Tongan feasts are an absolute necessity. On Tongatapu and Vava’u, tour firms and hotels arrange feasts with traditional dance on many nights of the week.
Tonga is active late into the evening, turning abruptly quite quiet about 11 p.m. Expect to see folks out and about until late at night. Beer and liquor are widely accessible, with Fijian, Australian, and New Zealand imports available to supplement the local brewers. If you want to sample a native drink, try Kava (similar to liquid novacaine) at least once.
Ikale, the native beer, is available in 330 ml bottles in most restaurants and pubs (4.50-5 pa’anga). Alternatively, you may get the identical bottles for 2 pa’anga or less at one of the numerous ‘Chinese’ roadside stores or a supermarket. Imported beers are mostly from Australia, although some are from Europe as well. The majority are available in 330 mL cans or bottles.