The Beautiful Tongatapu Islands!

The group of the beautiful Tongatapu Islands at the south of Tonga is the largest group of islands in land area. It is also the most populous group in the beautiful Tonga Islands.

The second largest group is the group of the beautiful Vava'u Islands, the third largest group is the beautiful Ha'apai Islands and the fourth largest group is the group of the beautiful Niuas Islands or Niuatoputapu.

The beautiful Islands of Tongatapu include the beautiful Tongatapu Island and many other smaller islands. Most of those islands are at the north and the northeast of it. However, some of them are uninhabited islands.

Those Tongan islets on the Tongatapu group include respectively according to the size of the islet, Atata, 'Eue' iki or the Small 'Eua, Oneva, Fukave, Malinoa, Ata, Motutapu, Pangaimotu, Makaha'a, Oneata and Manima.

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The smaller islands on the gulf at the east of Nuku'Alofa are also beautiful sites in Tonga. They include Nukunukumotu Island, adjacent at east of Nuku'alofa and at the mouse of the gulf. Inside the gulf, the smaller islands are Kanatea Island, at the south of Nuku'alofa, Talakite Island and Mata'aho Island.

Atata Island is a fishing island with the Atata beach and the Royal Sunset Island Resort / Hotel. Malinoa Island is also a fishing island. It has many fish species and it is a protected area. Malinoa Island Park is on this islet. See more sites at Tonga beautiful Sites, Tongatapu Beautiful Sites and beautiful places in Tongatapu.

The beautiful Tongatapu Island is the centre of the economical, social and cultural life in Tonga. Therefore it is the most important of all the beautiful Tonga Islands. It stands well in the heart of this area as a commercial and transport hub.

As the first largest in land area and the first populous group of islands in Tonga, the group stretches 347 square kilometres, at the south of Tonga. The beautiful Tongatapu Island takes 259 square kilometres in this area.

Tonga has more than 71,260 inhabitants; almost half of them live in the capital city of the beautiful Tongatapu Islands, Nuku'Alofa, which is the capital city of Tonga as well.

There are more than 30,000 inhabitants in this metropolis. Numbers of Tongans always migrate to it from the other islands groups.

The metropolis is the centre of the Tongan life, as there are plenty of businesses including central markets, hotels, restaurants, tourism bureaus, central telecommunications, central transport, central medical services, bookshops, libraries and national centres.

The Eastern Bus Terminal is on Vuna Road that runs parallel to the upper coastline, at a short distance west of the Inter-island Ferry Terminal. Tonga Visitors Bureau is few metres beside the bus terminal.

The Westpac Bank of Tonga is further to the west from this direction and is at north of the Public Service Commission. Nuku'alofa Club is near those locations at the west. The British High Commission bureau is further at the northwest of the Royal Palace of Tonga.

Many of Tonga's ministries are in this area including the Prime Minister's Office, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change and the Ministry of Education.

The Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Labour, Commerce and Industry are at the southeast of this direction and below the Eastern Bus Terminal, Tonga Visitors Bureau and the International Dateline Hotel.

Fua'Amotu International Airport is about 22 kilometres at the southeast of the metropolis of Nuku'Alofa and it takes about 25 minutes drive. There are some beautiful sites to visit or to stay including some reserves in the beautiful Tongatapu Islands.

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The reserves include Ha'amonga 'a Maui Trilithon & National Historic Reserve, the Muihopohoponga Reserve at the top northeast of Tongatapu and the Pangaimotu Reef Reserve off the island at the north of My Lady Lata 11 Shipwreck. People could stay on this last reserve.

The beautiful Tongan resorts in the beautiful Tongatapu Islands are the Royal Sunset Island Resort, Ha'atafu Beach Resort, Paradise Shores Resort, Fafá Island Resort, Sun Island Resort, Tongan Beachcomber Resort, Keleti Beach Resort, Good Samaritan Inn and Heilala Holiday Lodge.

The other sites in different places on the beautiful Tongatapu Islands are the Crown Golf Course, 'Atele Indoor Stadium, Umu Tangata, Tongan National Centre and Lapaha Archaeological Site.

In addition, those beautiful sites include also the areas of Tonga College, Tupou College, 'Anahulu Cave, Three headed Coconut Tree, Mapu'a' a Vaca Blowholes, or Mapu'a Vaea Blowholes, Hufangalupe Natural Limestone Archway and Fua'amotu International Airport.

The beautiful sites include the Prince's Palace, Tufumahina Royal Residence, Queen Salote Wharf and Kauvai Royal Estate. There are restaurants and nightclubs in beautiful places such as the Ambassador Nightclub and Love Boat Restaurant.

The beautiful parks in the beautiful Tongatapu Islands include Malinoa Island Park, Monu'afe Island Park and Tongan Wildlife Centre Bird Park. There are two sites in the beautiful Tongatapu Islands by the names of Abel Tasman Landing Site, Captain Cook's Landing Site and the beautiful site of Nukuleka.

The other sites in the beautiful Tongatapu Islands are the Crown Golf Course, 'Atele Indoor Stadium, Umu Tangata, Tongan National Centre, Lapaha Archaeological Site, Tonga College, Tupou College, 'Anahulu Cave, Three headed Coconut Tree, Mapu'a' a Vaca Blowholes, or Mapu'a Vaea Blowholes, Hufangalupe Natural Limestone Archway and Fua'amotu International Airport.

For more information about those beautiful sites in Tonga see the second sections below the forms on the main pages and Tonga beautiful sites here. For more information about the beautiful Tongatapu Islands, see the useful resources below and the second section of the page below the form.

Geographical records mention that the Dutch explorer Abel Janszoon Tasman was the first European to reach the islands on 20 January 1643, while trying to find a passage through the south Pacific and the Indian Ocean to Chile.

Tasman lived a couple of days with the people of Tonga and called the beautiful Tongatapu Islands Amsterdam. The records have mentioned also that Captain Cook mentioned the islands of Tongataboo on 1777 in the Three Voyages Around the World, Volume 1.

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Captain James Cook reached the islands at that time and called them "the friendly islands". He became a friend with the King "Tu'i Tonga", Fatafehi Paulaho and presented him with a tortoise from Madagascar, named Tu'i Malila and died on 19 May 1965.

It was the second longest-lived tortoise after Adwaita, which was lived during 1750-2006 in the Alipore Zoological Gardens in Kolkata, India. The Tu'i Malila is preserved in the Tongan National Centre in Tongatapu.

Useful Resources:

On the Road of the Winds: An Archaeological History of the Pacific Islands before European Contact: The Pacific Ocean covers one-third of the earth's surface and encompasses many thousands of islands, the home to numerous human societies and cultures.

Among these indigenous Oceanic cultures are the intrepid Polynesian double-hulled canoe navigators, the atoll dwellers of Micronesia, the statue carvers of remote Easter Island, and the famed traders of Melanesia.

Recent archaeological excavations, combined with allied research in historical linguistics, biological anthropology, and comparative ethnography, have begun to reveal much new information about the long-term history of these Pacific Island societies and cultures.

Illness and Cure in Tonga: Traditional and Modern Medical Practice: Siosiane Fanua Bloomfield looks at traditional cures and their practitioners in Tongatapu and the remote Niuas of Tonga, in her study. She has a special emphasis on maternal and child health, and family planning.

As she examines values and belief systems related to sicknesses and their cures, Siosiane discovers that Tongans are very much concerned with health, but their emphasis is on the social aspect of health, and particularly the spiritual side of social life.

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