Tonga is an archipelago of 176 islands in the South Pacific - most of which are uninhabited - covering an area of 7,700 sq km (3,000 sq miles). The major island groups are 'Eua, Ha'apai, the Niuas, Tongatapu and Vava'u. Tonga's high volcanic and low coral forms give the islands a unique character. Some volcanoes are still active and Falcon Island in the Vava'u group is a submerged volcano that erupts periodically, its lava and ash rising above sea level forming a visible island which disappears when the eruption is over.
Nuku'alofa, on Tongatapu Island, has a reef-protected harbour lined with palms. The island is flat with a large lagoon, but no running streams, and many surrounding smaller islands. 'Eua Island is hilly and forested with high cliffs and beautiful beaches. The Ha'apai Islands, a curving archipelago 160km (100 miles) north of Tongatapu, have excellent beaches. Tofua, the largest island in the group, is an active volcano with a hot steaming lake in its crater. The Vava'u Islands, 90km (50 miles) north of Ha'apai, are hilly, densely wooded and interspersed with a maze of narrow channels. They are known for their stalagmite-filled caves.
Area: 748 sq km (289 sq miles).
Wesleyan Church, Roman Catholic and Anglican are the majority.
Small denominations of Muslim, Baha'i and Mormon faiths.
Tonga has strong Christian values and very conservative especially when it comes to dress. Tongan law prohibits anyone appearing in public without a shirt and it is not acceptable to wear revealing clothing such as brief shorts and skirts, bikinis etc…. in the public area or public beaches as adult Tongans swim fully clothed.
240 volts AC, 50Hz. Australian-style plugs with three flat, angled pins are used.
Visa Visas for Tonga are not required by nationals for 30days, please contact Embassy to check visa requirements.
Note: Passport must have a least 6 months validity to cover the journey.
Telephone & Internet
Telephone Code : 676
Some of hotels in Nuku’alofa will have Internet or wifi service for hotel guest, please check with hotel directly.
Some remote islands may not have internet service.
The government provides comprehensive medical and dental facilities for residents and visitors. There are hospitals in Vaiola (Tongatapu), Hihifo (Ha'apai) and Neiafu (Vava'u), which will treat minor ailments and dispense medicines. There are also clinics, dispensaries, chemists and pharmacies. No vaccinations required to travel to this country but you may aware of Hepatitis A, Tetanus and Typhoid and Vaccinations against tuberculosis and hepatitis B are sometimes recommended.
Note: A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travelers over one year of age arriving from an infected area.
Mains water is chlorinated and safe to drink in the main towns. Elsewhere, drinking water should be considered a potential health risk and sterilisation is advisable. Bottled water is available. Milk is pasteurized and dairy products are safe for consumption. Local meat, poultry and seafood are generally considered safe to eat. It is advised to wash vegetables and fruit with boiled water and boil any questionable drinking water before use.
Tipping is not expected in Tonga but is always appreciated as a reward for good service.
Pa'anga (TOP) = 100 seniti. Notes are in denominations of TOP50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1. Coins are in denominations of 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 seniti.
Accepted but not all of restaurants or hotels. ATM machine may not work, please check with your bank.
There are no restrictions on the import or export of local or foreign currency.
It is the passengers responsibility to obtain all required travel documents, visas and permits, and for complying with the laws, regulations, orders, demands and other travel requirements of countries of origin, destination or transit.
We strongly recommend that you go to the IATA Travel Centre website http://www.iatatravelcentre.com for more information.
It's absolutely essential to have adequate travel insurance covered, especially for the purposes of flight cancellation, delay or any other incidental cases occurred during the trip and to enjoy the journey with a peaceful mind.
Take the travel insurance that meets your needs and understand its coverage.
Your Tour Arrangement
All land arrangements within Thailand are solely at the discretion of our land operators who control the final scheduling of sightseeing programs based on current situation of the day or period like weather, flights schedule change, traffic condition etc…….
Those situations are not under our control and cannot be held responsible for sudden changes.
Terms & Conditions are based on our website : www.f56.com/Terms&Conditions.pdf
HEALTH INFORMATION FOR TRAVELING – ( For travellers from Hongkong )
If you would like to know about the outbound Travel alert on this country please explore the website: http://www.sb.gov.hk/eng/ota/
If you are a Hongkong Resident holding a valid HKID card and have register a MyGovHK account, you can use the ROTI which is free of charge. Or explore the website to register. http://www.gov.hk/en/residents/immigration/outsidehk/roti.htm