The Kingdom of Tonga has the only remaining Polynesian monarchy and has never been ruled by foreigners. Considered a 3rd world country, tourism plays an important part of the economy.
While visiting Tonga the King, Taufa’ahua Topou had passed away while living in New Zealand. In respect to the king, a mourning period of one month had been declared requesting Tongans to wear black and play no loud music. In years past, if royalty died, a longer mourning period close to a year for close relatives of the deceased. Businesses would also close.
The islands of Tonga have clear water for diving, sandy beaches and protected anchorages. This is an area where Gray Whales migrate to for birthing calves. A peaceful gate away in a country that tries to retain it’s traditions.
Sailing The Waterhouse