The Best Tonga Itineraries for 1 Week
The Best Tonga Itineraries for 1 Week

The Best Tonga Itineraries for 1 Week

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1-Week Itineraries for Tonga

Have one spare week of your life and dream of going to Tonga? We’ve compiled some of our best 1-week Tonga itineraries in the guide below! Whether you’re a backpacker, seeking a luxury getaway, a family with young children, a couple on a romantic escape or a foodie, you’ll find something to suit in this list of the best Tonga itineraries for 1 week!

Destinations in Tonga

Tonga is made up of 169 islands, so let us break down the destinations that you will visit in these 1-week Tonga itineraries.

Tongatapu

Tongatapu is Tonga’s “main island” and arrival island of most travellers where you’ll find the Fua’amotu International Airport. Not only is Tongatapu home to some of Tonga’s most famous historical sites and natural attractions, but it’s also home to the nation’s capital, Nuku’alofa. Find out more about the capital and the surrounding island in The Complete Guide to Tongatapu and The Complete Guide to Nuku’alofa.

‘Eua

‘Eua is Tonga’s oldest island at around 40 million years old and sits 45km (28 miles) southeast of Tongatapu. The island is one of Tonga’s more “rugged” and less-developed islands with an array of weathered land formations and lush native forest protected in the ‘Eua National Park. Find out more about ‘Eua in The Complete Guide to ‘Eua.

Ha’apai

Ha’apai is the central island group of Tonga, made up of 62 islands. With only 17 of the islands with inhabitants, the island group is much less developed apart from a few villages, one main town and a small selection of eco-resorts. Ha’apai is where you’ll find white sand beaches leading into tranquil lagoons and islands of swaying palm trees. Learn more in The Complete Guide to Ha’apai.

Vava’u

Vava’u is the second-northernmost island group of Tonga and one of the more developed islands with Tonga’s second-largest town, Neiafu. Vava’u consists of around 50 islands with a larger main island connected to smaller islands via causeways, as well as other islands compactly scattered across the archipelago. Learn more about Vava’u in The Complete Guide to Vava’u.

Tonga’s other island group is The Niuas, three islands far-flung in the northern reaches of the nation. Due to infrequent flights and ferries, getting to this island group within one week is just not doable.

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Tonga Family Itinerary for 1 Week

One week in Tonga with kids is a good amount of time to experience a couple of different islands, without too much travel to result in grumpy little ones. In this Tonga Family Itinerary: 7 Days, we recommend heading to the two islands groups in Tonga with the most family-friendly activities. There are plenty of interesting features to explore on land in Tongatapu, while the kids will get their water fix in the sheltered lagoons off the beaches of the Ha’apai group.

Overview: 7-Day Family Itinerary for Tonga

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Tonga Budget Itinerary for 1 Week

For backpackers and travellers on a budget, an amazing array of experiences await on the islands of Tongatapu and ‘Eua. By only being 45km (28 miles) away from each other, the overwater travel between these islands is ultra-affordable. Plus, with both islands hosting an array of free natural attractions, you really don’t need to spend much to enjoy the highlights. Check out the budget accommodations, free/cheap activities and best destinations in our complete Tonga Budget Itinerary: 7 Days. Otherwise, take a look at the itinerary overview below.

Overview: 7-Day Budget Itinerary for Tonga

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Tonga Foodie Itinerary for 1 Week

Travellers experiencing cultures and countries through cuisine will have a blast in Tonga. In our Tonga Foodie Itinerary: 7 Days, we recommend visiting the two largest towns and foodie hubs across two different island groups, Nuku’alofa in Tongatapu and Neiafu in Vava’u. Not only will you find the widest array of food-related activities and restaurants in these areas, but you’ll get to experience two very different sides of Tonga. See how we split the destinations across one week in the itinerary overview below.

Overview: 7-Day Foodie Itinerary for Tonga

  • Day 1 – Fua’amotu Airport to Nuku’alofa
  • Day 2 – Nuku’alofa
  • Day 3 – Nuku’alofa to Neiafu
  • Day 4 – Neiafu
  • Day 5 – Neiafu
  • Day 6 – Neiafu to Nuku’alofa
  • Day 7 – Nuku’alofa to Fua’amotu Airport
  • See the full itinerary: Tonga Foodie Itinerary: 7 Days
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Tonga Luxury Itinerary for 1 Week

Stay in some of Tonga’s most premium accommodations, experiencing exclusive activities, from swimming with whales to sailing in some of the South Pacific’s top sailing grounds, by following our tips in the Tonga Luxury Itinerary: 7 Days. While Tonga is not a destination of five-star resorts and services, its landscapes and unique activities surely feel like five stars. For a premium holiday, we recommend heading to the two most developed island groups, Tongatapu and Vava’u.

Overview: 7-Day Luxury Itinerary for Tonga

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Tonga Adults-Only Itinerary for 1 Week

For a getaway away from the kids (or from other people’s noisy kids), Tonga couldn’t be a better option. Not only is the island nation a less-visited destination, even in the high season, but it even offers a small selection of adults-only premium apartments and resorts. Our Tonga Adults-Only Itinerary: 7 Days takes you to the two only island groups with adult-only retreats, each offering an exciting array of adventure activities as well as opportunities to relax in an island paradise in peace.

Overview: 7-Day Adults-Only Itinerary for Tonga

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Tonga Honeymoon Itinerary for 1 Week

Make the most of the beginning of the rest of your lives together with an action-packed honeymoon in Tonga. Tonga is certainly a destination for the couple who prefers “doing” rather than lazying on a beach for a week. This Tonga Honeymoon Itinerary: 7 Days gets couples to explore two of Tonga’s most pristine island groups setting the right tone for a romantic holiday. You’ll be able to do a wealth of land and water experiences in ‘Eua and Ha’apai, as well as stay in cute fales.

Overview: 7-Day Honeymoon Itinerary for Tonga

More Tonga Itineraries

That’s it for the best Tonga itineraries for 1 week. Before you go, be sure to bookmark The Complete Travel Guide to Tonga and 31 Tips for Travelling in Tonga for even more tips!

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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