How to Reach Tonga?

Travellers reach Tonga from the following spots in the world by air and sea. The nearest connections to the islands are in Fiji, New Zealand and Australia. Flights reach the main ports in the main islands in the kingdom.

The Kingdom of Tonga is connected to some other countries by air and sea. There are several Flights a week to the kingdom from some airports in some Asian countries, Australia, Europe, New Zealand and the United States.

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Flights from New Zealand connects with airports in Australia, in addition to Honolulu and Los Angeles, which are two connections for people travelling to Tonga and the South Pacific in general from the United States and Canada.

However, flights from Europe reach the kingdom and the south Pacific through either Los Angeles or Sydney and Auckland.

Many carriers operate in this direction, among them are Air New Zealand and Air Australia. Air Pacific has direct flights from Osaka and Tokyo connecting to Nadi in Fiji.

Air New Zealand has direct flights between Nadi and Nagoya. Flights from Fiji take one hour and 25 minutes to the kingdom and they take 2 hours and 35 minutes from Auckland.

The Royal Tingan Airlines and Air New Zealand have direct flights from Honolulu to the islands in the Kingdom. Those airlines and the Polynesian Airlines have direct flights from Auckland in New Zealand and Sydney and Melbourne in Australia to the kingdom. The Royal Tingan Airlines has one flight weekly to Niue Island.

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The Air Pacific has also direct flight from from Los Angeles to Nadi in Fiji about 2-4 times a week and from there Fiji's Air Pacific takes travellers to the Kingdom-of-Tonga. These airlines connect Fiji with Aukland, Christchurch and Wellington in New Zealand and Melbourne and Sydney.

The Royal Tongan Airlines and the Air Pacific have flights between Nadi and Tongatapu three or four times a week. In addition the Royal Tongan Airlines has one flight a week between Nadi, Tongatapu and Vavau.

With the Polynesian Airlines the two cariers have flights weekly between Tongatapu and Apia in Samo. Samoa Air has flights between Pago Pago in Aerican Samoa and Vavau.

Interior flights are operated by the Royal Tongan Airlines connecting most of the important inhabited islands in the kingdom.

There is one time flight from Tongatapu to the groups of Niuas Islands connecting with Vava'u. A Tongan plane fly from th ecapital city to Niuatoputapu once a week and to Niuafo'ou once a week.

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Flights from Tongatapu run to Eua five times weekly. Daily flights take off to Vava'u and Ha'apai.

The Pacific Air offers flight tours between the groups of islands in Tonga in addition to daily inside the island tours. Some tour companies offer sea tours on each of the islands and between the nearsest islands. Other sea tours companies offer sea tours and diving tours on the main islands in the groups.

By sea, most of the sea traffic reach the ports of Tonga in Nuku'alofa, Neiafu, Pangai, Lifuka, Falehau and Futu from Samoa Islands.

Nuku'alofa is a port on Tongatapu, Neiafu is on Vava'u, Pangai and Lifuka are on Ha'apai, Falehau is on Niuatoputapu and Futu is on of Niuafo'ou. Each island in the groups have boats to take passengers to other beautiful sites in the same group.

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Interior land transportation run by buses, taxis and other vheicles. The main local buses serve Eua, Foa, Lifuka, Tongatapu and Vava'u.

In Tongatapu and Vava'u the buses run between the main towns and the airports. Many taxis are in Tongatapu and Vava'u, whilst the other islands have either few taxis or none.

There are car rentals with drivers, motorcycle rentals, bicycle rental and horse rental in most of the islands in Tonga.

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However some beautiful places in the Kingdom-of-Tonga are difficult for driving. The nearest beautiful places are accessible by foot, horses or small boats.

Useful Resources:

The Explorations of Captain James Cook in the Pacific are fascinating personal journals of the famed explorer, who among other exploits discovered and circumnavigated Antarctica, the Hawaiian Islands, eastern Australia and New Zealand.

According to Cook, there was no other large land mass in the South Pacific Ocean. That was a popular myth of his day. He found that there was no navigable Northwest Passage.

Oceanic Explorations reports on a number of the latest discoveries and includes papers, which reassess the Lapita phenomenon in light of this new data.

They reflect on a broad range of interrelated themes including Lapita chronology, patterns of settlement, migration, interaction and exchange, ritual behaviour, sampling strategies and ceramic analyses, all of which relate to aspects highlighting both advances and continuing impediments associated with Lapita research.

Language, Space, and Social Relationships: A Foundational Cultural Model in Polynesia (Language Culture and Cognition) - This book is about the relationship between language and thought, and how this apparently differs between cultures and social groups, is a rapidly expanding area of enquiry.

It discusses the relationship between language and the mental organisation of knowledge, based on the results of a fieldwork project carried out in the Kingdom-of-Tonga in Polynesia.

The book is good for researchers and students working within the fields of psycholinguistics, anthropological linguistics, cognitive anthropology, cognitive psychology, cross-cultural psychology, and cognitive science.

It challenges some existing assumptions in linguistics, cognitive anthropology and cognitive science and proposes a new foundational cultural model to show how space, time and social relationships are expressed both linguistically and cognitively.

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