The flight to Tonga from the US will vary in total flight time based on the city of departure and the number of stopovers. For example, flights from LAX with one or two stops will typically take 39h 30m flight time, while flights from New York with two stops typically take about 45h 55m. Note that most New York routes have a stopover at LAX. Tonga flight deals are available from United, Air New Zealand, Alaska Airlines, American, and others.
There are currently no direct flights from the US with arrival in Nuku’alofa, Tonga. One-stop and other indirect flights are available from Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Honolulu, and Salt Lake City. Flights are serviced by Air New Zealand, Fiji Airways, Virgin Australia, and others. Note that no domestic or international flights are scheduled to or from Tonga on Sundays, and flight schedules change often and usually with short notice. Travelers are advised to check their flights regularly to avoid any issues.
Domestic flights across Tonga are available from REALtonga. Although not perfect, there is a fair network of roads in the country and car rentals can be arranged through a variety of agencies, with drivers also available for hire. Taxis can offer transportation via saloon car, minimokes, or minibuses, but they don’t have meters so you will need to agree on the rate before you leave. Buses are mostly used by visitors to get around the island, so feel free to wave one down. There are also a number of ferries and water taxis available to transport you between the island groups, with departures from Faua Wharf.
the Ha’apai Group are the 68 small islands that make up the center of Tonga, offering miles of white sand beaches and beautiful coral reefs. The town of Pangai is found on the main island. Whale watching is a popular activity for tourists to the area and there are a number of watersports available in various destinations at any given time. Tonga is also home to the Victorian Royal Palace and the Mala’ekula (royal tombs), which are located on Taufa’ahau Road. ‘Eua island offers a great escape, with one hotel and one motel with traditional island life throughout. There are also a number of caves and areas to explore. The Vava’u Group offers the ultimate retreat, with thickly-wooded islands that are home to a beach resort, four guesthouses, and one hotel and a motel. The Fangatongo Royal Residence and Mount Talau can be found here.
All US citizens that are flying to Tonga will need a valid passport that does not expire for at least six months after their visit. In addition, onward or return tickets are required at the time of entry. Visas are not required for those who are staying less than 30 days. Anyone uncertain about their visit to Tonga can contact the Embassy of the Kingdom of Tonga prior to travel to verify passport and visa requirements.