The Magic Kingdom of Tonga
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.
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.
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.
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.