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Tonga Nature and Wildlife

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Tonga is considered by many to be the “Crown Jewel of the South Pacific”. This is due to the incredibly beautiful landscapes found throughout the islands. Tonga flora consists of a variety of plants and trees including coconut palms and banana groves as well as stunning tropical flowers like hibiscus and frangipani. Tonga was the first nation in the Pacific to establish maritime parks and as such, the white sandy beaches and clear lagoons offer excellent swimming, snorkelling and diving.



Birdlife is abundant in Tonga, however, there are few species unique to the island nation. Many seabirds can be found on the southern cliffs and in forests, there are even rare spottings of Grey Noddies. On the coasts, White-collared Kingfishers are common, while Pacific Swallows - which are rare in Tonga - may be seen. Veitongo Village in Tongatapu is home to the Tonga Wildlife Centre. This is a popular spot for birdwatchers as the centre’s main purpose is the preservation of rare and endangered birds. Other birds found in Tonga include Pacific Golden Plover, Pacific Black Duck, the Tongan Whistler, Blue-crowned Lorikeets and the unique Koki, a bright green and red parrot.

Marine wildlife in Tonga is immense with dolphins dotting the coast all year thanks to the warm temperatures. June through to November sees a wide array of breaching humpback whales while the coral gardens are home to over 100 species of brightly coloured tropical and flying fish, manta rays, giant clams and sea turtles.



Tonga Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy-to-navigate travel information section dedicated to Tonga. 

Learn about the history and culture of Tonga., the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Tonga's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, and 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information, will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Tonga. for yourself. Start exploring...book one of our Tonga vacations today!


Extend Your Stay

Consider an additional stopover after or before one of your Tonga tours at one of Goway's other South Pacific destinations. You can choose from our selection of Australian vacationsNew Zealand vacation packages, Tahiti vacation packages, one of our Fiji resorts or perhaps take a Cook Island vacation. 

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Goway’s Downunder wizards can offer you many ways to explore and enjoy Tonga. Choose from a simple island stopover and much more. We want to be your first choice when next you go globetrotting to Tonga.



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