Getting Around Tonga

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    Bike Rental

    by pure1942 Written Oct 30, 2010

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    Tongatapu is a flat island which makes it ideal for exploration by bike. You can rent bikes from Niko’s Bicycle Rentals which is located in Nuku’alofa near the Dateline Hotel. Bicycles can be rented for $10 a day. Taina’s Place on Eua can also organise bicycle’s for rent, but the standard of these bikes is not great.

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    Hitch a Lift!

    by pure1942 Written Oct 30, 2010

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    One of the joys of Eua is hiking around the island which is just as well because there is very little other transport options. However if you are stuck and it starts to rain or you simply have enough walking done, you could chance hitching a lift. There aren’t too many cars on the roads of Eua but we did manage to hutch a lift in the back of a pick-up truck from a friendly Eua local who took pity on us as we got stuck in heavy rain on the way back from a hike in the south of the island!

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    Car Rental

    by pure1942 Updated Oct 30, 2010

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    We had planned on hiring a car in Tonga but it turned out to be trickier than we had anticipated. The problem with hiring a car in Tonga is that you first obtain a Tongan Driver’s Licence from the Ministry of Transport in Nuku’alofa which is located at the Dupincia Lodge, Ma’ufanga (next door to ‘Apifo’ou College and opposite Kuini Salote Wharf). Once you produce your national driver’s you will be issued a Tongan driver’s licence...once you hand over a $60 fee!
    For people deciding to rent a car driving is on the left in Tonga and speed limits are set at 40kmph in built up areas and 60kmph between villages. You will also have to contend with somewhat careless drivers, wandering animals and bumpy roads. Enjoy!
    Below are some Tongatapu rental companies with telephone and email contacts

    Avis 21179 avis@tonfon.to
    Fab Rentals 23077 leeintonga@gmail.com
    Jones Rentals 29917 ati.fauonuku@kl2.emjones.to
    New Millenium 30344 nmatele8@kalianet.to
    Pasifika Rentals 27718 pasifikarentalcars@tonfon.to
    Jetsave Rentals 22333 jetsave.rentals@diginet.to
    Sunshine Rentals 23848 sunshinerentalcar@yahoo.com

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    Boats to Pangaimotu, Fafa and Atata

    by pure1942 Written Oct 30, 2010

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    Transfers to Fafa, Atata and Pangaimotu can be arranged either through Friends Cafe, your accommodation or you can head down to the jetty yourself to try and organise a transfer. Pangaimotu is the cheapest island to get to and transfers shouldn’t cost more than $30. Fafa is far more expensive at $120 but includes a lunch on the island. Royal Sunset is the most expensive of the islands. There is a dinner option including transfers but I’m not sure of the price. Friends Cafe can book this for you if you are interested.

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    Ferry to Eua

    by pure1942 Written Oct 30, 2010

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    Two ferries ply the bumpy route through Tongatapu’s Lagoon to Eua and back. The Tongatapu – Eua ferry runs on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday while the Eua – Tongatapu ferry runs Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Monday. No fery runs either way on Sundays. The fare for the journey is about TOP$27 each way and you can buy your ticket directly at the jetty. The ferry leaves from the Faua Jetty on Vuna Rd. in Nuku’alofa and from Ononua Jetty on Eua.
    Bear in mind that while the Tongatapu – Eua ferry leaves at the reasonable hour of 12.30 the return ferry from Eua leaves between 5.00 and 5.30am! It does give you the chance to be one of the first people in the world to herald the start of a new day!

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    Bus

    by pure1942 Updated Oct 30, 2010

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    Getting around Tongatapu by bus is an art perfected over time. There is no state run public bus service. All buses running all routes are privately owned and times are at the discretion of the driver.

    Bus services usually start at about 7am and end around 5pm. To be sure of catching a bus back into town you must leave yourself plenty of time to catch the bus. You should be on the road by 3.30 at the latest to catch a bus back to town.
    Buses serving the east and west of the island operate from opposite the Ministry of Education Building on Vuna road in Nuku’alofa. Buses serving the hospital and town area operate from outside the Visitors Bureau, also on Vuna Rd.
    Prices of the bus journeys range from $1 to $2.20 depending on distance travelled.

    For tourists the most convenient services are Lapaha (for royal tombs) on the eastern route ($1.90) and Houma (for blowholes $1.35) and Ha’atafu (for beach $2.20)

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    Domestic Flights

    by pure1942 Updated Oct 30, 2010

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    Chathams Pacific is Tonga’s domestic airline and has routes connecting Tongatapu with Eua, Ha’apai and Vava’u directly. It also has direct services between Ha’apai and Vava’u and a direct service between Vava’u and The Niuas.
    The flight between Tongatapu and Eua is one of the world’s shortest scheduled air services with a flight time of about 8 minutes!
    Prices and timetable are shown below and are taken from Chathams website on 29/10/10

    'Eua - Tongatapu EUA – TBU from $74 Daily
    Ha'apai - Tongatapu HPA – TBU from $150 Daily
    Ha'apai - Vavau HPA – VAV from $139 3/4 weekly
    Niuafo'ou - Tongatapu NFO - TBU via VAV from $513 Fortnightly
    Niuafo'ou - Vava'u NFO – VAV from $281 Fortnightly
    Niuatoputapu - Tongatapu NTT - TBU via VAV from $473 Weekly
    Niuatoputapu - Vava'u NTT – VAV from $241 Weekly
    Tongatapu - 'Eua TBU – EUA from $74 Twice Daily
    Tongatapu - Ha'apai TBU – HPA from $150 Daily
    Tongtapu - Niuafo'ou TBU - NFO via VAV from $513 Fortnightly
    Tongtapu - Niuatoputapu TBU - NTT via VAV from $473 Weekly
    Tongatapu - Vava'u TBU – VAV from $239 Daily
    Vava'u - Ha'apai VAV – HPA from $139 3 or 4 weekly
    Vava'u - Niuafo'ou VAV – NFO from $281 Fortnightly
    Vava'u - Niuatoputapu VAV – NTT from $241 Weekly
    Vava'u - Tongatapu VAV – TBU from $239 Daily
    *prices include all taxes

    Chathams have an office on Vuna Road in Nuku’alofa

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    Flying to Tonga

    by pure1942 Written Oct 30, 2010

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    Most people visiting Tonga arrive by plane into Fua’amotu International Airport which is located 21km south of Nuku’alofa. There are several options for flying to Tonga but the most popular and cheapest route is via Auckland with Air New Zealand.
    Other airlines serve Tonga but are not as cheap of frequent.

    Air Pacifc connects Tonga with direct flights to Fiji (3 weekly), and has flights from Sydney and Brisbane to Tonga via Fiji. Air Pacific also has flights from Honolulu and Los Angeles to Tonga (3 weekly)
    www.airpacific.com

    Pacific Blue connects Tonga with Sydney and Auckland (2 weekly)
    www.flypacificblue.com

    Air New Zealand connects Tonga with Auckland (5 weekly) Air New Zealand also has connection options to Tonga from Australia, London, Los Angeles and Samoa.
    www.airnewzealand.com

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  • **Important Info** Domestic Flights in Tonga

    by wazza28 Written Oct 3, 2008

    The only airline operating in Tonga at the moment is Chathams Pacific. The locally owned airline, Airlines Tonga has closed shop and stopped operating, leaving hundreds of people stranded. People are still arriving in Tonga with tickets on Airlines Tonga, only to find out they are no longer operating. They then have to buy new tickets with Chathams Pacific.
    Chathams Pacific is a NZ owned company, owned and operated by Air Chathams Ltd. They have NZ trained pilots, engineers and managers. They operate a Convair, Metroliner and Islander. They operate an excellent reliable service from Tongatapu to Vavau, Eua and Haa'pai, with flights soon to commence to the Nuias.

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    Taxi

    by easterntrekker Written Apr 8, 2007

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    WE had our hotel have a taxi driver for us at the airport . We had a late flight and it felt more secure . It cost us $25.00 T. for the two . It would have been cheaper to just catch a cab when we arrived.

    There are lots of taxis available in Tongatapu.

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    Car Rental

    by easterntrekker Written Apr 8, 2007

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    You can rent a car in Tonga, there are a few companies to choose from . The rate is about $40.00 per dat. To drive in Tonga you will need to obtain a Tongan driving licence from the Police Station in Nukualofa. There is no test - just a fee of T$15 and a hour or so wait.

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    We usually fly out of Seattle...

    by RJGorringe Written Aug 26, 2002

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    We usually fly out of Seattle to LA, then onto Hawaii, then it's a straight 7-8 hour flight to Tonga!
    I would recomend getting a rental car. You can get a taxi, but they can generally get you to a destination (like a beach), but it may be difficult getting back. Hmm?
    You can also do the bus or bike thing too. You can rent a bike for about T$20 a day.

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    You don't have much choice...

    by worldkiwi Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    You don't have much choice actually. Royal Tongan Airlines fly up from Auckland every day except Sunday.
    Flying between the islands is the best and quickest way to go. Royal Tongan Airlines link all the main towns. They are remarkably efficient and look after travellers very well. All my flights were spot on time.

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    The only was of getting there...

    by PaulinVT Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The only was of getting there is through Fiji, Hawaii or LA (from the US). We couldn't go through Fiji because of the political unrest there at the time, so we went LA to Honolulu to Pago Pago to Apia to Tonga.
    Royal Tongan Airlines is the only way. Teriffic service and extremely friendly and helpful personnel.

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Tonga Hotels

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    Utungake, PO Box 104, Neiafu, Neiafu, Tonga

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

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    PO Box 1444, Fafa Island, Tonga

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Treasure Island Resort

    Eua'Iki Island, Vava'U, Neiafu, TO

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

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