On perfect blue sky Sundays, the Kingdom of Tonga goes to church. The day is dedicated to worship; churches as grand as St. Mary's Cathedral and the Basilica of St. Anthony of Padua in the capital city of Nuku'alofa as well as each and every outlying place of worship, attract royalty and commoners alike.
The pace of life, graceful and unhurried at the best of times, slows even further. Visitors find many of the attractions and restaurants closed for the day and fall back on Tonga's natural diversions - on sailing the wide blue ocean, hiking through rainforest or isolated ancient reminders of the islands' past, watching whales gambol in the warm waters or scores of bright tropical fish spearing haphazardly through the coral formations, or simply just finding that perfect untouched beach ad working on a deeper tan.
A majority of the Kingdom of Tonga's population lives on Tongatapu. It is where the capital, Nuku'alofa can be found, as well as the home of the King of Tonga, the seat of government and the commercial and public heart of the country. Meaning "abode of Love", Nuku'alofa has some pretty reminders of the colonial past.