Map of Tonga in the South Pacific

Map of Tonga in the South Pacific

Sunday, May 15, 2011

A trip to the beach

Ha’atafu Beach, Easter Weekend

With a 4-day weekend, it seemed that we just couldn’t pass up an opportunity to see more of Tongatapu. We hadn’t been to the far west end of the island, and located a Guest House near Ha’atafu Beach that had an opening. We arrived on Friday afternoon. From the porch of the Guest House we could just see the ocean, and also hear the waves. It wasn’t long ‘til we were on the beach exploring and snorkeling. The reef makes the water very shallow, and the only time to swim and snorkel was at either side of the high tide. We ate breakfasts and lunches on the porch, but took advantage of suppers at nearby resorts with restaurants. The weather was wonderful, and the starry night on the beach on Saturday night was the best I’ve ever seen. Truly awesome. We read, relaxed, and enjoyed. We walked to the nearby site of Abel Tasman’s landing in 1643. Sunday afternoon came too quickly. Photos, of course, never are able to do justice to the ocean and sunsets, but here are the best we could do.

On the porch.

The Guest House.

Supper sunset.

The landing site of Abel Tasman.

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