Finally I made it to Tonga! December 29th 2018 Back in 2015 I had my heart set on visiting Tonga, with flights and accommodation booked as part of a previous South Pacific adventure. Mother Nature, however, had different plans as a volcano burst out of the ocean just off the coast and started spewing volcanic ash in a major eruption. Bizarrely; I had gone through check in, customs, and immigration on multiple occasions, and the planes had take ... read more
Oceania » Tonga » Tongatapu The archipelago of "The Friendly Islands" was united into a Polynesian kingdom in 1845. It became a constitutional monarchy in 1875 and a British protectorate in 1900. Tonga acquired its independence in 1970 and became a member of the Commonwealth of... ... read more
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This time the plane did not turn back and you touched down, Tom. Considering the exploits of their Rugby League team and the greatest comeback in RL World Cup history against England in the semi-final...the try on the bell to win it that was disallowed without referral to the video referee...controversial in spades...maybe now was a better time to visit Tonga than your previous attempt. Sometimes disallowed tries make determination stronger...sounds like you scored big time!
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Mate Ma'a Tonga
Thanks Dancing Dave. Yes, the World Cup was awesome and I loved what Tonga added to the competition. They were very unlucky against England but everyone is crazy for the team now. Rugby Union has been left in the dust here, and I think in the rest of the South Pacific!