When to fly
The best time to visit Nuku'alofa is between May to October when the average temperature is around 24 and 26 degrees Celsius. The pleasant temperature combined with less rain and humidity, makes this a popular time for taking flights to Nuku'alofa. This is a great time to visit if you wish to spend your holiday outside, on the beach or exploring the city on foot whilst taking in the many sights, such as the wooden Royal Palace.
The wet season generally lasts from November to April. This period experiences higher temperatures, on average between 27 and 30 degrees, an increase in rainfall and humidity. Cyclones can also occur during this time. The months of January through March are particularly hot, humid and rainy. As this is considered the low season you may be able to take advantage of cheaper flights to Nuku'alofa.
The friendly Tongan people enjoy festivals and events throughout the year to celebrate their heritage. If you find cheap flights to Nuku'alofa in May you will experience the Eua Tourism Festival, where you can learn about traditional Tongan culture. In July, the National Festival of Heilala celebrates the birthday of the Tongan king and always coincides with the blossom of Tonga’s national flower, the heilala. These beautiful flowers are used during the festivities, with people wearing heilala necklaces.
Nuku'alofa is the capital of Tongatapu, Tonga's largest island. It's surrounded by beautiful coral reefs, ideal for scuba diving and snorkelling. The capital is located on the north coast of the island and provides holidaymakers with an extensive selection of accommodation options like hotels, guest houses including hostels which are a perfect option for backpackers. Why not arrange a coach tour to see the many places of interest? Have your camera at the ready to take snapshots of the wooden Royal Palace which was built in 1867 and is the official residence of the King. You'll find plenty of exciting items to buy at Talamahu Market in Nuku'alofa. It's where local farmers sell their fresh produce, seasonal fruits, root vegetables, yams, kumara, manioke and taro. Check out the upstairs stalls that have clothing, shoes, local handicraft carvings and jewellery for sale. The Tongan National Cultural Centre is well worth a visit. There's a wide range of crafts, carvings, tapa making and weaving on show along with exhibitions of the Kingdom's historical past. For something a little different, spend a day at Anahulu Cave. It's an exciting stalactite cave around 3.2 km north of Fatumu Village that also has an amazing underground freshwater swimming pool. Many people book cheap flights to Nuku'alofa just to see the natural blowholes, one of nature's wonders. Head to the south west of the island near the village of Houma to watch the waves crashing into the reef.