Last updated: Feb. 14, 2017
Malo e lelei! If you are looking for a true South Pacific experience, there’s so much to see and do in the Kingdom of Tonga. Take a horseback ride and explore ‘Eua, snorkel the pristine water of Ha’apai, sail the seas to the shores of Vava’u and most famously, swim with the whales. Or just travel back in time and enjoy the heavenly sounds of singing choirs during the Sunday services that are echoed throughout every island.
The Kingdom of Tonga’s history stretches back over 3000 years, beginning with the migration of the Lapita people from the mainland and islands of Southeast Asia. Tongan culture and customs began with these earliest of Polynesians, and many ancient traditions have continued respectfully through to the present day. The arrival of European explorers and navigators from the 17th century saw the introduction of Christianity, now an integral part of the modern Kingdom of Tonga. Experiencing the beautiful harmonies filling Tongan churches every Sunday is an essential experience for all visitors to the Kingdom. Across the ensuing centuries, Tonga’s authentic culture has continued to be reverentially and robustly maintained across the pristine islands of this Polynesian archipelago.