Top Tips

  • Patience is a virtue: in Tonga, time is a flexible entity! Slow down and chill the heck out.
  • Respectful dress is important to Tongans: Tongan law prohibits being in a public place without a shirt (avoid singlets too), and wear long pants to church.
  • Swimsuits should be worn only at resorts. Tongans swim fully dressed.
  • ‘Keeping face’ is extremely important in Tonga. If things don’t meet your expectations, don’t escalate the situation by waving and shouting about it.
  • Tonga closes down on Sundays: plan ahead accordingly.
  • Double- and triple-check your ferry and Real Tonga flight schedules – things change!