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Tonga - The Last True Kingdom of the South Pacific
Tonga is an amazing travel destination, unlike any other South Pacific Island.
Don't go expecting luxurious resorts or modern facilities. The main island, Tongatapu, is small and populated by only about 100,000 people.
A week on Tongatapu is long enough to really enjoy yourself and explore the whole island. There's plenty to do, including cultural nights and snorkelling trips. There are beautiful beaches and coral reef, plus a wind-swept southern edge with amazing volcanic landscapes.
If you are looking for something a bit more adventurous, nearby Eua island is worth a visit. Driving is simple to do and there are cars to hire but you need to book early.
- Stay on an island resort, a short boat ride from the capital, Nuku'alofa;
- Learn about the rich culture and history on a guided day tour;
- Explore the freshwater caves, blow-holes and take lunch in spectacular beach settings;
- Go snorkelling on beautiful coral reef.
- Enjoy the genuine hospitality and friendliness of these unique islands.
Travel to Tonga is available year round. Low season runs from about November to June. These are good months to visit if you want to find good package deals, though in the middle of this period, the weather is wetter and the area can be prone to cyclones from about December to February/early March. High season is from July to October.
Itinerary (based on direct flights from Sydney with Virgin Airlines)
Day 1: Depart Sydney Flights depart about 5:30pm and take about 4-4.5 hours. The 3-hour time difference means your arrival is +1 day (about 1:20am in Tonga).
Day 2 : Arrival in Tonga
You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for overnight in the capital Nuku'Alofa, from where you can enjoy a quiet day exploring the local town or relaxing at your accommodation.
Day 3 : Resort transfer
Transfer by bus and boat to your island resort for three nights, full board, where you can snorkel on the reef that surrounds the island. Kayaks, paddleboards and snorkelling gear are supplied free of charge.
Day 4 (Saturday) : Guided tour
A full day expert guided tour starting in the market - which on Saturday morning, takes up most of the promenade and many of the island's residents turn up to trade. You'll also wander around the outskirts of the King's palace and learn about Tonga's parliamentary history. Later, you'll visit the landing point for Captain Cook's discovery of Tonga as well as visit the fascinating historic locations including the Ha'amonga Trilothon and the royal tombs at Lapaha, learning about the local customs and traditions. You will be returned to your island resort by boat at the end of the day.
Day 5 (Sunday): Resort day
Sunday is a statutory rest day and cultural day off. You can either relax at your resort or head to Pangaimotou Island and mix with the locals while enjoying lunch and a drink.
Day 6 - 7 : Island resort stay
These two days you can either relax at your resort or we can arrange boat trips to visit the outer islands.
Day 8 : Island exploration
Either hire a car or get a full guided tour to visit the freshwater caves to swim, head to Keleti beach (one of the most spectacular and scenic in the whole island) and finish your night off at the famous cultural evening at Oholei, with a traditional Tongan feast and dancing.
Overnight in Nuku'alofa.
Day 9 : Journey home
Your final morning you have an early morning transfer to the airport, to catch your onward flight home.
OPTIONAL PACKAGE INCLUSIONS
This package can be adapted to your needs and budget and include any of the following:
- 8 nights accommodation (including the night you arrive).
- Free use of kayaks, snorkelling equipment and paddle boards (depends on which resort you choose).
- Return flights;
- Day trips to the outer reefs;
- Whale swims (seasonal);
- Cultural night and Tongan feast;
- Full board or half board;
If you book through us, we will give you a quote based on what you want. We will be able to advise accurately on other costs including transport, food, flights etc.
- 20% non-refundable deposit on booking.
- Balance of payment 60 days before departure.
Our licensed travel agent can arrange all travel to and from tour locations. We can also arrange fully-guided options as well as tailoring packages for families and groups travelling together.