The village is on the western shore of Lifuka and has about 2,000 inhabitants.
There are few historic sites besides some churches, a few Colonial styled houses and cemeteries.
There is a ferry dock, called the Pangai Ferry Terminal.
The Methodist missionary Shirley Waldemar Baker, who was prime minister of Tonga under king George Tupou I, died in Pangai on 16 November 1903. His grave and monument in the cemetery still stand as a tourist attraction.