Reefs and corals of Tonga islands
From 8 to 17 August 2012
The state of health of corals around Tonga, in the South Pacific Ocean, seems to be pretty good and it is not uncommon to encounter in the lagoons of the atolls, vast expanses of live coral featuring multiple colors and active growing. These photos were taken during or snorkeling trips in Tonga, more precisely around Foa island in the Ha'apai archipelago.
Photo of Tongan reef. Most corals in Tonga looks to be in good health, as many of them are living and actively growing.
Inside the lagoon of Haapai, there are huge banks of corals hosting a multitude of species.
Pictures of corals showing an intense blue color.
Picture of a mushroom coral (Sarcophyton trocheliophorum).
Pictures of Tongan coral reefs. These massive coral reefs can be found in the lagoon of Foa island (Ha'apai).
The coral banks located in the lagoon of Foa island, sometimes grow on structures that resemble a kind of a small volcano.
Other times the corals grow directly on the sandy bottom, spreading over large areas.
Pictures of Net fire coral, so called because of its urticant properties.
A kind of anemone growing on the surface of a rock.
Photos of Christmas tree worms, found occasionally in Tonga.
Pictures of several species of corals.
A school of blue fishes swimming on the corals.
Some giant clam growing between the corals.
More photos of Pacific ocean corals from Tonga islands.