3-Day Adult-Only Itinerary for Tonga
If you’re lucky enough to be heading to Tonga without kids but unlucky enough to only have three days, then no worries. There are still plenty of exciting experiences on offer in the Kingdom even for a long weekend. Although you won’t have time to do much island-hopping, you will be able to see the sights of the main island, Tongatapu, and do some amazing experiences you never would have been able to do with kids around! Additionally, Tongatapu does have a small selection of premium apartments and homestays exclusively for adults, so you can enjoy your Tonga-time undisturbed. Check out the places to stay, the things to do and where to go in this Tonga adult-only itinerary for 3 days.
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How to Get Around Tonga in 3 Days
In three days, you only comfortably have enough time to explore the main island of Tonga, Tongatapu. Tongatapu is well-connected with roads where taxis, accommodation transfers, guided tours and car rentals are available. You’ll find that most accommodations offer their own airport transfers, which are often better value than getting a taxi. Some activity providers offer accommodation transfers. Car rental is also an option.
Learn more about transport in Tongatapu in the 10 Ways to Get to Tongatapu (& Around Tongatapu).
Day 1 – Fua’amotu Airport to Nuku’alofa
Travel time: 30 minutes
Welcome to Tonga! You have no time to waste, so catch your arranged transfer or a taxi to your base for the next couple of days, Nuku’alofa.
Nuku’alofa is the capital of Tonga and home to a few interesting attractions that you’ll likely have time to check out, such as the Royal Palace, the Royal Tombs and Talamahu Market. You’ll also have time for a bite to eat, following the recommendations in our Guide to the Best Eats & Restaurants in Nuku’alofa.
As for accommodation, treat yourself to one of the city’s adult-only premium apartments or an adult-only homestay.
Adult-Only Accommodation in Nuku’alofa
Day 2 – Explore Tongatapu
Yes, even on a three-day getaway, you can explore most of the highlights of Tongatapu! Either rent a car or enjoy a private tour, seeing the sights like the amazing Mapu ‘a Vaea Blowholes, the historic Ha’amonga ‘a Maui Trilithon, the flying foxes of Kolovai, Tsunami Rock and the list goes on!
If that doesn’t sound like your thing, then check out some of the experiences in Tongatapu aimed toward adults, like surfing on the western side beaches, fishing for big game on a fishing charter or escaping the world with an indulgent spa treatment.
Activities in Tongatapu for Adults
- Surf the reef breaks along Ha’atafu Beach
- Enjoy a morning trolling for marlin, mahimahi and more on a private fishing charter
- Rent a car and do a road trip seeing the sights of Tonga…
- … Or take a private sightseeing tour
- Have a few drinks at the bars and nightclubs on Tongatapu
- Go on a freediving trip to the caves of ‘Eua Island
- Indulge in a relaxing island spa treatment in Nuku’alofa
- Get a Tongan-inspired tattoo!
Get more details on each activity in the 8 Adult-Only Activities on Tongatapu.
Day 3 – Nuku’alofa to Fua’amotu International Airport
Travel time: 30 minutes
This is the point when you realise that you really should have stayed in Tonga longer! Ah well, make the most of it by squeezing in some of the activities that you might have missed from the 8 Adult-Only Activities on Tongatapu.
Arrange with your accommodation to transfer you or book a taxi for you to Fua’amotu Airport.
Nofo a (goodbye) from Tonga!