Tonga Adult-Only Itinerary: 3 Days / Weekend©
Tonga Adult-Only Itinerary: 3 Days / Weekend

Tonga Adults-Only Itinerary: 3 Days / Weekend


3-Day Adults-Only Trip to 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 have some amazing experiences you never would have been able to do with kids around! Additionally, Tongatapu has the odd boutique lodge 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 adults-only itinerary for three days.

While you’re here, don’t forget to open The Complete Adults-Only Travel Guide to Tonga, which is your bible to adults-only holidays in Tonga!

Overview: Tonga Adults-Only Weekend (3-Day) Itinerary

  • Day 1 – Arrival in Tonga + Nuku’alofa
  • Day 2 – Explore Tongatapu
  • Day 3 – Explore Nuku’alofa + Departure.

Tonga Adult-Only Itinerary: 3 Days / Weekend©

How to Get Around Tonga in Three 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 airport transfers, guided tours and car rentals are available. Rental cars can be delivered to the airport.

Learn more about transport in Tongatapu in the 10 Ways to Get to (& Around) Tongatapu.

Tonga Adult-Only Itinerary: 3 Days / Weekend©

Day 1 – Arrival in Tonga + Nuku’alofa

Travel time: 30 mins drive.

Arrival at Fua’amotu International Airport (Tongatapu)

You’ve arrived in Tonga! After the arrivals process of going through customs and biosecurity, you’ll step outside of the arrivals area to where your airport transfer to the capital, Nuku’alofa, will be waiting, whether it’s organised through your accommodation, your car rental company, or simply a taxi transfer (see your options in How to Get an Airport Transfer in Tonga).

Adults-Only Accommodation in Nuku’alofa

Once you arrive in Nuku’alofa, take it easy and get settled at your chosen adults-only or alternative accommodation. After check-in, hit the town whether it’s for its culinary opportunities or to experience a famous Nuku’alofa night out!

Learn more about the accommodation and more in the 5 Best Adults-Only Resorts in Tonga.

Dining and Drink Recommendations

Take it easy for your first night on Tongatapu by dining at the Waterfront Lodge Restaurant (Vuna Road), as listed in the 20 Best Restaurants in Nuku’alofa. Nearby, party with the locals and expats at Nauti Ruby’s (Faua Wharf) or enjoy a few bevvies at the more relaxed Billfish Bar & Restaurant (Vuna Road) – check out the 5 Best Bars in Nuku’alofa.

Tonga Adult-Only Itinerary: 3 Days(c)

Day 2 – Explore Tongatapu

Travel time: 1-3 hours drive for sightseeing (see The Driving Times & Distances in Tonga).

Yes, even on a three-day getaway, you can explore most of the highlights of Tongatapu or get out on the water for whale swimming, scuba diving and more. Check out some of the suggestions on how you can spend your time with your loved one or mates in the list below!

Day Tour of Tongatapu

Explore sights, such as the Ha’amonga ‘a Maui Trilithon, Mapua ‘a Vaea Blowholes, Tsunami Rock, Anahulu Cave and much more by either taking a self-guided driving tour of Tongatapu (see A Self-Guided Day Trip of Tongatapu) or one of the 5 Best Guided Island Land Tours of Tongatapu.

Alternative Activities on Tongatapu for Adults

Find out more about each activity in our list of the 10 Adult-Only Activities in Nuku’alofa & Tongatapu.

Dining and Drink Recommendations

If out sightseeing, lunch stops along the road include the Garden Cafe (Vaini) and Siva’s Dream Cafe (Te’ekiu). Otherwise, check out cafes in town listed in the 10 Best Cafes in Nuku’alofa & Tongatapu.

For dinner, check out one of Tongatapu’s cultural shows and Tongan buffets. Otherwise, The Top Restaurant (Taufa’ahau Road) and Chef Zero (Popua) rarely fail to impress. For more dining recommendations, head to The Food Guide to Tongatapu, while more about the capital’s nightlife can be found in The Guide to Nuku’alofa Nightlife.

Tonga Adult-Only Itinerary: 3 Days / Weekend©

Day 3 – Explore Nuku’alofa + Departure

Travel time: 30 mins.

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 yesterday (except it’s not recommended to scuba dive on the same day that you are taking a flight). Otherwise, today is a good excuse to discover more of the capital.

Day Tour of Nuku’alofa

Potter around the capital soaking in the sights of grand churches, the Royal Tombs, the Royal Palace and more. Check out A Self-Guided Day Tour of Nuku’alofa. We even have a cycling itinerary in The Best Cycling Routes in Nuku’alofa & Tongatapu.

Alternative Activities in Nuku’alofa for Adults

Learn more about each experience in the 10 Adult-Only Activities in Nuku’alofa & Tongatapu or tick off the activities in the 30 Best Things to Do in Nuku’alofa.


Arrange with your accommodation to transfer you or book a taxi for you to Fua’amotu Airport.

Remember to arrive at the airport a couple of hours before your scheduled departure so that you have enough time to check in, go through security and browse the small selection of retail offerings. For anything else you need to know about leaving Tonga, it’s all listed in our guide, Leaving Tonga: Departure Tips & Checklist.

And it’s “Nofo ā” (goodbye) to Tonga!

Alternative Tonga Three-Day Itineraries

Is this three-day adults-only itinerary for Tonga not quite speaking to you? How about checking out our alternative itineraries for three days/a long weekend:

Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed from this Tonga adults-only itinerary, you’re likely to find it in The Complete Adults-Only Travel Guide to Tonga.


Laura (Lola) 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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