The Kingdom of Tonga

Our trips to the Kingdom of Tonga incorporate activity at our main island base on Tongatapu and the outer islands.

Tongatapu (Sacred South) Main Island in the Kingdom

Area: 260 sq kms | Population: 69,000

Malo e lelei!

Welcome to Tongatapu. The ancient Kingdom of Tonga is an archipelago of 176 islands (52 of which are inhabited), scattered over 700,000 square kilometres of ocean in the South Pacific. As the Kingdoms cultural and political centre, Tongatapu is home to our Base Clinic.

  • Largely flat with many geological and cultural attractions
  • Myriad of beaches, coral Islands, reefs, villages
  • Dramatic landscapes
  • Numerous excellent day trips
  • Home to King George Tupou V and the sovereignty
  • Often overlooked by tourists on their way to other Islands, Tongatapu offers a great deal

Nuku’alofa, the capital, is located on the main island of Tongatapu. The island is also home to the Royal Family, the Government, many businesses and the majority of the Tongan population.

Most travellers who come to the Kingdom will arrive via Nuku’alofa, Tongatapu. The town is well equipped for visitors and the terrain is flat, so it is easy to explore by car or bike or simply walk around.

Nuku’alofa, meaning abode of love, on Tongatapu, meaning sacred south, is home to reminders of the Kingdom of Tonga’s ancient past. Take your time to discover and explore Tonga’s key archaeological sites including the mysterious Ha’amonga ‘a Maui Trilithon (stone hedge of the Pacific) and the Langi (terraced tombs) and moats on the Eastern side.

To find out more on Tongatapu go to:

Tonga Visitors Bureau (Ministry of Tourism)

Tourism Tonga

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