Plan a Wedding or Honeymoon in Tonga
Tonga has the azure waters, the sandy shores and swaying coconut palms to complete a dreamy island wedding or honeymoon. However, the only Kingdom in the South Pacific also has the advantages of being off-the-beaten-track and undoubtedly different. The islands are rich in culture and history while the waters are home to a dizzying array of tropical life, as well as visitors such as Humpback Whales, which – by the way – you can swim with if you hadn’t heard. Needless to say, Tonga makes for an unforgettable honeymoon, which we go into the details of what each island group in all about in this wedding and honeymoon guide to Tonga.
If you want to get married in Tonga, however, there are some hoops to jump through, but those who have the time to take the necessary one month in Tonga before your big day, most would agree that the stay is worth it. Check out How to Organise Your Wedding in Tonga for more information on getting married in Tonga.
Romantic Things to Do in Tonga
- Buddy up in a scuba diving trip
- Test your teamwork in the double kayak
- Sail Vava’u in a luxury yacht
- Indulge in a private dinner on the beach
- Go on an island hike together
- Have a private island experience
- Go horse riding on the beach
- Have a life-changing experience together swimming with whales
Check out more ideas, as well as have more elaboration in the 10 Romantic Things to Do in Tonga for Couples.
Honeymoons in Tongatapu
Tongatapu is the main island in Tonga and a great choice for couples travelling on a budget or are interested in the history and culture of the islands. It’s the home of the nation’s capital, adorned with a royal palace as an ever reminder of the South Pacific’s only sovereignty.
That’s not to say that there aren’t any of the must-dos in Tongatapu, where whale swimming, scuba diving and fishing trips all depart from Faua Wharf on Nuku’alofa’s waterfront.
Tongatapu provides couples with a huge variety of stays, from luxury apartments and quaint lodges in the capital to even a few island resorts scattered off the shores. Head to the western shores of the main island and you’ll find shabby-chic beach houses lining the sandy beaches, as well as more resort options.
Honeymoons in ‘Eua
For the active couple, the island of ‘Eua is the ideal place to connect with nature as well as each other. The island is around 40km (23 miles) off the eastern shores of Tongatapu, taking only seven minutes to fly there. While the accommodation on the island isn’t the flashiest, there are attractive timber lodges, such as the Ovava Tree Lodge, which is ideal for the non-fussy couple.
As for the adventures you can have together on this island, they include hiking in the breathtaking ‘Eua National Park with its giant banyan trees, sinkholes and stunning island lookouts. During the whale season, you can swim with Humpback Whales where ‘Eua has the longest whale season in the country. Scuba diving is also on the menu where Cathedral Cave is the highlight – one of the largest sea caves in the South Pacific.
Learn more about honeymooning on this off-the-beaten-track island in The Wedding & Honeymoon Guide to ‘Eua.
Honeymoons in Ha’apai
If you’re looking for those picture-perfect islands with palm-fringed sandy beaches leading into turquoise waters, then you’ll find them in Ha’apai. This central island group is made up of 62 islands, most of which are uninhabited. With that in mind, there’s plenty of opportunities for couples to get the “private island” experience, whether it’s staying in a beach hut with an entire island all to yourselves or it’s just for the day for a private island picnic.
Aside from the usual Tongan must-dos, like whale swimming, scuba diving and fishing, Ha’apai has the ideal landscapes of lagoons and fringing reefs for watersports. It’s the perfect excuse to double up in a kayak and explore the islands or join a sunset paddleboarding safari.
If you prefer to stay on dry land, then romantic experiences include horseriding on the beach, rejuvenating in a yoga session or simply snuggling up together in a hammock.
For more honeymoon talk on Ha’apai, take a look at The Wedding & Honeymoon Guide to Ha’apai.
Honeymoons in Vava’u
More dreamy island resorts can be found in the islands of Vava’u, Tonga’s northern island group (excluding The Niuas). Alternatively, couples looking for something a little different could spend their honeymoon sailing the South Pacific’s best sailing grounds on a private charter yacht with all the meals, watersports equipment and, in some instances, even whale swimming included.
Vava’u is an island group best suited for couples with the “go big or go home” mantra, where some of the most famous snorkelling spots and dive sites in Tonga can be found here, from Swallows Cave to the Clan MacWilliam wreck dive. It’s the place where you can find the most whale swimming operators and fishing charters, thanks to its renowned Blue Marlin fishery. If you’ve got the budget, you can certainly do all of what Tonga is famous for in Vava’u.
For more ideas for planning your Vava’u honeymoon, check out The Wedding & Honeymoon Guide to Vava’u.