Captain Cook Landing Place and Cultural Tour

Your tour begins as you board a local bus at the wharf and make your way to Captain James Cook’s landing place. A large monument marks the spot where Captain Cook first landed back in 1777. He dubbed Tonga the "Friendly Islands" because of the warm welcome he received from the locals. Here, you will also get an insight into local culture and customs from a variety of exhibits provided by the local Women’s Group. Hear the fascinating myth of the coconut’s origin and the traditional methods of obtaining coconut milk. Watch weaving and ‘umu’ (traditional earth oven) demonstrations and learn how the bark of the mulberry tree is pounded into cloth. Finally, sit back and witness a traditional Tongan Solo dance. A light snack of fresh fruit is provided during the dance
  • Tour Code


  • Location

    Nuku alofa

  • Activity Types

    Cultural Events

  • Experience Types

    Culture & History

  • Duration

    3 hours

  • Fitness Level


  • Price

    Adult from $55.99
    Children (12 & under) from $39.99

  • Snack included!


Bring along a camera to capture the historic site, the demonstration of all the activities and the Tongan solo dance.


Fruit refreshments are served while you enjoy the Tongan Solo dance.

Special Notes

Basic local buses are used for transportation and they are not equipped with air-conditioning or PA systems. Restroom facilities may be rustic. To make your day as enjoyable as possible, please wear comfortable flat soled shoes, clothing suited to the weather conditions, wear your swimsuit under your clothes, bring a hat, insect repellent, plenty of sunscreen and bottled water.

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