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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.
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.