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The kingdom of Tonga’s royal monarchy goes back to over 1,000 years ago and the country has the South Pacific’s only remaining Kingdom. With a culture dating back to over 3,000 years ago, with many of the ancient traditions and practices still recognized to this day, the people are known for their dedication to keeping the country’s core cultural values alive. 

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Three millennia ago, it was the Lapita people from Southeast Asia who migrated west via the Malay peninsula and the East Indies to settle in the scattered islands of the South Pacific. Centred around the monarchy, Tongans are known to visitors as a friendly folk who are proud of their culture and aren’t afraid to show off their passion for their community through Tongan song, dance, art, the ‘Ha’amonga ʻa Maui’ and cuisine—much of these traditional activities have been passed down through many generations.

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Tonga is a beautiful country, just 805 km southeast from Fiji, and accessible via Fiji Airways and offers pristine beaches, unspoiled rainforests and national parks as well as active volcanoes, lava tubes and caves. Making up four major island groups – Tongatapu, ‘Eua, Ha’apai and the Vava’u group – each of the country’s islands offer their own characteristics and style.

Complementing the country’s stunning regions is its unique weather—at a daytime average of around 24 degrees C, making it a comfortable getaway for many visitors year-round. Businesses are typically open daily except on Sundays, as it is a sacred day of worship and this closure would include local cafes and restaurants, except those which are part of a hotel or resort.

Experience Tonga’s culture and traditions through a variety of authentic experiences like song and dance, listening to the beautiful hymns at the weekly church service, viewing a Tongan song-and-dance spectacle and viewing a tapa making and mat weaving demonstration, which is a significant aspect of Tongan life as these mats are presented through various life events such as weddings and births or can be worn as a respectable form of dress. Other activities for travellers can include partaking in the ancient Polynesian kava ceremony as well as supporting local artisans through learning to create, or by simply purchasing, Tongan handicrafts, coconut oils and jewellery.

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Travellers visit the stunning islands that make up the Kingdom of Tonga for a true off-the-grid escape in the South Pacific.  Island getaways abound from the honeymoon-favourite Fafa Island to the undeveloped volcanic Hunga Island and also the uninhabited, tiny Kao Island.  Back on the main island of Tongatapu, guests enjoy visiting the royal palace of Tonga as well as the royal tombs, the Talamahu marketplace, the museums and churches and many other landmarks and cultural points of interest.

Tonga: Facts & Information

Weather

Tonga enjoys a pleasantly warm and sunny climate all year round and there aren’t significant differences between seasons. April through September is “winter” and characterized by cool, drier temperatures. December through March is “summer” and characterized by warm and humid temperatures.

Safety

Tongan islands are generally a safe destination for travel. However, as with all travel at home or away, you should observe the same precautions with your personal safety and possessions. Take copies of your important documents (passports and credit cards) and keep them separate from the originals.

Vaccinations

WHO recommends travellers be up to date with their Hepatitis A & Typhoid Fever. In general, prior to departure for any vacation, it’s always best to speak with your physician.

Currency & Customs

The Tongan unit of currency is the Tongan Paʻanga. There are ATMs in major towns throughout the country and Visa and MasterCard is widely accepted. When Canadian passport holders enter Tonga, a valid passport (for at least 6 months past your exit from the country) and a return ticket will allow you a stay of up to 31 days.

Electricity

Mains voltage in the Cook Islands is 230V 50Hz, the same as in New Zealand and Australia. It is recommended for certain appliances such as hair dryers and straighteners to bring both a plug adapter and converter. For newer electronics such as tablets or smartphones, a plug adapter may only be needed as the voltage could automatically adjust.

Language

The official language in Tonga is Tongan; however, English is commonly spoken as well.

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