Nuku alofa, Tonga
Liku'alofa Scenic Island Drive
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Approximately 3½ Hours
Explore the island of Tongatapu as you board an island-style bus and travel to the west coast. You will pass the Royal Palace and the Central Business District of the capital city of Nuku'alofa.
Take in some scenic highlights, including the Liahona Coconut Plantation, which is home to a bizarre three-headed coconut tree.
The blowholes on Tonga's western coast, called the Chief's Whistles, are widely considered the most spectacular blowholes in the entire South Pacific.
Then, continue to Kolovai Village which is renowned for its flying fox colony to observe the flying foxes -- these nocturnal fruit bats sleep suspended from trees, heads down and wings folded. The bats are Tonga's only native land mammal and their wings span nearly three feet. They enjoy sacred status here in Tonga. Standing directly under the ironwood pines in which they hang is to be avoided at all costs!
Relax at Liku'alofa Resort, set against a stunning white-sand beach on the island's western shore. Listen to the story of Tonga and its culture as you watch cultural entertainment and enjoy a taste of seasonal tropical fruits.
Transportation is by basic island bus with no air-conditioning or PA system. Restroom facilities are limited and very basic. Wear sunglasses, biodegradable sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes. Please note this is not a swimming tour. Bring a hat and insect repellent. Blowholes are affected by sea and weather conditions; blowhole activity is not guaranteed. Tour does not operate on Sundays.