Officially known as the Kingdom of Tonga, this small Polynesian country really has a lot to offer, especially on the water.
An archipelago comprising 169 islands, of which 36 are inhabited, the total surface area is about 750 square kilometres scattered over 700,000 square kilometres of the southern Pacific Ocean.
The main island of Tongatapu is where your journey begins in Tonga as most travellers fly into the capital, Nuku’alofa. Tonga stretches across approximately 800 kilometres in a north-south line. It is surrounded by Fiji to the northwest, Samoa to the northeast, Niue to the east, and New Caledonia and Vanuatu to the farther west.
Don’t expect to come to Tonga and take it easy, all day, every day. The Kingdom’s True South Pacific vibe and languid tropical climate certainly promotes an unhurried approach to life, but more adventurous holiday activities are also on offer, in the emerging adventure travel hub of the Vava’u group and the beautiful Ha’apai group of islands .
The west-northwest facing coastline of the main island of Tongatapu is the home of some of Tonga’s best surfing. This coastline is perfectly situated to take advantage of the huge groundswells from winter storm activities in the southern Pacific.
The steady east-southeast offshore trade winds create perfect surf conditions. The other two main island groups of Ha’apai and Vava’u also boast great surfing. However much of this is only accessible by specialist charter vessels.
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