Tonga, the "Friendly Islands", is an arcipelago in the South Pacific. There are four groups of archipelagos or areas a favourite yacht spot the most sparsely inhabited group isolated archipelagos just off Tonga: Niuafo'ou, Niuatoputapu and Tafahi are commonly referred to as "Niuas".
" Épilogue Nuku?alofa The Tonga Capitol. Hardly a town, even for Pacifica islands standard, Neiafu is the administration center of the Vava?u group. Tongah gained sovereignty in 1970 and became a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. It' one of the few tribal monarchs in the desert.
One of the last complete indigenous masterpieces in the underworld ( "Tonga", although it can be regarded as quasi-constitutional in recent years), Tonga is founded on an almost exclusively hostile system in which the monarch spends lands and ranks without resorting to an elective state. Though the Tongan kingship is largely beloved and worshipped by the Tongans, younger peoples often have an increased desire for greater accountability and a more contemporary state ((although there are still many young, die-hard monarchists).
The Tonga region has an industry in which none of the company chains and small companies provide all the necessary goods and more. In November 2006, pro-democracy unrest broke out in Nuku'alofa, killing eight and burning out large parts of the city center. Reconstruction after the unrest in Nuku'alofa is more or less complete and there are numerous tourist establishments.
Tourist were no destination during the unrest and you will find a pleasant and attractive place in Tonga, although you do not await the same standard of facilities as in the more advanced world. Under the only exception, all Schengen nationals (including the Faroe Islands and Greenland) who do not require a visas for a 90 or less official residence within a time frame of 180 nights are exempt.
Nationals of the following states can obtain a free visitors' visas upon arriving if they can show that they have a flight back to Tonga at the end of their visit and have enough money to finance their stay: Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Cook Islands, Dominica, Fiji, Ireland, Japan, Kiribati, South Korea, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau,
New Guinea, Russia, Samoa, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Turkey, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America, Vanuatu and Wallis and Futuna. Fua'amotu International Aerodrome (TBU) is located on Tongatapu, about half an hours from Nuku'alofa. There are a lot of locals meeting every arriving airplane driver at the airports and they usually calculate 50 Pa'anga to Nuku'alofa.
A lot of folks come with a personal boat, as Tonga, especially Vava'u, is a popular stopover on the round-trip around the atlantic. In order to get between groups of islands you have to travel by air (or sail). Motorcycles, scooter and bicycles can be hired on Tongatapu, Vava'u and Ha'apai. You can rent a vehicle on Tongatapu.
Tongatapu, Teta and Toni's guesthouse are offering daily trips to all important Sightseeings. You should also buy a Tongan driver's license before you go (25 Pa'anga). Nuku'alofa and its surroundings are good, but the further away from the city and the further southward you go, the worse the city is.
The majority of the vehicles in Tonga are in a horrible condition, serviced on a budgetary basis and kept together by a mix of'Western Union' labels and prayers. From Nuku'alofa there are busses to various points on Tongatapu, although there are no itineraries. Tonga's main Tongan and English versions are the standard English versions. Tonga is the most widely spread Tonganese.
Because of their language and culture, even locals who know only Tongan will be able to learn at least a little English. Many Tongans, as is usual in some other Pacific Islands countries, answer "yes" when they ask a simple questions of which they are uncertain or which they do not comprehend. Tongatapu.
The Tongatapu is Tonga's biggest isle with over two third of the country's small people. It' a reef encircled by corals. Despite the difficulties a few years ago, the northern coastline of Nuku'alofa has a laid-back atmosphere. Also Tongatapu offers a good chance to see a singular crossroad.
Several small islets have been converted into resort areas just off Tongatapu. Nuku'alofa has high standard accommodations and guesthouses within reach of the backpack tourist. Eua is only 17. 5 km eastwards of Tongatapu. This is the highest isle in Tonga and is not related to the other isles in geological terms, as it is much older.
It' s got west facing shores, but there' s the dramatically rocky eastern shore, with Tonga's biggest rainforest, which is a great place for a trekk. Vava'u. Vava'u is a group of more than 50 islets about 150 northeast of Tongatapu. Neiafu's lovely port opposite the capital Neiafu is a popular place for yacht charterers who sail in the South Pacific, and attract around 500 boats every year.
Riviera of the archipelago are known for their serenity. Some good hikes are available on the Isle. Neiafu, the capitol, and the remote isles offer many places to spend the night. Ha'apai is a group of about 60 islets, situated just South of the Vava'u group and just a few miles from Tongatapu.
There are only 20 permanent populations. Ha'apai has a full spectrum of accommodations, from budgets to upscale resorts. Niuas can be reached by a week flight from Vava'u. Sixty-four miles upstate from Vava'u, Niuatoputapu has about 1400 inhabitants. There are wonderful unspoilt whitewater shores, especially on the northwest side of the isle.
Niuafo'ou is the most northerly of Tonga. It' known as Chin Can Isle from the fact that in ancient days post was supplied and collected by powerful floaters who would take back parcels in a cookie jar and tossed over board by sailing past by. In 1946 the last outbreak occurred, after which the whole archipelago was displaced for ten years.
Lodging on both isles is restricted. With the exception of some historic places on Tongatapu, most of the activities in Tonga are a reflection of the natural environment of the isle. There are some good places to eat and this is the right place if you like lobsters. Spend your free day learning about Tonga's rather lavish cultural heritage and its many customs.
Rugby football is also a favourite on Tonga, along with other Asian states. Local or Tongan Dollars, sometimes referred to by the T$ or PT icon (ISO monetary code: TOP). Though Tonga is a less developed nation, many things are priced the same or slightly higher than in New Zealand or Australia.
Though tapas are found throughout Polynesia, Tonga is the only land where they are still a part of everyday people. In the Tongan towns the tapas' constant beat is still used. Tonga festivals are a must. Tongatapu and Vava'u offer parties, together with folk dances, several evenings a time of the year.
Well into the night Tonga is busy and becomes very calm around 11 pm. Tonga has a large selection of accommodations, from luxury to reasonably priced. Tonga Visitors Bureau has a complete list. Refer to the Tongatapu, Vava'u and Ha'apai pages for more details. The Tongan people do not want to be told that it is difficult on the sandy corals surrounded by palms and greenlagunas.
It is a hotspot for experienced sailors, stretching over 169 towns and 150 islets. When you have a visitors visas, you can neither do any kind of work nor take up any kind of occupation during your stay in Tonga. Converting a visitors' visas into work visas is usually against the law, so if you plan to have a career during your stay in Tonga, make sure you have a work permit in advanced.
You must obtain your visum at least one months in advanced. When you are already in Tonga and would like to renew it, please notify the migration office one months in advance of the renewal. Whilst work permits are available on a technical level, the migration authorities will probably hesitate to give you one, as Tonga has a high level of joblessness and would rather have Tongan nationals take their job than outside.
When you come to Tonga for volunteering or charitable work, you will need a work permit. A thing to keep in mind when swimming is that there are many hot coral near the beaches, especially near Tongatapu and PangaiMotu. However, there is no anemia in Tonga. The small stores, among others in Nuku'alofa, a favourite baker's shop, can be opened later on Sunday afternoons.
As a compensation, the Nuku'alofa movie theater is usually shown shortly after midnight on Monday mornings. There are many great religious confessions in Tonga; especially the methodistic churches are well known. Telecommunication in Tonga is operated by two operators: Digicel Tonga and Tonga Communications Corporation. Wi-Fi hot spots are the way Tonga connects to the web, and you should be prepared for slower connections, limited access and high rates.
This is not astonishing given the country's position in the Pacific Ocean. The Tonga Post processes both national and foreign postal items in the respective countries.