Time begins and then stands still in the Kingdom of Tonga, an archipelago nation of 177 coral and volcanic islands scattered through the South Pacific just west of the International Dateline. It is a proud nation of long-standing culture, deserted sandy beaches, and reefs teeming with exotic marine life. Tonga is still undiscovered in the tourism realm, there are no franchise restaurants or hotels but in exchange you get a real Polynesian experience. Each island group in Tonga flaunts unique attractions; from hiking in rainforests, swimming with humpback whales, enjoying international cuisines in the city, or just relaxing on pristine sandy beaches, you’ll find something to suit your style.
Kate brings the best of Tonga to this comprehensive guidebook, with years of experience living in the Friendly Islands as a volunteer. She’ll take you through cultural norms such as the eyebrow flick and greeting sniff, explain the curious clothing fashions, help you find unexplored attractions, and recommend world class diving/snorkeling where new reef systems and wreck dives are continuously being uncovered. After reading this guidebook you’ll be ready to discover the hidden gem that is Tonga.
Most current and comprehensive best travel guide of Tonga
I have been to Tonga and am familiar with the country. This guide was the most comprehensive and complete current information on the country. I very much appreciate the direct practical information for what to see, hidden gems, activities and places to stay and eat. I loved the description of the culture and history as well as how to best interact and understand the people of Tonga. The blogs and stories of the peace corps experiences were fun to read and gave a great flavor for the country and personal touch to the land. The author is actually Kate Asleson as the primary contributor so please list her as the author. I would highly recommend this book and would place it at the forefront for products with Tongan travel. Other books are no where near the depth and expertise of this book. It would be the best tool possible for anyone traveling to Tonga. The descriptions on each island group gave great suggestions on what to see and do and really wets your appetite to go back and experience what I have missed on my first trip. I believe these are islands that are incredibly beautiful, have some of the best reefs and sealife to experience equal to the Great Barrier Reef and the travel remains pure and not commercialized, a rare thing to find these days. GO TONGA!
- Rhonda Myrmel, Amazon.com review
Informative, Personal, and Fascinating!
An easy and enticing read. Filled with great information and advice for travel along with customs to follow or be aware of or simply fun facts.
Loved the recommendations and photos in the book. An interesting novel of the country filled with a personal touch that made it a great read even if your not traveling to Tonga (but it will make you want to!)
I would defintaley recommend it to ALL who plan on venturing to Tonga now or in the future, or those who like to understand our world just a little better, or anyone planning on moving to another country/joining the peace corps.
- Adam Godfrey , Amazon.com review