Tonga has eluded outsiders for much of its history. From the imperial powers of Europe to modern-day travelers, Tonga has often been overlooked amongst the South Pacific island nations. But for those who do venture to this archipelago nation, a timeless Polynesian experience awaits; one that is all its own. The writers of this guidebook each lived, worked and played throughout Tonga as Peace Corps Volunteers. They lived with local families, learned village life, and experienced this fascinating country like few outsiders have before. Each writes of the island group where they lived - all reviews are from first-hand experience and local insider information. This comprehensive guidebook covers cultural norms (such as the eyebrow flick and greeting sniff), explains the curious clothing fashions, and divulges secret spots known only to locals. To see the real Tonga and to travel like a local, this book is a must. - Swim with Whales Tonga is one of only two places in the world where visitors can snorkel alongside these magnificent creatures. The best island groups for whale encounters are Vava u and Ha apai. - Explore Deserted Beaches and Islands With one hundred sixty-six islands in Tonga, white sandy beaches and uninhabited islands are abundant there. - Snorkel and Dive Tonga is still unknown to many travelers, leaving unbelievable pristine reefs and dive spots uncrowded, patiently awaiting exploration. - Experience Local Culture Cultural events, like kava circles and dance performances, provide a unique opportunity to become immersed in the local culture which pervades Tonga.