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Tonga Travel and Tourism

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Kingdom of Tonga is an archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean comprising 169 islands, 36 of them inhabited, stretching over a distance of about 800 kilometres in a north-south line. The islands lie south of Samoa, about one-third of the way from New Zealand to Hawaii. Tonga, the only sovereign monarchy among the island nations of the Pacific Ocean, has the distinction of being the only island nation in the region to have avoided formal colonization. The world also knows the islands of Tonga as the Friendly Islands because of the friendly reception accorded to Captain Cook on his first visit in 1773. He happened to arrive at the time of the ʻinasi festival, the yearly donation of the first fruits to the Tu'i Tonga, the islands' paramount chief, and was invited to the festivities. According to the writer William Mariner, in reality the chiefs had wanted to kill Cook during the gathering, but were unable to agree on a plan. In many Polynesian languages the word "Tonga" means "South". The name Tonga was derived from the word "Tongahahake" translations "Southeast", originally means "The wind that blows from the Southeast".

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Traditional Architecture of Tonga - Nuku`alofa
Traditional Architecture of Tonga The tradition Tongan fale consisted of a curved roof (branches lashed with sennit rope, or kafa, thatched with woven palm leaves) resting on pillars made of tree trunks. Woven screens filled in the area between the ground and the edge of the roof. The traditional design was extremely well adapted to surviving hurricanes. If the winds threatened to shred the walls and overturn the roof, the inhabitants could chop down the pillars, so that the roof fell directly onto the ground. Because the roof was curved, like a limpet shell, the wind tended to flow over it smoothly. The inhabitants could ride out the storm in relative safety. There are a many surviving examples of Tongan stone architecture, notably the Ha'amonga 'a ...

Know About Tongan National Centre - Nuku`alofa
Know About Tongan National Centre It would be a major feat to spend any time in Tonga without having a cultural experience, but a visit to the Tongan National Center is a good spot to start. The museum contains historical artefacts and cultural items still in use today. Good-value cultural tours include demonstrations of tapa making, weaving and basketry, traditional dancing and carving. The dinner show starts with a kava ceremony, features traditional dishes cooked in an umu (underground oven), and has one of Tonga's best traditional dance and music shows.

New Year in Tonga - Nuku`alofa
New Year in Tonga The New Year in Tonga is reckoned as one of the most important festivals in the wonderful Pacific Ocean Island of Tonga. The people of the spectacular island country of Tonga celebrate the New Year in Tonga with great zeal and fervor. The international travelers hailing from different territories and countries of the globe converge in the picturesque tourist destination in Tonga to enjoy the New Year in Tonga. The Tonga New Year can be described as one of the most famous festivals in Tonga. The foreign travelers coming for a tour in Tonga during the New Year can become part of the grandeur and extravaganza, which are the chief features of the New Year in Tonga. The international tourists who want to cash in on the f...

Tonga: Money & Costs - Nuku`alofa
Tonga: Money & Costs Basic food and accommodation are more reasonably priced than in most South Pacific countries, but forget about upgrading your Roller, as Tonga's not a great place to buy electronic goods, film, packaged foods or cars. They're all imported and considerably more expensive than in the USA or Europe. If you're really squeezing your budget you can get by on US$18.00 a day, but US$55.00 - US$70.00 will make your trip quite comfortable. If you like your creature comforts and top restaurants, you'll need to budget for US$120.00 a day or more. Tonga has four ATMs, which take Visa, MasterCard and Cirrus (ANZ and Westpac in Nuku'alofa and ANZ in Neiafu, Vava'u), and credit cards - generally Visa and MasterCard - are widely acce...

Most Comfortable time to Visit to Tonga - Nuku`alofa
Most Comfortable time to Visit to Tonga The most comfortable time to visit the region is during the dry season between May and October. Not surprisingly, this is when most of the major festivals are held. It is also considered to be the region's high season, though there isn't necessarily much difference in costs. The wet season (ostensibly its low season) lasts from November to April. March tends to be the wettest month, especially in Vava'u. Remember, though, that most precipitation occurs at night and the main discomfort will be caused by a rise in the lethargy-inducing heat and humidity. Tonga lies squarely within the South Pacific's notorious cyclone belt. The season for tropical storms and cyclones is between November and March. Cyclones seem t...