Hotels and lodgingEditThere are various hotels, motels, resorts, bungalows, cottages, hostels, camp grounds, etc. Right now, google would be your best bet for help at this point. Keep in mind that there are different 8 island groups within the Kingdom of Tonga.
AttractionsEditDepending on which island you stay on, activities generally are:
- Surfing is very limited due to the coral, but there is one very popular surf spot on the island of Tongatapu
- Horse riding
- Whale watching (you can pay a little extra to swim with the whales!)
- Weaving classes
- Traditional dancing classes
- Historical spots such as Captain Cook's landing place, ancient burial spots, etc.
Do not plan to do any fashion shopping while in Tonga.
Do plan to shop for many souvenirs made locally by the Tongans.
NO SHOPPING AT ALL ON SUNDAYS. Bummer, yes.
Maps and transportationEdit
Getting to TongaEdit
Practical information and resourcesEdit
Most businesses are not open on Sundays except for the gas station, bakery, and that's about it. Do not plan on buying cigarettes, alcohol, soda, or even chewing gum from any shop on Sundays! Do all your shopping needs on Saturdays!
There are internet cafes in Nuku'alofa, and you would be lucky to find any others outside this capital town.
Travel with a first aid kit from home -- Do not expect the hospitals on each island to be fully equipped with anything.
Do get your foot in the door to be invited to a feast! A must eat is the spit-roasted pig! Yum!
Travel with insect repellant, and a soothing cream if and when you do get bitten!
Do travel to one of the resort islands for at least a night! Pangaimotu is great for a weekend get away! Pangaimotu offers a whale watching tour for only about USD$5.00 granted it is in a little rickety old boat, but do not fear! I survived, and with the best whale watching experience ever to brag about! The whale and calf came by very close to where I almost peed my bathers! ;) Also, kayaking around the island in still waters while everyone else is sleeping in is just the best feeling! Top it off with coffee on your little patio overlooking the empty beach while you dry off! :)
Do get out there and experience the serene waters, but do use your common sense!
RestaurantsEditThere are Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian, and Italian restaurants in addition to the Tongan restaurants.
Do not expect McDonald's, Burger King, or any other sort of fast food spot.
NightlifeEditNuku'alofa which is the capital, offers a string of night clubs along the waterfront. There are bars, and restaurant/bars. A popular spot is the Billfish which has live music on certain days.
Girls, do remember that you are in a foreign country so use your head even when drunk.
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