What to bring
useful tips before you arrive
FOOD & ALCOHOL
Tonga has a great selection of restaurants and cafes, and most foods are available in the supermarkets and shops. Quality wines and beers are sold throughout the Kingdom, and you’ll even be able to get your coffee fix from our locally-grown coffee.
Be sun smart and take a hat, sun screen and sunnies.
Remember that Tonga is a relatively conservative country, so if you are planning to swim in the main centres you’ll need to cover up by wearing shorts and a rash top or t-shirt. Swimming in a bikini or swimsuit is acceptable at some resorts, but not elsewhere.
Bring comfortable shoes so you can explore on foot Tonga’s markets and attractions. There is a FREE Walking Map of Nuku’alofa available at the Visitor Information Centre, and this takes in all the main historical and cultural highlights of the city centre. There is a 1 hour or 2 hour version.
Reef shoes are a good idea to protect your feet from the coral when snorkelling, but remember not to damage Tonga’s beautiful coral and other marine life.
Bring a cardigan or jumper as it can sometimes get cool in the evenings.
A snorkel and mask are a must, as Tonga’s reefs and marine life are second to none. An underwater camera or Go Pro is a good idea, so your can show off all your special moments on Facebook – remember to send us the best photos so we can add to our Facebook page (facebook/tonga).
If you are planning to go to Church whilst in Tonga, take long pants and a shirt for men, or a knee-length dress or skirt for ladies. Plus your singing voice of course.
And if you are keen to immerse yourself in Tonga’s culture, take the time out to visit a local school and take along a gift of pens, pads or books. They will really appreciate it.