An archipelago scattered in the South Pacific, Tonga is no easy feat to get to. Flights from only a handful of countries make their way to the islands, while international cruises or sailing your own yacht are just about the only other ways to get there. But we think that you’ll agree once you arrive in Tonga, the journey will have been definitely worth it. Take a look a our guide to how to get to Tonga to compare your options.
Tongatapu – ‘Sacred South’ – is the southern starting point for visitors exploring the Kingdom of Tonga
Expect a warm welcome at one of the world’s most easy-going international airports before journeying north across the island to the Tongan capital of Nuku’alofa. The harbour-side town is the centre of Tongan commerce and government and also the residence of the Royal Family in the South Pacific’s only monarchy. Around 70,000 people live on Tongatapu, and Nuku’alofa – ‘Abode of Love’ – is a vibrant introduction to the Kingdom. Ferryboats and trading ships dot Nuku’alofa Harbour, preparing to venture to the far-flung Vava’u, Ha’apai and Niuas island groups to the north.
Welcome to the adventure hub of the Kingdom of Tonga
An azure tropical paradise of 61 different islands dotted with coral gardens, deserted beaches and shimmering clear lagoons, the northern Vava’u group offers a range of ‘Must Do’ activities in Tonga. From June to November share Vava’u’s warm waters with gentle Humpback whales, harnessing the islands’ sustaining environment to care for their newly-born calves and breed for another generation. Take advantage of Vava’u’s worldwide reputation as a superbly sheltered yachting playground. Explore hidden coves and atolls with a friendly local skipper or take charge yourself to make the most of Tonga’s steady trade winds.
Uncrowded, unhurried and undiscovered
Well off the beaten path for visitors, the 62 scattered islands, atolls, reefs and shoals of the central island group of Ha’apai are an undeniably authentic slice of Polynesia. Looming volcanic islands, warming trade winds and pristine atolls lapped by gentle waters provide a superb tropical backdrop for more adventurous travellers. Experience Tonga’s easy-going hospitality in remote boutique eco lodges or village guesthouses, before effortlessly filling another relaxed day with sea kayaking, snorkeling or horse riding along white sandy beaches.
Eua’s breathtaking beauty and landscapes make it the perfect destination for travellers in search of adventure and eco experiences
A qucik seven-minute flight links Tongatapu to the island of ‘Eua on its southeastern tip, one of the world’s shortest commercial airline flight. Geographically ‘Eua is the Kingdom’s oldest island, covered with hills and lush rainforest,. Look forward to the Kingdom’s best hiking with well-marked trails criss-crossing the pristine ‘Eua National Park. Experience the spectacular cliffs, caves and sinkholes of northern ‘Eua or venture to the rocky southern coastline. Watch sea birds soaring atop the thermal currents swirling around ‘Eua’s dramatic cliffs or descend through lush rainforest to the ocean below.