beaches Resort and Captain Cook’s Hideaway are the best places for watching the sunrise. Even if you want to cross to the other side of the island for the sunrise/sunset, there are many short walking trails across the island to take advantage of.

Best for: Sunrise and sunset

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5. Tufuvai Beach, ‘Eua

On the ancient island of ‘Eua, the west coast is awash in stunning hues at sunset which you can admire from resorts on or near Tufuvai Beach. The Hideaway, in particular, is a good go-to for epic sunset viewings thanks to their viewing platform looking out across the Pacific Ocean. Blue Water Retreat, formerly the Deep Resort, is also a good place to base yourself for watching the sunset from the beach. For more beaches to explore on the island, check out the 5 Best Beaches on ‘Eua.

Best for: Sunset

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6. Port of Refuge, Vava’u

The layering arms of ‘Utu Vava’u along with the sailing yachts dotting the harbour make the Port of Refuge a stunning setting for watching the sunset in Tonga. Good places to enjoy the sunset in the Port of Refuge include the Tongan Beach Resort and Mystic Sands. Alternatively, just head to the south end of Neiafu town and up the hill a little to watch the sunset across the still waters of the Neiafu Harbour.

Best for: Sunset

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7. Nuku’alofa, Tongatapu

We’ve gone through a lot of beaches and coastal areas to enjoy the sunrise and sunset in Tonga, but even the capital captures stellar sunrises and sunsets. Providing alternative silhouettes for both the beginning and the end of the day, such as the Victorian-style building of the Royal Palace to towering coconut trees, Nuku’alofa is yet another amazing place to watch the sun do its thing in Tonga.

Best for: Sunrise and sunset

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8. Fanga’uta Lagoon, Tongatapu

Finally, the placid waters of the Fanga’utu Lagoon in Tongatapu make for a stunning photo opportunity at both sunrise and sunset. It’s a good place to watch wading birds, see fishermen on their canoes and see the silhouette of Tonga’s towns and villages in the distance.

Best for: Sunrise and sunset

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More Sunrise and Sunset Spots in Tonga

That’s it for the best sunrise and sunset spots 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.

Author

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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