Exotic Wilderness Travel: Tonga Tourism
The Kingdom of Tonga is a country in Polynesia situated on islands with the total area of 748,000 square kilometers, or 289,000 square miles. Tonga is a member state of the British Commonwealth.
Form of government: constitutional monarchy.
Administrative division: island groups 'Eua, Ha'apai, Niuas, Tongatapu, and Vava'u.
Largest island: Tongatapu.
Capital: Nuku'alofa. Tonga International Airport is located here.
Official languages: Tongan, English.
The are two seasons: arid from May to October and rainy from November to April. Average yearly air temperature is 24º Celsius (75º Fahrenheit).
Visa policy: The tourist visa for the duration of less than 31 day can be obtained upon arrival in the country free of charge, provided that the applicant has a tourist voucher and the round trip air tickets. The visa may be extended at the Immigration Department in the capital.
A visa for the duration of more than 30 days must be applied for in an embassy. This visa may be extended on the islands for another month.
Insurance: Common for all Oceania countries. When planning your Tonga wilderness travel, it is recommended that you purchase full coverage, since emergency rescue services are usually performed via air transportation, which is very costly.
Local currency: pa'anga (Tongan dollar). Large stores located on the central islands accept credit cards.
Telephony: The local standard is GSM 900, although the coverage area is limited mostly to the central islands. The country code is 676 (followed by the phone number). The number for all kinds of emergency is 911.
Time: The time zone in Tonga is GMT + 13:00. Sunday is a day off for everyone so businesses and offices are closed and no tours conducted.
Electric power: 240V, 50 Hz. Large hotels may have 110V and/or 220V. The standard outlets and plugs are round, 3-pronged ones of the type used in Australia and New Zealand. Smaller islands may have limited, schedule-based power availability.
Shopping on Tonga Islands is rather poor. It is better to come well-stocked on all exotic travel necessities, especially electronic gadgets, batteries, memory cards, and medicine (except most commonly used drugs). Be sure to bring along a mosquito repellent and warm clothes for night walks during the colder period from May to November.
National dishes: ufi, lu pulu, breadfruit.
National drinks: coconut water, royal coffee.
Items prohibited to import: weapons, ammunition, pornographic materials, materials containing narcotic substances, objects of natural origin (without explicit permission). Violation of these policies leads to the seizure of the items and very large fines.
Items prohibited to export: some objects of natural origin, including corals picked up in the ocean.
Safety: Tonga tourism is considered generally safe. Recommendations include regular hygiene and drinking boiled or bottled water.
The way it works
We base our service on the procedures standard for the world's vacation industry. Each of our expert tour agents has the full list of necessary information from leading yacht rental companies and the best tour providers in the Kingdom of Tonga.
Okeanna presents to you all available offers so you can make an informed decision and choose on of them.
Next, you have the option to purchase insurance policy from 1Cover, the world's largest travel insurance provider, which includes cancellation and disruption coverage. Should you like to opt out, you would need to sign the release of liability form.
Okeanna builds your entire Tonga itinerary, from the international flight (we can help you arrive in the capital of Tonga with practically any place in the world as the starting point) to any and all types of tours and entertainment available on the islands. Please bear in mind that the international air fare is not included in the cost of the standard tour packages and must be calculated separately depending on your point of departure.
Some advice from a professional travel consultant
It is best to make the reservation for your trip to Tonga about six months in advance, although even if you contact us within just a couple of months, we will make every effort to organize your vacation in the best possible way. In general, the more time our managers have, the better flight and hotel accommodations they can secure for you, for lower prices. When selecting your itinerary options, we suggest that you opt for small but professional tour agencies having valid registry numbers and accredited with the local Tongan consulate.
Choosing a niche tour operator specializing in your particular destination will help avoid many problems during your travel.
A free consultation with the Okeanna Company's staff is always available via online chat on our website, e-mail, or phone. We respond to every inquiry quickly (unless our local weather interferes seriously). Also, please consider the time zone difference when contacting us.
As your travel agency, the Okeanna Company collects and presents for your consideration the offers of Tongan tour providers and the world's leading yacht rental companies. We are based in Tonga and bring you only the offers from the tried and true vendors very well known to us, helping you organize your vacation in the best possible way. Additionally, Okeanna assists with finding and securing international flights to Tonga from any other country in the world.
The tour is paid for according to the bill issued by our company which shows the total cost of the tour including the flight and planned tour options. Accepted payment methods include bank-to-bank money transfers, PayPal, and major international credit cards.
The convenience of using a travel agency
When making use of a travel agency's services, you have all guarantees that the tour providers fulfill their obligations. Immediately after your bill is paid, the funds are transferred to the providers while you are handed the vouchers for all the providers' services listed in your tour and can use these services independently of the travel agency.
Also, once the company receives the payment, you as a customer are safe from the discounted cash flow risk.
Okeanna operates according to the terms and conditions of service of the tour providers it represents. We always advise our clients of all conditions, terms, and fees in their entirety, so each customer can make informed and responsible decisions.