The Kingdom of Tonga is a unique little island in the Pacific ocean full of natural wonders, beautiful beaches, and friendly people. The Pacific islands are so special and so isolated, that if you are even in the region of them you just have to check out one. Dan and I have fallen in love with the relaxed style of Pacific Island travel, and it is our mission to visit every one that has the facilities for air travel.
Tonga has direct connections from New Zealand, Australia, and Fiji.
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Getting to Tonga
If you are a serious yachtie than you can sail to Tonga, but for the rest of us there is air travel. The main island of Tongatapu has an international airport with direct connections to New Zealand, Australia and Fiji.
If you want to visit some of the other island groups of Tonga you may need to look into further domestic air travel, as only the island of ‘Eua has a public ferry linking it with the main land.
Where to stay
Before you decide where you want to stay you will need to decide on which island groups you want to visit. We spent our time on the islands of ‘Eua and Tongatapu as these are the most accessible.
It is likely you will spend at least one day in the capitol of Nuku’alofa. We created a guide for this city, all you need is one day.
What to do in Tonga
Tonga is more than just a tropical paradise. There are plenty of opportunities for eco-tourism and adventure travel. Dan had a life changing moment just off of ‘Eua when it is possible to swim with Humpback whales during certain times of the year. There is also plenty of hiking available, as well as blow holes and caves to explore. And there are beaches too of course.
Things to know before you go
Pacific islands have this reputation as being expensive places to visit, but we couldn’t disagree more. We even wrote a post that outlines exactly what we spent on our week long holiday in Tonga, and spoiler alert, it was less than $40 per person.
One thing you need to think about before you book your trip to Tonga is what you want to do, and which islands you want to explore. You will want to ensure your arrival and departure plans co-inside with domestic flights and ferry schedules to avoid disappointment.