Nuku'alofa - Tongatapu


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September 10th 2006
Published: September 22nd 2006
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The little Island The little Island The little Island

And the sunken ship
I arrived in Tonga and got picked up and taken to Heilala Lodge- luxury compared to my last week. My own room, a fan and a share bathroom -with flushing toilet and HOT water!! The next morning I had breakfast (toast and fresh fruit) and got talking to a couple from Brighton Nancy and Stuart (in their early 30s but didn’t look it). I said I was going up to Va va’u which is either a 21hour choppy boat ride or a 100 Pound flight. They decided that they would fly up and so we ended up all booking to go and stay at the same place together. The first flight we could get was early Monday morning (it was Friday).

Saturday was spent getting a small boat over to a small island which we walked round in half an hour. There was a sunken ship really close to the beach that we snorkeled around but the beach and the fish were nothing compared to Fiji.

On Sunday we paid a tenner to go on “Mad Mancunian Tony’s tour” around Tongatapu (the main island). Tonga is mostly covered in rubbish but they were tidying up as the King was
CrabsCrabsCrabs

These small grabs where all over the small island we went to. Bizarrely they only have one giant red claw!
about to die and they new lots of officials would be coming over. Tony showed us all the local plants and crops as we drove around which were interesting. Look at the pictures for some of the sights we saw. The blow holes where the best.

(see the next blog for what I did in Vava’u which I will do soon- I’m actually now safely in New Zealand!)



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Fruit batFruit bat
Fruit bat

Seen on Tony's tour
Natural bridgeNatural bridge
Natural bridge

Seen on Tony's tour
Blow holesBlow holes
Blow holes

These were really cool.
Me and Tonga coastlineMe and Tonga coastline
Me and Tonga coastline

Not the lovely sandy beaches of Fiji.
The TrilithonThe Trilithon
The Trilithon

a mini Stone Henge
The burial siteThe burial site
The burial site

of the Kings Nephew and wife who were recently killed in a car crash in the US. The graves in Tinga are a pole of soil above the ground.
Just for Angela and Nayland schoolJust for Angela and Nayland school
Just for Angela and Nayland school

Penuts growing under ground!!!


22nd September 2006

From your mummy
Look forward to more on the island. Tongan Royal family not having much luck. You should try and stay with local people as it helps the local economy and not foreigners who have decided to live there. First law of sustainable tourism. besides as you said on the phone they are more entertaining!! Keep enjoying it all. Are you going out into the harbour on a large yacht in Auckland - its what Dad wanted to do but they didn't listen. Like the peanuts. lots of love mum xxx
23rd September 2006

nuts
Thanks for the peanuts. I'm already working out how to link them in with next week's Science/Literacy/Maths/ICT....... lots of love Angela xxxxxx

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