| Niuatoputapu TONGA dock dinghy mass;|
a sure sign of a cruiser invasion.
Niuatoputapu TONGA tour: How many cruisers can you fit
into a pickup truck? At least twelve. Sia, Customs agent and
tour guide, at right.
Shore across from Hunganga island, site of
a former Niuatoputapu, TONGA resort.
- island’s three small villages
- primary cemetery, where the graves pay tribute to the nine islanders lost to the 2009 tsunami
- scenic point between Nuiatopotapu and the island Hunganga
- King’s island palace
- island’s main store (where Sebastian and two other cruisers bought black caps embroidered in white with a pirate skull and crossbones)
- lovely freshwater spring
- plantation visit where bananas, sweet potatoes, taro, coconut, and spinach-like pele leaf were available for anyone interested
- the airport
- beautiful white beach on the Northwest side of the island
Rather humble palace for the King of Tonga, on Niuatoputapu,
for his rare visits there. Many homes were fenced,
though few were topped with barbed wire.
| Rick and Laura of SeaKey delighted the local kids|
with balloons and candy.
Niuatoputapu Tonga’s picture pretty Northwest shoreline.
Lots of sharp coral underfoot; not a good barefoot beach,
but great for shell hunters.