situated just west of the International Date Line, is
the first country to greet each new day. At first glance,
Tonga may seem similar to other South Pacific island
groups, but is has one unique difference: Tonga is a
constitutional monarchy - the last remaining Polynesian
Tonga's attractions feature the South Pacific charms
of coral reefs and inviting atolls. It was the first
Pacific Island country to create marine parks or sanctuaries.
Four such parks now exist, rich in fish, coral and marine
Tonga is made up of a group of 170 islands, 45 of which
are inhabited. The main island of Tongatapu (home to
most of Tonga's 96,000 people) in the south is the home
of the Kingdom's capital, Nuku'alofa. In the north lies
the Ha'apai group, a chain of low lying atolls surrounded
by clear turquoise waters. Beyond Ha'apai lies the Vava'u
group, a paradise of lush tropical landscapes, a deep
water harbour, rock islands and limestone caves.
- Tonga: Air New Zealand operates daily flights to Auckland
from Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney with connecting
flights to Tonga.
New Zealand - Tonga: Air New Zealand has five flights
Europe - Tonga: Air New Zealand operates daily from
London to Los Angeles and connects once weekly to Tonga
via Apia, Samoa. Air New Zealand also operates daily
from London to Auckland via Singapore or Hong Kong.
USA - Tonga - Air New Zealand has a once weekly international
flight service from Los Angeles to Tonga via Apia, Samoa.
national airline flies the Suva and Nadi-Nukualofa
route three times a week. Air Pacific flights connect
Tonga to the USA, Japan and Australia.
- Tonga: Air Pacific flies from Brisbane and Sydney
to Fiji with connecting flights to Tonga from Nadi on
Tuesday and Thursday.
Fiji-Tonga : Three flights a week.
USA - Tonga: Air Pacific operates three times a week
from Honolulu and Los Angeles to Nadi, Fiji. Direct
flights to Tonga are also available three times a week
from Suva and Nadi, Fiji with Air Pacific.
Blue is the international airline of Virgin Blue, currently
flying from Sydney, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand
direct to Tonga - with handy connections from domestic
ports within both countries.
with Pacific Blue and enjoy friendly service and low
from Sydney - Nukualofa depart twice weekly on
Monday and Thursday
Flights from Auckland - Nukualofa depart twice
weekly on Monday and Thursday
are two airlines to take you on the scenic flight above
the coral islands and the deep blue sea from Nuku'alofa
to Ha'apai. Chathams
Pacific or Airlines
Tonga (Air Fiji).
arriving from the majority of countries, including New
Zealand, United States, United Kingdom and Australia,
may enter Tonga for a period not exceeding 31 days without
a visa, but visitors from certain countries will need
a visa prior to arrival. Check with your travel agent
when you book your ticket. Visitors must also have a
valid passport (6 months or more), an onward air or
sea ticket and relevant health certificates. If visitors
wish to extend their stay, permission must be requested
from the Principal Immigration Officer.
may download a Visa Application Form or contact Tonga
Immigration Department at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Phone: +676 26 696/26 970.
planning your holiday to Tonga make sure you take into
account the fact that rental cars are only available
in Nukualofa and Neiafu, and you can get bicycles
in Nukualofa, Neiafu and Haapai.
can travel from Tongatapu to Haapai and Vavau
by ferry once a week, to the Niuas once a month and
to Eua once a day.
to Haapai & Vavau
MV Olovaha +676 23-853 - email@example.com
MV Pulupaki +676 23-855
MV Alaimoana +676 21-326
MV Ikale 676 23-855
Tongan and English are the official languages.
No inoculations are prescribed. Malaria does not exist.
Tonga is 13 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and 18
hours ahead of New York.
The Electricity is 240 volts. Visitors should be warned
to change the voltage of their electrical appliances
as the voltage here is higher.
From December to April, the weather is hot and humid,
with considerable rainfall. The cool dry season, with
average temperatures of up to 22 degrees Celsius, runs
from May to November. A trade wind blowing during the
season makes for pleasant days and cool nights.