Map of Tonga in the South Pacific

Map of Tonga in the South Pacific

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Island hoppin'

 Well, not exactly island hopping, but when it's low tide you can actually walk to it. It's a 45 min. walk and the water is knee-high. Sounds a little too aerobic for me.  It's a small island off the central northern tip of Tongatapu, just off Nuku'alofa, and it's called Pangimotu. . They have a small boat that will ferry you there. It leaves at 11 AM and the last boat back is at 4. It's only a 5 min. ride. Since we're Peace Corps they give us a discount and it's 10 pa'anga for the round trip. A great deal!

We spent a very nice day with David and Jinnet beach walking, snorkeling, eating lunch, reading, and a little mohe (sleep) on the beach. What's not to like? Jinnet and I both looked at each other and both of us had the same thought: is this really us having this experience? Wow. For a midwestern gal I sometimes just can't believe it! We're starting to try to do a lot of things now when we can. When we realized that 1/3 of our time here is over Jim and I said that we didn't want to go home and wish we had done some things and hadn't taken the time. This was a good start. This won't be our last trip to Pangimotu!

Pangimotu: view from the water taxi.

Boarding the water taxi. (Yes, we have our life preservers. PC policy.)

The perfect  tree for us and our gear.


Yachts anchored off the island.

Good snorkeling around this partially submerged small ship.

Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu in the distance.

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