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Tonga is a sovereign state that contains 169 islands where 36 of those islands are inhabited. Fiji, Wallis, and Futuna surround this Polynesian sovereign state. Samoa, Niue, Kermadec, New Caledonia, and Vanuatu also surround it.
Tonga has amazing mountainsides and beautiful untouched beaches that will draw travelers in. Its cultural is all around you. You’ll enjoy relaxing in their resorts, snorkeling, diving, yachting, and kayaking. You will also be able to explore Tonga’s hiking trails and coastlines.
There are many sites to see in Tonga. If you’re interested in the history and architecture of Tonga, St. Joseph’s Cathedral is good place to start. The Talamahu Market gives the opportunity to taste Tonga’s foods and see local artwork. The adventurer in you will love exploring Mariner and Swallow’s caves.
There’s so much to see and do in Tonga.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Tonga. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Tonga: typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies, and influenza.
See our vaccinations page to learn more about these infections and vaccines. Ready to protect yourself? Book your travel health appointment today by calling or schedule online now.
A passport is what you need with six months validity. A blank page is required for an entry stamp. An onward/return ticket is also required to enter and exit Tonga. You will need a visa if you plan to stay more than 30 days.
For more information contact a Passport Health Passport and Visa specialist by calling 1-844-366-8472 or by filling out our online form.
Tonga is subtropical, and the islands are in the southeast trade wind area. The climate is cooler and from May to December when it’s usually in the 80’s.
The winters have a temperature in the 50’s while summers can reach the 90’s. The rainfall usually occurs from December to March.
Security is not an issue in Tonga, but travelers should take the regular precautions to be safe. Crime is low in Tonga with some petty crime like property theft. Breaking into houses and violent assault has been associated with robbery. Sexual assault has been known to happen on public beaches. Women should be on more alert at night and should avoid going out alone or to places that are isolated. You should protect yourself and your valuables while on your trip.
The police have worked with the Women and Children Crisis Center to help abused women, girls, and boys. Churches and the Salvation Army have helped in this effort as well. Victims of sexual assault and domestic violence should contact the U.S. Embassy for assistance.
Tonga is one of the very few places people can swim with whales. Mother and baby calves are the whales people will most likely be swimming with. The operators take great care in making sure not to intrude too much on these wild animals. Operators are licensed and trained in this activity.
July through October is the perfect time to experience swimming with humpback whales. Operators determine whether it is appropriate to approach a whale before letting tourists do so. It is important to approach the whales in a calm and gentle manner.
A whale swim tour lasts approximately 4 to 6 hours. It costs $60.00 per person per hour. Four guests and one guide are allowed at a time.
Before you travel to Tonga, there are some things you should bring on your trip.
All Americans visiting Tonga should register online with the U.S. Department of State before departure. This will inform the office of your travel plans within the country and will allow them to reach out in the case of an emergency or evacuation.
The embassy serving Tonga is:
U.S. Embassy Suva
158 Princes Road
Tamavua, Suva, Fiji
Phone: 679 331-4466
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