View of Swallow’s Cave from a distance, on Kapa island, Tonga’s Vava’u group.
Port Maurielle is the closest anchorage.
View of Swallow’s Cave, approaching
the entrance. Kapa island, Vava’u,
Port Maurielle off Tonga’s Kapa island waters gleam sapphire when the sun is shining. The sun was a tease when we anchored there, too fleeting for good photos. At a mere 6.5 miles from Neiafu, Port Maurielle is one of the closest anchorages and most visited in Vava’u.
The orange Swallow’s Cave entrance walls make a striking contrast
to its vivid watery blue “floor.” Kapa island, Vava’u, Tonga.
On a slow 5-horse dinghy motor like ours, Swallow’s Cave’s only about a 10 minute ride from the anchorage to the cave. The cave’s floor is entered by dinghy or swimming; its “floor” plunges deeply down into the water.
Tonga’s Swallow’s Cave is not immune to graffiti; some visitors
consider it historical. Kapa island, Vava’u, Tonga.
A sunny late afternoon is considered optimal conditions for visiting the cave; we figured one out of two ain’t bad. Indeed, even in the heavy overcast, Swallow Cave’s colors still really pop. The water outside and inside the cave is a deep Tidy-Bowl blue. Just inside the cave’s arched opening is a brilliant ferrous flame- orange rock. Deeper inside, the graffiti-covered interior rock arches practically glow with a neon green hue.
This large school of fish flittered rapidly through
Swallow’s Cave waters. Kapa island, Vava’u, Tonga.
Wayne dinghied out of Swallow’s Cave
so I could swim out through
the cave’s entrance then join him outside
for the ride back to Port Maurelle, Kapa island, Vava’u,Tonga.
Soggy Paws Tonga Compendium notes
Swallow’s Cave’s high ceiling opening
was used like a dumbwaiter to deliver
food for parties in the days of yore.
Kapa island, Vava’u, Tonga.