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Tonga

Overview

Tonga lies directly south of Samoa, and the islands range from high volcanic mountains to low coral terrain, creating scenic variety unlike anywhere else in the world. The Kingdom of Tonga is divided into four island groups – Tongatapu, Ha’apai, Vava’u and Niuas.

Tonga is the only remaining Polynesian Kingdom meaning it still maintains its monarchy. Tonga’s history dates back over 3,000 years with many ancient traditions continuing through to the present day. Tongan people are known for their friendly hospitality, and rich cultural inheritance showcased through Tongan dance, music, art and food passed down through the many generations.

Life on Tonga’s archipelago of 176 islands remains unhurried and peaceful, little affected by the hustle and bustle of the modern world. Here you will discover pristine white sand beaches, stunning coral atolls, deserted islands, active volcanoes and impressive mountains. National parks with untouched rainforests and caves, rugged cliff faces, ancient lava tubes and authentic villages will also grab your attention.

Snapshot

Tonga has a tropical climate which is governed by a wet and a dry season. The wet season runs from December to April with average daytime temperatures reaching 30°C and nighttime temperatures dropping to 22°C. The dry season is between May to November with average daytime temperatures sitting at 27°C, falling to 20°C overnight.

We recommend taking light, casual clothing. However please be aware that the country’s culture and religion call for a more conservative dress code. Please consider this if you are planning on participating in above-water activities.

Tongan Pa’anga
GMT+13
Take normal travel precautions when eating and drinking – tap water is not safe to drink unless boiled or chemically treated. Drinking water is purified at major hotels and restaurants.

Diving

Overview

The visibility in Tonga is stunning, often between 25 – 40 metres and sometimes reaching up to an incredible 70 metres. The dive sites are varied throughout Tonga. Pristine coral gardens are home to colourful, tropical fish life, while spectacular coral reefs include caves and arches. Tonga’s volcanic past, present and future are showcased in the unique underwater tunnels, chimneys and swim-throughs. The spectacular marine environment makes for fantastic night diving opportunities.

Expect to encounter sea turtles, manta rays, tuna, marlin and wahoo with the possibility of meeting some of the biggest marine creatures in the world, such as whale sharks, mantas and humpback whales.

Underwater exploration often comes with the living, breathing soundtrack of murmuring whalesong from courting humpback whales from July to October. One of the best ways to encounter Tongan humpback whales during this period is on a dedicated whale snorkel day-trip. It’s an experience not to be missed!

Temperature

Water temp 21°C—28°C. 3-5mm wetsuit recommended.

Dive Season

Year round.
Humpback whales – July to October

Dive Highlights

Diverse underwater topography including caves, canyons, tunnels and drop-offs. It’s known for its spectacular visibility, hard coral  reefs and the annual Humpback whale migration.

Regions

Tonga - Ha'apai
Tonga - Tongatapu
Tonga - Vava'u

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