WHY VISIT TONGA
The capital, Nuku’alofa, is located on the main island of Tongatapu, and on the waterfront, you can admire the Victorian-style White Royal Palace dating back to 1867, as well as the Pangao Si ‘ I, the Basilica of St. Anthony of Padua, the royal tombs of Mala’ekula and the Cathedral of St. Mary, before strolling on the charming market of Talamahu.
On Tongatapu, there are many vanilla plantations and a park where to observe wild birds, especially sumptuous red parrots. On the east coast, several archaeological sites are worth a visit, including the famous pyramids of Mu’a stone, home to the ancient tombs of the kings: that of Ha’amonga’a Maui dates from the 13th century and is built with blocks of stone Of 40 tonnes.
Hiking enthusiasts can visit the island of Eua, which has mountains and deep forests, to explore at the rhythm of the walk.
On Tofua there are active volcanoes, lush forests, and a large central lake where you can swim. It was on this island that the Bounty revolt took place in 1789.
Do not miss diving in one of the many sites that the archipelago offers, especially on Vava’u and Eua.
WHEN TO GO TO TONGA
The best period to visit Tonga is from May to November.
Tropical, the climate offers between May and November a dry season refreshed by the trade winds, then from December to March a wet season, where there are heavy rains, while hurricanes occur between November and April.
Temperatures vary throughout the year between 22 and 28 ° C. The dry season is the best time for a trip to Tonga.
Following is a list of typical festivals and celebrations of Tonga.
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HOW TO REACH AND TRAVEL THROUGH TONGA
We arrive in Tonga by plane via Australia, Polynesia, New Zealand, or Hawaii, and the international airport is located on the main island Tongatapu, about 15 km from the capital. To travel in the archipelago, there are minibusses and taxis on Tongatapu, but you can also rent a car. Ships travel daily between islands, and there are also air links between some islands but their cost is quite high.
GENERAL INFORMATION ON TONGA
health tips & vaccination: is required but it is prudent to have up-to-date vaccines. It is also not advisable to drink tap water.
local currency: Tongan Pa’anga
local time zone: GMT +13
electricity: type I (240 V – 50 Hz)
WHAT TO DO IN TONGA
typical food in Tonga
souvenirs from Tonga
SIMPLE TONGAN DICTIONARY
Hello: Malo e lelei
Goodbye: Nofo a
How are you?: Fefe hake?
Thank you: Malo