Kingdom of Tonga is a Polynesian sovereign state and is also an archipelago comprised of 176 islands. Fuaʻamotu International Airport is the main airport and international gateway to Kingdom of Tonga. Located at 21km from the capital city, Nuku'alofa, it has two separate terminals for domestic and international flights, with direct services to the airport operated by Air New Zealand, Air Pacific, and Pacific Blue. Regular domestic services to the airport are operated by Real Tonga Airlines to Vava'u, Ha'apai, and 'Eua, while less frequent services are operated by Niuatoputapu and Nuiafo'ou.
Tongatapu is the Kingdom of Tonga's largest island and houses over two-thirds of the country's small population. Nuku'alofa is the capital of Tonga and the largest city of Tongatapu which expands to 257.03 square kilometres. Despite its size, the city offers a decent range of restaurants and bars where you can get your fill of local and foreign delicacies. Experience the Oholei Beach Dinner and Show happening in Hina cave on the south-east side of Tongatapu, located near the airport. At Marco's Pizza, located at Unga Road, you are likely to experience the best Italian food outside of Italy housed in an unlikely location, on the small street beside Molisi shops. Delight yourself by visiting the Pacific flying foxes up the trees at Kolovai at the west side of the island. Do visit the Tongan National Cultural Centre which was built with traditional buildings and features artisans work including carving, tapa making, and weaving. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, there are demonstrations of Tongatapu traditional dancing and other skills. For a more extreme outdoor adventure, the island also offers snorkelling activities included in a trip to Pangaimotu Island, with one small island close to the Nuku'alofa. There is a half-sunken ship wreck that could be an interesting spot for snorkelling. Just be careful when jumping as there are shallow areas, and some of the edges of the ship are sharp and rusty.
How to get around within Tongatapu
Exploring the island of Tongatapu can be done by car or motorbike. There are car and motorbike rentals available in the island, and driver's license can be obtained at the police department using your home license. When driving, be wary that there road signs on the island are few to none. Getting a map will help you with your tour, although there is no complete road map available in the island yet. Also, the cars you will be renting are most likely not in good condition. The 40kph-low speed limit keeps the number of accidents down though. Buses are also available in the island if you wish to explore Tongatapu via public transport. They run to various points on the island and can be hailed on the streets.
How to get there
You can enter the island through air. The Fuaʻamotu International Airport services a few weekly flights from Auckland, Sydney, and Suva. And since Tonga is a common stop for around-the-world tours, people also enter the island aboard private yachts.