Tonga ([ˈtoŋa]; Tongan: Puleʻanga Fakatuʻi ʻo Tonga), officially the Kingdom of Tonga, is a Polynesian sovereign state and archipelago comprising 177 islands of which 52 islands are inhabited. The total surface area is about 750 square kilometres (290sqmi) scattered over 700,000 square kilometres (270,000sqmi) of the southern Pacific Ocean. It has a population 103,000 people of whom 70% reside on the main island of Tongatapu.
Tonga became known as the Friendly Islands because of the congenial reception accorded to Captain James Cook on his first visit in 1773. He arrived at the time of the ʻinasi festival, the yearly donation of the First Fruits to the Tuʻi Tonga (the islands' paramount chief) and so received an invitation to the festivities. According to the writer William Mariner, the chiefs wanted to kill Cook during the gathering but could not agree on a plan.
Tonga's population is 358, making it the seventh most populous village in Tuvalu. It is the main village of the island of Nanumanga, comprising 52% of the population of the island. The only other village is on the island Tokelau.
Tonga has previously got reprieves on the timing of principal repayments, although the debt has remained outstanding ... “Most money coming into Tonga at the moment is through remittance,” said Simana Kami, owner of the Oholei Beach Resort, adding that most of his customers arrived on cruise ships or via international flights.
Why not prepare for her a decadent breakfast of Disney’s TongaToast? ...Cook’s, and has been on the menu at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort since 1971. You’ll need these seven ingredients to make Tonga Toast ... You can find the complete recipe for “Tonga Toast from Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort” here.
The cyclone careened through the South Pacific last week, peaking as a Category Five superstorm that gouged a trail of destruction across the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga... No deaths were recorded in Tonga, where at least three tourist resorts and more than 400 homes were badly damaged ... “From the outside, it looks frustrating,” she said.
The cyclone careened through the South Pacific last week, peaking as a Category Five superstorm that gouged a trail of destruction across the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga... No deaths were recorded in Tonga, where at least three tourist resorts and more than 400 homes were badly damaged ... .
Reuters ...Tropical CycloneHarold, a Category 5 storm with winds in excess of 251kph, passed through the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga, cutting power and destroying tourist resorts ... Tonga’s government yesterday said that the island of ’Eua was without electricity and a number of houses were damaged, but no deaths had been reported ... .
CycloneHarold, a Category 5 storm with winds in excess of 251 km/h (156 mph) passed through the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga, cutting power and destroying holiday resorts ... Tonga's government said on Friday the island of ‘Eua was without electricity and a number of houses were damaged, but no deaths had been reported ... Listen ... GET IT ... Fiji.
One of the most notable locations in Tonga, a popular resort in Kanokupolu, has been damaged by CycloneHarold. One of the main buildings at the Vakaloa Resort in Tongatapu, Tonga ... Vakaloa Beach Resort in Tongatapu was severely impacted by king tides on 9 April, which coincided with the severe cyclone that tore through Tonga.
A resurgent Tropical CycloneHarold yesterday flattened tourist resorts in Tonga, extending a week-long trail of destruction across four South Pacific island nations that has claimed more than two dozen lives ...Damage from Tropical Cyclone Harold to a tourist resort is shown in the Hihifo coastal area of Tonga yesterday.
CycloneHarold, a category 5 storm packing winds in excess of 251km/h, hit Tonga early on Thursday, cutting power and destroying popular holiday resorts. Tonga Police posted images of flattened beachfront resort buildings on its official Twitter page.
Babymoons are the ideal way for parents-to-be to take a break from the hectic schedule of daily life ... And midway through a 16-day tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga, the royal couple checked in to the luxurious, ultra-private Vatuvara PrivateIslands Resort in Fiji for a secluded getaway. Situated on Kaibu,... .