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The location of Sky Lodge accommodation offers the perfect balance: it’s far enough from the capital to avoid noise, yet close enough for a quick drive, just minutes away.  Take a 2 minute stroll to the opposite direction of the capital and you will find yourself in the quaint village of Popua, with a population of just over 2,000 residents. There are some interesting things you can find in this small village, let’s have a quick look at what Popua has to offer.


Local Culinary Delights: Fresh Catch of the Day

To start off, each morning the beachfront transforms into a bustling marketplace where local residents come back from their early morning fishing and offer an array of freshly caught seafood. From octopus to fish to seaweed you will find interesting selections that caters to everyone’s preference. Whether enjoyed by locals or visitors, the fresh seafood of Popua offers an authentic taste of the island. This also offers a glimpse into the lifestyle of locals who depend on selling their catch of the day to support their family.


From Garbage Dump to Community Park

In 2006, the landscape of Popua, Tonga, underwent a remarkable transformation, courtesy of NZAid. What was once a garbage dump was meticulously converted into a vibrant community park, redefining the very essence of the area. This significant change has not only revitalized the local environment but has also markedly improved the quality of life for the residents of Popua.

For guests staying at Sky Lodge Accommodation, the proximity of this rejuvenated park offers a peaceful retreat just a short walk away, where they can immerse themselves in the local culture and natural beauty of Tonga.


Vaepopua: The Star-Shaped Heritage Site

Map of Vaepopua in Tongatapu

Nestled in the heart of Popua, Tonga, the star-shaped heritage site of Sia Heu Lupe in Vaepopua stands as a testament to the island’s rich historical and cultural tapestry. This extraordinary complex was constructed approximately 500-600 years ago. The historical documentation of Popua’s mounds and causeways offers a unique lens into the region’s past, unveiling layers of cultural and archaeological significance. The earliest recorded mention dates back to 1777 when the renowned British explorer Captain James Cook first documented these structures. Cook’s observations provided the initial glimpse into Popua’s ancient landscape, highlighting the intricate network of mounds and causeways that characterized the area. You can read more here.


Nukunukumotu Island: A Walk at Low Tide

Map of Nukunukumotu island

One other cool thing you will see locals do is take walk to the nearby islands when sea levels are low. At the farthest tip of Popua village is the island of Nukunukumotu where few families live. It is mostly covered in trees but is a little excursion that few visitors to Tonga know of.

While the walk to Nukunukumotu Island is an exciting adventure, it is essential to heed some safety tips and be mindful of local customs. Timing is crucial; ensure you embark on the walk at the correct low tide times to avoid being stranded. It is advisable to wear appropriate footwear to navigate the sometimes slippery and uneven terrain. Respect for the environment and local traditions is important; visitors should avoid littering and be considerate of the island’s natural and cultural resources.


These are just some interesting facts of the village Popua. If you are interested in experiencing it yourself don’t forget to book your stay at Sky Lodge for comfortable and relaxing stay while exploring all Tonga has to offer.