Get Inspired / Tonga Experience Tonga Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Tonga Experience Tonga story by: Inspire South Pacific The Pacific’s last kingdom, Tonga, consists of 171 islands scattered like pearls across 700,000 square kilometres of ocean. With its population of about 100,000 living on the largest island of Tongatapu, there is no shortage of deserted beaches, and pristine anchorages. Tonga welcomes visitors in lowkey style – this is a place for simpler living and genuine encounters with the local people. Tongans know that what they can offer visitors doesn’t need dressing up – what could be more perfect than a fresh, grilled lobster, a cocktail made from coconut milk and mango, or waking up in your private fale (thatched house) and stepping into a garden shower? Tonga’s tropical waters are renowned for their superb corals and abundant marine life including humpback whales which breed here in winter. Among Tonga’s five island groups are superb locations for sea-kayaking and sailing. Vava’u is famed the world over for its sailing with protected anchorages and sheltered coves. Ha’apai with its myriad of uninhabited coral atolls is perfect for kayaking – imagine paddling up to a near-deserted shore, staying in a fale right on the beach and, later, tucking into a traditional feast. Fast Facts: COUNTRY NAME: Tonga POPULATION: 106,000 CAPITAL: Nuku’alofa CURRENCY: Pa’anga TIME ZONE: Same as New Zealand ELECTRICITY: Current is 240V, 50HZ Plug is a 3 point rectangle-pin adaptor Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Pacific Islands Luxury Read more Add or remove from Wishlist 6 of the Pacific’s Most Mysterious Wonders Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.