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About Tonga

Tonga, 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 kingdom.

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 life.

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.

Travel to Tonga

Air New Zealand

Australia - 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 a week.
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.

Air Pacific

Fiji’s national airline flies the Suva and Nadi-Nuku’alofa route three times a week. Air Pacific flights connect Tonga to the USA, Japan and Australia.

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.

Pacific Blue

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.

Fly with Pacific Blue and enjoy friendly service and low fares.

Flights from Sydney - Nuku’alofa depart twice weekly on Monday and Thursday
Flights from Auckland - Nuku’alofa depart twice weekly on Monday and Thursday

Inter-Island Flights

There 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).

Entry Requirements

Visitors 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.

You may download a Visa Application Form or contact Tonga Immigration Department at visatonga@gmail.com or Phone: +676 26 696/26 970.

Getting Around

When planning your holiday to Tonga make sure you take into account the fact that rental cars are only available in Nuku’alofa and Neiafu, and you can get bicycles in Nuku’alofa, Neiafu and Ha’apai.

Ferry Service

You can travel from Tongatapu to Ha’apai and Vava’u by ferry once a week, to the Niuas once a month and to ‘Eua once a day.

Ferry to Ha’apai & Vava’u
MV Olovaha +676 23-853 - info@scptonga.com
MV Pulupaki +676 23-855

Ferry to ‘Eua:
MV ‘Alaimoana +676 21-326
MV ‘Ikale 676 23-855

Information/Travel Tips

Language
Tongan and English are the official languages.

Health
No inoculations are prescribed. Malaria does not exist.

Time
Tonga is 13 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and 18 hours ahead of New York.

Electricity
The Electricity is 240 volts. Visitors should be warned to change the voltage of their electrical appliances as the voltage here is higher.

Weather/Climate
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.

 

 
 

 


 










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