Tonga – A Paradise of Soft and Hard Corals and Much More
Tonga, this divers’ paradise in Polynesia, is made up of more than 170 islands, out of which only 45 are populated, the rest being desert islands, all surrounded by the bluest of blue waters and coral reefs of incredible beauty. Famous for being one out of only two places where humpback whales can be seen – these wonderful creatures can be spotted from July to October, when they pass Tonga on their way to the Arctic to feed and mate – Tonga offers numerous sites to visit for reef enthusiasts, too.
Tongatapu is one of the most popular dive spots in Tonga – the lagoon and the reef have five marine reserves and two island parks of unique beauty. The other famous site is Ha’apai Group – recommended mostly for experienced divers, the site features numerous caves, caverns, walls and tunnels, surrounded and made up from a breathtaking combination of gorgonian fans, hard and soft corals.
Those who wish combine their experience of coral reefs with some wreck diving, too, the Vava’u Group is the place to go. The site has been made famous by the wreck of a steamer as well as reefs with lots of fire corals and large grottos with gorgonian fans.
Whichever dive spot you choose, one thing is sure: the crystal clear waters offer excellent visibility all year around, the reefs shine bright with the most amazing colors and the hundreds of thousands of tropical fish that swim by you and with you will make your diving experience even more unforgettable.