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Tonga is an archipelago of more than 170 islands in the South Pacific Ocean, located about two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand. The islands span about 800 kilometers (500 miles) and are divided into three main groups: Tongatapu, Ha'apai, and Vava'u. The total land area of Tonga is around 748 square kilometers (290 square miles). The capital, Nuku'alofa, is located on Tongatapu, the largest island in the group.

Tonga has a rich and vibrant culture with a long and fascinating history. The first people to inhabit the islands were the Lapita, who arrived around 1500 BC. Later, Polynesian settlers arrived and established the kingdom of Tonga, which is the oldest monarchy in the Pacific Islands. In the 18th century, the islands were explored by European explorers, including Captain James Cook, who named the islands the Friendly Islands.

In the 19th century, Tonga was colonized by the British, and then by the Germans, before becoming a British protectorate in 1900. After World War II, Tonga became a fully independent nation in 1970.

Tonga is a tropical paradise, with white sand beaches, coral reefs, and lush green forests. The climate is subtropical and the islands are blessed with a warm, sunny climate year-round.

Tonga is home to a variety of wildlife, including whales, dolphins, sea turtles, and a variety of birds. The islands also boast a number of unique plants, including coconut palms, breadfruit trees, and pandanus trees.

Tonga is a popular tourist destination, with its warm climate, stunning beaches, and friendly people. Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities, including snorkeling, diving, fishing, and sailing. The islands also offer a variety of cultural experiences, such as traditional dances and feasts.

Tonga is a beautiful and unique destination, with a rich culture and fascinating history. From its stunning beaches and lush forests to its vibrant culture and friendly people, Tonga is a paradise that should not be missed.

Excursion tips for a day in Tonga

As a tourist in Tonga, there are plenty of activities to do in a single day. Here are some ideas:

1. Visit the Royal Palace of Tonga in Nuku'alofa and take a guided tour.

2. Wander through the colorful markets of Nuku'alofa, where you can find locally made souvenirs and fresh produce.

3. Take a boat tour to the Ha'apai Islands and explore the coral reefs, white sand beaches, and lush tropical forests.

4. Go snorkeling or scuba diving in the crystal clear waters of the Pacific Ocean and marvel at the vibrant sea life.

5. Visit the Talamahu Market in Nuku'alofa, where you can find a variety of locally made crafts, jewelry, and clothing.

6. Take a guided tour of the ancient archaeological sites of Tongatapu, such as the Ha'amonga 'a Maui Trilithon.

7. Visit the Fafa Island Nature Reserve and explore the diverse wildlife and stunning landscapes.

8. Visit the Kava Museum and learn about the history and culture of Tonga.

9. Go whale watching and spot humpback whales and other marine life.

10. Take a tour of the iconic Mapu'a 'a Vaca Blowholes and witness the power of the ocean.

Experience Tonga with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Tonga. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Tonga

Tonga experiences a tropical climate with warm temperatures year-round. In the summer months, temperatures can reach up to 30°C and remain humid. The winter months (July to August) are cooler and drier, with temperatures dropping to an average of around 23°C. The rainy season is from November to April, with heavy rainfall and occasional cyclones. The dry season is from May to October, with clear skies and light winds. Overall, Tonga experiences a warm and humid climate throughout the year, with the occasional heavy rainfall and stormy weather.

Cruise weather for Tonga

Our weather forecast for Tonga helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 14th 2024 Jul. 14th 2024 max: 24.0 °C
min: 18 °C
25.9 m/s
25.2 m/s
40.1 %
12.4 m
81.5 %
1,016 hPa
Jul. 15th 2024 Jul. 15th 2024 max: 21.7 °C
min: 21 °C
20.9 m/s
20.2 m/s
37.4 %
24.1 m
68.2 %
1,016 hPa
Jul. 16th 2024 Jul. 16th 2024 max: 22.7 °C
min: 21.7 °C
24.1 m/s
24.8 m/s
20.0 %
24.1 m
70.6 %
1,016 hPa
Jul. 17th 2024 Jul. 17th 2024 max: 23.1 °C
min: 22.6 °C
17.6 m/s
18.4 m/s
13.4 %
24.1 m
76.4 %
1,016 hPa
Jul. 18th 2024 Jul. 18th 2024 max: 23.4 °C
min: 23 °C
16.2 m/s
17.3 m/s
18.3 %
24.1 m
77.7 %
1,017 hPa
Jul. 19th 2024 Jul. 19th 2024 max: 23.6 °C
min: 22.7 °C
23.8 m/s
27.2 m/s
82.1 %
24.1 m
77.6 %
1,017 hPa
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: 24.5 °C
min: 23.5 °C
21.8 m/s
28.4 m/s
78.0 %
23.9 m
80.7 %
1,016 hPa
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 24.1 °C
min: 23.1 °C
17.5 m/s
21.7 m/s
26.3 %
22.5 m
82.7 %
1,016 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 24.1 °C
min: 23.6 °C
19.6 m/s
22.9 m/s
8.1 %
24.1 m
83.5 %
1,016 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 24.5 °C
min: 23.6 °C
21.2 m/s
25.8 m/s
9.1 %
24.1 m
83.0 %
1,015 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 25.4 °C
min: 24.2 °C
25.6 m/s
34.2 m/s
91.2 %
24.0 m
76.3 %
1,013 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 24.1 °C
min: 21.7 °C
38.2 m/s
36.0 m/s
98.4 %
21.3 m
80.5 %
1,015 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 22.3 °C
min: 21.1 °C
20.2 m/s
19.1 m/s
86.1 %
24.1 m
69.4 %
1,016 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 21.8 °C
min: 20.5 °C
18.0 m/s
18.4 m/s
99.1 %
23.3 m
80.6 %
1,013 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 22.0 °C
min: 21.2 °C
22.0 m/s
22.7 m/s
60.4 %
24.1 m
69.4 %
1,012 hPa

Cruises to Tonga

Would you like to travel to Tonga on a cruise ship or would you just like to know when a certain ship will dock there? Here you will find an overview of the cruise ships that will be calling at the port of Tonga.

Scheduled ship calls in Tonga, Tonga
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Nov. 17th 2025 Monday, 17th of Nov. 2025 HANSEATIC spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am
Nov. 18th 2025 Tuesday, 18th of Nov. 2025 HANSEATIC spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am
Nov. 19th 2025 Wednesday, 19th of Nov. 2025 HANSEATIC spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am

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Maritime AIS Data Tonga

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