The archipelago of Tonga, as scientists believe, was inhabited by people around five thousand years ago and used to be one of the centers of formation of the Polynesian culture. In 1970, Tonga got full independence and joined the UN as a sovereign state.

Tongatapu is the main island of Tonga, which lies in the southern group of the same name. This relatively flat coral island, whose height above sea level is just above an average of 8 meters, rises on the south side for about 20 meters in height due to the coastal cliffs. Its beautiful beach is framed by twenty tiny coral islands. Tongatapu is famous for its nice beaches, wild coastal scenery, tranquil agricultural areas, inland areas and the most extensive archaeological sites in Polynesia.

Nuku'alofa is located on a large promontory. The city of Nuku'alofa, translated as the 'place of Love' appeared on-site of coastal lagoons. It is home to just over 30 thousand inhabitants, and is characterized by the total lack of any industry, so the city is quiet and calm, and its green coastline and picturesque landscapes make it one of the most picturesque capitals in the world. Almost all tourist city life is concentrated between the Royal Palace and the waters of the lagoon. The Royal Palace is located right on the shoreline. It is the most impressive building in the town. The white Victorian building was constructed in 1867 in New Zealand and then, disassembled, it was transported to Tonga. Surrounded by a small green park, the palace is closed to visitors, but very close, just behind the fence, you can see Royal tombs, a vast funerary complex of many rulers of the country. Next to the palace, there is Phangan Public Park used for various festivals and sporting events.

A small Centenary Church is considered home church of the royal family. The Tongans are devout enough, so it is not surprising that there are so many picturesque churches here, such as the Basilica of the St Anthony of Padua and St Mary’s Cathedral with perfectly painted ceiling, stained glass and a rose garden. The National Center is built in the form of traditional oval-shaped structures of local residents. The Center demonstrates the handicrafts, sea canoeing, samples of wood carving, baskets and mats in the local style, as well as historical exhibits from the collections of the royal palace. Request your Tonga Tour operator to provide information about possible excursions in Nuku'alofa.

The eastern part of the island is wild and deserted. These miles of deserted white beaches and coves are perfect for secluded relaxation. Here you can find ancient settlements and royal tombs, resembling a pyramid.

Western Tongatapu once exported vanilla and other spices, but today it specializes in melons. It is also famous due to the Tongan Wildlife Centre, which promotes the protection of rare and endangered species of birds, including red parrots.

The northern part of Tongatapu is quite inexpressive, and the shores are often 'occupied' by domestic pigs, fishers and crabs in the shallow coastal waters. Most of the beaches of this coast are actually unavailable due to poor quality of the only road from the local villages.

Eua Island is a quite hilly and picturesque coral atoll, crowning the top of an underwater volcano. The island is strikingly different from its northern neighbor; it is rugged and mountainous, with the largest areas of natural bush and rainforest. It is ideal for hiking, trekking and rock climbing. Virtually the entire island has turned into one big park with the largest array of natural forest in the archipelago and the most diverse bird community. In addition, the island is easily accessible - there are numerous ferries going from Nuku'alofa, airplanes, as well as numerous excursion ships from all over Oceania.

Contact the travel agents in Tonga directly to request their services in organizing a nice stay on the islands plus many auxiliary things such as flights, rooms at hotels, etc.
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