Tongan beaches, lagoons and sea - the perfect tropical paradise
From 8 to 17 August 2012
In the Kingdom of Tonga there are countless islands, many of which offer a classic "postcard" tropical landscape, with soft white sandy beaches and large lagoons with crystalline blue waters. During our vacation in Tonga we stayed for 10 days at Foa island in the Ha'apai archipelago, featured by a vast beach, an immense lagoon, and having a beautiful deserted island just across a small channel.
A tropical beach of soft white sand, overlooking a beautiful lagoon. Tonga is an ideal destination if you love pristine nature and unspoilt tropical paradises. This beach is located just across the street from Matafonua lodge, on the northern tip of Foa island (Ha'apai islands group)
Around the northern tip of Foa island, part of Haapai island group in the middle of Tonga, there are about two kilometers of beach located within walking distance from Matafonua lodge. The immense lagoon is ideal for excellent snorkeling trips, to swim or just to relax.
Photos of Foa island (Haapai). In this time of the year (August) the water's temperature in the lagoon is around 23/24 degrees centigrades. If you are sensitive to cool water, it would be better to wear a short wetsuit or a long lycra swim suit, offering protection also from the strong sun.
Deserted island picture. Past a channel, that can be crossed by canoe or by swimming, there is a deserted island owned by the King of Tonga. The island offers additional miles of beach and a fantastic lagoon, as we will see later.
More Foa island pictures, showing the beach and the lagoon.
The ample lagoon that surrounds the island Foa is easily navigable by canoe, especially at low tide, when currents are moderate.
During clear days you can see in the distance, about 80km away, the shape of the Tofua volcano.
The colors of the lagoon are constantly changing depending on the tide and the impact of the sun's rays.
The lagoon extends in the distance up to the outer reef of the atoll, where the big waves of the Pacific Ocean crash into. Here it is not uncommon to find fishermen who collect urchins and other shellfish by hand.
We spend a whole morning for a canoe excursion, exploring the lagoon and reaching the deserted island in front of Foa.
We landed on the deserted island.
We begin to walk the deserted island along the beach, with the intention of making the full turn clockwise.
The island offers deserted and unspoilt beaches, as well as a huge lagoon where to swim and to snorkel.
Deserted island picture.
The wide sandy beach that surrounds the deserted island.
The vegetation consists mainly of palm trees, large yucca anchored to the ground by strong adventitious roots, capers and other low bushes.
Tropical island pictures. The huge lagoon surrounding the desert island can be walked for hundreds of meters at low tide.
Finally, we return to the island of Foa with our canoe, under a midday sun that makes the colors of the lagoon even stronger.