Tonga

Tonga is a sovereign state and an archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, comprising 176 islands scattered over 700,000 square kilometers of ocean in the South Pacific of which only fifty-two are inhabited. Tonga also became known as the Friendly Islands because of the friendly reception accorded to Captain James Cook on his first visit there in 1773. Tonga has a tropical climate with only two seasons, wet and dry, with most rain falls around February and April. The tropical cyclone season currently runs from November 1 - April 30, though tropical cyclones can form and affect Tonga, outside of the season.

Apart from a few historical sites on Tongatapu most things to do in Tonga reflect its island nature. Diving, snorkelling, fishing, boat trips, kayaking and kite surfing are all possible. There are some lovely beaches if you just want to laze around. Tonga has some good restaurants and this is the place to come if you like lobster. Tongatapu is Tonga’s largest island with over two-thirds of the country’s small population. It is a coral island surrounded by coral reefs. There are some interesting places to visit, such as ancient tombs and coastal blowholes, and some nice beaches with good snorkelling. Tongatapu also provides a good opportunity to view a unique culture. There are several small islands to the north of Tongatapu that have been developed into resorts. While in Tonga, you should definitely spend a few days in Tongatapu.

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