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  • The Kingdom of TongaThe Kingdom of Tonga is an archipelago of 169 islands, of which 36 are inhabited. All together, the islands occupy 300 square miles scattered over 300,000 square miles of ocean. It doesn't look like a tropical island, as Posted by HopeEakins in Around the World Again | Jan 24, 2019
  • The island of Vava'uOld DC3 at Tongatapu domestic terminal. We landed on time at Tongatapu shortly after 1100. Our connection to Vava'u was in less than three hours which would be enough time on a g Posted by alexchan in 2012 Swim with whales in Tonga | Aug 26, 2012
  • Swim with whalesOur first sight of the humpback. We walked down to Dolphin Pacific's office with a large wad of cash at 0830 for our whale-swim adventure. There 8 guests including ourselves (wit Posted by alexchan in 2012 Swim with whales in Tonga | Aug 27, 2012
  • Crystal-clear dives We toyed with the idea of doing more whale-swims. But no one could take us; they're all full. It's probably better that way as our companions told us our experience yesterday was unbeatable compared to the other days they've had Posted by alexchan in 2012 Swim with whales in Tonga | Aug 28, 2012
  • Motorcycle DiariesChurch in Vava'u. Today is our "spare" day in case weather or other factors prevented us from achieving our whale-swim or dives. Since everything had gone so well, we rented a sc Posted by alexchan in 2012 Swim with whales in Tonga | Aug 29, 2012
  • Back to mainlandThe King's Palace in Nukualofa. Today we head back to Tongatapu on the 1535 flight. The timing would allow us some activities (at a push) if we had been unsuccessful with whalesw Posted by alexchan in 2012 Swim with whales in Tonga | Aug 30, 2012
  • TongaSo we arrived at the small airport on Good Friday at around 12:10PM and, because we brought a little bit of food with us, we ticked the box declaring the food. The queue for foreign pass Posted by Borisborough in Tonga | Apr 4, 2018
  • Finally internetWe have had ssoooooo much fun and have seen 10 Wales! And have swam on a shipwreck Finally after 11 days I have clothes - as my bag got lost on the plane and there are no clothes shop in Posted by Livvy2015 in PACIFIC HOLIDAY! | Jul 17, 2015
  • Day 14, 15, 16, 17: Boredom takes holdThe past few days of swells and wind have prevented Jason from launching, and the boredom is beginning to take its toll on the science crew. Half of us have begun ‘hibernating’, sleeping as much as possible, while the other Posted by mrh616 in Living Revelle | May 3, 2015
  • Day 13: Back to the labWe brought up the elevator at 8am, loaded with four more IGT samplers and several rocks and slurp samples for the biologists. We made impressive progress – compared to our first day in the lab with ABE working for nearly Posted by mrh616 in Living Revelle | Apr 30, 2015
  • Day 12: OopsI slept in until 11. I have no regrets about it – it was a wonderful nap. I joined the others upstairs for a bite to eat, then headed down to the main lab where a massive ping-pong game was Posted by mrh616 in Living Revelle | Apr 28, 2015
  • Day 11: Samples up!! I woke at 7am with a grumble, rolling to put my phone alarm on silent. Jess had the 12am-4am shift and was sleeping in the bunk below me, so I moved about the room as quietly as I could to Posted by mrh616 in Living Revelle | Apr 27, 2015
  • Day 10: ABEWe waited out the next day as swells rolled, churning the boat this way and that. Tito called it too rough to launch and so we abided by his word, waiting anxiously for the conditions to change. The day was Posted by mrh616 in Living Revelle | Apr 26, 2015
  • Day 9: Kilo MoanaAnd he’s… out. I woke up this morning in a rush, knowing that they planned to bring up the elevator full of samples after breakfast. Jessica had a 12-4am shift in the control van, so I had to get ready Posted by mrh616 in Living Revelle | Apr 25, 2015
  • Day 7: Transit Three?I'll put up a picture in my next entry, but someone on board ship has started a seasickness poll on the whiteboard in the main lab. Since so many of the science party have fallen ill, the rest of us Posted by mrh616 in Living Revelle | Apr 23, 2015
  • Day 10 More pics of Heilala's grounds There were a few of these in the tree Posted by judesbucketlist in Tonga | Oct 31, 2014
  • Day 8Turned out grey again today, and I wasn’t in the mood to swim, so caught a ride in Heilala’s van into Nuku’alofa. A couple of hou Posted by judesbucketlist in Tonga | Oct 26, 2014
  • Day 7Finally, a glorious day! There were enough fluffy clouds to take the edge off the sun. Perfect snorkelling weather, which is what I did twice before lunch & once in the afternoon at dead low tide. The Posted by judesbucketlist in Tonga | Oct 26, 2014
  • Day 5, part 2Oholei Beach Resort, the venue for Lonely Planet's most highly recommended cultural show in Tonga, is across the other side of the island from Heilala, a good hour's drive away. We were picked up at 6, a scant half Posted by judesbucketlist in Tonga | Oct 26, 2014
  • Day 5, part 1I’ll do this day in two parts/days, otherwise it will be a very, very long post! It started out overcast today then turned into full-on tropical rain alternating with rain and showers. The island tour was pretty good despite the Posted by judesbucketlist in Tonga | Oct 24, 2014
  • Day 4Today was another grey day for the most part, but as they’ve recently been in a drought I can hardly begrudge the Tongans a little relief from the scorching sun. [center][/center] [center][ Posted by judesbucketlist in Tonga | Oct 23, 2014
  • Day 3A few new people arrived here at Heilala early this morning (a bunch more Kiwis & a Portuguese couple), and we were all taken into Nuku'alofa for the "city" orientation. Let's just say, it's not the most salubrious or Posted by judesbucketlist in Tonga | Oct 22, 2014
  • Day 2(Major internet issues) The day dawned bright and – damn, I can’t lie – grey & dull, as it happens. It was coolish but still humid last night & the temperature during the day today was definitely bearable. The Posted by judesbucketlist in Tonga | Oct 21, 2014
  • Day 1After a great flight from Auckland that took only 2 1\2 hours, we touched down in the rain at Tonga’s tiny airport. Rick from Heilala Holiday Lodge was there to greet me & placed 2 beautiful, fragrant frangipani lei Posted by judesbucketlist in Tonga | Oct 20, 2014
  • The Kingdom of Tonga After four days and five nights we reach our first port. As the sun rose we saw the low lying island of Tongatapu which is the largest of the many islands in the Kingdom of Tonga and the home Posted by greynomadm in 2013 Polynesia Cruise | Sep 7, 2013
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