INTRODUCING

Tonga

The Kingdom of Tonga is known as the ‘Friendly Islands’ – the warm welcome you will receive there will leave you in no doubt as to why it has gained this nickname.

Unique amongst Pacific Island nations, Tonga has never been ruled by a foreign power and has maintained control of its own culture and laws. Protected by lagoons and limestone cliffs, the principal island is Tongatapu. You can visit the capital of Nuku'alofa or escape to the many beach resorts and plantations. Make sure to visit the Ha'amonga ʻa Maui, a monumental coral gate, known as the Stonehenge of the Pacific. Slip easily into the relaxed lifestyle of the islands, with its laidback pace and welcoming people. The waters around the islands are teeming with sea life, perfect for scuba diving and the white sand beaches seem to go on for ever.

Highlights

  • Sublime natural landscapes and welcoming locals.
  • Ha’among’a Maui - a trilithon made from three coral limestone slabs in the 13th Century by King Tuʻitātui in honour of his two sons.
  • The Anahalu Caves – a complex of limestone caverns on the island’s East coast, with freshwater pools for swimming and snorkelling.
  • Every year Humpback whales travel 3,000 miles from Antarctica to breed and give birth in Tonga between June and October.
  • St. Joseph’s Cathedral is an iconic landmark on the Island of Vava’u, overlooking the Port of Refuge.
  • Sundays are sacrosanct – it is illegal to conduct business, play sport or do chores!

GALLERY

A flavour of Tonga

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