Nuku alofa, Tonga
Nuku'alofa Highlights & Otuhaka Beach
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Approximately 3½ Hours
Begin your tour with a panoramic drive along Nuku'alofa's waterfront, passing the Royal Palace. Today, the palace is used solely for ceremonial occasions. The white Victorian house was shipped from New Zealand and assembled in Nuku'alofa in 1867. Your guide will point out the Royal Tombs -- final resting place of King George Tupou I and his descendants.
Along the southern shore are the Chief's Whistles -- mighty blowholes that expel a rush of seawater at high tide, replicating the effect of a geyser in a great bellow of noise and salty spray.
Bats are sacred to the Tongans; the protected flying fox species found on the island spend their days in idle comfort and peace, hanging upside down from the trees, sound asleep. These are impressive creatures, with a wingspan of up to three feet. You'll have a chance to photograph them at Kolovai.
At Otuhaka Beach, it's time for some fun in the sun. A snack of seasonal tropical fruits is served at the beach and bottled drinks can be purchased here also.
Transportation is a basic island bus with no air -- conditioning or PA system. Restroom facilities are limited and very basic. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring aqua shoes and insect repellent. Blowholes are affected by sea and weather conditions; blowhole activity is not guaranteed. Tour does not operate on Sundays. Bring local currency, as many vendors do not accept credit cards or US dollars. Wear your swimsuit under your clothing; bring a towel, reef-safe/biodegradable sunscreen and a hat.