The Kingdom of Tonga is a paradise in Pacific Ocean. With over 170 islands full of wonder and un-spoilt beauty, there are plenty of unforgettable adventures on offer for any traveller. “If you’d love to experience the true South Pacific, we’d love to have you. It’s true” says the Kingdom Official Website (www.thekingdomoftonga.com). It is a paradise for family: “If you’re looking for a pacific playground, you’ll find it among the stunning islands of Tonga, with plenty of activities to help the kids blow off steam while still keeping parents engaged in some serious fun. Swimming and snorkelling among the Kingdom of Tonga’s clear tropical waters is one big year-round adventure. Among pristine coral gardens you’ll find sea stars, tropical fish, rays, turtles and more. And for older kids, there can be no greater thrill than getting the chance to swim with magnificent humpback whales, or at least watch the beautiful displays of these gentle marine giants from the safety of the boat” says the official organisation. Other activities for family? Guided sea kayaking expeditions to explore the coastlines to meet friendly dolphins and to enjoy the amazing sea life: sea turtles and majestic humpback whales.
But Tonga is also true adventures. The Kingdom of Tonga reports that “there’s no better way to immerse yourself in Tonga’s compelling mix of spectacular landscapes, pristine rainforests and azure waters than by taking full advantage of the Kingdom’s energetic menu of activities. And, as you’ll see, it really is a great destination for thrill seekers. With a maritime heritage stretching back to the ocean-spanning double-hulled kalia canoes of the ancient mariners, sailing represents a strong part of Tonga’s way of life. And sea-faring voyages, whether they’re a crewed vessel or a self-charter, provide the ultimate mobile accommodation for the adventurous”. From manta rays, tuna and marlin to wahoo and whale sharks, Tonga also presents underwater thrills on a grand scale. With unpolluted waters and crystalline visibility up to 30 metres, the diving and snorkelling experiences on offer here must be seen to be believed. Tonga’s also positioned for great surf. The year features two very distinct seasons: the Summer North Swell (November to March) and the Winter South Swell (April to October). During that time, intermediate to advanced surfers who want to tackle the 2-3 metre swells and off-shore reef breaks will enjoy truly world-class – albeit slightly demanding – conditions. Tonga is a romantic Kingdom: “The unhurried and un-spoilt islands of Tonga give you the perfect setting to unwind. What’s more, amongst deserted beaches and stunning sunsets, a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the modern world, you’ll also find the perfect backdrop to rekindle the romance in your life” says the official website. Studding private islands and remote beaches around Tonga’s three main island groups of Tongatapu, Vava’u and Ha’apai, the Kingdom’s boutique resorts and eco lodges represent a sensual and stunning environment to relax and rejuvenate. All infos: www.tongaportal.gov.to