A robust nation fit for a king…
As the only Pacific nation to never lose indigenous governance or be colonised, Tonga has earned its title of ‘The Kingdom’. While this name represents the thousand-year monarchy that continues to shape Tongan life, it also reflects the pride of a country that has fought to retain self-rule despite oceans of tenacious European explorers.
Tonga’s uninterrupted authority over their own affairs has helped to preserve many aspects of ancient Polynesian culture, and has ensured that The Kingdom remains one of the world’s most authentic and unspoilt traveller’s destinations. It is also regarded as one of the most laid-back, and is therefore an ideal stretch of the South Pacific to pull into the slow lane.
With over 170 islands and atolls forming the Tongan archipelago, natural assets from both land and sea are in leisurely abundance – though crowds and large-scale resorts are refreshingly absent. From the moment of touchdown onto the main island of Tongatapu, visitors feel embraced by the gentle rhythm of old Polynesia.GREAT DEaLS