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Tonga Luxury Itinerary: 14 Days / 2 Weeks

Tonga Luxury Itinerary: 14 Days / 2 Weeks

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14-Day Luxury Itinerary for Tonga

For the discerning traveller who wants to get off the beaten track and discover the real South Pacific, Tonga is the ideal destination. Forget about the manicured resorts of Fiji or Tahiti, this is the real deal where you’ll be staying on pristine islands in traditionally thatched fales (beach huts) with few modern comforts (you can forget about the WiFi). You’ll have access to exclusive activities, like swimming with majestic humpback whales, fishing for exciting game species, and sailing remarkably tranquil yachting grounds. That’s not to say you won’t get your downtime, where a hammock on a secluded beach is never too far away… We’ll go through a spectacular way to see Tonga in two weeks in this Tonga luxury itinerary for 14 days.

While you’re here, don’t forget to open The Complete Luxury Guide to Tonga; your bible to premium holidays in Tonga!

Overview: Tonga Luxury Two-Week (14-Day) Itinerary

  • Day 1 – Arrival in Tonga
  • Day 2 – Explore Tongatapu
  • Day 3 – Tongatapu to Ha’apai
  • Days 4-7 – Explore Ha’apai
  • Day 8 – Ha’apai to Vava’u (via Tongatapu)
  • Days 9-12 – Explore Vava’u
  • Day 13 – Vava’u to Nuku’alofa
  • Day 14 – Explore Nuku’alofa + Departure.

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How to Get Around Tonga in Two Weeks

The itinerary below has you visiting three of Tonga’s major island groups. With that, you’ll need to do some travelling over land and water. While we give some tips in the itinerary, here is an overview of how to get around Tonga in two weeks.

Road Transport in Tonga

Upon arrival to each island group in Tonga, accommodations typically offer airport transfers or car rental companies can deliver vehicles to the airport. Tongatapu and Vava’u also have taxis. Check out How to Get an Airport Transfer in Tonga for more on the subject.

For travelling on each of the islands, car hire offers the most flexibility, convenience and privacy. Get advice on car hire from What You Need to Hire a Car in Tonga. Alternatively, this itinerary is doable with a mix of taxis (see The Complete Guide to Taxis in Tonga), hiring private drivers (see How to Hire a Driver in Tonga for more advice), as well as taking guided tours such as the 10 Best Sightseeing Tours in Tonga.

Overwater Transport in Tonga

In this itinerary, we mostly recommend taking domestic flights between the island groups, which is the fastest and most convenient for most travellers – see Domestic Flights in Tonga: A Guide to Interisland Flights. Note that no flights operate on a Sunday and are prone to cancellations due to bad weather; that’s why this itinerary allows for extra days at each destination, as well as leaves a day between domestic and international flights.

For getting to island resorts, resorts offer their own boat transfers, which need to be arranged before arrival. Otherwise, check out A Guide to Boat Transfers & Water Taxis in Tonga for alternatives.

For all of your transport options across the islands, check out our Tonga Transport Guide: 15 Best Ways to Get Around Tonga.

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Day 1 – Arrival in Tonga

Travel time: 15-20 mins airport transfer.

Welcome to Tonga and the main island of the Kingdom, Tongatapu! After landing at Fua’amotu International Airport, you’ll be whisked away with an accommodation transfer (or get your rental car delivered to the airport) to one of Tongatapu’s unique treehouse or beachfront accommodations.

Luxury Accommodation on Tongatapu

While there are no five-star resorts on Tongatapu, here are our top recommended four-star accommodation recommendations:

Learn more about our top picks in the 5 Best Luxury Accommodations on Tongatapu.

Dining Recommendations

The recommended resorts provide meals/have a restaurant for guests.

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Day 2 – Explore Tongatapu

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

Take today to explore some of the amazing land attractions on Tongatapu. How about playing at Tonga’s only golf course or sunbathing at Ha’atafu Beach?

If you’re feeling active, we recommend taking a tour of Tongatapu to see some of its natural and historic wonders. See the intriguing Ha’amonga ‘a Maui Trilithon, otherwise known as the Stonehenge of the South Pacific. Go for a dip in the ‘Anahulu Cave or see the wonderous Mapua ‘a Vaea Blowholes! There are plenty of tour options available, including a private tour of Tongatapu with Tonga Travel Troupe.

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.

Luxury Activities on Tongatapu

Discover more about each experience in our 10 Luxury Experiences on Tongatapu.

Dining 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, your chosen resort provides meals/has a restaurant for guests. Alternatively, check out one of Tongatapu’s cultural shows and Tongan buffets, as listed in the 10 Best Cultural Shows in Tonga.

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Day 3 – Tongatapu to Ha’apai

Travel time: 15-20 mins airport transfer + 50 mins flight + 20 mins – 1 hr Ha’apai airport transfer (see Tonga Travel Times & Distances).

From one island paradise to the next, it’s time to leave Tongatapu and make your way to the Ha’apai Islands! After transfers to Fua’amotu Airport’s domestic terminal, you’ll take a scenic 50-minute flight to Lifuka Island, the main hub of Ha’apai.

Ha’apai’s 62 breathtaking islands are where you’ll enjoy a classic South Seas experience of white sandy shores, tranquil turquoise waters and swaying palms. The resorts here are small and mostly revolve around sustainable living. Again, there are no five-star resorts but here are the next best options…

Luxury Accommodation in Ha’apai

Find out more about each accommodation in the 5 Best Luxury Accommodation in Ha’apai.

Dining Recommendations

All of the above resorts provide meals either as part of a mandatory meal plan (which tends to be the case for resorts on Uoleva Island) or at their à la carte restaurant.

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Days 4-7 – Explore Ha’apai

Ha’apai is a place to disconnect from the world and reconnect with yourself. This is easy to do so through island massages and yoga sessions. However, if you’re feeling more active, you’ll have another chance to swim with humpback whales (July-October). Ha’apai’s sheltered lagoons also provide an opportunity to kitesurf or kayak from your resort.

Luxury Activities in Ha’apai

For more details on each experience, see the 10 Best Luxury Experiences in Ha’apai.

Dining Recommendations

For something a little different from dining at your resort, it’s well worth making your way to the sandy south of Lifuka Island to Leleno ki Moana (Hihifo) for beachfront dining on impeccably presented plates. Otherwise, more recommendations can be found in The Food Guide to Ha’apai: Places to Eat & Food Tours.

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Day 8 – Ha’apai to Vava’u (via Tongatapu)

Travel time: 20 mins – 1 hr Ha’apai airport transfer + 2 hours flight via Tongatapu + 20 mins – 1 hr Vava’u airport transfer.

Arrange with your accommodation provider to transfer you to Salote Pilolevu Airport on Lifuka Island where you’ll catch a flight to your next amazing destination, Vava’u.

Vava’u is a collection of around 61 islands providing accommodation and experiences that are best described as “rugged luxury”. You could be spending your time here staying in a fale of a remote boutique resort or even treating yourself to a multi-day stay sailing adventure. After all, Vava’u is one of the best sailing grounds in the South Pacific!

Luxury Accommodation in Vava’u

  • The Reef Resort
  • Mandala Resort
  • Wolfgramm Beachfront
  • Treasure Island Eco Resort
  • Lupetea Apartment

Learn more about each accommodation in the 5 Best Luxury Accommodations in Vava’u.

Dining Recommendations

Those staying at an island resort will be treated to the fare of its dining fale, while those sticking to the mainland will find upscale dining at the Tongan Beach Resort (‘Utungake) which is open to the public. Closer to the town of Neiafu, Bellavista Cafe & Restaurant (Guttenbeil Plaza) boasts sumptuous Italian cuisine with unbeatable harbour views. See the 15 Best Cafes & Restaurants in Vava’u to learn more.

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Days 9-12 – Explore Vava’u

The question is, what is there not to do in Vava’u?! You’ll find a lot more experiences and variety in this island group than what you’ve seen on Tonga’s other islands. There’s a wide range of whale swimming tours, fishing charters, scenic cruises, snorkelling tours, scuba diving excursions and more! It’s definitely worth getting out on the water, with highlights being the blue marlin fishing and sailing from cave to cave.

Luxury Activities in Vava’u

See more activities like this in the 10 Best Luxury Experiences in Vava’u.

Dining Recommendations

Throughout your stay, your chosen resort will look after your appetite. Otherwise, those visiting Neiafu can take advantage of its dining scene with the likes of The Harbourview (Toula) serving European-inspired cuisine with views to justify the name. We also highly recommend the rustic Basque Tavern (Fatafehi Road) for its tapas dining. For anything we’ve missed, you’ll likely find it in The Food Guide to Vava’u: Places to Eat & Food Tours.

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Day 13 – Vava’u to Nuku’alofa

Travel time: 20 mins – 1 hr Vava’u airport transfer + 1 hour flight + 30 mins airport transfer.

It’s time to leave your island paradise behind, but why leave a day ahead of your scheduled flight out of Tonga? We recommend it because flights are frequently cancelled arriving and landing in Vava’u if the weather is bad and/or the visibility is low.

Arrange with your resort to transport you back to Lupepauʻu Airport where you’ll catch your flight over the scattering of islands decorating the ocean! You’ll land at Fua’amotu Airport where you can arrange for your accommodation to transfer you to your four-star hotel or lodge in Nuku’alofa.

Spend your last evening dining in one of the city’s elegant restaurants and toast to two weeks well-spent in Tonga.

Luxury Accommodation in Nuku’alofa

Find out more about each accommodation in our 5 Best Luxury Accommodations in Nuku’alofa.

Dining Recommendations

Although Nuku’alofa has the largest range of eateries in The Kingdom, 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.

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Day 14 – Explore Nuku’alofa + Departure

Travel time: 30 mins.

It’s your last chance to pick up some spectacular souvenirs from the Langafonua Handicrafts Centre or the Talamahu Market. Perhaps have a coffee at the Friends Cafe and snap up a photo of the Royal Palace before heading to Fua’amotu International Airport one last time.

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.

Luxury Activities in Nuku’alofa

Learn more about each activity in our 10 Best Luxury Experiences in Nuku’alofa.

Departure

Your accommodation should be able to transfer you to Fua’amotu Airport from Nuku’alofa. Otherwise, book a taxi from the information centre or the taxi ranks in town.

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 Two-Week Itineraries

Is this 14-day luxury itinerary for Tonga not quite speaking to you? How about checking out our alternative itineraries for 14 days/two weeks:

Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed from this Tonga luxury itinerary, you’re likely to find it in The Complete Luxury Guide to Tonga.

Author

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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