Visitor Information

Visitors heading to Tonga are in for a delightful surprise. From discovering natures beauty to diving to the depths of the crystal-clear waters, the Kingdom of Tonga is a delight for all of it’s visitors.

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The Magic Kingdom of Tonga

History

The history of Tonga stretches back over 3,000 years, starting with the migration of the Lapita people from Southeast Asia. The islands were then visited by Captain Cook in 1773, who was so taken with the friendliness and warmth of the locals that he named the Kingdom ‘The Friendly Islands’. To this day history is still seen scattered around the islands in the churches, villages, markets, and local art and handicrafts.

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Culture

The traditional Polynesian monarchy dates back many centuries ago, but Tongan culture and traditions are still very much alive today.  Experience a truly authentic slice of Polynesia culture by visiting local villages and markets, sampling the well-known traditional herb; Kava, or visiting a church on a Sunday.

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Nature

Named the ‘Crown Jewel of the South Pacific’, Tonga is known for its white sandy beaches, stunning landscapes, beautiful flora and clear waters throughout the islands. Discover sandy white beaches, colourful reefs, active volcanoes and an abundance of wildlife that inhabit these 170 islands. Bird watchers can enjoy a variety of species of birds such as Pacific Swallows, White-collared -Kingfishers, Pacific Black Ducks and even rare-sightings of the Grey Noddies, located on the southern side of Tonga.

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Weather

Tonga is known for its all year-round weather, with winter only bringing a slight chill in the early afternoon. This perfect weather is ideal for all watersports, with clear waters great for a spot of swimming, diving or snorkelling. December to April is hot, humid and rainy, with the hottest months in February and March. May to November offers cool and relatively dry weather.  Click here for more information on weather in Tonga.

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Tongatapu

Tongatapu, known as the ‘Sacred South’, is the main island of Tonga and the launch pad for exploring many of the other islands that surround the Kingdom. Nuku’alofa, the capital of Tongaputa, and the hub for international arrivals, is located on the north coast, and is filled with long stretches of white beaches, charming cafes, and ancient churches. You may even see a few pigs roaming around if you’re lucky.

‘Eua

Hilly and covered in lush rainforest, ‘Eua’s combination of breathtaking beauty and rugged, idiosyncratic landscapes is the perfect destination for travelers. A concise seven-minute flight links Tongatapu to the island of ‘Eua on its southeastern tip, world’s shortest commercial airline flight.

Ha’apai

If you’re looking for off-the-beaten-path experiences, then look no further then Ha’apai, a central island group consisting of 62 islands. Isolated, uninhabited and undiscovered, this tropical paradise is filled with shallow lagoons, deserted beaches, vibrant reefs, giant volcanoes and breaching whales. Travellers can fill in their day with endless activities such as hiking, snorkelling, kayaking or even horseriding along the white sandy beaches.

Vava’u

Truly unspoiled, this remote group of islands are dotted along the  Kingdom of Tonga, and offer year-round climate suitable for snorkelling, swimming, sailing and diving. Surrounded by crystal clear water, these 61 islands offer an abundance of activities in and out of the water. For those sailing around the South Pacific,  Neiafu, is a popular spot to dock your yacht, allowing you to explore more of  Vava’u Islands natural beauty.

Niuatoputapu

Niuatoputao is a flat coral island situated furthest north within the Kingdom of Tonga. Located between Vava’u and Samoa, this ‘sacred island’ is mostly remote and underdeveloped with a noticeably warmer temperature than the other parts of the Kingdom, especially in the southern end.

Niuafo’ou

Niufo’ou,  located about 100km west of  Niuatoputapu, is one of the world’s most remote islands. From a birds-eye view, this volcanic rimmed island could be compared to a floating donut.  The coastline is rocky and steep, with few black sandy beaches.  Niuafo’ou, together with  Tafahi  &  Niuatoputapu  island are referred to as the  Niuas.