tipping in Tonga

Naturally preserved beauty Tonga is a paradise for all its visitors and locals. Tonga has about 176 islands which is a perfect holiday destination. The Kingdom of Tonga is best described as the ‘Friendly Islands’ and believes in being the ‘true South Pacific’. Come appreciate the beauty in Tongatapu’s land and people, which is Tonga's gateway to the rest of the world. Don’t miss the most unique travel experiences in Tonga.

tipping etiquette for hotels in Tonga

In Tonga Don't Tip at a hotel

In hotels in Tonga it not a custom to tip therefore, it’s not obligatory. However, bellboys and housekeepers sometimes do receive a tip from tourists, to show their appreciation.

tipping in restaurants in Tonga

At a restaurant Don't Tip in Tonga

Tipping is not part of Tongan culture; hence, you will find Tongans not tipping waiters. Most tourists would leave a little tip to the individual waiter to show their appreciation. Moreover, people working in the service sectors are usually underpaid.

tip etiquette at spas in Tonga

In Tonga Don't Tip when visiting a Spa

Tipping is not traditionally part of Polynesian culture and no one will be upset if you leave with just a “thank you”. Spa staffs are not highly paid, therefore, if you were happy with their service be sure to leave with a few dollars tip.
Spas are not very common in Tonga, but you could always check with your local tour guide, for the nearest spa facility.

should you tip your tour guide?

In Tonga Tip 5-10% to your tour guide

It’s a nice gesture to tip your local tour guides, especially if you are travelling in as a group tour. Tongans in general are very friendly and polite. Therefore, about 5-10% of the tour price is a good tipping amount.

should you tip your taxi driver?

In Tonga Don't Tip your taxi driver

Taxi drivers do not expect a tip, because the fare price is always negotiated. If the taxi driver assist in carrying your luggage then a couple dollars is appreciated.

should you tip your hairdresser

In Tonga Don't Tip your hair stylist

Tipping is not obligatory, but if you are satisfied with the service a few dollars would be highly accepted.