What is the Cost of Activities in Tonga?(c) Tonga Ministry of Tourism
What is the Cost of Activities in Tonga?

What is the Cost of Activities in Tonga?

(c) Tonga Ministry of Tourism

The Price of Activities in Tonga

How much will a whale swim cost? Is it expensive to scuba dive, kayak or go sightseeing? What are the free activities in Tonga? We go through all of the typical costs you may encounter when it comes to tours, attractions and activities in Tonga. Find out what is the cost of activities in Tonga in the guide below!

Before we jump into the cost of activities in Tonga, be sure to bookmark Tonga Travel Budget: How Much Does a Trip to Tonga Cost? for even more budgeting advice.

Tips for Saving Money on Activities in Tonga

  • See what activities are included in your accommodation, such as kayaking, paddleboarding, cultural lessons and more
  • Look out for low season (November-May) deals on activities
  • Compare prices by how much the tour costs per hour, as some activities might only last half a day but be the same price as a full-day tour
  • Generally, you get better value for full-day tours than half-day tours
  • Try to book and pay directly with the tour operator, which is where you’ll usually get the best price for the tour.

For more budget advice, see 10 Tips for Travelling Tonga on a Budget.

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The Cost of Water Activities in Tonga

The crystal clear waters teeming with tropical marine life are one of the biggest drawcards for Tonga. Not to mention the chance to swim with humpback whales between June and October. Needless to say, most travellers find themselves on or in the water in Tonga. Here are just some typical prices you’ll find for some of Tonga’s most popular water activities.

Water Activity Prices

  • Whale swimming tour – TOP$350-$690
  • Scuba diving/two-tank – TOP$300 -$420
  • Game fishing/half-day – TOP$455-$600
  • Guided boat sightseeing/snorkel tour – TOP$120-$355
  • Kayak hire/day – TOP$0-$140
  • Surfboard Hire – TOP$0-$25
  • Snorkel hire/day – TOP$0-$25
  • Sailing charter 2 guests/night – TOP$200-$690
  • Guided kayak tour/day – TOP$230-$350
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The Cost of Land Activities in Tonga

While the water tends to take most of the limelight in Tonga, there’s plenty to do with your feet on dry land too. Immerse in the local culture with a cultural tour or show, experience amazing land attractions like ‘Anahulu Caves, and be guided through the stunning national parks of Tonga with a local guide. Check out some typical prices on land tours and activities below.

Land Activity Prices

  • Guided land sightseeing tour – TOP$75-$100
  • Guided hike – TOP$70
  • Culture tour/3 hours – TOP$75
  • Botanical gardens tour – TOP$35-$50
  • Cultural show & buffet – TOP$35-$55
  • ‘Anahulu Cave entry – TOP$15
  • Massage/60 minutes – TOP$90-$235
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Free Activities in Tonga

You don’t have to keep on spending to have an amazing time on the islands of Tonga. Many of Tonga’s main attractions are free to visit, you’re only expense will be getting to the attractions, so check out What is the Cost of Transport in Tonga? for typical prices. Otherwise, many free activities are included in stays at resorts, such as free use of kayaks, snorkel gear, paddleboards, walking trails and more. Check out some examples of free attractions and activities in the list below!

Free Things to Do in Tonga

  • Royal Tombs in Nuku’alofa
  • Royal Palace in Nuku’alofa
  • Talamahu Market in Nuku’alofa
  • Ha’amonga ‘a Maui Trilithon in Tongatapu
  • Ancient Tombs of Mu’a Langi in Tongatapu
  • Paepae ‘o Telea in Tongatapu
  • Mapu ‘a Vaea Blowholes in Tongatapu
  • Hufangalupe Landbridge in Tongatapu
  • Flying foxes of Kolovai in Tongatapu
  • Abel Tasman Landing Site in Tongatapu
  • Captain Cook Landing Site in Tongatapu
  • Christianity Landing Site in Tongatapu
  • Toloa College Rainforest & Museum in Tongatapu
  • Tsunami Rock in Tongatapu
  • Mt Talau in Vava’u
  • Neiafu Market in Vava’u
  • Veimumuni Cave in Vava’u
  • ‘Utula’aina Lookout in Vava’u
  • Olovehi Tomb in Ha’apai
  • Velata Mound Fortress in Ha’apai
  • Hulu’ i Paongo Point in Ha’apai
  • Shirley Baker Monument in Ha’apai
  • Forest Plantation Hike in ‘Eua
  • Rock Garden Hike in ‘Eua
  • Sunday church service
  • Beaches
  • Kayaking from resorts
  • Snorkelling
  • Whale watching from shore
  • Bird-watching

And the list goes on! Check out some of the following articles for more ideas:

More About the Cost of Activities in Tonga and Other Budgeting Tips


Robin C.

This article was reviewed and published by Robin, the co-founder of Tonga Pocket Guide. He has lived, worked and travelled across 16 different countries before settling in the South Pacific, so he knows a thing or two about planning the perfect trip in this corner of the world. Robin works and consults regularly with the Ministry of Tourism of Tonga. Robin is also the co-founder of several other South Pacific travel guides and is a regular host of webinars with the South Pacific Tourism Organisation.

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