On the surface, Tonga is understated. It is, technically, a kingdom, but its landscape isn’t as grand as its political classification suggests. The islands of Vava’u are lumpy and densely forested so from afar don’t have the same dramatic allure that so many other South Pacific islands do. But get up close and the electric blue of shallow water lining the land glows, short hidden beaches without a footprint on them reveal themselves, and caves and caverns leading into and under craggy rock faces sit waiting for visitors. Below the surface, the marine life is healthy and lively, and this time of year baitfish swarm in massive schools, often being chased by bigger fish below and hungry birds above.
We visited one of the more well-known caves last week and discovered how spectacular Tonga can be. Just as the sun was starting to get low and send rays beaming into the cave’s opening, we swam in and hung out with literally tens of thousands of skittish baitfish. Such a cool spot! We got some amazing photos. I thought I’d share just a few while I’ve got decent internet. Enjoy!