7-Day Adult-Only Itinerary for Tonga
An adults-only escape is becoming a more and more appealing way to travel the South Pacific. In Tonga, the island groups of Tongatapu and Vava’u are seeing more and more adult-only apartments and resorts where you can enjoy your time in paradise undisturbed. Not to mention, most of the must-do activities in Tonga are directed at adults, whether it’s scuba diving in crystal clear waters or swimming with beautiful humpback whales. We’ll go through where to stay, where to go and what to experience in this Tonga adult-only itinerary for 7 days.
Note that this itinerary is for the active traveller who wants to explore as much as possible in one week. For a more laidback itinerary, take a look at How to Spend 7 Days on an Adult-Only Tonga Vacation TI057.
How to Get Around Tonga in 7 Days
The itinerary below takes you to two different island groups in Tonga, as well as different places across each island group. You’ll need to use both overland and overwater transport to get around, which we give tips on within the itinerary, as well as a quick overview here.
Road Transport in Tonga
Tongatapu and Vava’u’s main islands have roads where taxis, accommodation transfers, guided tours and car rentals are available. Arrange airport transfers with accommodation is often the most straightforward (and cheapest) way to get between airports and your adult-only accommodation.
Overwater Transport in Tonga
By visiting two island groups, you’ll need to take some flights to get around Tonga, which is usually the transport of choice for an adult-only getaway. Flights between Tongatapu and Vava’u operate daily except for Sundays. For getting to island resorts, resorts offer their own boat transfers, which need to be arranged before arrival.
Day 1 – Fua’amotu Airport to Nuku’alofa
Travel time: 30 minutes
Let the adult-only getaway in Tonga begin! You will arrive in the “main island”, Tongatapu, home to nation’s capital where you’ll find the only adult-only accommodation in the island group. Choose from premium apartments exclusively for adults, as well as adult-only homestays and private holiday homes.
Recover from your flight by grabbing a bite to eat in town, following the recommendations in our Guide to the Best Eats & Restaurants in Nuku’alofa and fuel yourself for a fun week ahead!
Adult-Only Accommodation in Nuku’alofa
Day 2 – Explore Tongatapu
You have the full day to either see the amazing natural attractions of Tongatapu or spend the day out on the water doing something epic like scuba diving, fishing, whale swimming or something else. Get inspiration from the list and links below!
Activities in Tongatapu for Adults
- Rent a car and do a road trip seeing the sights of Tongatapu…
- … Or take a private tour of Tongatapu’s sights
- Surf the reef breaks at Ha’atafu Beach
- Hire a private fishing charter for the morning
- Indulge in a relaxing island spa treatment at a Nuku’alofa spa
- Drink and be merry at the bars and nightclubs on Tongatapu
- Get a Tongan-inspired tattoo!
- Go on freediving excursion to ‘Eua Island
Get more details on each activity in our list of the 8 Adult-Only Activities on Tongatapu.
Day 3 – Nuku’alofa to Vava’u
Travel time: 1-hour flight
From Nuku’alofa, you can arrange an airport transfer with your accommodation or book a taxi to Fua’amotu Airport. Today, you fly to Vava’u, a watersports paradise with around 61 islands scattered in the group.
After landing at Lupepauʻu Airport, your chosen adult-only resort, of which there are only two, will have a driver waiting to take you to the wharf then boat you out to their piece of paradise (if arranged prior to landing). Get settled into your fale (beach hut), indulge in a Tongan-inspired meal, and sink into “island time”.
Day 4 – Vava’u
However you wish to spend your adult-only holiday, whether it’s relaxing in peace and quiet or going on amazing water adventures, you’ll find an experience to suit in Vava’u. See why they call Vava’u the best sailing grounds in the South Pacific by hiring your own sailing charter for the day, tackle giant GTs and blue marlin on an exciting fishing charter, or swim with whales between June and October. Otherwise, relax with a rejuvenating yoga session, an island massage or simply in a hammock on the beach.
Activities in Vava’u for Adults
- Explore reefs, caves, drop-offs and more in a scuba diving trip
- Swim with majestic humpback whales
- Drink and be merry at one of Neiafu’s bars
- Treat yourself to a private sailing charter
- Catch massive marlin and GTs on a game fishing charter
- Relax with an island spa treatment
- Rejuvenate with a yoga session
- Harness the elements through kitesurfing
- See the coral reefs in a unique way in an underwater sea scooter tour
- Shop for unique Tongan arts and crafts in Neiafu
For more details on each experience, see the full list at the 10 Adult-Only Activities in Vava’u.
Day 5 – Vava’u
We gave you a pretty extensive list of things to do yesterday, so chances are, there are still some things you haven’t managed to do yet. Now’s your chance to do that bucket list activity today, whether it’s swimming with whales or, well, reading more of that book on the beach. However, if you’re still looking for other things to do in Vava’u, get some inspiration from our 10 Must-Dos in Vava’u.
Day 6 – Vava’u to Nuku’alofa
Travel time: 1-hour flight
You probably won’t want to leave your glorious adult-only resort a whole day before your flight out of Tonga, but we recommend you leave at least a day early, as flights in Vava’u are often cancelled and rescheduled. A bit of contingency time to leave Vava’u is smart.
You’ll, again, need to arrange airport transfers to/from both ends of your flight. Once you arrive back in Nuku’alofa, enjoy a meal at one of Nuku’alofa’s restaurants or toast to an amazing week in Tonga at one of Nuku’alofa’s bars!
Adult-Only Accommodation in Tongatapu
And just in case you forget, here’s the adult-only accommodation in Nuku’alofa:
Learn more about each accommodation in the 5 Best Adult-Only Accommodation on Tongatapu.
Day 7 – Nuku’alofa to Fua’amotu International Airport
Travel time: 30 minutes
It’s your final day in Tonga, where you might have the chance to tick one last activity of the 5 Adult-Only Activities in Nuku’alofa list! Otherwise, grab a coffee at one of the cafes in town, pick up some unique souvenirs from the Langafonua Handicrafts Centre or Talamahu Market, and book a taxi to Fua’amotu Airport.
Nofo a (goodbye) from Tonga!