Cruise to Tonga & the South Pacific

All hail the king of the tropics; Tonga! This string of 170-odd islands is the last kingdom in the South Pacific. With tight holds to the past, it’s fiercely loyal to culture, traditions and monarchy. The Tongans are decidedly unhurried the locals are well and truly on island time. And who can blame them? The ocean that surrounds Tonga is one of its greatest attractions, teeming with sea life and bright corals. It’s considered one of the best spots in the world to spot big, beautiful whales. Cruise to Tonga with P&O to swim next to giant humpbacks, immerse yourself in ancient culture, or simply contemplate life at a slower pace. In just a short time you’ll see why it was formerly called The Friendly Islands.

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Why you’ll love a P&O cruise to the South Pacific

At P&O we’ve spent a lifetime exploring and discovering the South Pacific. We’ve been cruising there for over 86 years - so long we’re practically locals. Choose from a great range of departures from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Auckland ranging from 6 - 16 nights. The South Pacific Islands are a marvel of natural and cultural wonders, right in our backyard - and we can’t wait to take you there.

Visiting Ports


Nuku’Alofa is the capital of the Kingdom of Tonga, and home to the Tongan Royal Family, traditional monuments and tombs, caves, blowholes and more. Nuku’Alofa is located on a flat plain, making your Tongan adventure easy on the feet. Take a P&O shore tour to see ancient relics such as Ha’among Trilithon, the Tongan Stonehenge, and idyllic beaches for swimming and snorkelling. Want to explore the vibrant local culture? Take in the National Centre and learn about Tongan food, dance, weaving and history. READ MORE


Vava’U is part of Tonga’s northernmost island group. Comprising of around 50 islands, this isolated formation is inhabited by locals who live a beautifully simple, traditional lifestyle. Vava’U’s most famous attraction is its whales, which you can swim with! However this destination is also a haven for beachlovers, snorkellers and sport fishers. P&O shore tours on offer include whale watching, diving and exploring underwater caverns around the reef, Polynesian cultural tours, snorkelling and game fishing. READ MORE

Mutiny on the Bounty (Scenic Cruising)

Dabble in a little history on this cruise and learn about the naughty escapee sailors of the 1789 British Royal Navy ship and their eventual imprisonment. Visit the location where the Mutiny on the Bounty took place. Cruise past the different locations where the epic story took place and soak up the history, sunshine and stunning views. READ MORE

Book your Pacific Islands cruise today

Ready for your trip to paradise? Check out our stunning range of cruises to Tonga and the Pacific Islands below: 


  • Tongan Discovery (departing from Auckland)

  • Tongan Explorer (departing from Auckland)

  • Bounty Adventure

Cruises To Tonga

Cruises To South Pacific

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