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Wellness & Yoga Retreats in Tonga

The Guide to Wellness & Yoga Retreats in Tonga

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Everything You Need to Know About Wellness and Yoga Retreats in Tonga

Yoga and wellness are about escaping the stresses of modern-day life and reconnecting with the things that matter. Forget the tourist hotspots of Thailand and Bali. How about you get off the beaten track and experience a retreat in the remote yet stunning island paradise of Tonga? It’s almost certain that this is the most tranquil destination you’ve ever considered for a retreat, with most of the islands of Tonga being pristine and untouched. We go through the island groups, resorts and what to expect on a wellness and yoga retreat in Tonga in this guide.

4 Best Yoga Retreats in Tonga

What are the best yoga retreats in Tonga? Here are the top contenders:

  1. Wilhemeena Isabella Monroe
  2. NZ Adventure Retreats
  3. Yoga with Deb
  4. Kristina Aitchison Yoga & Blue Seafaris

Scroll down to “The Best Wellness and Yoga Retreats in Tonga” for more details on each yoga retreat. For more ideas on guiding your own Tonga retreat, check out the 10 Health & Wellness Experiences in Tonga.

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Where to Find Wellness and Yoga Retreats in Tonga

If you’ve found a retreat to amazing to resist or are looking for destinations where you might be able to find a retreat, then chances are, you’ll be taken to one of two island groups in Tonga.

Wellness and Yoga Retreats in Ha’apai

The biggest yoga and wellness retreat destination in Tonga is the Ha’apai Group, a scattering of around 62 islands, most of which are uninhabited. The small islands with sandy beaches, turquoise waters and lush palm forests provide an idyllic setting for retreats away from the hustle and bustle.

While Ha’apai only has a small selection of resorts, many of them are set up for yoga and wellness retreats. Not only do they have stunning natural settings for independent yoga sessions on the beach, but they also have their own yoga pavilions, decks and instructors.

Learn more about Ha’apai’s best resorts for yoga in the 5 Best Yoga Resorts in Tonga, as well as more about arranging a trip to this island group in The Complete Travel Guide to Ha’apai.

Wellness and Yoga Retreats on Tongatapu

Home to Tonga’s largest international airport, Tongatapu is where most retreats in Tonga start, spending at least a night on the island. In addition, Tongatapu is home to the country’s capital, Nuku’alofa, where it’s possible to find regular yoga classes and fitnesses classes.

Check out destinations for yoga classes or beautiful settings for some self-guided yoga in the 10 Best Places to Experience Yoga in Tonga, while more information about Tonga’s main island can be found in The Complete Travel Guide to Tongatapu.

Wellness and Yoga Retreats in Vava’u

An up-and-coming destination for yoga and wellness retreats is the islands of Vava’u. The Vava’u Group is home to some of Tonga’s most premium resorts, some of which have a brimming retreat calendar. Yoga retreats are the main type of retreats found in Vava’u. Find out more about these resorts in the 10 Best Places to Experience Yoga in Tonga, as well as how to plan a trip there in The Complete Travel Guide to Vava’u.

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The Best Wellness and Yoga Retreats in Tonga

Of course, wellness and yoga retreats take place in Tonga on a year-by-year basis. Here are some of the top yoga tutors and companies that offer the most frequent yoga retreats in Tonga.

Wilhemeena Isabella Monroe

Hosted by New Zealand’s renowned wellness coach, Wilhemeena Monroe, retreats such as the Tonga Lion’s Gate Retreat is a seven-day tropical island escape with a focus on yoga, bodywork, movement and meditation. With flights, resort accommodation, healthy meals and 3-4 hours of yoga, meditation, somatic movement and bodywork activities per day, not to mention swimming with whales, who could say no?

Kristina Aitchison Yoga and Blue Seafaris

Enjoy seven days in the islands of Vava’u with your experienced hosts, Kristina Aitchison and Scott Wilson from Blue Seafaris. There’s a lot more emphasis on freediving and swimming with whales on these retreats which include five days on the water on a private boat, complimented by yoga sessions back at your mainland resort.

NZ Adventure Retreats

For a slightly shorter retreat but no less beautiful, check out those from NZ Adventure Retreats, typically hosted in the islands of Ha’apai during the whale season. Enjoy a balance of soft adventure activities provided by the resort, from whale swimming to SUP, as well as optional workshops provided by your host, including how to reduce toxins in your life, as well as goal-setting and how to live your best life.

Yoga with Deb

Although not a traditional retreat, your on-the-ground yoga instructor on Tongatapu is Debra Kallan from Yoga with Deb. She hosts classes suitable for beginners across the island – but mostly in Nuku’alofa – several times a week. Bring your own mat/towel. Check out her Facebook Page for schedules.

The Best Resorts for Retreats in Tonga

Some resorts in Tonga shine above the rest when it comes to retreats. Throughout the year, they have a vibrant retreat calendar, typically chosen because they have the ideal set-up for yoga with yoga pavilions and mats available. Even if you don’t manage to catch a retreat at these resorts, they offer idyllic environments for self-guided yoga and meditation. Learn more about these resorts and more in the 5 Best Yoga Resorts in Tonga.

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What Can You Expect from a Yoga Retreat in Tonga?

What’s on the agenda for yoga retreats in Tonga? Well, each retreat has a mix of common features, as well as something unique. Yoga retreats in Tonga typically include the following:

  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Healthy meals from sustainably sourced ingredients each day
  • Accommodation for each night
  • Free use of the resort’s watersports equipment like SUP boards, kayaks and snorkelling gear
  • Airport transfers.

Some retreats have more unique features, such as:

  • Swimming with whales
  • Guided snorkelling trips
  • Private healing sessions
  • SUP yoga and fitness classes
  • Cultural performances
  • International flights
  • Domestic flights
  • Travel insurance.
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5 More Wellness Experiences in Tonga

Yoga is not the only way to unwind and rejuvenate in Tonga. Combine your yoga and wellness retreat (or curate your own) with some of the following wellness experiences:

  1. Learn how to make natural oils and Tongan medicine at Ancient Tonga
  2. Browse natural coconut oil products a Koko Designs
  3. Practice sustainable living at one of Tonga’s off-the-grid eco-resorts
  4. Learn how to make traditional Tongan handicrafts
  5. Find yourself one of the many hammocks on the beaches around Tonga!

For more ideas and details, check out the 10 Health & Wellness Experiences in Tonga.

More About Wellness and Yoga Retreats in Tonga

That’s it for our guide to wellness and yoga retreat in Tonga. For more retreat ideas, take a look at the following:

Finally, complement a trip of rejuvenation with the 101 Best Things to Do in Tonga: The Ultimate List.


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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