Sharks in Tonga

Tonga – or the Kingdom of Tonga – consists of 171 islands, 45 of which are inhabited by people. Naturally, as an island nation with lots of open waters, there are several species of sharks. Commonly seen sharks include the blue shark, the bull shark, and the silky shark.

Sharks in Tonga

List of the Different Types of Sharks in Tonga

Species Maximum


Blue Shark 6-11 feet Not aggressive
Bull Shark 7-12 feet Highly aggressive
Common Thresher Shark 12-18 feet Not aggressive
Great Hammerhead Shark 15-20 feet Highly aggressive
Great White Shark 11-16 feet Highly aggressive
Oceanic Whitetip Shark 10-13 feet Highly aggressive
Shortfin Mako Shark 6.5-9.5 feet Highly aggressive
Silky Shark 7-10 feet Highly aggressive
Whale Shark 18-32 feet Not aggressive

Recent Cases of Shark Attacks in Tonga >>



There have been several shark attacks in Tonga, with the most recent one being a non-fatal incident that took place in 2012. 29-year-old Kylie Maguire suffered injuries to the buttocks and thighs from a possible attack by a bull shark.


While there are facilities to swim with whales, there aren’t many places to interact with whale sharks in Tonga.

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