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Tonga is an eclectic country where there is a perfect blend between the ancient traditions and the latest offering of the modern life. Apart from this, there is plenty to explore here, right from its various islets to the vibrant reefs. For all the fun and adventures that are waiting here, this destination makes an excellent choice for those who want a fun filled adventure trip.
A must visit are the islands of Tongatapu. Deriving its name from meaning of sacred south, you will find a perfect blend of the old and the new here. Travel here and you will be greeted with vast patchworks of plantations, sleepy villages and the remnants of the old civilization that has thrived here. If this isn’t enough for you, you can head to the coral bound reefs and coral islets for an underwater adventure. The Ha’apai group of islands is another place to visit especially with its abundant coral islands, reefs and endless deserted white beached that are fringed with coconut palms. You can even enjoy a relaxing and rustic experience of living a traditional thatched house here. For a truly incredible experience, head to the islands of Vava’u. This picturesque destination comprises of stunning and uncrowded stretched of white sandscapes which plunges into an abyss of iridescence. It makes for a great sailing adventure as it comprises of numerous channels, deep waterways and isolated anchorages especially along the harbours.
While there are plenty of marine attractions to experience here, there are a selected few that you must visit. The Ha’among ‘a Maui is a stone trilithon comprising of three coral limestone slabs and is part of the local folklore culture. The Tofua Caldera is one attraction that is a must visit, especially for nature and adventure lovers. Apart from contributing to the flora and fauna that thrives here, it also supports the plantations of kava. Nature lovers must also visit the iconic Eneio Botanical Garden that is home to a variety of different species of plants which are both native and exotic along with an access to a private beach and camping area. Don’t forget to visit Hufangalupe, a natural land bridge that makes for a picturesque view especially during the high tide. For a peek into the history of the island, head to the Tonga National Museum which not only houses a cultural centre, gallery and library, but also a pottery and royal collection pieces.
The cuisines created here would include a traditional preparation made from the earth stove or over the open fire. Staples like the taro, yams, bananas and coconuts are consumed on a daily basis along with more modern day items of food like canned beef or tuna. Baked breadfruit is one delectable cuisine that would serve during season time. For the non – veg lovers, you can opt for traditionally prepared pork or you can choose any of the canned corned beef or tuna meals. You can down your meal with the formal drink of otai, fresh fruit drinks or even beer imported from the neighbouring countries.
When it comes to the adventures here, there are plenty of choices. To experience the true soul of the country islands, you must visit any of the cultural festivals that are held here on a regular basis. You can even explore the local landscapes and lush forested areas while hiking, trekking or even go karting. If anything else doesn’t excite you, you can always go sailing, yachting or even deep sea diving. Snorkeling in selected coral reefs will be a delightful and colourful experience.
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