Indeed you are in Nuku'alofa with those comments.... I have to say I loved Tonga, most of the folks back in NZ thought I was crazy as I was living in the capital. I had a year there, was one of the happiest times of my life, but I know its not for everyone. I then moved to Fiji for a couple of years, but it never felt the same as Tonga. I was working as a flight engineer so I have been to just about every Pacific Island there is in some way shape or form. There are certainly other more asthectically pleasing Islands than Tonga, but I still have a soft spot for it.
Greetings Dixie, I'm working in Nuku'alofa now. Vava'u is indeed stunning but I think all in all, Vanuatu would get my vote. Great beaches, some good restaurants in Port Vila,great climate, easy to get to other islands for breaks, nice people, relatively low crime, and just a few hours from Auckland or Brisbane. The government are hopeless, but like many Pacific nations the country runs on aid anyway, so their hopelessness doesn't matter so much.