Tonga - The Country
Surrounded by the turquoise waters of the South Pacific, Tonga is divided into four distinct island groups, each scenically diverse.
The main island in the south, Tongatapu, is Tonga’s cultural centre and the home of the Kingdom’s capital, Nuku’alofa. This is also where the Royal Family resides. To the north lay the Ha’apai group, a chain of delightfully attractive low-lying atolls – the dream destination for divers and anglers. Beyond Ha’apai is the Vava’u group, considered Tonga’s sailing centre – where a paradise of lush tropical landscapes, a deep water harbour, rock islands and limestone caves awaits you. Niuas, an isolated trio of volcanic islands where traditional Tongan culture still thrives, marks the extreme northern reaches of this beautiful South Pacific nation.
The people of Tonga are welcoming, relaxed and deeply traditional. Craft is a social affair within a Tongan village – it brings the people together, and celebrating with friends and family is an important part of their society. Any occasion can become a reason for dancing, singing and feasting. The Heilala Festival, held annually in July, is the Kingdom’s largest festival celebrating the Crown Prince’s birthday. Indeed, the Kingdom of Tonga is a ‘jewel in the Pacific.’