Tongatapu

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We spent about 10 days on Tongatapu. This is the main island in Tonga, the capital being Nuku'alofa. Our most lasting memory of Tongatapu will be the sight of the Tongan rugby team's supporters driving round in their decorated cars, honking their horns. If the rugby world cup had been decided by how good the teams supporters where, then Tonga would have definately won, hands down. This was the sight that greeted us in Tonga, and we had to go to tourist information to find out what an earth was going on. To be honest we were a bit worried about what it would have been like if Tonga had won the world cup, the homecoming was amazing too.

Nuku'alofa is home to the royal palace and royal tombs, and also has a good selection of different shops, as well as places to eat and stay.

View of town centre from our hostel.
There are a small number of internet cafes, but if you are going to use the internet you will have to be patient, as the connection can be quite slow. Taxi are available but the buses offer far better value for money, but can be packed on the way home.

In Tonga you have to get used to cockerels crowing rediculously early in the morning (once one starts then they all go off.I recommend ear-plugs if you want to get a decent nights sleep). plus the sight of dogs, pigs and horses roaming the streets.

Tonga is a predominately Christian country so everything is closed on Sunday. The only people allowed to work on a Sunday by law are bakers. A few places will cook food so that the tourists do not go hungry. It is suggested that tourists go to church, but those that don't head to the beach. Pangamotu Island is a good for this as it is just 10 mins away from Tongatapu by boat, and is a good place just to read a book and relax.

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View of town centre from our hoste…
View of town centre from our host…
Deserted beach just 5 mins by bike…
Deserted beach just 5 mins by bik…
Imagine the scene if Tonga had won.
Imagine the scene if Tonga had won.
Currently Tongas only internal ai…
Currently Tonga's only internal a…
Local vending machine.
Local vending machine.
Local Take-a-way more often known …
Local Take-a-way more often known…
It was a long walk to the beach, a…
It was a long walk to the beach, …
Good reef.
Good reef.
Whale-watching platform at the Hid…
Whale-watching platform at the Hi…
Simon sells Caz to local family, i…
Simon sells Caz to local family, …
This ancient banyan tree, was bloo…
This ancient banyan tree, was blo…
So big in fact that look who I fou…
So big in fact that look who I fo…
Another natural arch..
Another natural arch..
This is what happens to the people…
This is what happens to the peopl…
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