You will explore our true traditions and culture with ANCIENT TONGAbefore you enjoy a ride to see the natural beauty of the Western part of the main island of Tongatapu.
ANCIENT TONGA: A rare and unique experience of our true culture and traditions. This is the only place where you can learn and demontrate raw culture tour, our heritage and the artifacts of our people. They offer a range of informative demonstrations like Traditional Dancing, Making of Herbal Tongan Medicine, Coconut Oil Making & Beauty techniques, Mat & Outer-skirt (ta’ovala) Weaving and its significance, Tapa Cloth Making, preparation & cooking in the underground oven-fire known as “UMU”, real traditional thatched roof fales for family meetings, for sleeping, for cooking and many more. ANCIENT TONGA CULTURE TOUR is where our “ TONGAN CULTURE AT IT’S BEST
BLOWHOLES: About 17kms from downtown Nuku’alofa. The longest Majestic Blow Holes called the “MAPU-‘A-VAEA or the Chief Whistle, the only in the South Pacific. It stretched for about 15kms along the coastline. . When the weather is right, it can blow up to 60feet in height, the water came through under the coral rocks and then blow up through the tiny holes, its wide water spread geyser and sprouts seals its name to be called the blow holes. In our tradition, the Chief of the Village (Hon.Vaea) used to sit on top of the Coral Rocks along the shore and keep on whistling, the noise of his whistle called this Mother Nature to erupt fiercely into the air.
FLYING FOXES: Also known as the Fruit Bats. This is a nocturnal animal that sleep hanging upside down on trees during the day time and when the sunset, they take-off and look for foods. They only feed from fruits. They only called the Flying foxes because they have a Fox like Head but they’re Fruit Bats. They were not a Native mammal in Tonga, it was introduced as a gift from a Samoan Maiden to the Chief of Kolovai, the village where they first scattered, since then they were treated as a “SCARED MAMMAL” and became a Native mammals that not to be disturbed, only the Royal Families were allow disturbing them at that time. Now a days, they multiply and many of them around and been into private properties, so locals can disturb them.
ROYAL PALACE: Was built in 1864, a second--storey verandah was added in 1883, until then, the palace remains unchanged. In 2012 a new fence was built as part of our preparation for the Coronation of our 5th King and also an upgrading and renovation of the Palace building. You can easily notify the present of their Majesties in the Royal Palace when looking at the Tongan National Flag is waving in the air at the top of the Royal Palace building. The commoners were not allow in the Royal palace ground without wearing their outer skirt known as Ta’ovala – Tongan Nationals have to wear their Ta’ovala as a mark of their respect to their King and the rest of their Royal families.
CENTENARY FREE CHURCH OF TONGA: Located opposite to the Royal Tomb. It was built in 1885 by a local architecture, made from coral lime stones. It is recently the prayer house for many of the religious locals in Nuku’alofa. Free Church of Tonga is second to one of the biggest domination of church members in the suburbs of Nuku’alofa. There are many churches in Tonga that their names may confuse you but the only Religion allowed in Tonga is Christian. All the churches in Tonga were Christian Religious.
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