TRAVEL

The Tonga Tourism Authority (www.tongaholiday.com) says that there are 3 items that make the Kingdome something special: the history, the culture and the nature. The Kingdom of Tonga’s history stretches back over 3,000 years with many ancient traditions continuing respectfully through to the present day. Tonga’s monarchy is over 1,000 years old. Tonga became known as the Friendly Islands because of the hospitable reception given to Captain James Cook on his first visit in 1773.  The Tongan culture is centred around its value of the monarchy and of family. The Tongan culture is known for its friendly hospitality and its rich cultural inheritance showcased through Tongan dance, music, art and food passed down through many generations. Welcome to the Kingdom where you can taste and see the Tongan culture for yourself with so much to see, do and explore. The nature is the queen: discover the magic of the Tongan archipelago and the islands, discover pristine beaches, stunning coral atolls, active volcanoes and untouched rainforests. With an abundance of marine life, deserted islands, national parks, caves, authentic villages, impressive mountains, rugged cliff faces and ancient lava tubes.  This is the real South Pacific soul.

Flight to Tonga – there are 4 ways to go to Tonga: fly from USA (San Fransisco, Los Angeles or Hawaii via Fiji), fly from Auckland New Zealand directly to Tonga in less than three hours, fly from Australia directly to Tonga from Sydney and from Fiji directly to Tonga.

REAL Tonga is the Kingdom’s national domestic carrier established with the purpose of serving the people of Tonga and its visitors. It has a varied fleet of aircraft that service all of the five major island groups in the Kingdom.

Most of the Island groups are serviced by inter island ferries, these are mainly used by the Tongan people as an affordable means of transport. These ferries also carry cargo and livestock etc and provide a vital link between the island groups. Visitors to Tonga can also travel on these ferries, most of which depart from Queen Salote Wharf in Nuku’alofa. Tickets are generally sold on board and also note there are no sailings on Sundays. Transport Infos: www.tongaholiday.com