Flights to Tonga – Sunny beaches, exotic marine life and more
Embarking upon a trip to any island is a fun thing to do, but the Kingdom of Tonga, a Polynesian sovereign state and archipelago, promises much more than that. Enjoy visiting the islands of Tongatapu, ‘Eua, Vava’u, Ha’apai, and Niuas. The capital of Tonga, Nuku’alofa is a wonderful place to explore. Tonga is also known as ‘The Friendly Islands’ because of the hospitality shown by the natives to Captain James Cook (famous British explorer). The main activities you can indulge in are diving, snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, boat trips, and kite surfing, while in Tonga. Reflect on the beauty of this island nation as you take a tour around the country.
Best time to visit Tonga
The best time to visit Tonga is from May to November when the islands have a relatively cool and dry climate. The tropical maritime climate of Tonga Islands can be split into two seasons - the dry season from May to November and the warm and rainy season from December to April. Pregnant women are advised against traveling to Tonga, as there is an outbreak of Zika virus.
Flights to Tonga
Enjoy flying to Tonga with domestic and international airlines like Air India, Cathay Pacific, and Dragonair. The major airport of Tonga Islands, Fua?amotu International Airport, is located 35 kilometers from Nuku?alofa, the capital of Tonga. Currently, there are no direct flights from India to Tonga. The flights may stopover at layover airports in Hong Kong, Auckland, and San Francisco. Within Tonga, you can travel by motorbikes, taxis, cycles, or scooters.
Accommodation in Tonga
Accommodation facilities are available in Nuku?alofa, Foui, Kanokupolu, Neiafu, and Fua'amotu. Staying in Fua'amotu will cost around INR 8,500 per night and in Neiafu it costs around INR 5,000. With facilities like free breakfast, free parking and free Wi-Fi, an overnight stay in Nuku?alofa will cost INR 8,500.
Must-visit places in Tonga
The top tourist attractions are Tongatapu, 'Eua, Vava'u, Niuas, and Ha'apai.
Tongatapu is where the capital of Tonga Islands, Nuku’alofa is located. The relaxing atmosphere of the beaches in Tongatapu is ideal to browse around on a sunny day. Mapu'a 'a Vaea or Blowholes in Tongatapu is famous for its scenic views. Located in Houma Village, the plume-like effect created by waves crashing into the reef is something every nature enthusiast should experience. Visit the Free Church of Tonga and Ancient Tonga (a cultural village) in Nuku?alofa. The ‘Anahulu Cave in Nuku’alofa is where the only freshwater pools of Tongatapu are located.
One of the highest islands in Tonga, 'Eua with its tropical rainforest, is a nice spot for trekking. You can also indulge in water sports in the clear waters of Vava’u Islands. While in Ha’apai, visit the sandy beaches, spot whales, and take part in snorkeling. Ene'io Botanical Garden and St Joseph's Cathedral in Neiafu are also worth visiting.
Must-buys in Tonga
Tapa clothes and handcrafted items are a must-buy in Tonga. Mats, baskets, wooden carvings, and beautiful wall hangings depicting Tongan women at work, are the specialties of this island nation. Buy fresh and natural products like Coconut oil, Nonu juice, Kava and Coffee beans, exclusively from Tonga.
Eating out in Tonga
As in the case of any other island nation, seafood is the staple of Tongan diet. Yam, bananas, and coconuts are also a part of their dishes. The must-haves are Savour Lú (made with meat and coconut milk), ‘Ota ‘ika (raw fish marinated with citrus juice and coconut milk), and Feke (a delicacy made of grilled squid or octopus in coconut sauce).
•Which airlines offer cheap air tickets to Tonga?
The international airlines which offer cheap air tickets to Tonga are Cathay Pacific, Dragonair, and Air India.
•What is the time difference between India and Tonga?
Tonga is ahead of India by 8 hours and 30 minutes.
•What is the time taken to reach Tongatapu from major Indian cities?
Bangalore to Tongatapu: 29 hours and 55 minutes
Chennai to Tongatapu: 29 hours and 25 minutes
Mumbai to Tongatapu: 29 hours and 40 minutes
New Delhi to Tongatapu: 29 hours and 15 minutes
•What are the major layover airports for connecting flights from Indian cities to Tongatapu?
The major layover airports for connecting flights from Indian cities to Tongatapu are at Hong Kong, Auckland, and San Francisco.
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