TOURS FOR TONGATAPU
All our tours are with the company of an English speaking guide/driver. At Teta Tours, we offer you the flexibility to combine any of the tours listed below to suit your personal preference – so please feel to ask. For information regarding times, duration and costs, contact us at either one of our offices.
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TETA WEST COAST ISLAND SCENIC TOUR
Royal Palace & Fangatapu: Nuku’alofa’s white Victorian wooden Palace was commissioned by King Tupou I. It was built in 1864 using Kauri timber from New Zealand. It has become the residence of the Royal Family. Historically, the Privy Council was held at the Palace. The Palace is built on a historical site. The Tu’I Kanokupolu would stop there on his way from Hihifo (West) to Hahake (East). The Palace marks an ancient boundary as the Tu’i Hatakalaua domain approximately starts from the Palace towards Mau’ufanga. The original Mala’e Pangai (green lawn next to Palace) was the burial ground for the vanquished warriors of the Northern group of Ha’apai and vava’u.. They were the people who died helping King George Tupou I conquer Tongatapu.
Mala’e kula (Royal Tombs): The current day site of the Royal Tombs in central Nuku’alofa was previously known as Prince Park and was used an open space for various events. In the late 1880′s a fundraising event was held to raise money for Tonga college (located opposite the site). The event became known as Katoanga Kula (red gathering place) as many of the people wore red and red T$2 notes were exchanged for goods. Following the death of King Siaosi (George) Tupou I in 1893, rather than being buried at a site known as Mala’e (Tu’i Kanokupolu dynasty’s burial grounds), the Government decided that as King Tupou I united the country, he and his direct descendents should be buried in central Nuku’alofa. The grounds were called Mala’ekula (Red Ground) – a term that brings together the burial site of the Tu’i Kanokupolu dynasty and the former name of the site. Today, the Mala’ekula is considered a sacred site.
Majestic Blow Holes – Pupu’a Puhi: The rugged coast at the village of Houma – provide a never ceasing display of the power of the sea. Four miles of coastal blow holes where the might of the Pacific Ocean is forced through natural rock fissures to create instant skyscrapers of water up to 30 meters high. As the southerly winds blow into Tongatapu the sea is driven into the southern coastline and sea spray erupts into the air. ‘Vaea’s whistle’ or Mapu a Vaea are the most famous blowholes along the coastline.
Flying Foxes: The flying fox sanctuary at the village Kolovai is home to hundreds of fruit bats. Recorded in Tongan song and legend from time immemorial. These primordial fruit bats-harmless, immobile and seemingly lifeless-hang eerily from rows of ironwood pines along the main village road. They are considered sacred and a delicacy to be consumed only by members of the Royal Family.
Teta West Coast Island Scenic Tour is approx 1-2 hours in duration.
TETA EAST COAST HISTORICAL TOUR
Captain Cook’s landing Place: The site where Captain James Cook, the great English explorer,landed 30th April 1777. Located in the Village of Pelehake, boardering the foreshore in a place called Alaki Fonua. This historical place where the infamous navigator landed is called Malumalu’afuli Langi – A giant banyan tree grew here and its branches were spread out all the way to the ocean. When the villagers stood underneath, they could not see the sky because the branches were so thick – Malumalu’afuli Langi. There is still a banyan tree on the site today, thought to have grown from a shoot of the original banyan.
Ancient Langi: The burial tomb of ancient Tongan Kings. its construction is an engineering wonder and dates back to 1300 B.C. The ancient royal tombs (Langi) at Lapaha on Tongatapu are one of the great ceremonial sites of the Pacific. Along with sacred monuments like Roi Mata’s Domain in Vanuatu or the tombs of Nan Madol in the Federated States of Micronesia, the Lapaha tombs symbolise the association between political and spiritual power that was held by royalty and high-chiefs in the Pacific. As a cultural landscape the massive coral structures are a link to the Tongan dynasties that created a huge maritime empire in the pacific in the 15th century. The link of Lapaha with Tongan history begins around the 13th Century when the paramount rulers, known collectively as the Tu’i Tonga, moved the capital from the Ha’amoana area to Lapaha where it remained until the 19th century. The construction of the massive tombs, or langi, was a way to demonstrate the spiritual and political power of the Tu’i Tonga.
Ha’amonga Trilithon: One the most prominent sites on Tongatapu is the Ha’amonga ‘a Maui (Maui’s Burden). The Ha’amonga ‘a Maui is located on the eastern tip of Tongatapu Island near the villages of Niutoua and Afa. This is the area where the eleventh Tongan King (Tu’i Tonga Tu’itatui) had his seat of power. It is believed that Tu’i Tu’itatui built the structure in 1200 A.D. Legend relates to the physical strength of Tu’itatui who was reputed to have sat against a large stone slab, the ‘Maka Faakinanga’, which still stands near the Ha’amonga, and by striking out with a staff he kept his people at a safe distance for fear of assassination. Tu’i Tu’itatui translated is King Strike Knee. The Ha’amonga ‘a Maui has been scientifically interpreted as an early style sundial clock that recorded different seasonal changes. The Ha’amonga ‘a Maui fully acknowledges the sea position of Tongatapu and the exact observation of the morning sunrise on the shortest, midway and longest day.
Maka Fa’akinanga: The Maka Fa’akinanga (Leaning against the rock) is located approximately 100m from the Ha’amonga ‘a Maui. Made from the same stone as the Ha’amonga, the Maka Fa’akinanga is a large stone slab standing upright with markings on the front resembling an indentation of a large head, shoulders and back. Oral stories recount the belief that Tu’i Tu’itatui (eleventh Tu’i Tonga) often sat against the Maka Fa’akinanga and struck out with a staff at people so that they were kept at a safe distance for fear that they may make an assassination attempt.
Teta East Coast Island Scenic Tour is approx 1-2 hours in duration.
TETA SCENIC TOUR FOLLOWED BY ISLAND BUFFET DINNER AND TRADITIONAL FLOORSHOW UNDER THE STARS
The tour highlights are:
- The Royal Palace
- Royal Tombs
- Majestic Blowholes
- Flying Foxes
Your visit is not complete without a visit to Oholei Beach Resort(change from Good Samaritan) located some 30 minutes drive to the east coast of the capital Nuku’alofa, at a secluded beach is this tropical paradise.
You will enjoy an Island style Smorgasbord buffet to satisfy the most ravenous appetite. Nothing is spared in providing a variety of traditional foods garnished with garden vegetables and every variety of tropical fruits available at the time. You will be entertained in a typical Polynesian style in the warm night. A truly memorable evening for you to dance the evening away to enchanting rythm of the South Seas.
Duration Approx 7-8 hours.
TETA OFF-SHORE ISLAND TOUR
Choose from either Fafa Island, Royal Sunset or Pangaimotu (each catering for every budget) Visit your choice of island and experience surf, sea and sunshine. Swimming,snorkeling, kayaking in crystal clear waters,sunbathing or simply relaxing under the shade of a coconut tree and simply enjoying the pollution-free atmosphere. Enjoy a meal in the various resorts restaurant facility, and of course the seaside bar.
TETA EXPLORER TOUR
Highly recommended for the adventure orientated visitor, choose from from the following attractions:
Hufangalupe (Pigeons Doorway): This scenic area is known for its huge natural coral bridge, steep cliffs and once you get over this physic part of the tour, the prize is the white sandy beach – Hufangalupe Beach – too cool down and enjoy the crystal blue waters.
Anahulu Cave: To the east coast of Tongatapu, Anahulu Cave ‘The Underground Swimming Pool’ is situated at the village of Haveluliku. This cavern of stalactites and stalagmites is located near the beach of the same name. It processes some of the most remarkable limestone and deep freshwater pools. Teta Tours owns and manages Anahulu Cave . We will provide a guide and a generator has been installed for lighting. Appropriate footwear is also essential. Duration approx 2-3 hours.
Ha’atafu Surf Beach: If catching some waves appeals to you, than depending on the time of your visit, Ha’atafu Beach is a must. Popular for surfing by visitors from NZ, Australia, but you have to provide your own board.
‘Oholei Beach: This idyllic white sand beach is one of the island’s loveliest, and the coastline along this stretch also has limestone caves to explore.
**please note that this tour requires a degree of physical fitness and appropriate footwear is essential.
TETA CITY SHOPPING TOUR
Talamahu Market: Colourful market where mixture of freshly grown vegetables, fruit and food crops as well as handmade jewellery, carvings, local weaving, tapa cloths, carvings and other local handicrafts are on display.
Langafonua Women’s Handicraft Center: Tonga is renown for its exquisite handicrafts and here you will find wide variety of display.
Coffee/Tea Break: If all that shopping has tired you, then a visit to one of our local café’s with its inviting aroma of locally grown and brewed coffee will be a welcome treat. Also on offer is the local brew, a refreshing cool coconut, or tropical juice and locally bottled water may be just the thing.
TETA GOLF TOUR
Enjoy a round of golf in the Kingdom’s only golf course – Manamou’i Golf Course. Only nine holes, its enough to satisfy the keenest of golfers, and cool down with a cold local brew in the clubs bar while sharing the results of those shots that got away.
TETA SUNDAY SERVICE AND UMU TOUR
Should you be lucky enough to be in Kingdom on a Sunday, than it is essential that you participate in this excursion. By law, the entire island (including outer islands) shut down on the Sabbath with no business or shops operating. The exception is a few hotels and restaurants to cater for tourists. Teta Tours offers you the opportunity to attend a church service on a Sunday morning and enjoy the passionate singing of the church choirs. Afterwards, experience an ‘umu’ lunch – food prepared and baked in traditional earth oven before families attend church, and perfectly timed to be cooked after the church service. Traditionally a day for resting after the filling umu lunch – but if you want to workout that meal, than a visit to Pangaimotu for a swim is highly recommended.