Note: Travel to any
destination may be adversely affected by conditions including (but not limited)
to security, entry and exit requirements, health conditions, local laws and
culture, natural disasters and climate. Regardless of your destination,
check your local travel advisory board or department for travel advice
about that location when planning your trip and again shortly before you leave.
When to go:
Marine Life Seasons:
Humpback whales migrate here during their calving season (late July to mid October).
What to Pack:
3/2 mm wetsuit, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, comfortable shoes that can get wet for hiking, DAN card, long sleeved lightweight shirts, long trousers for
cool nights, a light jacket for cool evenings, small medical kit.
Seasonal averages: 25°C/76°F in winter and 30°C/86°F in summer.
Seasonal averages: 22°C/72°F in winter and 30°C/86°F in summer.
Pa’anga (TOP); Credit cards are widely accepted.
Valid passport; check with local immigration office for visa requirements.
Included in your airfare.
What to Eat:
Every Tongan feast has a roast suckling pig that is slowly turned over an open fire. The pig is accompanied by items that are cooked in an underground oven
called an umu, including lū (meat, fish, shellfish or chicken wrapped in taro leaves and smothered in coconut milk), root crops – taro, sweet potato and
cassava, and usually breadfruit. All this served with ‘ota ika (raw fish and vegetables marinated with lime and coconut cream) and a variety of fresh
island fruits. No one goes hungry in Tonga.
What to Drink:
With a large meal, you may get to try ‘otai – a blend of water, coconut cream, shredded coconut, and any
variety of grated tropical fruits. Kava drinking is very common in Tonga, but usually only by men
at the local kava hall. Matamaka is the beer brewed in New Zealand for Tonga.
When you’re not diving, you can sea kayak, fish, trek on ‘Eua through cave-filled rainforest; explore ancient ruins and sleepy villages in Tongatapu; hike
up Mt. Talau in Vava’u, and even enjoy a homestay dinner with a local family.
Customs and Culture:
Captain Cook called Tonga the “Friendly Islands” and it shows in the warmth and hospitality of the people. As a religious nation, Tongans dress
conservatively – dress modestly while in town and save beachware for the dive boat or outer island resorts. The Tongans also love rugby and have some of
the best players in the world.
Heilala Festival in late June through early July; Regatta Vava’u in September.
Electricity and Internet:
Electricity and Internet:
240V/60 HZ; Internet common in hotels and tourist areas.
Drink the water?
Bottled water is recommended.
Tongan; English is widely spoken.