about-vavau

Tonga’s Emerald Jewel

Tonga is the only remaining Kingdom in the South Pacific. Democratic reforms are promising a bright future for the Tongan people. Vava’u is the largest of the Kingdoms northern island group. Rich in culture and breathtaking in beauty its isolation finds it relatively untouched by commercial development. It is like stepping back in time 30 to 40 years. Developments in communication and transportation are making Vava’u more accessible.

One of Vava’u’s most unique events is the yearly arrival of the oceans mystical giants. The Humpback whales migrate from the Antarctic to give birth and breed in Vava’u. Vava’u is one of the only places in the world that allows people to swim with Humpback Whales.

A visit to Vava’u is an opportunity to see and feel what it was like in the South Pacific during a slower and more relaxed era.

Climate
Vava’u enjoys a tropical climate with average daily temperatures of 29ºC in January and 24ºC in June. The weather is warm and generally sunny throughout the year. Rainy season is November to April, when the weather is more humid and thunderstorms and cyclones are more frequent. During the winter months, the weather is settled with temperatures ranging from about 23-27ºC From May to September, southeast trade winds range from 15-25 knots. During the summer months, northeast winds of 10-20 knots are the norm.

Climate Links

Tonga Meteorological Services

7 Day weather forecasts for the South PacificGeneral 3-

7 Day Ocean Weather Forecasts.

Clothing
Summer clothing is suitable during most of the year, however a sweater, jacket or wrap is recommended for evening wear throughout the year. Although casual attire is suitable for most occasions, Tongans are conservative so moderate dress is expected. Shirts should always be worn in public places as it is against the law to appear in a public place without a shirt. Women should not wear swimsuits, low-cut tops, or very short skirts away from hotel pools and beaches.

Currency and Banks
The national currency of Tonga is the pa’anga, divided into 100 seniti. Banks are open from 9:00am to 3:30pm Monday to Friday. On Saturday, the Westpac Bank of Tonga and ANZ Bank (9-11:30am) and the Malaysian Bomeo Finance Bank (9:00am-12:00pm) are also open. These banks are not open to international transactions on Saturdays however.
Westpac Bank of Tonga Phone (676) 70-068/70-568/70-168 has 24-hour ATM machine with Cirrus, MasterCard and Visa facilities. Rate is provided by Westpac Bank of Tonga, MBF Bank and ANZ Bank daily.
If you need one you can pick it up at any time. On Saturday, the Westpac Bank of Tonga and MBF Bank open (9:00am-11:30pm) for public services. Westpac Bank of Tonga open for international transactions on Saturdays but MBF Bank seizes international transactions for further acknowledgement.

Westpac Phone (676)70068
(676) 70568
(676) 70168ANZ Phone (676) 70944
Fax (676) 70870

Emergencies

    • Police 922 or Phone (676) 70 234
    • Fire 999 or Phone (676) 70 089
    • Hospital 933
    • Any Emergency Assistance 911 Medical Services
    • Ngu Hospital, Talau (676) 70 201 Senior Medical Officer (676) 70 304 Sister-in-Charge and Nurses (676) 70 203 Dental Services (676)
    • 70 202 Governor Office of the Governor of Vava’u, P.O. Box 39, Neiafu, Vava’u Phone (676) 70 070 Fax (676) 70 501

Other numbers of note

    • Government Departments Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry, Faama, 70 401
    • Ministry of Civil Aviation, Lupepau’u Airport 70 288
    • Tonga Defence Services, Fangatongo, (676) 70-499
    • Ministry of Education, Vavaú High School, Niponi, (676) 70-152
    • Department of Environment, Neiafu, (676) 71-143
    • Ministry of Finance, Fatafehi Road, Neiafu (676) 70-956
    • Custom Department, 70 053 Custom Shed , 70 928
    • Inland Revenue & Sales Tax (676) 70-034
    • Post Office , 70 052
    • Statistics Department , 70 629
    • Ministry of Fisheries, Neiafu, (676) 70-399
    • Ministry of Health , Ngu Hospital , 70 201
    • Ministry of Justice , Fatafehi Road , 70 077
    • Ministry of Labour, Commerce & Industries , Kameli , 70 414
    • Ministry of Lands, Survey & Natural Resources (676) 70-683
    • Ministry of Marine & Ports , Halaevalu Wharf, Neiafu , 70 639
    • Ministry of Police (676) 70-233 Officer Commanding , 70 230 Officer in Charge , 70 233
    • Fire Station , 70 089 Fire Services, Emergencies and Enquires (676) 70-089
    • Ministry of Tourism , Fatafehi Road , 70 115
    • Ministry of Works , Tupou Road , 70 100
    • Tonga Visitors Bureau (676) 70-115

Things to know
Electricity in Tonga is 240 volts. The three-pin plugs are the same as those in Australia and New Zealand.
High Season
The peak season in Vava’u is May to November. It is the low season for tourism during the summer months of December to April, when many tour companies and restaurants offer a reduced service for the season.
Liquor Laws
The legal drinking age is 18. The sale of alcoholic beverages is prohibited from midnight Saturday to midnight Sunday, with the exception of licensed hotels.
Duty Free Allowance
Travellers from overseas board they have a duty free allowance of 2.25 liters of spirit or alcoholic beverages.
Post Office
Opposite the wharf. Open Monday – Friday 9:00am-4:30pm Phone (676) 70 141
Telephone
The international country code is 676. Tonga Communications Corporation is located next to the Post Office, open all the time for domestic and long-distance calls. Fax service also available during office hours.
Time
Tonga is 13 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and the first to see the light of each day.
Visas
A visa is not required for most bona-fide visitors to enter Tonga for stays of one month or less, providing that the visitor holds a valid passport and an onward air or sea ticket, and the immigration authorities are satisfied that the visitor has adequate funds for the visit. Relevant health certificates may also be required. You do not need a visa prior to arrival if you are a citizen from one of the following countries: Australia, Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cook Islands, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominica, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Finland, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kirabati, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Marshall Islands, Monaco, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niue, Norway, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, Russia, Samoa, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Spain, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lusia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland, The Bahamas, Turkey, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America, Vanuatu. Citizens of all other countries need visas to enter Tonga (prior to arrival). To extend your length of stay, contact the
Immigration Department office in Neiafu situated at Tonga Development Bank building 1st floor. Phone (676) 71142 or (676) 71149

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