Top 12 Highlights of Tongatapu

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Liku’alofa Beach Resort - Whale Watching

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Sit at the Sunset Bar & restaurant and watch the humpback whales playing (during the whale season of June until September) they can arrive at any time so whether you are enjoying a tropical breakfast, a delicious lunch, an amazing dinner or just enjoying a cold beer and delightful cocktail be on the lookout over the deep blue reef for the spout that signals the arrival of the whales.

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Tsunami Rock at Kala'au

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Tsunami Rock, also known as "Maka Sio'ata", is largely an unknown gem in Tongatapu located in the village of Kala’ua, 9 kms from Liku’alofa Beach Resort. With its mysterious and forbidding name, the giant three-story boulder sits just off a tiny and beautiful beach on the western side of Tongatapu - and no one knows exactly how it got there. Researchers believe the ancient wave may have hit the island's shore sometime within the past 7,000 years, after the melting of the most recent ice age brought sea levels to roughly where they are today.

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Hufangalupe Bridge lookout

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This is one of Tongatapu's most scenic areas with a huge natural coral bridge under which the seawater churns next to steep cliffs overlooking the beautiful beach. There is a tiny trail you can climb down to the beach, and of course, the huge natural archway. If it's low tide, you can hike down to the beach, and walk across the exposed coral rock to stand right under the archway.

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Terrace Tombs at Mu'a

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Located at Lapaha, 19 km east of Nuku'alofa are the Terraced Tombs or Langi. The first of the tombs were built around 1200AD for an ancient dynasty and they are formed by quadrilateral mounds faced by huge blocks of coral rock, rising in terraces to a height of 4m.

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Captain Cook Landing Place

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At Captain Cook's landing place in 'Alaki stands the Ovava (banyan) tree. An offspring of the original tree under which the famous navigator is alleged to have rested after anchoring the endeavour offshore in the logoon. A monument has been erected in march 1970 on the site commemorating Captain Cook's visit as well as visit to this landmark by Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Anne on 7 March 1970.

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#12

Royal Palace in Nuku'alofa and The Royal Tombs

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Located in the northwest of the capital, Nukuʻalofa, close to the Pacific Ocean the wooden Palace, which was built in 1867, is the official residence of the King of Tonga. Although the Palace is not open to the public, it is easily visible from the waterfront. The Royal Tombs of the Tupou Royal family are situated on the grounds of the Mala'ekula (Red Ground). Following the death of King Siaosi (George) Tupou I in 1893, a Royal tomb was built and many members of the royal family are buried there.

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