to treat minor cuts we suggest to use powdered penicillin-tablets to apply on the wound instead of any antibiotic-creme.
Wounds must be kept dry and covered.
swiss army knife
torch / flashlight
first aid kid (medium size)
strong sandals (caterpillar or jack wolfskin)
light bermudas (not hot pants)
warm sweater for cool nights
razor blades/cosmetic cremes and utilities
(spare glasses for reading)
all your medication (pills, cremes...)
adapter or transformer
beach- / plastic shoes
Your dress should be loose and comfortable.
When the wind stops and it is very humid you may
get a heat stroke, if you dress up too "hip".
It makes sense bringing along a straw hat or a
baseballcap, the sun here is very strong and a sun stroke is no fun when the doctor is far away.
The tongan soil is dark reddish-brown and colours your clothes like tea. Have clothes that survive a heavy wash!
If you intend to stay longer do not bring along leather.
If the climate is very humid leather will mould
within days. Cotton and the new light fabrics are ideal.
Any metal (zippers etc.) rusts very fast. Cameras may develop condensation inside (use the small
Some Non-Tongans have developed a strong allergy against the bread from tongan bakeries. If you feel sick after you return home, be tested for a
Headlice are not rare. Take along a lice-shampoo.
Condomes can be purchased at the Vava'u Pharmacy.
We have no dangerous land-animals, no snakes or poisenes animals. The big centipede ("molokau")
is feared, his bite is very painful and may result in temporary paralysation of the bitten bodypart; his size ranges from that of a matchstick up to a
small snake. He loves to hide in dark an wet places.
If you like to take bushwalks: no sandals!
Bees and wasps are usually harmless, some
spiders are quite big but not dangerous. If you tend
to be allergic, take along appropr. medication.
For all sea animals/fish etc please consult your
There is no Malaria in Tonga.
Have a vaccination against Hepatitis and Tetanus. Seek advice for typhoid prevention.
Dengue-fever may occur.
If you intend to bring along your pet be adviced that
Tonga has a very strict quarantine. The islands are
free of rabies and deadly dog-, cat,- cow-. and
horse-diseases or epidemics.
The Vava'u Pharmacy offers
a range of medication and cosmetics, but due to the smallness of our Island the
stock is limited!