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Tonga

  • Getting there: Fly direct to Fuaʻamotu International Airport (TBU) 35 kilometres from Nukuʻalofa from New Zealand, Australia and Fiji. Transit via Fiji if travelling from the USA and Hong Kong. Flights from China transit through Auckland and Sydney.
  • Capital city: Nukuʻalofa.
  • Population: 106,528.
  • Religion: Christianity.
  • Language: Tongan and English.
  • Currency: Tongan Pa'anga (TOP).
  • Climate: A warm tropical climate with a hot and wet summer from December to April and a marginally cooler and drier winter from May to November. Every late afternoon and early evening trade winds from the East-Southeast bring cooling breezes.
  • Transport: The domestic carrier REAL Tonga operates flights between the five major island groups of the country. These are also serviced by more affordable inter-island ferries mainly used by the locals but do not operate on Sundays. On individual islands one can also hop on the local buses or hire a car to get around.
  • Best time to travel: Tonga is a year-round destination with optimal weather during the winter season. Even when it rains any time during the year, the rains are always interspersed with plentiful sunshine.
  • What to wear: Tonga is a conservative country and the locals even swim fully clothed. Allowances are made for tourists especially in the resorts but always cover up if visiting the towns and villages. If attending church, men should wear trousers and a shirt and women a knee-length dress or skirt with shoulders covered.
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