The Kingdom of Tonga has a long and interesting history that goes back over 3,000 years. Discovered by Captain James Cook in 1773 it became known as the Friendly Islands due to the welcoming reception it gave him. It is the last remaining monarchy in the South Pacific, which has stretched back over 1,000 years. Tonga is well known for it's hospitality and has a rich culture including dance, music, art and food that has been passed down from generation to generation.
Tonga consists of an archipelago of 176 islands where you can find untouched beaches, amazing coral atolls, active volcanoes, deserted islands, national parks, caves, authentic local villages, rugged mountain ranges and virgin rainforests. It boasts a wealth of marine life that can be easily explored on a guided fishing expeditions, sea kayaking trips, snorkelling, or swimming with whales and turtles.
With so much to see and do, just make sure you don't forget to relax and enjoy some of the many picture postcard beaches.
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Tonga is a safe and peaceful country to visit, but you should watch out for petty crime, and avoid desolated areas at night.
The currency used in Tonga is the Tongan pa’anga, which is subdivided into 100 senti.
The best time to visit Tonga is between May and October during the country’s try season. You should avoid visiting from December to January, as these are the wettest months.
It is important to dress respectfully in Tonga. Tongan law prohibits being in a public place without a shirt. You should cover up your legs and shoulders when you are not on the beach.
In most areas of Tonga, the water is generally safe to drink. The water quality is variable in undeveloped areas. If you do want to be ultra-safe, you should drink the bottled water.
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Dial Code: +676
Area: 748 km²
Elevation: The lowest point in Tonga is the Pacific Ocean at 0m | The highest point in Tonga is an unnamed elevation on Kao Island that peaks at 1,033m (3,389 ft.)
Population: 109,008 (2018)
Governemnt: Democracy, Parliamentary system, Constitutional monarchy
Language: Tongan, English
Tonga, officially the Kingdom of Tonga, is a Polynesian country and archipelago with 169 islands, of which 36 are inhabited. The main island, Tongatapu, is where 70% of the locals reside. The country is surrounded by Samoa to the northeast, Futuna, Fiji and Wallis to the northeast, Vanuatu to the farther west, Niue to the east, Kermadec (part of New Zealand) to the southwest, and New Caledonia (France).
In the West, Tonga became known as the 'Friendly Islands' because of the welcoming reception Captain James Cook received on his first visit in 1773. From 2010, Tonga chose to be a constitutional monarchy rather than a traditional absolute kingdom. The citizens of Tonga have free and mandatory education, provided by the government. The Tongans also have universal access to a national health care system.
Situated in Oceania, the islands of Tonga are divided into three main groups: Vava'u, Ha'apai, and Tongatapu. The islands either have a limestone base created from coral formations or limestone on a volcanic base. The climate of Tonga is tropical with a very warm period (December to April). The wettest period in Tonga is March. Bats are viewed as sacred, and property of the monarchy. Flying fox bats frequent the islands of Tonga.
Tongan is the official language spoken in Tonga, along with English. Tongan is a Polynesian language, closely related to Samoan, Hawaiian, Wallisian and Niuean. Although Tonga is a secular state, the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga is the established religion in the state.
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