Tonga is home to a variety of unique and beautiful locations spread across many islands. View the articles below to learn more about the real Tonga experience.Contact Us
By Captain Michael Faasolo
To the world of airlines and public flying, an airline is perhaps represented by aeroplanes, airline services, air fares, flight and cabin crew and TV advertisement. Whilst all these good things combine to put up the front smiling face of the airline, we often do not get to hear nor have the avenue to cage into the behind the scene of those who work outside normal hours. This great team of local Tongan qualified aircraft engineers work tirelessly, serving the airline’s aircraft after hours preparing them for service the next day.
In cohesion with another team, the Operation Control Centre they provide information back and forth in ensuring that any recorded defects or engineering snags to the aircraft are being monitored and rectified signed off by a qualified engineer before aircraft is being released to service. Another less mentioned area but vitally important is Flight Training. Real Tonga pilots are being trained in Melbourne Australia utilizing the Simulator Training Center of Ansett.
This Training organization is one of the world’s highly recognised facilities for Flight Crew Training hence gaining the approval of both Tonga Civil Aviation Department and Real Tonga. All our pilots go through Flight Training every six months in addition to the undergoing of yearly and six- monthly Medical Checks by New Zealand and Tongan approved aviation medical doctors. By law and the heavy demand of Safety all our pilots must undergo these medical checks.
Quietly working in the background but highly effective is our Quality Assurance team. These qualified people function day and night to provide a guaranteed highest level in safety and industry best practices to ensure safe operation of the whole operation. Their tasks range from engineering, training, quality and safety practices to ensuring both ground and flight operations of the airline are in safe manners.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.