Ko e ‘Otua mo Tonga ko hoku tofi’a
The Kingdom of Tonga is known as the Friendly Islands. With 176 islands to explore, you will be spoiled for choice in the Kingdom of Tonga. Only 40 islands are inhabited, so it is easy to imagine yourself on one of the deserted islands and become friends with the local sea life.
Tonga is made up of four major island groups: Tongatapu and ‘Eua in the south, Ha’apai group in the centre and Vava’u group in the north, each have their own flavour. Further north you will find Niua Fo’ou and Niuatoputapu, two islands that make up the Niuas island group. Tonga is a unique Polynesian Kingdom where the King and his Royal Family and Nobles are similar to many European Monarchies.
Tonga’s motto is “Ko e ‘Otua mo Tonga ko hoku tofi’a”, “God and Tonga are my Inheritance”.
Come to Tonga for a truly relaxing holiday and experience the true South Pacific.
The current Tonga weather is displayed at the left hand top corner of the website.
Tonga has a unique tropical climate with an average annual daytime temperature of 24ºC or 75ºF.
In the summer from December to April the temperatures are warmer and more humid but never above 35ºC or 95ºF and the winter months from May to November are cooler and dryer and never below 18ºC or 64ºF.
Overall Tonga enjoys a climate that is warm and pleasant all year round. Any time of the year is a perfect time to visit and enjoy this unique pacific island Kingdom and all it has to offer.
Tongan is the official language of the Kingdom, and English is spoken by most Tongans.
Tonga’s businesses operate Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 4.30pm and on Saturday from 8.30am to 12noon. On Sunday most businesses are closed, including restaurants, cafes and bars however food is still available from bakeries, hotels and resorts. Go on, adapt yourself to Tonga Time and enjoy living life at a gentle Island pace….
Dress in Tonga
While casual wear is acceptable, beachwear should be confined to the beach and travellers should be mindful of their dress. It is not legal for men and women to go shirtless in public and remember that Sunday is regarded as a sacred day. Tongan clothing culture is conservative. Tongan’s generally swim fully clothed. It is against the law in Tonga to be topless in public (men and women). If you are a traveller staying at tourist accommodation then this law doesn’t apply. There are times when you need to cover your shoulders and knees, especially if you are planning to participate in an island church service.
Currency & Banking
How to use the currency converter to measure your holiday budget in Tongan Pa’anga:
- Select your national currency in the “from” field.
- Select “TOP” in the “to” field
- Enter your amount under “enter your amount”
- Click convert
The Tongan dollar is the Pa’anga (TOP) and comes in $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 dollar denominations. Most major credit cards are accepted in Tonga and there are over 200 EFTPOS outlets, however it is recommended that you always have cash on you as there are a number of outlets that don’t have electronic facilities and accept cash only. Some cafes and guest houses only accept cash, also taxi drivers don’t carry large amounts of cash, so carrying small denomination notes is a good idea.
There are 3 commercial banks: Westpac, ANZ and MBf Bank. One development bank: Tonga Development Bank (TDB Bank) and a central bank in Tonga: National Reserve Bank of Tonga (NRBT).
Most banks are open Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm and Saturday from 8.30am – 12noon and a number of ATM machines are spread across Tonga.
Tipping is not expected in Tonga but is always appreciated as a reward for good service (and you will find great service in Tonga!).