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Tuesday 12 November 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The cruise ship Ocean Princess based in Australia stopped over in Nuku‘alofa on November 12, 2013 with over 500 passengers and 300 crew.
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Wednesday 16 October 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Pacific Pearl cruise ship called into Nuku'alofa this morning with over 2,000 passengers and crew.
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Tuesday 8 October 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Ha‘apai Islands scenery is expected to be showcased in Finland in a Tonga Expedition documented by a team who completed nine-days of kayaking in the outer island.
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Friday 13 September 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Chinese Embassy in Nuku’alofa came out for the first time today to state that its gifted MA60 aircraft to Tonga was verified by China’s aviation airworthiness standard, and that while it satisfies requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) the manufacturer had not applied for certifications in countries where it did not operate.
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Tuesday 10 September 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Sea Princess from Australia visited Nuku’alofa in the weekend with nearly 2,000 passengers. It berthed at the new Vuna Wharf and many of its passengers were out visiting shops and cafes in the Central Business District.
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Monday 12 August 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s MA60 aircraft made three inaugural commercial flights to Vava‘u on Saturday, August 10, and the aircraft gifted from China is scheduled to fly twice-daily to Vava'u.
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Thursday 18 July 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Thirty-six participants have successfully passed a “Whale Watching and Swimming Guides Training” course and are now certified to work as whale watching and swimming guides in Tonga, which has legislation that allows professionals to take tourists into the water with whales.
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Wednesday 3 July 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's traditional dancing was on show at the Miss Heilala Tau‘olunga dance competition held at the Heilala Village on Vuna Wharf on July 2. Photos by Linny Folau.
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Friday 28 June 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Eight Tongan girls vying for the Miss Heilala crown for 2013-14 made their first appearance on June 28, during an orientation program at the ‘Oholei Beach Resort, Tongatapu. Photos by Linny Folau.
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Thursday 27 June 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Nine-days of celebrations for the Heilala Festival 2013 begin tomorrow, Friday June 28, with a block party in central Nuku'alofa. The annual festival coincides with the celebration of HM King Tupou VI's official birthday on July 4, a public holiday in Tonga.
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Monday 10 June 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Rosemarie Fili (22) has entered the 2013 Miss Heilala Pageant as Miss Appraxus Immigration NZ, and so far is the only entry out of 10 contestants expected to join.
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Tuesday 4 June 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongatapu's Ha'atafu Beach Resort is recognised among the Top 10 Family Holiday Resorts for the South Pacfic region, in the 2013 Travellers' Choice TripAdvisor awards.
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Monday 3 June 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two accommodation providers in Tonga have been awarded certificates of excellence from a popular travel website after guests posted good reviews of the hospitality they received at the locations. The Blue Banana Beach House at Kanokupolu was was rated the best B&B and Inn on Tongatapu.
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Tuesday 28 May 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A M-60 aircraft gifted to Tonga from China is expected to arrive in early July. The aircraft owned by the Tongan Government will be operated by Real Tonga Airline under a dry-lease arrangement, the Acting Prime Minister Hon. Samiu Vaipulu said today.
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Thursday 18 April 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's domestic airline, Real Tonga, have added two small aircraft to service Tonga's most isolated islands, as well as 'Eua and other national routes starting on April 22.
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Tuesday 12 March 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Real Tonga's 17-seater aircraft arrived at Fua'amotu Domestic Airport from Vanuatu on March 11, after being delayed for a week. The aircraft began operation this afternoon with flights to Vava'u.
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Monday 4 March 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's new domestic airline Real Tonga began operation today by chartering a Chathams Pacific aircraft to service the outer islands, since the arrival of its Y-12 aircraft was delayed from Vanuatu.
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Friday 1 March 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 'Eva Mai Tonga Tourism Experience, a promotional event showcasing what the Tongan tourism industry has to offer, was launched at Vuna Wharf in the Nuku'alofa CBD this morning, and will run until March 5.
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Friday 22 February 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The first of two 17 seater Y-12 aircrafts leased by Real Tonga airline from Vanuatu is expected to arrive in Tonga next week to start servicing the outer islands on March 4, 2013. Tonga's current sole domestic carrier Chathams Pacific of New Zealand would discontinue its services on March 2.
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Thursday 7 February 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Seabourn Quest from the United States visited Nuku'alofa on February 6 with 336 passengers and 347 crew. It departed for Fiji yesterday afternoon at 5pm after a tsunami watch issued for Tonga and warning for Fiji was cancelled.
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