Tonga Luxury Yachting Guide

Nestled in the crystalline heart of the glittering South Pacific, the glorious Kingdom of Tonga is one of the last island groups able to boast of unspoiled landscapes of pristine, natural beauty. Blessed by a benevolent and perpetual sun, this haven of powdery beach, lush forest and vibrant reef is the ultimate destination for laid-back resort life.

Whether they are drawn by the ancient traditions, archaic island architecture, exotic outdoor adventures or the simple thought of total relaxation, travelers that journey to the luminous Kingdom of Tonga are never disappointed and frequently return year after year for another dive into the wild, unspoiled heart of the South Pacific.

Local Life
Touted as ‘the place where time begins’ due to its position just east of the international date line, Tonga could also be the place where time stands still. Though the amenities of modern life do occur on some of the more developed islands, this is a region rich in ancestral customs that haven’t changed for over a thousand years.

Locals still solve their disputes around a bowl of kava, and some weave and wear traditional mats, all the while maintaining a genial and welcoming attitude and outlook. Tongan life shuts down on Sundays and travelers should plan their adventures around this certainty. A deeply conservative country, this is the South Pacific’s last and oldest monarchy whose traditional Polynesian culture and lifestyles make the Kingdom of Tonga stand out from the crowd.

Adventure
Though it is an ideal setting for all travelers looking for respite and repose, Tonga is especially perfect for those who crave adventure and activity. Kayaking, snorkeling, sport-fishing, hiking and diving of all kinds are offered here in a resplendent environment. Perfect for those bent on discovery, each island within the 170-strong chain has its own unique attractions.

Tongatapu
Tongatapu, a raised coral atoll, is the main island rich with farming plantations in the centre along with spectacular blowholes, crumbling archaeological sites, glittering bone-bleached beaches and net of diminutive coral islands renowned for their romantic atmosphere.

Ha’apai Group
The Ha’apai group is a mix of volcanic cinder cones and coral islands with quaint fishing villages, pearly sands crowned by bending palms and translucent azure waters.

Vava’u Group
The Vava’u island group is limestone in composition and skirted by deep waterways which make it the premier sailing destination and home to the illustrious Port of Refuge Harbour. Attracting the largest tourist population, Vava’u is home to hidden causeways perfect for snorkeling, extraordinary humpback whale-watching and limitless exploration by sea.

Niuas and Eua
Niuas is an isolated, volcanic island touted as one of the world’s most remote places and home to a scattering of rural villages rich in tradition as well as resplendent secluded beaches. For a foray into the heart of Tonga’s lush jungle, the island of Eua is perfect, attracting a wealth of naturalists and hiking enthusiasts.

Tonga Area Information

Currencies:
  • Tonga Pa'anga (TOP)
Timezone:
  • Atlantic/Azores(GMT-01:00) Azores-1