As Pacific island nations go, Tonga can be considered a jewel in the crown. With unsurpassed scenic views the unspoiled volcanic landscapes, spectacular tropical rainforests, low-lying coral atolls, pristine coral reefs, magnificent sandy beaches as well as beautiful array of flora and fauna make Tonga a true tropical beach paradise.
The Kingdom of Tonga (Tongan: Pule?anga Fakatu?i ?o Tonga) is an archipelago located in the South Pacific Ocean, consisting of 169 islands the majority uninhabited with only 36 islands populated. The Tongan Islands span over a distance of about 800 kilometers (480 miles) in a north-south line in between New Zealand to Hawaii. Just west of the international dateline, Tonga is the first nation to welcome the new year.
Time seems to stand still when you experience the gentle pace of Tongan island life and you will have no greater opportunity to find a deserted island you can relax and spend a day on with pristine tropical waters full of marine life in the Pacific.
The Kingdom of Tonga can be divided into three distinct Island groups and each offering spectacular scenic diversity. These Island groups are Tongatapu, Ha’apai and Vava’u.
Nuku’alofa, the capital, is located on the main island of Tongatapu, where most travelers will find themselves disembarking when they first touch down in Tonga. This Island is the most densely populated and home to the majority of businesses, amenities as well as the residence of the Tongan Royal family. Known for it’s ancient Tongan past you will find many of Tonga’s key archaeological sites such as the mysterious Ha’amonga ‘a Maui Trilithon the stone hedge of the Pacific as well as Langi terraced tombs. Tour the Royal Palace or if you want to hang out on a bech go to one of the many deserted islets closely surrounding the Nuku’alofa where you can unwind, snorkel and just take it easy on beautiful clean uncrowded beaches.
Vava’u Island Group
Vava’u island group consists of 72 lagoon islands with 20 or so uninhabited. Known for it’s crystal clear pristine waters and high visibility(commonly 30 meters) the Vava’u islands are a great place to snorkel or dive. Vava’u is a mecca for Yachties as the region is renown as a sailing paradise of the Pacific with the advantage of many sheltered anchorages surrounded by some of the most beautiful tropical beauty in Tonga.
From July to November, the region is a nursery for Humpback Whales who come to the warmer sheltered waters of the Tonga to mate and calve. As for water sports Vava’u has plenty on offer from snorkeling, scuba diving, sport fishing and sea kayaking as well as countless deserted tropical islands to relax away your holidays undisturbed in paradise.
Ha’apai Island Group
If you are after a tropical paradise with out the masses of tourists, countless deserted islands with spectacular beaches and pristine waters then Ha’apai is for you. With out doubt the Ha’apai Island group you will find yourself lost in a paradise with unrivalled beauty and tranquility, magnificent coral reefs and caves , deserted white sandy beaches.
You can dive and snorkel all year round in the Kingdom of Tonga’s clear tropical waters. Observe the radiant sea life that inhabits the pristine coral gardens and reefs. Explore thriving encrusted wrecks, vast sea caves, dark tunnels, volcanic black walls and massive ocean pinnacles.
Tonga offers surfers many different swells to surf their days away. There is a multitude of islands in the group making for good surf possibilities in nearly all conditions.
The Kingdom of Tonga is widely regarded as a “fisherman’s paradise” with the largest game fishing fleet in the South Pacific. Your chances of catching the mighty Blue Marlin are better in the Kingdom of Tonga than almost anywhere in the world.
It’s easy to take a day trip with the fishing grounds so close, so you spend more time on the water actually fishing around drop offs, sea mounts or reef systems. The average charter is 10 hours and boats usually take four anglers at a time. The tackle is first class and ranges from 12-130lb. About 85% of catches are tagged and released. Salt water fly fishing has tremendous potential.
For the majority of the year, the climate is basically subtropical. The Hottest period of the year is between December tthrough until April, during which the temperatures rise above 32 °C (90 °F). The cooler period of the year is between May through until November where temperatures rarely rising above 27 °C (80 °F).
The monsoon rains fall during March with on average 263 mm (10.4 in) of rainfall.
There are countless airlines flying to Tonga and numerous airlines servicing the different islands in Tonga.