Royal Tombs, Nuku'alofa

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Visit Royal Tombs to discover evidence of a long-standing Tongan belief that the higher a tomb isoff the ground, the closer the deceased will be to heaven. As a result of this conviction, many of Tonga's elite built their tombs astowers. The Tongans developed different burial practices depending on class, with one layer for commoners, two for nobles, and three for royalty. At this attraction, you'll get a glimpse of the grandeur with which Tonga's royal family is laid to rest. Do keep in mind, however, that the ground surrounding the tombs remains sacred, and visitors must stand at a respectful distance. Visit with a guide to get the full background and history. Put Royal Tombs into our Nuku'alofa road trip site to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Nuku'alofa.
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  • Not an exciting attraction. One sign explaining the royals entombed but locked gates. Not welcoming.  more »
  • You are not allowed real close but worth a picture or two. What's more interesting is all the burial sites along the road/s we traveled. Maybe just two or three earthed mounds. Even on the back roads ...  more »
  • Worth checking out this impressive burial site for the royal family in Tonga It was much bigger than I expected. Have a cab drop you off at the tombs and stroll your way from here, past the basilica a...  more »
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  • Really couldn't see much as the whole area was licked up tight. From the roadside it's quite impressive but really hard to tell. To be quite honest once you've driven past it there's nothing else to see.
  • Lovely rooms .. quiet suburban location ... very quaint. .. oceanfront ...
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  • Pretty cool seeing how the Tongans honour their dead. So colourful and respectful.
  • I like how they built the statue

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Where to stay in Nuku'alofa

The best accommodations in Nuku'alofa line the shorefront, offering views over the sea and easy access to the town's main beach. Most of these fall into the mid-range category and come in the form of large, modern hotels featuring swimming pools and onsite restaurants. As an alternative, you can stay in a colonial-style lodge, where you'll get a feel for the town's history and enjoy a comfortable, air-conditioned room. Look to stay near the royal palace to be right in the heart of the action.
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