Nukualofa is the capital city of the Kingdom of Tonga. It is situated on the north coast of Tongatapu Island, in the southernmost Tonga island group. In 2006 the population of Nukualofa was 23,660. In the Tongan myth of Nukualofa's origin, it was said that the meaning of Nukualofa is: nuku meaning abode, and ʻalofa meaning love.
Nukualofa is the economic hub of Tonga. The airline Peau Vavau had its head office in Nukualofa's Pacific Royale Hote. Former Royal Tongan Airlines was headquartered in the Royco Building. The city has markets and central business district (destroyed during 2006 Nukualofa riots, but later rebuilt).
Nukualofa is also the central transportation hub in Tonga. Buses arrive and depart from the bus station along Vuna Road near the city centre. Bus services are operated privately, and the drivers are free to set various schedules. The buses are ordinarily filled to capacity. In addition, some large hotels and schools provide their own buses.
The numerous taxis are also privately owned and many people earn extra by providing taxi services. Most families have their own car and few residents ride bicycles. No operational railways or trams exist in Tonga, though there was a narrow-gauge railway out of the lagoon to the wharf, which gave the name to Railway Road.
Nukualofa harbour is island's only deep-water harbour, which determined its selection as the capital site. Vuna Wharf served as the international harbour for many years until in 1977 it was destroyed by an earthquake. A new, larger wharf was built towards Maufanga, named after Queen Salote. Between the two wharves is wharf '42', used by inter-island ferries and fishermen. It is the central hub for boats sailing to the outer islands. Private boat owners also provide services to smaller islands.
Air transport is provided by Fuaamotu International Airport situated on the south side of Tongatapu, 35 km from Nukualofa.
In January 2015, a new isle of nearly 1 km diameter was created via volcanic eruption. This newly formed island is located about 65 km (40 ml) northwest of the capital.
Highlights: Royal Palace, Reefs
Port Nukualofa cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Nukualofa, Tongatapu, Tonga. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|Day||Ship||Arrival||Departure||Next Port of Call|
|10 March, 2018|
|Crystal Symphony||08:00||19:00||Alofi, Niue Island|
|21 March, 2018|
|Pacific Aria||12:00||20:00||Vava'u, Neiafu, Tonga|
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