Tonga is a very small country with limited resources. Furthermore its island groups are widely spread.
Please ensure that you protect yourself, as well as your family, by carrying adequate travel and medical insurance.
Important Note: if you miss your domestic and / or international flight, for whatever reason, and you have not taken adequate travel & health insurance then you do so entirely at your own risk. This includes aviation & weather disruptions.
Please refer to your itinerary and our terms and conditions of travel to ensure that you have booked (or your agent has booked) the most appropriate fare for your needs.
How It Works:
Most bookings made are flexible fare classes (B & Y) fares allowing you to make updates to your bookings (for a fee).
If you are in any doubt about your travel then you should choose a Y fare which is also refundable.
Periodically Chathams Pacific offer discounted Q class fares to the market which are strictly "use it or lose it". It is vitally important that you understand that if you require changes to your booking then there must be at least 48 hours notice, an upgrade to a flexible fare applies as does a change fee. Refunds ARE NOT possible if you have purchased a Q fare.
Travel Insurance - don't forget that if circumstances change resulting in your being unable to travel then you should check your insurance policy to see if loss of airfares are covered.
Even though you may pay the excess baggage charge it does not guarantee the excess will travel on the same flight as you. All aircraft have payload restrictions and the carriage of excess baggage will be determined 15 minutes prior to departure. We will advise you prior to departure if we are unable to carry your excess on your flight. Should it not be able to travel it will go on the next flight that has space available.
If you need your excess baggage carried on a guaranteed basis please contact us at the time of booking. We will look at your specific needs and recommend options and costs.
It is required for safety and legal reasons that we know how many passengers are travelling on each flight and each passengers details.
Our aircraft types have regulated limitations on the number of infants carried on one flight and booking infants ensures we do not exceed these limits. Infants that are not booked on flights will not be accepted for travel.
Your child must be aged 2 years to 11 years on the day of travel to be classed as a child.
As soon as they have turned twelve years they need to purchase an adult's seat.
Proof of age in the form of a copy of their birth certificate or passport will be required at the time of making the booking and at check in. Failure to produce this documentation will result in an adult fare being charged.
Chathams Pacific do understand that, periodically, people need to make changes to their itinerary. To this end, Chathams Pacific's change fees are modest compared to many other airlines and they also offer a simplified airfare structure.
Please read the terms and conditions of your booking to ensure that you have (or your agent has) booked the appropriate fare class to suit your needs.
Important Note To Travellers:
Not all fare classes are flexible and some cheaper fares are "use it or lose it"
If you need to make changes to your booking, change fees apply as do time limits on how close to the date of travel
Only the Y (flexi class) is refundable
It is recommended that you carry adequate travel insurance to cover your needs.
Many travellers choose to travel the same day as their international connection however please note:
Tonga is a very small Kingdom with limited flight schedules
Tonga does not allow flights on a Sunday
Every airline in the world suffers aviation disruptions and every one of them does its utmost to minimise the consequences. That said - If there is a disrupt eg. for weather - then you may well miss any international connection.
Chathams Pacific are NOT RESPONSIBLE should you miss an international connection due to a disruption.
We recommend that you carry adequate travel insurance and ensure that you understand the risk and consequences to you personally should a disrupt mean you are unable to meet your outbound flight.
Tourism in Tongatapu is vibrant with many attractions - if missing your outbound flight were to cause you massive upset then please stay over rather than take the risk of missing your flight.
Due to the high atmospheric temperatures within Tonga, it is not uncommon for an aircraft to be restricted in how much payload it can carry. The reason for these performance restrictions is to ensure the aircraft is operated safely.
Children must be at least five years old to travel by themselves on Chathams Pacific flights.
When children are travelling by themselves they will be classed as 'unaccompanied minors' and you will be required to fill in forms at check in. Someone must be there to meet them at the other end and sign for them.
Children under the age of 5 can not travel without an adult.
Most food ranges in Tonga are simple and fresh. You will probably find other food choices difficult to purchase therefore if you have specific health and dietary needs then you will need to bring most of these with you.
Bread tends to be somewhat bland with only white, wholemeal and kibble being commonplace.
Seasonal fruit and vegetables are available from the markets
Red meats are imported
Freshly caught fish & seafood is abundant and delicious
Even in restaurants and at resorts, options for those lactose resistant, vegetarian or avoiding dairy are very limited
As so much food is imported supplies can fluctuate.
Importing food items ? Ensure all food items are sealed and (for meats) are vacuum packed. Declare your food stuff and carry the receipts for customs.
The humpback whales visit the Kingdom, to birth and mate, during the southern hemisphere's winter months. We generally tend to see them from July through to late October or early November. As whales don't make appointments we recommend the following:
Give yourself plenty of time to see the whales - at least a week during which you can go out with an authorised Whalewatch operator several times.
August and September are the high season so book well in advance to avoid disappointment
Tonga offers many of the South Pacific's top destination dive spots, sporting and game fishing adventures as well as pristine beaches set amongst diverse landscapes. If all you want to do is curl up with a great book and chill out then that can be easily achieved also. Largely undiscovered, you will not lack for land and sea adventures whilst visiting the Kingdom.
KINGDOM AIR PASS
With every island group offering unique experiencesChathams Pacific's Kingdom Passes will help you see more of Tonga for less.
Gotta go ! Only 8 minutes by air from Tongatapu to an untouched and unique world. Eco-tourism leaders
Vanilla that is grown in Vavau and then marketed to the world from New Zealand, a true partnership between the Kingdom of Tonga and New Zealand!
Vava'u is home to 'Ene'io Botanic Gardens with a beach front cafe, garden tours, demonstrations and much, much more. Highly recommended!