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Tonga Gallery

The 4 island group of Tonga has been left behind by hustle and bustle of the modern world. Tonga is the only remaining Polynesian Kingdom and is not a mass destination. It is one of the few places in the world where you can snorkel or scuba dive with whales up close.

Diving highlights in Tonga:

Vava'u Group: Whale watching, swimming and snorkelling with humpback whales, if you're lucky you see them while diving. Humpback whales migrate from their feeding ground in Antarctica to the Kingdom of Tonga where they stay from July through October to court, mate and calve.

Wreck diving: The Clan McWilliam is a 128 m (423 ft) freighter, launched in October 1918. In June 1923 she damaged her propeller and in January 1924 she was towed into Panama with engine trouble. She sank in the harbour of Neiafu on December 24th, 1927 due to fire in her forward hold and it is claimed that the Captain and Chief Engineer went down with her.

Cavern Diving: The Swallows caves and Mariner's cave are interesting and unique, with spectacular underwater archways and  tunnels.

Ha'apai Group: These islands offer a great variety of dives including walls, caves, channels, tunnels, drifts, drop offs and healthy hard coral gardens with a great variety of fish.

Minerva Reef: The Minerva Reefs are part of the Kingdom of Tonga and definitely has the best diving in Tonga. The surrounding circular reef is nearly submerged at high tide and lies 270nm away from Nukualofa, the capital of Tonga. Drifting along the drop off in the entrance pass was my best dive in Tonga. Lots of fish schools, from the smallest colourful to the large game fish, hang out on the beautiful hard and soft corals.
 

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Ovalau, Vava'u Kelefesia, Ha'apai Kenutu, Vava'u Nuku, Vava'u Minerva Reef
The Clan McWilliam, Neiafu, Vava'u The Clan McWilliam, Neiafu, Vava'u Sea Fan, Minerva Reef Stony Corals, Kenutu, Vava'u Stony Corals, Uoleva, Ha'apai
Emperor Angelfish, Minerva Reef

Uoleva, Ha'apai

Orbicular Batfish, Neiafu, Vava'u
Giant Clam, Minerva Reef Goldstripe Goatfish, Uoleva, Ha'apai
Christmas Tree Worm, Minerva Reef Lionfish, Minerva Reef
Orange-fin Anemonefish, Hunga, Vava'u Orange-fin Anemonefish, Minerva Reef Black-tail Grubfish, Kelefesia, Ha'apai Humbug Dascyllus, Kelefesia, Ha'apai Pufferfish, Minerva Reef

Humpback Whale, Vava'u

Humpback Whale, Vava'u Humpback Whale, Vava'u Humpback Whale, Vava'u Splash of a Humpback Whale, Vava'u
Humpback Whale, Vava'u Humpback Whale, Vava'u Humpback Whale, Vava'u Humpback Whale, Vava'u Humpback Whale, Vava'u

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Mariner's Cave, Vava'u

Swallows Cave, Vava'u

Swallows Cave, Vava'u

Swallows Cave, Vava'u

 

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