Explore Tonga’s Small Villages
Let’s get one thing straight before we dive into this list of the best small towns and villages to visit in Tonga; all of Tonga’s towns and villages are small. Many would even consider the capital, Nuku’alofa, to be a small town. For a greater range of things to do in Tonga’s small towns and villages, we suggest taking a look at what we feature in The 5 Biggest Towns & Cities in Tonga. Otherwise, this list takes a look at some of the other notable villages in Tonga.
For information on the geography of Tonga, take a look at Understanding the Regions in Tonga.
Although the largest settlement on the island of ‘Eua, Ohonua does not feature on our 5 Biggest Towns & Cities in Tonga. Nevertheless, it is still worth checking out! The town has some of the key services you might need while on the island, as well as a couple of attractive churches. It has an interesting coastline between the town and Tufuvai Beach, where a couple of resort accommodations are based offering stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. The coast from Ohonua is also a good place to look out for humpback whales during the whale season.
Island Group: ‘Eua
A village in Tongatapu, Veitongo sits on the edge of the Fanga’uta Lagoon. Veitonga has a few interesting attractions in its proximity, such as the southern beaches of Keleti and Halafuoleva, which feature in 10 Stunning Beaches in Tonga, just 3km (1.8 miles) away and the Tonga Golf Club just up the road. The village is also famous for its football club.
Island Group: Tongatapu
Also in Tongatapu, Niutoua is famous for being the home of one of Tonga’s most iconic landmarks, Ha’amonga ‘a Maui. You can see the megalithic structure just outside of the village opposite the school. The historic village was the first capital of the Tu’i Tonga empire, the line of kings before the modern Tupou line.
Island Group: Tongatapu
The first village you come across as you travel south from Neiafu in Vava’u, Toula is where you’ll find a few of Tonga’s apartments and resorts, such as Hakula Lodge, Vava’u Harbourview Resort and the Billfish Apartments. Nearby is a popular pizza place, Hepi Pizza, with stunning views over the Port of Refuge to go along with your freshly-baked pizza. The village is also famous for its cave attraction the Veimumuni Cave complete with a freshwater pool.
Island Group: Vava’u
Only the most determined travellers make their way to this village in The Niuas island group, but Hihifo is the largest village of Niuatoputapu. Situated on the west side of the island, Hihifo features a small selection of public and government facilities. It’s where you will find more traditional Tongan fales (bungalows). The village also has a clear freshwater spring that makes for a popular swimming hole. Learn more about this island group in The Complete Guide to The Niuas.
Island Group: The Niuas