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Monday 4 February 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The MS Artania from Germany visited Nuku'alofa today with over 900 passengers and 500 crew.
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Tuesday 29 January 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two cruise ships from Germany visited Nuku'alofa on January 28-29. MS Columbus II was the first to visit the capital for the new year on Monday January 28, while MS Europa stopped over for a day visit today before departing for Fiji.
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Friday 25 January 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Ministry of Commerce, Tourism and Labour has released a calendar of upcoming local events and festivals for 2013, including the expected cruise ships, sporting competitions, and public holidays dates.
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Monday 21 January 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga is expecting 17 cruise ships this year a slight increase from the 15 that visited last year.
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Tuesday 11 December 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The new Vuna Wharf welcomed its first cruise ship, the Ocean Princess this morning with over 700 passengers mainly from Australia. Photos by Linny Folau.
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Tuesday 25 September 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Twenty four licenses have been issued to whale watching operators for the 2012 season, a growing industry for tourism in Tonga, according to the Ministry of Commerce, Tourism and Labour.
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Wednesday 8 August 2012
Yeosu, South Korea
Tonga's National Day was celebrated at the Expo 2012 Yeosu, South Korea with the hoisting of the Tongan flag and the playing of the national anthem at the Expo Hall on August 6.
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Friday 27 July 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A show of colorful sarong wear, creative island creation and talent show by seven Miss Heilala contestants wowed a large audience in the final judging events, before tonight's Miss Heilala 2012-13 crowning. Photos by Linny Folau.
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Wednesday 25 July 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The top four contestants for the Miss Heilala Tau'olunga competition were announced last night at Pangai Lahi, but the winner will be announced on the final night of the Miss Heilala Pageant on Friday July 27. Prizes were awarded last night for best costumes and for the Miss Tau'olunga Junior and Miss Tau'olunga Pre-teen traditional dancing. Photos by Linny Folau.
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Friday 20 July 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Seven Tongan beauties registered for the Miss Heilala Pageant 2012-13 made their first public appearance this afternoon, a beautiful sunny day, during an orientation program at the Liku'alofa Beach Resort, Kanokupolu, Tongatapu.
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Wednesday 18 July 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Seven girls have joined the 2012 Miss Heilala Pageant and will take part in an orientation program at Liku'alofa Beach Resort on Friday, July 20 before the Pageant begins next week at Pangai Lahi.
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Monday 16 July 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three local girls have joined the Miss Heilala Pageant, bringing the number of contestants this year to five, but more are expected to join before the beauty pageant starts on July 23.
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Wednesday 4 July 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Registrations for Tonga's 2012-13 Miss Heilala Pageant remain open and so far, four contestants, including two local and two overseas girls have registered, while the organisers expect more to enter the pageant that runs from July 23-28.
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Friday 18 May 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's annual Heilala Festival will be held this year under a theme "Tourism is our future" on July 16-28.
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Saturday 21 April 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An Air New Zealand flight to Auckland was delayed an hour from departing Fua'amotu International Airport this afternoon, due to a breach in security, after two passengers boarded through the VIP area and had not been properly screened.
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Friday 13 April 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 2012 Heilala Festival will run for 12 days from July 16-28, and according Tonga's Ministry of Tourism, will be shorter than usual because of the death of HM King George Tupou V.
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Friday 13 January 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Driving his 1988 Mercedes-Benz into Nuku'alofa was more than a just a holiday for Gunther W. Holtorf from Germany, who is aiming to achieve a mention in the Guiness Book of Records for driving in every country in the world.
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Monday 1 August 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A colourful float parade with the newly crowned Miss Heilala 2011-12 Liberty Afeaki concluded the annual Heilala Festival and Miss Heilala Pageant in Nuku'alofa today, with thousands of people lining Taufa'ahau Road to enjoy the display.
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Sunday 31 July 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Liberty Afeaki (23) was crowned Miss Heilala 2011-12 by Prince Tungi on Friday night, 29 July at the International Dateline Hotel.
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Friday 29 July 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A talent show with contemporary island creations and colourful sarong swimwear, modeled by the five Miss Heilala contestants, was held on Thursday evening, their last appearance before tonight's Miss Heilala 2011-12 crowning.
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