Paradise in the Pacific
The Kingdom of Tonga is made up of approximately 170 islands and atolls, with a total sea area of 700,000 km². Only 36 islands are inhabited, while the remainder are largely untouched. The South Pacific paradise is located right on the Pacific Ring of Fire. Its many volcanic islands run parallel to the Tonga trench wich, at a depth of around 11,000 m, is one of the deepest places in the world.
|Official Language:||Tongan, English|
|Head of State:||King Tupou V|
|Religion:||Christians denominations, Mormons, Muslim|
|Currency:||Tongan Dollar T$ (Pa’anga)|
There is such thing as “Tonga Time” everyone is in holiday mode so please expect some time delays and differences. You may experience flight delays and many changes so always remember to confirm your flights (more than once) before you depart. The boat may also not depart at the exact time daily. Lay back relax and enjoy the fact that theres no rush and no hustle and bustle, This is your chance to get away from it all!
In Tonga you can expect seasonal fruits during the whale season such as watermelon, pineapple, bananas, papaya and sometimes apples. There are a small variety of vegetables grown on the island mostly root vegetables such as Taro, Tapioca, Yams and Sweet Potatoes. There are quite alot of carbohydrates used as a staple in Tonga (white bread, white rice, pasta) Most meat is all imported however there is plenty of delicious fish and crustaceans caught locally. If there is a dietary requirement you particularly need please email us asap to let us know and we can let the resort know. It is also advisable to bring what you might require with you as there is only one small store when you reach Ha’apai which has a limited supply of foods.
Visitors from most countries including New Zealand, UK, USA and Australia may enter Tonga without a visa for a period no longer than 31 days. Travelers from some countries do require a visa. Check with your travel agent or contact the Tongan Immigration Department directly via firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (676) 26 696 or (676) 26 970.
**** MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE AT LEAST 6 MONTHS LEFT ON YOUR PASSPORT OR YOU MAY BE DENIED ENTRY
Climate and water temperature
Tonga is located at 21 degrees southern latitude and thus enjoys a very comfortable climate.
Depending on the time of the year, the temperatures range between 25 to 30 degrees Celsius during the day. Cooler temperatures (as low as 16 degrees during the cold months) at night mean there is no need for air conditioning.
Wind down at the end of the day watching the spectacular sunset from the terrace with a sun downer in hand and classical music playing in the background. The water temperature ranges from 22 to 24 degrees Celsius.
How to dress
Light summer clothing is suitable year round although the evenings may be cool in winter. High protection sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended throughout the year. Please dress modestly in public, including while out jogging or walking, and wear swimsuits at the beach only. Bring sunscreen etc. with you as you cannot buy any in in Ha’apai.
The Electricity is 240 volts and 50 HZ, which is the same as Australia and New Zealand. Sockets are three pronged, the upper two prongs being angled and flat the same as New Zealand and Australia. All Fale’s have power 24 hours a day.
Sandy Beach provides rain water for drinking in your bungalows each day. It is clean and probably the sweetest water you will come across.
Wifi is available from the main house / Restaurant.
While there are local hospitals with well-trained doctors in Tonga, we recommend you bring all your medication with you and that you take out travel insurance to cover you in the case of an emergency. No vaccinations are required prior to travelling to Tonga.
|Banks:||Mon to Fri 9:30am – 3:30pm, Sat 9:30am – 11:00am|
|Shops:||Mon to Fri 8:00am – 5:00pm, Sat 8:00am – 12:00pm|
|Offices:||Mon to Fri 9:00am – 4:30pm|
|Postoffice:||Mon to Fri 8:30am – 4:30pm|
Opening hours are subject to change. Please enquire locally.
Please note: Sunday in Tonga is a holy day and no work is allowed by constitution. Therefore there are no flights, buses or taxis on Sundays and all shops are closed.
Smart Traveller (Australian Government)
The Kingdom of Tonga