TOP 10 Places to Visit in Tonga
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Lifuka is an island in the Kingdom of Tonga. It is located within the Haʻapai Group in the centre of the country, to northeast of the national capital of Nukuʻalofa.
Pangai is the administrative capital village of the Haʻapai Group in Tonga.
Niuatoputapu is a high island in the island nation of Tonga, Pacific Ocean, its highest point being at 157 m. Its name means sacred island. Older European names for the island are Traitors island or Keppel island.
Foa is an island in Tonga. It is located within the Haʻapai group in the centre of the country, to northeast of the national capital of Nukuʻalofa. Foa is linked to adjacent Lifuka Island by a causeway, and is located 640 metres northeast of Lifuka.
ʻEua is a smaller but still major island in the kingdom of Tonga. It is close to Tongatapu, but forms a separate administrative division. It has an area of 87.44 km², and a population in 2011 of 5,016 people.
Haʻapai is a group of islands, islets, reefs and shoals with an area of 109.30 square kilometres in the central part of the Kingdom of Tonga, with the Tongatapu group to the south and the Vavaʻu group to the north.
Neiafu is the second-largest town in Tonga with a population of about 6,000. It is situated beside the Port of Refuge, a deep-water harbour on the south coast of Vavaʻu, the main island of the Vavaʻu archipelago in northern Tonga.
Vavaʻu is the island group of one large island and 40 smaller ones in Tonga. It is part of Vavaʻu District which includes several other individual islands.
Tongatapu is the main island of Tonga, a Polynesian archipelago. The Tongan capital city, Nuku‘alofa, on the north coast, is home to the waterfront Royal Palace. Indoor and outdoor stalls at the Talamahu Market sell tropical produce plus local arts and crafts. In the east of the island is the ancient capital Mu’a, now an archaeological site with centuries-old, pyramid-like royal tombs and burial mounds.
Nukuʻalofa is the capital of Tonga. It is located on the north coast of the island of Tongatapu, in the southernmost island group of Tonga.
Tonga Tourist Attractions: 10 Top Places to Visit
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Highlights of traveling Tonga for 2 weeks!! This affordable tropical island travel/vacation destination in the South Pacific is ideal for single travelers looking to go somewhere off the beaten path, as well as families who want to avoid the mass of tourists in most other tropical destinations. Amazing culture, friendly people, stunning scenery and a laid back vibe are what you can expect from Tonga! The island nation is one of the most underrated in the South Pacific. I cannot recommend it enough! If you are looking for a true authentic Polynesian experience, please consider Tonga! Swimming with Humpback Whales was the highlight of our trip. The feeling of locking eyes with these massive yet majestic creatures is something that I'll never be able to put into words. On our trip we went to 3 of the 4 island groups in Tonga (Tongatapu, Ha'apai and Vava'u). We spent 3 days in Tongatapu, 4 in Ha'apai and 8 in Vava'u.
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0:18-0:24 - Northern Vava'u
0:24-0:28 - Uoleva, Ha'apai
0:28-0:29 - Neiafu
0:29-0:35 - Northern Vava'u
0:35-0:40 - Ene'io Beach and Uoleva, Ha'apai
0:40-0:42 - Mapu'a 'a Vaea Blowholes, Tongatapu
0:42-0:49 - Uoleva, Ha'apai
0:49-0:56 - Mala, Vava'u
0:56-1:03 - Port of Refuge, Neiafu
1:04-1:10 - Tonga Beach Resort, Vava'u
1:11-1:39 - Vava'u
1:39-1:46 - Mapu'a 'a Vaea Blowholes, Tongatapu
1:46-2:04 - Tongatapu Southern Coast and Land Bridge
2:04-2:11 - Vava'u
2:11-2:46 - Swallows Cave
2:46-2:54 - Uoleva, Ha'apai
2:54-3:04 - Utungake and Mala Islands, Vava'u
3:04-3:12 - Oholei Beach
3:12-3:15 - 'Anahulu Cave, Tongatapu
3:15-3:22 - Oholei Beach Dinner and Show
3:22-3:33 - Talihau, Vava'u
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TOP 10 things to do // VAVA'U, TONGA
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On our last Sunday in Tonga we spent most of the day at the beautiful Tongan Beach Resort. In the morning, we decided to attend a church service to see what Tongan church was like, since it is such a large part of their culture. We spent the rest of the day exploring Vava'u and hanging out at the Resort, which is one of the only places open on Sunday. Resort is a very loose term in Tonga...the resorts in Tonga are often just guesthouses, and nothing like the typical resorts that we think of as Westerners.
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10 Things Not to Do in Fiji
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Before you head out to the islands of Fiji, it’s imperative to do a little bit of research. Call us Debbie Downers all you want, but ignoring this list of 10 things NOT to do in Fiji can definitely put a damper on your tropical vacay.
1. Don't Forget to Book a Village Tour
Many resorts offer guided village tours. For a small feel, you’ll be taken to rural areas to see the traditional Fijian way of life. At the end of the tour, you’ll be greeted by local artisans who sell handcrafted items that would make the perfect souvenirs.
2. Don't Ride Share
If you need to get around town, a taxi is your best bet. But you should definitely steer clear of ride sharing. According to travel advisories, taxi drivers are the victims of many crimes. So make sure your driver doesn’t pick up randoms while they’re taking you to your destination.
3. Don't Expect to Party All Night
Fijians go to bed super early. If you have plans on partying until the wee hours of the morning, you’re on your own. We recommend Beachcomber, a tiny island in the volcanic archipelago known as the Mamanuca Islands which hosts wonderful island parties with live music and entertainment. There isn’t much going on when nighttime hits.
4. Don't Go Hiking Alone
You’ll experience some of the best sights while hiking in Fiji, especially at Koroyanitu National Park. But proceed with caution while you’re making your trek. Many of the paths aren’t well-maintained and the terrain can be hazardous. Also, it’s also safer to hike with a companion or a guide.
5. Don't Show Too Much Skin
In any other areas, wearing shorts and tank tops is fine. However, if you’re going to visit a village. Women are expected to cover their shoulders and both men and women should wear shorts that cover their knees. Also, hats and sunglasses should be removed as a form of respect.
6. Don't give Candy to the Kids
If you want to give the kids some candies, you should hold off on giving out sugary snacks. The diabetes-related death rate in Fiji is the second-highest in the world. Children also don’t visit the dentist as frequently, so giving them candy will just cause more dental issues for them in the long run.
7. Don't stay in Urban Areas
To cut down on your chances of an unfortunate event happening during your trip, steer clear of the urban areas. There’s a higher crime rate there than in rural areas. If you want to explore a certain part of one of the islands, make sure you ask your resort staff if the area is safe beforehand.
8. Don't be too impatient
If you’re visiting from a fast-paced environment, you may want to continue on with your normal way of living in the midst of the hustle and bustle. However, in Fiji everything moves at the pace of a turtle. So go ahead and embrace the slow pace. You deserve to kick back and relax!
9. Don't Drive on the Right
In Fiji, you’ll drive on the left side of the road. And, make sure you’re very attentive when driving after dark. Roads in the city are paved, but once you enter the rural areas, the roads aren’t properly maintained. There aren’t adequate street lights or road signs, and many of the roadways are full of potholes.
10. Don't Drink Too Much Kava
Kava is a legal and traditional herbal drink made from the ground root of a spicy pepper plant. There are actual kava ceremonies. A glass of kava won’t do you any harm, but if you drink too much, it can cause grogginess and a decrease in motor coordination and reaction times. So on that note: Don’t kava and drive!
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Market Tour | Vava'u Island Tonga South Pacific
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Fresh market shops line the streets in Vava'u Tonga.
You can buy just about anything. I was there in August and there were pineapples, bananas, t-shirts new and used, umbrellas, flip-flops, you name it and they pretty much had it there!
This video was shot on my last day in Neiafu, Vava'u. Just walking around the town and down the main streets. Neiafu is very small. Very quaint and a perfect place to just get away from it all.
I would highly recommend a visit to this incredible island if you are looking for places to visit in the south pacific.
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Kingdom of Tonga Vavau Island Group South Pacific Travel Destination
Tonga is a magnificently beautiful country. The Kingdom is a constitutional Monarchy, modeled after England and uses English law as its base. Located in the grand South Pacific, Tonga is between Tahiti and Fiji, an independent island nation in the southern Pacific Ocean, located approximately 650 km (approximately 400 mi) southeast of Fiji and approximately 1,850 km (approximately 1,150 mi) northeast of New Zealand. Tonga is the only remaining Polynesian monarchy. The Vava’u Island Group. This Cluster of islands, North of the Ha’apai Group, is the most spectacular in Tonga. Vava’u is Tonga’s northern island group, made up of over 60 high and thickly forested isles. An attractive, rather hilly main island surrounded by many others, Vava’u has high cliffs which combine to create many deep fiord-like bays. There are many good beaches but you will have to look for them. The main town of Neiafu is built on a hillside facing Port of Refuge Harbor, one of the best in the South Pacific. Neiafu, the administrative capitol of the Vava‘u Island Group, is one of Tonga’s principal ports. Rich, volcanic soils help make agriculture the primary economic activity in the islands, and products include copra, vanilla, and pumpkins. Vava’u Island is rather large and has kilometer after kilometer of beautiful countryside making for some interesting bicycle rides.
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Welcome to Tonga,
The official name of the Kingdom of Tonga, an archipelago Polynesian state comprising 177 islands in the southern Pacific Ocean. Tonga is surrounded by Fiji, Wallis and Futuna (the Netherlands) to the northwest, Samoa to the northeast, Niue to the east, Kermadec (part of New Zealand) to the southwest, as well as New Caledonia (France) also Vanuatu in the far west. Tonga is an archipelago of Nuku'alofa.
The islands of Tonga are covered with lowland tropical forests. There are 770 species of valsukar plants listed in Tonga, including 70 species of ferns. The diversity of species varies from island to island - for example, on the island of Tongatapu, there are about 340 species of plants, while on Vava'u island there are 107 species.
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9 Unforgettable Islands Where You Can Live Or Retire And Still Speak English
Have you ever wanted to escape the daily grind? Simply get on a plane and head off to some remote tropical island where you could sit back and enjoy life… It’s not as hard as you might imagine and there are some easy places to choose from. If you’re concerned about learning a new language and having to struggle through your new life then you need not fear! There are plenty of unforgettable islands where you can speak English, just like the locals. Whether you’re interested in the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, or somewhere far off, like Malaysia or Australia, we’ve got an island for you!
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Nuku'Alofa, Tonga (HD)
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Nukuʻalofa is the capital of the Kingdom of Tonga. It is located on the north coast of the island of Tongatapu, in the southernmost island group of Tonga.
Nuku'alofa Things to Do, Nuku'alofa Things to See
Tongatapu Island is very flat and ideal for exploring by bike. There are cycle rentals in Nuku'alofa and some guesthouses also provide bikes for their guests to rent.
Day Trips to Offshore Island Resorts
There are daily excursions from Nuku'alofa to the offshore islands, where you can relax on the island’s beautiful beaches, join in the daily activities then return later in the day. The islands are very close – it is only a 15 minute trip to Pangaimotu (the nearest), and less than an hour to Royal Sunset (the farthest). There are bars and restaurants available.
Diving & Game Fishing
There is superb diving in the islands north of Nuku'alofa. Two game-fishing charter companies also operate out of Nuku'alofa - Royal Sunset Fishing and Dive Tours and Blue Water Fishing Charters. The fishing grounds are off the northern coast of Tongatapu Island.
A week-long celebration coinciding with the King's Birthday in July, and featuring parades, workshops, a beauty pageant, music arts, feasting and sports competitions.
Several companies offer tours around the island and the Tongan National Centre also has a cultural tour and lunch (bookings essential).
Surrounded by large lawns and giant Norfolk pines, Tonga's famous Royal Palace dominates the seafront. This large Victorian timber building was prefabricated in New Preparing Food the Traditional Way © Tonga Visitors BureauZealand and completed in 1882, when the upstairs verandah was added. The palace is not open to the public but there is a good view from the waterfront on the west side.
Tongan sovereigns, their wives, husbands and close relatives have been buried at the tombs at the Mala'ekula (a large park area) since 1893. It's not open to the public but there is a reasonable view from the fence.
Nuku'alofa is a hub for international yachts, particularly from March to October. Faua Harbour has basic facilities but there are more extensive facilities at the Nuku'alofa Yacht & Motor Club, where visiting yachties are welcome.
Yellow Pier (at the end of Tupoulahi Road) is a good spot for swimming and snorkelling, with lots of small fish and the occasional ray.
Tonga’s largest fruit, vegetable and handicraft market is open everyday except Sunday, with an abundance of local foods and inexpensive handcrafts. The market is a hub of activity, particularly on Saturday mornings, and the perfect place to meet the locals. Colourful local produce for sale includes papaya, mango, sweet potatoes, taro, yams Traditional Tongan Carving Tonga Visitors Bureauand plantains.
Vanuatu Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia (4K)
The Republic of Vanuatu lies in the South Pacific Ocean, just a short flight from Australia and New Zealand.
Most visitors to Vanuatu arrive at the nation’s capital, Port Vila, situated on the main island of Efate. Vila, as it’s affectionately known, sits at the edge of a magnificent natural harbor filled with corals and sea life.
Like many South Pacific ports, Vila is wonderfully relaxed, so leave your designer gear at home, pull on some flip flops and slide into island time.
Just a ten-minute drive from port Vila, is Ekasup Cultural Village, where proud villagers are waiting to share their centuries-old customs, crafts, music and stories.
From Vila, take a 50-minute flight to Espiritu Santo. At the island’s sleepy capital Luganville, stock up on supplies at the markets, before venturing off to explore the island’s natural wonders.
After exploring mainland Santo, visit the islands off its southern coast, such as Aore Island, Bokissa Island and Malo Island.
Just a 45-minute flight south from Port Vila, Tanna Island is fringed with beaches ranging from pure white to black volcanic sands. Many of the hillside villages on Tanna remain largely unaffected by the trappings of the modern world. Feel the earth shake on Mt. Yasur, one of the world’s most active and accessible volcanoes.
After experiencing the warmth and generosity of Vanuatu’s people, it’s easy to feel that Vanuatu could be one of richest places on earth.
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Tonga, officially the Kingdom of Tonga, is a Polynesian sovereign state and archipelago comprising 176 islands with a surface area of about 750 square kilometres (290 sq mi) scattered over 700,000 square kilometres (270,000 sq mi) of the southern Pacific Ocean, of which 52 are inhabited by its 103,000 people.
Tonga stretches over about 800 kilometres (500 mi) in a north-south line about a third of the distance from New Zealand to Hawaii. It is surrounded by Fiji and Wallis and Futuna (France) to the northwest, Samoa to the northeast, Niue to the east, Kermadec (part of New Zealand) to the southwest, and New Caledonia (France) and Vanuatu to the west.
Tonga became known as the Friendly Islands because of the congenial reception accorded to Captain James Cook on his first visit in 1773. He arrived at the time of the ʻinasi festival, the yearly donation of the first fruits to the Tuʻi Tonga (the islands' paramount chief) and so received an invitation to the festivities. According to the writer William Mariner, the chiefs wanted to kill Cook during the gathering but could not agree on a plan.
Tonga has never lost its sovereignty to a foreign power. In 2010 Tonga took a decisive step towards becoming a fully functioning constitutional monarchy, after legislative reforms paved the way for its first partial representative elections.
An Austronesian-speaking group linked to the archaeological construct known as the Lapita cultural complex reached and colonised Tonga around 1500--1000 BCE. Scholars have much debated the exact dates of the initial settlement of Tonga, but recently it has been thought that the first settlers came to the oldest town, Nukuleka, about 826 BCE, ± 8 years. Not much is known before European contact because of the lack of a writing system, but oral history has survived and been recorded after the arrival of the Europeans. The Tongan people first encountered Europeans in 1616 when the Dutch vessel Eendracht made a short visit to trade.
By the 12th century Tongans and the Tongan paramount chief, the Tuʻi Tonga, had a reputation across the central Pacific—from Niue, Samoa, Rotuma, Wallis & Futuna, New Caledonia to Tikopia—leading some historians to speak of a Tuʻi Tonga Empire. In the 15th century and again in the 17th, civil war erupted. Into this situation the first European explorers arrived, beginning in 1616 with the Dutch explorers Willem Schouten and Jacob Le Maire (who called on the northern island of Niuatoputapu), and in 1643 with Abel Tasman (who visited Tongatapu and Haʻapai). Later noteworthy European visitors included James Cook (Royal Navy) in 1773, 1774, and 1777, Alessandro Malaspina (Spanish Navy) in 1793, the first London missionaries in 1797, and the Wesleyan Methodist Rev. Walter Lawry in 1822.
In 1845 the ambitious young warrior, strategist, and orator Tāufaʻāhau united Tonga into a kingdom. He held the chiefly title of Tuʻi Kanokupolu, but had been baptised[by whom?] with the name Siaosi (George) in 1831. In 1875, with the help of missionary Shirley Waldemar Baker, he declared Tonga a constitutional monarchy; formally adopted the western royal style; emancipated the serfs; enshrined a code of law, land tenure, and freedom of the press; and limited the power of the chiefs.
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