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Nuku'alofa is the capital of the Kingdom of Tonga. The city is located on the island of Tongatapu. Nuku'alofa is Tonga's most important commercial, social and transport hub. It contains around 23% of the archipelago's population.

We departed from Auckland and arrived in the morning and upon arrival it felt like we had stepped into the Disney film Moana, the residents are exactly identical to the film, we paid around R$50 to get from the airport to the city and we had an excellent stay on the island, with visiting schools, museums and local streets, the country resembles a city in the interior of São Paulo, except that all the men wear skirts.

The Kingdom of Tonga is made up of 171 islands, stretching across 700,000 km2 of the South Pacific Ocean, stitched together by the volcanoes of the 'Pacific Rim of Fire' in a line running from north to south, 800 km long.

The fact that the date line is close to Tonga explains why it is the first country in the world to receive every day, but this is not the first occasion that Tonga's importance has belied its size. In the 12th century, the kings of Tonga are believed to have had an empire that reached much of the Pacific, but by the time Europeans discovered the islands in 1616, this was long gone. The islanders are not naive, however, uniquely in the Pacific, they have never lost indigenous government.

Summer falls from November to July, but is hot, humid and humid. November to March is also cyclone season, so it's best to avoid boat trips. The best time to visit is between May and July: temperatures drop to between 25°C and 30°C, the rain lessens and the humpback whales arrive.

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There are no specific health problems for anyone traveling to Tonga. The water is safe to drink. Be prepared if you're going into the countryside - make sure someone knows where you're going, and that you have adequate clothing/provisions in case the weather changes or you get stuck. Make sure you have appropriate travel insurance. Never drink kava and drive.

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