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Tonga

Background

Tonga

Tonga - unique among Pacific nations - never completely lost its indigenous governance. The archipelagos of "The Friendly Islands" were united into a Polynesian kingdom in 1845. Tonga became a constitutional monarchy in 1875 and a British protectorate in 1900; it withdrew from the protectorate and joined the Commonwealth of Nations in 1970. Tonga remains the only monarchy in the Pacific.

About

Tonga, the "Friendly Islands", is an archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean. The country is divided into four island groups, or regions. The Tonga Visitors Bureau has a very informative web site at .

Read more about Tonga in our Tonga travel guide »

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Tonga

TongaSandy Beach Resort 

Foa Island
Faleloa
Tonga

Price (US$): $217 - $218 / night

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Location. Sandy Beach Resort is a beachfront resort located in Faleloa's Foa neighborhood. Resort Features. Sandy Beach Resort features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The resort serves Full breakfasts each morning (surcharges apply). Recreational amenities include complimentary bicycles. This 3.5 star property offers secretarial services and business services. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas and the resort has a… more »

TongaThe Black Pearl Suites 

Sopu
Nuku Alofa
Tonga

Price (US$): $166 - $323 / night

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Location. The Black Pearl Suites is located on the beach in Nuku Alofa, close to Royal Tombs and Flea Market. Regional points of interest also include Mapu'a 'a Vaca Blowholes and Ha'amonga a Maui. Hotel Features. The Black Pearl Suites's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Room service is available during limited hours. Complimentary wireless and wired high speed Internet access is available in public areas. For a surcharge, the property offers a roundtrip airport shuttle at… more »

TongaLoumaile Lodge 

Cnr of Laifone Rd & Taufa'ahau Rd
Nuku Alofa
Tonga

Price (US$): $187 - $555 / night

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Location. Loumaile Lodge is located in central Nuku Alofa, close to Royal Tombs and Flea Market. Regional points of interest also include Mapu'a 'a Vaca Blowholes and Ha'amonga a Maui. Property Features. Loumaile Lodge's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The lodge also has a coffee shop/cafĂ© and a grocery. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include a children's club. This 3 star property offers a meeting/conference… more »

TongaFafa Island Resort 

Fafa Island Street 1, Nuku'alofa
Fafa Island 14444
Tonga

Price (US$): $240 - $356 / night

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Location. Fafa Island Resort is located on the beach in Fafa Island and local attractions include Royal Tombs. Regional points of interest also include Flea Market and Ha'amonga a Maui. Resort Features. Spa amenities include massage/treatment rooms and facials. Complimentary wireless and wired high speed Internet access is available in public areas. Room service is available during limited hours. For a surcharge, the property offers a roundtrip airport shuttle (available 24 hours).… more »

TongaLikualofa Beach Resort 

Kanokupolu
Kanokupolu
Tonga

Price (US$): $132 - $145 / night

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Location. Likualofa Beach Resort is located on the beach in Kanokupolu and attractions in the region include Mapu'a 'a Vaca Blowholes, Flea Market, and Royal Tombs. Resort Features. Likualofa Beach Resort features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. The resort serves a complimentary continental breakfast. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. The property has a shopping center shuttle, which is complimentary. Wedding… more »

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Tonga

Full name
Kingdom of Tonga
Capital
Nuku'alofa
Location

Oceania, archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, about two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand

Geographic coordinates

20 00 S, 175 00 W

Area comparative

four times the size of Washington, DC

Coastline

419 km

Climate

tropical; modified by trade winds; warm season (December to May), cool season (May to December)

Terrain

most islands have limestone base formed from uplifted coral formation; others have limestone overlying volcanic base

Lowest point

Pacific Ocean 0 m

Highest point

unnamed elevation on Kao Island 1,033 m

Natural resources

fish, fertile soil

Population

122,580 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Polynesian, Europeans

Religions

Christian (Free Wesleyan Church claims over 30,000 adherents)

Languages

Tongan (official), English (official)

Government type

constitutional monarchy

Independence

4 June 1970 (from UK protectorate)

National holiday

Emancipation Day, 4 June (1970)

Chief of state

King George TUPOU V (since 11 September 2006)

Head of government

Prime Minister Lord Siale'ataonga TU'IVAKANO (since 22 December 2010)

Internet country code

.to

Internet users

8,400 (2009)

Airports

6 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Nuku'alofa, Neiafu, Pangai

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