Returning to Tonga... Our first visit to Nu'ukalofa, the capital of Tonga. Wet & wild weather over the last few hundred miles made the landfall memorable. A gale had been blowing over the waters south of Tonga for weeks -- and the waves were big & breaking.
We enjoyed a week at Pangaimotu near Nu'ukalofa, before overnighting to Neiafu in the Vava'u group. We left Kiapa on a secure Beluga Dive mooring while we flew to OHIO for the Comfort birthdays and family reunion. Flying to/from Neiafu was a hoot -- with airline strikes, strict weight limits, funny old scales for baggage and passengers, and a few full-figured Tongan women. We enjoyed some of the 'skinny' waters on the west side of the Vava'u group before pushing on to Apia, Samoa to meet 'the boys'.