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The Wedding & Honeymoon Guide to Tonga

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Plan a Romantic Getaway or Honeymoon to Tonga

Tonga has the azure waters, the sandy shores and the swaying coconut palms to complete a dreamy island honeymoon or romantic getaway. However, the only Kingdom in the South Pacific also has the advantage of being off-the-beaten-track and undoubtedly different. The islands are rich in culture and history while the waters are home to a dizzying array of tropical life, as well as visitors such as humpback whales, which – by the way – you can swim with if you haven’t heard! Needless to say, Tonga makes for an unforgettable honeymoon. Start planning the ultimate couples’ escape with this complete romantic getaway and honeymoon guide to Tonga.

What About Getting Married in Tonga?

If you want to get married in Tonga, however, there are some hoops to jump through, but those who have the time to take the necessary one month in Tonga before your big day, most would agree that the stay is worth it. Check out How to Organise Your Wedding in Tonga for more information on getting married in Tonga.

About Tonga

Location: Tonga is in the South Pacific in the continent of Oceania. Tonga is directly south of Samoa and two-thirds of the way between Hawaii and New Zealand. Find out more in Where is Tonga Located?

Size: Tonga has a land area of 750 km² (290 mi²) scattered over 700,000 km² (270,000 mi²) of ocean.

Climate: Daily average temperature – 26°C (79°F), yearly average rainfall – 1,600 mm (63 in).
Find out more in What is the Weather Like in Tonga?

Time zone: TST / GMT+13.
Find out more in What is the Tonga Time Zone?

Population: 100,179.
Find out more in Who are the People of Tonga?

Languages: Tongan and English.
Find out more in The Guide to the Tongan Language.

Is Tonga Romantic?

Yes! If your idea of romance is tropical islands with palm-fringed beaches and incredible wildlife encounters, then Tonga certainly is romantic.

Is Tonga Good for a Honeymoon?

Absolutely! All of Tonga’s resorts are boutique resorts that are inherently romantic, while the balmy weather, white-sand beaches and azure lagoons provide a romantic setting for a honeymoon.

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How to Get to Tonga

What is the best way to get to Tonga? Tonga can be accessed by flight, cruise ship or private sailing yachts. The most popular way to get to Tonga is by international flight, so let’s start with that.

Flying to Tonga

Direct international flights to Tonga come from New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Samoa and American Samoa. If you’re coming from further afield, connecting flights can be made in New Zealand, Australia and Fiji. See our guide, Which Airlines Fly to Tonga? for more advice on flying to Tonga.

Most international arrivals land at Fua’amotu International Airport on the island of Tongatapu, 21 km (13 mi) from the nation’s capital, Nuku’alofa. A limited number of flights also arrive at Lupepau’u International Airport in Vava’u, about 10 km (6 mi) from Neiafu. Find out more about these airports and the best one to fly to in our guide, Tonga Arrival Airports: Which Airport to Fly into Tonga.

Cruises to Tonga

Tonga is on the itinerary of several South Pacific cruises from New Zealand, Australia and French Polynesia. There are two ports of call in Tonga, one in Nuku’alofa on Tongatapu and the other in Neiafu in Vava’u. Find out about which cruise liners have Tonga on their itinerary in the 10 Best Cruises That Visit Tonga.

Sailing to Tonga

Tonga is situated at the centre of a Transpacific journey between the US and New Zealand. The yachting season is between May and October. Learn about the sailing formalities and the ports of entry in The Sailing Guide to Tonga.

A Note on Customs Declarations

Tonga has strict biosecurity measures at the border to stop unwanted pests and diseases from entering the country. Therefore, anyone arriving in Tonga has to declare any “risk items” they have packed in their luggage – even common items like food and sports gear. Be sure to read up on Arriving in Tonga: Airport Customs, Biosecurity & Arrival Process so you are prepared.

Check out our complete guide on How to Get to Tonga for even more tips on making your way to the islands of Tonga.

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The Best Time to Visit Tonga for a Honeymoon or Romantic Getaway

Tonga is a tropical country and experiences warm temperatures throughout the year. It has two distinct seasons, a dry season that is drier and cooler, and a wet season that is hot and humid. Learn much more about the weather and climate by month in our guide to the Tonga Weather, Seasons & Climate + Tonga Weather by Month.

Dry Season (May to October)

The dry season is also known as the winter season in Tonga, although many would not describe it as winter with temperatures around 19-29°C (66-84°F). The rainfall per month is an average of 110 mm (3.9 in). The dry season is also the time for whale swimming and the clearest visibility for scuba diving.

Wet Season (November to April)

The wet season is hotter and more humid, with temperatures around 23-31°C (74-88°F) and an average monthly rainfall of 210 mm (8.3 in). This is also Tonga’s cyclone season, which means there’s a risk of cyclones (but only a risk).

The Best Time for a Honeymoon in Tonga

With a good combination of fewer tourists than earlier in the year, a drier climate than later in the year, and a greater possibility for cheaper resorts and flights, October and November are the best months for a honeymoon in Tonga.

Still can’t decide when the best time is to travel to the islands? Check out our complete guide, The Best Time to Visit Tonga, which dives deeper into the subject.

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Couples’ Packing List for Tonga

The main thing you need to keep in mind when packing for Tonga is to have a tropical wardrobe that includes some more modest items of clothing for exploring Tonga’s towns and villages. A packing list for Tonga might look a little something like this:

  • 4 Singlets/T-Shirts
  • 2 Blouses/Shirts to cover the shoulders
  • 2 Shorts/Skirts to or below the knee
  • Dress/Skirt below the knee for church/impress at dinner, going to town or villages, etc. We recommend light fabrics such as the sustainable bamboo dresses and skirts by Moso Morrow
  • 1 Sarong (Lavalava) will be your best friend for hitting the beach and covering your swimwear in between swimming
  • 1 or 2 Light sleepwear if you’re against sleeping in your undies
  • 1 Light jacket/Cardigan/Pashmina for cooler evenings
  • 1 Light fleece jumper something to keep warm after swimming from a boat
  • 1 Sports shorts/Leggings for hiking/active activities, preferable to or below the knee
  • 1 Sports T-shirt/Singlet for hiking/active activities
  • 1 Outfit to travel between Tonga and home
  • 3 Bras including strapless, sports and comfortable bras
  • 6 Underwear
  • 4 Socks
  • 1 Bikini for resort beach/pool
  • 1 One-piece for watersports
  • 2 Boardshorts for guys
  • 1 Rash vest (we like sustainable Sharkskin rashies)
  • Sunhat
  • Sunglasses
  • Flip-flops/Sandals
  • Walking shoes/Sneakers
  • Reef shoes/Water shoes.

And that’s just the clothes! For a full packing list of everything to take, including accessories and toiletries, check out The Complete Packing List for Tonga.

Health Products

With questionable drinking water, high UV levels and the presence of mosquitos, certain health products are essential to take to Tonga. Tonga also has a fragile marine ecosystem so natural sunscreens and repellents are a must, while reusable water purification bottles are preferable to buying bottled water for obvious environmental reasons. See our health essentials packing list in What Medication to Pack in Your First Aid Kit for Tonga, as well as tips for protecting the health of the environment in the 30 Ways to Travel More Sustainably in Tonga.


The currency in Tonga is Tongan Pa’anga. You will need to be prepared to get by on cash for much of your stay as this is often the only payment method accepted. There are ATMs in the four main towns of Tonga. Get more money tips in What is The Best Way to Pay in Tonga?

Do You Need a Visa to Visit Tonga?

For citizens of around 70 different countries, the answer is no. You just need to arrive in Tonga with a valid passport. Citizens not of visa-exempt countries will need an Entry Permit. Find out more about Do You Need a Visa to Visit Tonga? and what other paperwork to prepare in What Documents Do I Need to Travel to Tonga?

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How Long to Spend in Tonga

Tonga might make for an idyllic boutique resort getaway to simply relax for a few days  – and that’s fine; we all need to R&R from time to time. Most couples, however, are here to explore and experience some of the most dramatic culture and wildlife experiences in the South Pacific. With that in mind, here’s what you can achieve in certain timeframes… (And don’t worry, we’ll get onto the destinations in the next few sections).

3 Days / A Long Weekend in Tonga

Over a long weekend, you have enough time to see the highlights of Tongatapu. Check out the Tonga Honeymoon & Romance Itinerary: 3 Days for an example itinerary.

5 Days in Tonga

Start by exploring Tongatapu, then head to one of the outer islands, such as the nearby ‘Eua, for a couple of days. See the Tonga Honeymoon & Romance Itinerary: 5 Days for an amazing trip idea.

7 Days / 1 Week in Tonga

Visit two island groups to experience two sides of Tonga. Flights and ferries connect the main four groups on a regular basis so take your pick! Get some inspiration on what to do and where to go from our Tonga Honeymoon & Romance Itinerary: 7 Days.

14 Days / 2 Weeks in Tonga

Adventurous travellers can visit as many as four major island groups of Tonga. See our Tonga Honeymoon & Romance Itinerary: 14 Days for weeks of exciting experiences.

How Long Can You Stay in Tonga?

Visitors to Tonga can stay up to one month (30 days) or nationals from a Schengen member country can stay up to three months (90 days)! Visitor extensions are available, however, which you can learn more about in our guide, How Long Can You Stay in Tonga on a Visitor Visa?

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Which Islands to Visit: Romantic Getaway to Tongatapu

Tongatapu is the main island in Tonga and a great choice for couples travelling on a budget or who are interested in the history and culture of the islands. It’s the home of the nation’s capital, adorned with a royal palace as an ever reminder of the South Pacific’s only sovereignty.

That’s not to say that there aren’t any of the must-dos in Tongatapu, where whale swimming, scuba diving and snorkelling trips all depart from Faua Wharf on Nuku’alofa’s waterfront.

Tongatapu provides couples with a variety of stays, from luxury apartments and quaint lodges in the capital to even a small selection of beachfront and treehouse resorts scattered across the main island’s eastern side.

Learn more about planning a honeymoon on the main island in The Honeymoon & Romantic Getaway Guide to Tongatapu and about staying in the capital in The Honeymoon & Romantic Getaway Guide to Nuku’alofa.

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Which Islands to Visit: Romantic Getaway to ‘Eua

For the active couple, the island of ‘Eua is the ideal place to connect with nature as well as each other. The island is less than 20 km (11 mi) off the eastern shores of Tongatapu, taking only seven minutes to fly there. While the accommodation on the island isn’t the flashiest, there’s attractive beachfront glamping which is ideal for the non-fussy couple.

As for the adventures you can have together on this island, they include hiking in the breathtaking ‘Eua National Park with its giant banyan trees, sinkholes and stunning island lookouts.

During the whale season, you can swim with humpback whales where ‘Eua has the longest whale season in the country. Freediving is also on the menu where Cathedral Cave is the highlight – one of the largest sea caves in the South Pacific.

Learn more about honeymooning on this off-the-beaten-track island in The Honeymoon & Romantic Getaway Guide to ‘Eua.

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Which Islands to Visit: Romantic Getaway to Ha’apai

If you’re looking for those picture-perfect islands with palm-fringed sandy beaches leading into turquoise waters, then you’ll find them in Ha’apai. This central island group is made up of 62 islands, most of which are uninhabited. With that in mind, there are plenty of opportunities for couples to get the “private island” experience, whether it’s staying in a beach hut with an entire island all to yourselves or it’s just for the day for a private island picnic.

Aside from the usual Tongan must-dos, like whale swimming, scuba diving and fishing, Ha’apai has the ideal landscapes of lagoons and fringing reefs for watersports. It’s the perfect excuse to double up in a kayak and explore the islands or venture on your own sunset paddleboarding safari.

If you prefer to stay on dry land, then romantic experiences include horseriding on the beach, rejuvenating in a yoga session, or simply snuggling up together in a hammock.

For more honeymoon talk on Ha’apai, take a look at The Honeymoon & Romantic Getaway Guide to Ha’apai.

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Which Islands to Visit: Romantic Getaway to Vava’u

More dreamy island resorts can be found in the islands of Vava’u, Tonga’s northern island group (excluding The Niuas). Alternatively, couples looking for something a little different could spend their honeymoon sailing the South Pacific’s best sailing grounds on a sailing yacht with all the meals and watersports equipment included.

Vava’u is an island group best suited for couples with the “go big or go home” mantra, where some of the most famous snorkelling spots and dive sites in Tonga can be found here, from Swallows Cave to the Clan MacWilliam wreck dive. It’s also the place where you can find the most whale swimming operators and fishing charters, thanks to its renowned blue marlin fishery. If you’ve got the budget, you can certainly do all of what Tonga is famous for in Vava’u.

For more ideas for planning your Vava’u honeymoon, check out The Honeymoon & Romantic Getaway Guide to Vava’u.

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How to Get Around Tonga

Tonga might not have an overwhelming number of island groups but the distance between each is quite substantial with around 180 km (110 mi) between Tongatapu and Ha’apai and 130 km (80 mi) between Ha’apai and Vava’u. Not to mention, Tonga’s larger islands are well worth exploring in their own right. So how do you get around Tonga?

Domestic Flights

To get between island groups, flights operate daily except Sundays. They are the fastest and most comfortable way to get between islands, so naturally, the most expensive option. Learn more about flying between the island groups in The Guide to Domestic Flights in Tonga.

Interisland Ferries

Cargo-style boats and barge ferries travel between Tongatapu, ‘Eua, Ha’apai and Vava’u several times a week. They are cheaper than flying but trips can last several hours. See The Guide to Travelling in Tonga by Ferry to learn much more about this transport method.

Car Rental

Car rental is readily available in Tongatapu and Vava’u, but a little harder to find in ‘Eua and Ha’apai unless you know where to look. Find out everything you need to know about hiring in What You Need to Hire a Car in Tonga.


Taxis are available in Tongatapu and Vava’u. Ask for the going rate, as many don’t use meters. See The Guide to Taxis in Tonga for more tips.


Buses are ultra-cheap, providing a local experience to get around Tongatapu. We have a guide for that too, in How to Travel Around Tonga By Bus.

There are a lot more ways to travel around Tonga between resort transfers, guided tours, bicycle rental and even multi-day kayaking tours so be sure to browse our Tonga Transport Guide: 15 Ways to Get Around Tonga for more advice.

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Where to Stay: Accommodation in Tonga for Couples

It would be an understatement to say that Tonga’s accommodations are “intimate” (except for one large hotel in Nuku’alofa). Choose from romantic beachfront resorts typically consisting of only two to seven fales (beach houses), while guesthouses provide a cheap and homely experience. Hotels and holiday homes are also options.

Take a look at our top recommendations for couples in the 10 Most Romantic Accommodations in Tonga, as well as advice on choosing a place to stay in How to Pick the Best Honeymoon Accommodation in Tonga.


Typically lining a beach or private island, Tonga’s resorts are small and tranquil. Most have either an à la carte restaurant or a dining fale where shared meals are served. Many resorts will offer their own array of free and paid experiences, such as whale swimming, scuba diving, use of watersports equipment and more. Resorts are by no means five stars but range from basic traditionally built fales to well-appointed bungalows.

Learn more about what to expect from Tonga’s resorts in How to Pick the Best Honeymoon Resort in Tonga for You. Plus, don’t miss The Top 25 Resorts in Tonga.


Hotels offer an alternative accommodation option in Tonga’s two largest towns, Nuku’alofa and Neiafu. They range in quality from Tonga’s one international-style hotel to the more prevalent three-star boutique hotels and budget hotels.

Check out How to Pick the Best Hotel in Tonga for You for more of an overview or jump straight to our favourites in the 25 Best Hotels in Tonga.


Available in each island group’s main towns, guesthouses are usually owned by locals providing affordable and authentic Tongan hospitality. Think of them as a B&B; guests have a private room, sometimes with an ensuite, and share communal facilities like a kitchen and bathroom.

Find out more about their facilities in How to Pick the Best Guesthouse in Tonga for You, as well as our top picks in the 20 Best Guesthouses in Tonga.

Holiday Homes/Villas

For couples seeking their own space and perhaps conveniences like self-catering facilities, choose one of the holiday homes or villa complexes in Tonga. Holiday homes and villas tend to have everything needed for couples to enjoy a self-contained stay.

Check out How to Pick the Best Holiday Home in Tonga for You and How to Choose the Best Villa in Tonga for You for more details. Plus, be sure to browse the 20 Best Holiday Homes in Tonga and 10 Best Villas in Tonga.

Accommodation Standards in Tonga

It’s important to set a few expectations straight before checking into your accommodation in Tonga. Tonga is a developing country with a younger tourism industry and, in turn, less expertise than some of the more developed tourist hubs of the South Pacific. Some accommodations can be pretty basic, and not all of your usual facilities are provided. All in all, it is best to keep an open mind.

And for our most romantic picks for all types of accommodation, check out the 10 Most Romantic Accommodations in Tonga.

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Romantic Things to Do in Tonga

Tonga hooks most couples with the prospect of swimming with humpback whales but there’s much more to this island nation. You never know, after browsing our 101 Best Things to Do in Tonga: The Ultimate List you might just realise that there are amazing experiences even outside of the whale season.

In terms of activities perfectly suited to a couples’ getaway, some of the highlights include:

Check out more ideas, as well as have more elaboration in the 10 Romantic Things to Do in Tonga for Couples.

More Activities in Tonga

  • Snorkelling – Snorkel over coral reefs from shore or on snorkelling boat tours
  • Kitesurfing – Ha’apai and Vava’u offer flat lagoons and ideal trade winds for kitesurfing
  • Game fishing – The South Pacific’s largest pelagics can be caught on fishing charters in Tonga
  • Markets – Handicraft and produce markets are the centre of communities in Tonga making for an enriching cultural experience
  • Historical sites – Tonga is home to some of the South Pacific’s most ancient sites, from megalithic structures to royal tombs
  • Natural attractions – Limestone caves, blowholes and more spectacular natural features can be found in Tonga
  • Cultural tours – Take part in traditions, see crafting and food demonstrations
  • Cultural shows – Experience an iconic Tongan floor show accompanied by an umu feast
  • Museums & art galleries – See ancient relics and Tongan artwork on display
  • Spa treatments – Visit a day spa or get a massage at your resort’s beachfront massage fale.

Again, you’ll find much more inspiration from our 101 Best Things to Do in Tonga: The Ultimate List so get on there!

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Food in Tonga

Food is an integral part of the Tongan culture. Despite there being limited dining options outside of main centres like Nuku’alofa and Neiafu, accommodation hosts will ensure you won’t go hungry by either providing homecooked meals of Tongan fare or boasting their own restaurant with an international menu. Everything you need to know about food in Tonga can be found in The Food Guide to Tonga: Places to Eat & Food Tours.

Restaurants and Cafes

Tonga’s restaurants can be found in Nuku’alofa and Neiafu, as well as some of its resorts. They typically have international influences, such as Italian, American, British, Chinese and more, as well as local Tongan dishes. Check out our top dining picks in the 20 Best Restaurants in Tonga.


Self-catering is often an option with many accommodations offering some sort of cooking facilities. Travellers can pick up food from small supermarkets, fale koloa (convenience stores), and produce markets. Get advice on self-catering in our guide, A Guide to Supermarkets & Food Shopping in Tonga.

Special Diets

With tropical vegetables and coconut cream being staple ingredients in Tonga, vegans and gluten-intolerant diners are usually doable in Tonga but you will struggle to find dishes on restaurant menus that cater to various diets. Those with dietary health issues should let accommodation hosts know about any dietary requirements before arrival. Check out Tonga for Vegans & Vegetarians + 10 Best Restaurants, as well as The Gluten-Free Guide to Tonga for more advice.

What Food to Try

And what are the foods worth trying in Tonga? Tongan food can be sampled at Tongan restaurants, cultural shows and buffets, locally-owned supermarkets, and markets and roadside stalls, particularly on a Saturday. Check out which meals to look out for in the 10 Unique Foods in Tonga You Have to Try, as well as drinks in the 10 Drinks in Tonga You Have to Try!

Food and Water Safety

Tourist accommodations in Tonga tend to have access to safe drinking water, whether it’s a jug of filtered water at reception or the option to buy bottled water. See Is the Water Safe to Drink in Tonga? for more advice. Food in Tonga is generally cooked to safe hygiene standards, but check out Tonga Safety Tips for precautions to take.

Want to know more about dining in Tonga? Head to The Food Guide to Tonga: Places to Eat & Food Tours.

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Typical Costs and Budget: How Much Does a Honeymoon in Tonga Cost?

We all travel very differently. Therefore, making a precise budget for everyone is, quite frankly, an impossible task. Nevertheless, you can work out your own needs, thus budget, by simply looking at the typical prices listed below or in our article, Tonga Travel Budget: How Much Does a Trip to Tonga Cost?

The Cost of Accommodation

The Cost of Food

  • Main breakfast meal – TOP$9-$29
  • Main lunch meal – TOP$15-$30
  • Main dinner meal – TOP$22-$60
  • Dessert – TOP$10-$15
  • Cultural show and buffet – TOP$50-$100
  • Pint of beer – TOP$8-$12
  • Glass of wine – TOP$15.50-$19
  • Small coffee – TOP$5-$8
  • Soft drink – TOP$5-$7
  • Resort meal plan full-board/day – TOP$170-$290.

Grocery prices for self-catering can be found in What is the Cost of Food in Tonga?

The Cost of Tours and Activities

All activity prices are per person unless stated otherwise.

The Cost of Transport

  • Bicycle rental/day – TOP$0-$35
  • Scooter rental/day – TOP$50-$55
  • Car rental/day – TOP$50-$200
  • Public bus/trip – TOP$0.80-$3.50
  • Taxi/first kilometre – TOP$3.50-$4.10/
    Continuous km – TOP$1.20-1.40/km
  • Accommodation/airport transfers/person – TOP$0-$100
  • Ferry/ ‘Eua to Tongatapu – TOP$30
    Ha’apai to Tongatapu – TOP$70-$80
    Vava’u to Tongatapu – TOP$90-$100
    Tongatapu to The Niuas – TOP$150
    Vava’u to Ha’apai – TOP$80-$90
  • Boat charter/ Lifuka to Uoleva – TOP$250
  • Island resort airport transfer – TOP$50-$200
  • Flight/Tongatapu to Vava’u – TOP$340-$390
    Tongatapu to Ha’apai – TOP$240-$260
    Tongatapu to ‘Eua – TOP$100.

Again, check out our guide, Tonga Travel Budget: How Much Does a Trip to Tonga Cost? for more budget tips and costs.

Spending Money for Tonga

Here are a few averages for a daily budget for Tonga. These include food, activities, transport and miscellaneous expenses. Each price is per person per day:

  • Budget daily budget: TOP$150
  • Mid-range daily budget: TOP$295
  • Luxury daily budget: TOP$460+

We break down the budgets further in How Much Spending Money Do You Need for Tonga?

More About Romantic Getaways and Honeymoons in Tonga

That’s it for our honeymoon and romantic getaway guide to Tonga but by no means the end of our Tonga advice! Check out the following guides for more tips for couples:

And if you simply can’t get enough Tonga wisdom, head over to the 30 Tips for Travelling in Tonga.

Happy travels and thanks for checking out this honeymoon and romantic getaway guide to Tonga!


Laura (Lola) S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of Tonga Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in the South Pacific over 10 years ago with nothing but a backpack and a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to explore a paradise such as Tonga. She knows the islands inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience Tonga’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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