What Is Tonga?

The ancient Kingdom of Tonga is Polynesia’s oldest and last remaining monarchy. The Kingdom lies 3200 km northeast of Sydney and 5000 km southwest of Hawaii. Due to its position just west of the international dateline, Tonga is the first country in the world to usher in each new day. The Kingdom of Tonga comprises 171 islands which are spread across 700,000 sq km of ocean. Tongatapu, the main gateway to the islands, is served by Pacific Blue with direct flights from Auckland and Apia and connections from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne and by Air New Zealand with direct flights from Auckland, Apia and Los Angeles, by Air Pacific with direct flights from Fiji.

The Tongan Island Group also comprises Eua Island, The Ha’apai Group, The Vava’u Island Group, and the Niua Island Group. These islands feature marvelous beaches, fine diving and snorkelling.

Eua Island is a 2 hours ferry trip from Tongatapu.
Eua is dramatically different from the other island groups with its rugged landscape with tropical rain forests, caves, bush lands, sandy beaches, pools, and dramatic cliffs.
Bush Walking is a popular activity and there is whale watching from July-October.
Cave diving is the newest discovered secret on the island.

The islands of the Ha’apai Group are located in the centre of the Kingdom and are 100km north of Tongatapu. They are low-lying atolls with beautiful deserted white sandy beaches lined with palm trees. The Ha’apai Group consists of 62 islands, however only two islands: Lifuka and Foa Islands offer a standard level of tourist accommodation. Sandy Beach Resort on the Island of Foa offers diving, snorkelling, kayaking, and a magnificent white sandy beach with excellent swimming. Check out the Island Combinations for holiday packages combining various Tongan Group Islands. Trips range from 2 days to 9 days and include two or more islands featuring round trip airfare, airport transfers, accommodation and meals where specified.

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