Tonga is a unique island in the South Pacific, rich in culture, friendly locals and plenty of attractions to enjoy. Top activities not to be missed include swimming with humpback whales, a visit to the historical sight Ha’amonga ‘a Maui, an ancient stone built by a king, wander through a Tongan market to see ancient handcrafts, scuba dive in uncrowded waters, island-hop, hike, fish and enjoy a Tongan feast. It’s an untouched island the perfect place to take in the beauty of the Pacific Ocean.
Flights from Melbourne (MEL) to Tonga (TBU)
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The approximate flight time for flights from Melbourne to Tonga is 8 hours and 30 minutes, via Fiji.
When to visit
Tonga is a tropical island with two distinct seasons, wet and dry. The wet season runs from December to April, with an average temperature around 29°C with some humidity and possible cyclones. The dry season runs from May to November and is the best time to visit with less rain and tropical thunderstorms. July and August are the peak travel times, as it’s the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors, water activities, whale watching and beaches
What is the main airport called?
Fuaʻamotu International Airport (TBU). It is an international airport in Tonga. It is on the south side of the main island, Tongatapu, 20 km from the capital of Tonga, Nukuʻalofa.
Arriving in Tonga
The welcoming staff at Tonga Airport will greet you when you land to help with your travel needs. Once you collect your bags from the arrivals area, there are various transport options available to get you on your way.
Getting into Tonga from Tonga Airport
With a range of transport options available at Tonga Airport, it's easy to get into Nuku'alofa town. Taxis are a convenient option and meet incoming domestic and international flights for the 15 km trip. Many hotels and guesthouses also offer airport transfers for guests. These need to be arranged prior to your arrival. Alternatively, you may wish to rent a car to explore the island at your own pace.
Getting around Tonga
Getting around Tonga is easy with a range of public transport options, along with bikes, taxis, car hire, scooters, walking or tours. Hiring a car is a great way to explore the many natural wonders and historic sites at your own pace. Scooters, mopeds and bike hire are all available and offer a great way to sightsee. It’s an economic and fun way to get around. By public transport, local buses are a cheap way to get around Tonga or you can join a bus tour. Taxis are a convenient option to take you where you want to go, or if you are heading out to the islands, there are ferries and boats available from the wharf.
Fly from Melbourne
Once you’ve got your tickets from Melbourne, there are a few things you should know to ensure you’re as prepared as possible for your flight.
What is the main airport called?
Melbourne Airport.Opens external site in a new window Located 20 km (12.5 miles) from the city centre, Melbourne Domestic Airport (MEL), also known as Tullamarine Airport, is the main airport serving the state of Victoria. Qantas operates from two terminals in Melbourne T1 - domestic and T2 - international.
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