A cluster of islands situated in the South Pacific Ocean, Tonga is off of many travellers' radars. Relatively unspoiled with stunning beaches and clear waters, Tonga gives visitors a reasonably authentic island experience, while still providing some tourist infrastructure. Along with good snorkelling and diving, Tonga is on the migratory path of whales and they are a popular drawcard for visitors.
Tonga is the only Pacific nation which was never colonised and is governed by a monarchy today. It's also a deeply religious country, with little known about it's pre-Christian tribal history. The local people are friendly and welcoming to visitors and learning about Tongan culture is fascinating - people are very family-orientated and live the "it takes a village" philosophy.