Snorkeling in Tonga - pictures of some fishes that you can find in Tonga
From 8 to 17 August 2012
The Kingdom of Tonga, in the heart of South Pacific, offers excellent snorkeling trips thanks to the large protected lagoons populated by numerous coral reefs that are home to many species of tropical fishes. Although the variety of fish is not as extensive as in other tropical paradises, snorkeling trips to Tonga are still very rewarding for the presence of many live corals and for the beautiful "underwater landscape". The most common species are clown fishes living in their anemones, butterfly fishes, filefishes and more.
The lagoon of Foa island, in Haapai, offers opportunities for good snorkeling in calm waters.
While snorkeling in Tonga, we have found a very large number of clown fishes. They are usually very close to the surface, so it's not necessary to dive in order to see them.
Clown fish photo. The clown fish lives in symbiosis with the anemone, from which it derives protection from predators due to the stinging tentacles, to which it is immune.
Photos of clown fishes.
More clown fishes photos, with fishes showing different liveries and living in different anemones.
While snorkeling in Tonga, we have found also many Spanish dancers (Hexabranchus sanguineus) a very colorful nudibranch, so named for its particularly sinuous movement.
Photos of Spanish dancer (Hexabranchus sanguineus). On the left picture, the eggs of a Spanish dancer, similar to a red ribbon.The Spanish dancer is one of the larger nudibranch of the world.
Just another clown fish.
Sea urchin photos. The name of this sea urchin is Heterocentrotus mammillatus and is characterized by thick red spines.
While snorkeling in Tonga, it's not uncommon to see large school of fishes.
Pictures of tropical fishes.
Pictures of orange spotted filefish (Oxymonacanthus longirostris). There are many filefishes in Tonga.
Some damsel fishes around a coral reef.
Some varieties of pipefish that you can find while snorkeling in Tonga.
The lagoon of Haapai is full of large starfishes of an intense blue color.
As in other tropical paradises, even in Tonga you can find many Lagoon triggerfishes.
Photos of pufferfish. Some pufferfishes with different liveries that inhabit the reef of Tonga.
Photo of Moorish idol.
Colorful fishes that swim among the corals.
Photos of blue fishes from Tonga.
A group of clown fishes finds its home among the anemones embedded into this big pile of coral.
A Giant clam with rather unusual colors.