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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 17, 2015
Best or recommended Whale Swim operators in Vava u

Best or recommended Whale Swim operators in Vava u.
I am going to Vava u in August. Any whale swim operator is recommended over another ?



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 14, 2015
Thinking seriously of moving from Australia to Tonga. Request for advice, please. Thank you! :)  (1 Answer)

What should I do when I visit Tonga for a week or 10 days from Brisbane, Australia to check out whether I would like to live there? I've lived only in one other country previously; that was England in long-ago 1985. I frankly don't know where to start. Any advice anyone who knows Tonga well could give me would be MUCH appreciated. Thank you so much! :)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 01, 2014
Are their any websites I can purchase Authentic Tongan Goods?  (1 Answer)

Where can I purchase goods and local hand made items from Tonga?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 19, 2014
Going to Tonga for 8 days.. how much money should I take?  (1 Answer)

I'm going to Tonga for 8 days next week and am wondering how much money I should take. I won't be splashing out on the expensive tourist attractions but want plenty of money to spend on food and drink and cheap transport if necessary. How much should I budget for per day?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 10, 2014
Moving to Tonga with children  (2 Answers)

Hi, my husband and are planning to moving to Tonga for two years. The only thing is, we have a 2 year old boy. What is the health service like? are there any parks/playgrounds for children? haven't seen any pictures of them. Would there be any activities available for two years olds e.g. painting, music, dancing, swimming pools, libraries? are there any expats living in Tonga with children? Can you get panadol for children/formula? Can you get TV shows for children? thank you


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 28, 2014
Swimming with humpback whales and accommodation

Hi I am travelling to Tonga 13th Sept for one week and hoping to get to swim with the whales. Solo traveller and can't really afford top notch resorts. Can anyone suggest best island to stay and cheap and cheerful places to stay! Think the Vava'u Islands best. Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 28, 2014
Swimming with humpback whales and accommodation

Hi I am travelling to Tonga 13th Sept for one week and hoping to get to swim with the whales. Solo traveller and can't really afford top notch resorts. Can anyone suggest best island to stay and cheap and cheerful places to stay! Think the Vava'u Islands best. Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 27, 2014
Will El Nino affect tourism in Tonga 2014

Hi, I have a question here... I was thinking of visiting Tonga this August to go whale watching in Ha'pai. Howevre, I have heard recent reports that an El Nino is forming in the Pacific Ocean, and I was wondering how this will affect these Pacific Islands. If I remember correctly, El Nino usually causes rains in Jan / Feb in south america and the US, but what effect does it have on these islands during this time?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 05, 2014
Cash before I go  (1 Answer)

Where can I get money for tonga in honolulu or can I just us U.S. Currency?? Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 25, 2014
Visiting Tonga  (5 Answers)

Do I need a visa to visit Tonga for 10 days, we are going sailing there


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 19, 2013
Cocomo Vava'u project land lease 99 years

Hi ya can anyone in that lives in Cocomo or Vava'u tell me if there is a project for the leasing of land in Cocomo Village, for leasing of land for 99 years to build a home. I have confirmation by email from the Lord Governor upon my enquiries but need to know from someone that lives there. I am very interested in being self sufficient solar panels catching my own rain water etc. and can someone also tell me what life is like living in Cocomo village. Thanks
Elaine


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 12, 2013
Ferry schedule  (2 Answers)

Does anybody know when I can catch a ferry from Tonga Tapu to Uoleva? Thx Ina


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 29, 2013
Uolevu Captain Cooks hideaway

I have heard that this place has an amazing location. This would be our first island vacation and I want it to be special. The reviews, however, are not so flash but then they are very outdated. Can someone out there please enligthen us?
Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 02, 2011
Nuku'faloa dilemma  (6 Answers)

Hi all,

After a week in Ha'apai, we have a 1-day layover in Nuku'alofa before catching an early morning flight to New Zealand. The flight is at 5.50am which means that theoretically we are supposed to be at the airport by 3.50am.

The current plan is to get a hotel room, spend the day in town, wake up early and head out to the airport. But I'm wondering if it even makes sense to pay for a room under these circumstances. We could probably just catch a late night taxi to the airport straight form downtown, and wait for our flight there...

I have never been to Tonga, so I don't know what to expect. Do we really have to be at the airport 2 hours in advance for our flight? Honestly, I'd be surprised if this rule was enforced in Tonga! Is it a relatively short drive between Nuku'alofa and the airport? How late do restaurants and bars stay open on a Friday night?

I'm still leaning toward getting a hotel room because it would be convenient to leave our bags somewhere and get some rest. However, if we have to wake up at 2.30am to catch the flight, I'm not sure it's worth it. Any advice?

And an unrelated question: should I purchase Pa'Anga before I get to Tonga, or just take NZ dollars as cash? I seem to have read somewhere that they often accept NZD and AUD as payment - is that really true? If so maybe there's no need to exchange money?

Thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 01, 2011
Money issues / best currency to take to Tonga  (2 Answers)

I'm wondering how to best take money for our trip and in what currency. Would it be best to takeUS in cash? I would also appreciate other advice re ATM accessibility / functionality; how widely credit card or EFPOS might be accepted?

Many thanks.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 24, 2010
Moving to Tonga  (7 Answers)

I am an American moving to Tonga and I want to take my dog. I have tried several avenues to get information about the regulations of bringing an animal into the country, without success. Also, is there a vet in Nuku'alofa?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 09, 2010
Where is fast country to get Tonga visitor visa  (1 Answer)

We are students going for a good tour on Papua New Guinea, fiji and Tonga, we have PNG visa and our passports are visa fee to fiji, but Tonga visa, we have not get the visa, because i did not know where to send our travelling documents for the visas, please if any one know the fastest place for the visa help out, the trip to this countries is close.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 12, 2008
SOLO MAFI

bonjour je voudré savoir a qui apartien cette hotel et si je pouvé avoir lenuméros et l' adresse de l' hotel merci de rependre sur mon adresse mail [email] amicalement solo MAFI


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 12, 2008
Where to stay in Tonga ?  (2 Answers)

I am hoping you can give me some advice/tips on where to stay in Tonga please ?

Basically we have flights ( courtesy of frequent flyer pts to use up before expiry ) to Tongatapu in Feb. next year for a 7 night stay and am now trying to work out where would be best to spend our time.

We are keen on snorkelling ....... is there any coral and/or plenty of fish life to view near the shore off the main island of Tongatapu or would we need to head to an offshore island ?

Also Tongatapu seems to offer more places of interest to visit than an offshore island :

e.g.

• The Royal Palace and the Royal Tombs
• Ancient Capital of Mu’a
• Ha’amonga
• Blowholes


Thanks for any advice anyone can offer.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 13, 2008
Family resorts?

Hi there

I am taking my 8yo daughter over to Tonga for 4 nights in November and were wondering where the best family accommodation would be? I have noticed that no hotels/resorts have kids clubs so need something with plenty of things to do to keep her occupied.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 22, 2008
Kayaking tours?  (2 Answers)

g'day anybody know of any good kayak tour companies by experience?
I have seen a few on the internet and they all seem to be very similar.
Maybe even the same mob under different names.
Any advice will be appreciated, good or bad experiences.

Thanks

chris


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 02, 2008
Tonga Bob's

We're staying in Neifu for one night (a Tuesday) in a couple of weeks. By looking at the websites we'll miss all the traditional/kava ceremonies. To keep us entertained I thought Tonga Bob's looked like fun. Do you recommend his "cantina" as a night out for a group of people in their late 20s? We're staying at Puatanave (sic) Hotel. Can you recommend any other activities? (keeping in mind we'll be heading onto a boat the next day so won't be needing any water sports)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 13, 2007
Pangaimotu Island  (1 Answer)

We are due to stay at this island, anything I need to know. Can I take food from NZ with me to Tonga.

Any advice greatly appreciated

Cheers karleen


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 28, 2007
What do you think ok Fafa Island resort?  (4 Answers)

My family will be there for a few days next year...is that one of the better places to stay in Tonga?

Any other suggestions for Tonga would also be appreciated.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 18, 2007
Newspaper or Fotoagency at Tonga

Hi everyone,

I've got a bit of an unusual question. I work as photographer and journalist and I'm wondering whether I could work at Tonga. I would like to know whether there are any photo agengies at Tonga (if so please let me know the internet address or other contact details).

What about newspapers at Tonga? Are there any in English language? Any specially for foreign tourists?

Thanks very much in advance.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 21, 2007
Ha'apai  (3 Answers)

In July i will be in Tonga. I will be in the hap'ai group for 10 days and hope to move around about 5/6 islands around lifuka (uiha, uoleva). Is 10 days in ha'apai too much? I'l b on tongatapu for around 3 days


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 10, 2007
shore snorkelling tonga  (1 Answer)

Where can I stay in budget accomodation and have great shore snorkelling fairly nearby?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 01, 2006
What to do in Tonga  (5 Answers)

Hi
We're going to Tonga for a few days on our way to New Zealand . Any advice on places to visit or things to do ?

Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 29, 2006
living in tonga  (2 Answers)

we were wondering what the laws are on moving to tonga? do u have to get a permit or what? do u just go there and stay there for as long as u like? Any info will be useful. thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 15, 2006
Swimming with Whales in Tonga  (1 Answer)

I thought people would be interested that the latest episode of my travel podcast featured Tonga and swimming with whales.

Chris from the Amateur Traveler podcast.



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