A Kingdom of Tropical Delights
In the Kingdom of Tonga, you can live like royalty. But don't let it go to your head, because in the Pacific's only remaining monarchy, the royal lifestyle won't involve castles, carriages and coats of arms. Instead, plan on a bicycle-and-beach vibe where shoes are optional, smiles come easy and the favorite state ceremony is sharing a bowl of kava. Add in some sparkling lagoons, white sand beaches and trade wind-cooled coconut groves and you have all the necessary ingredients for a tropical paradise. And then there are the whales. The warm waters surrounding Tonga provide one of the best opportunities in the world to swim with magnificent humpback whales.