What you need to know
Information and Facts
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
The official language in Tonga is Tongan; however, English is commonly spoken as well.