When you dream about idyllic beach getaways, there are two areas of the world that get a lot of attention: the Caribbean and the South Pacific. We westerners tend to gravitate more toward the Caribbean Islands, and understandably so, they’re a lot closer and easier to get to, which therefore makes a vacation to the Caribbean the more affordable option. But, if you have the time and the means to head off to the South Pacific in search of an island paradise, there sure are some gorgeous islands to choose from Tonga, for example, a Polynesian state that lies in the South Pacific is a chain of islands that stretch for about 500 miles, about a third of the distance between New Zealand and Hawaii. And within those 500 miles Tonga is made up of 176 separate islands. Now that’s an impressive bit of island paradise.
Tonga is actually a kingdom and its classification as such protects it in many ways from the world around it. Therefore much of Tonga has retained its Polynesian roots and traditions and its incredible beauty has been left largely untouched. That is one of the main reasons why people travel so far to visit these islands; it really does feel like you’re alone in your own little tropical world. Humpback whales migrate to Tonga each year between July and October, the South Pacific’s humpbacks prefer the islands of Tonga, such as Vava’u as a spot to breed. Tourists hop in the water and swim with the whales, an experience you wouldn’t soon forget. Other remarkable Tonga islands include Ha’apai, which is known for its snorkeling spots, and Niuas, which is known for being a remote and stunningly beautiful island.