19 Sanuali Tokonaki
Geneva and Sarah are two self-funded volunteer gap year students who have spent the last five months in Tonga. As they hadn’t seen much outside of Nuku’alofa we offered to be their tour guides for the weekend and take them in the west and east coast ‘tours’.
It was a glorious day so many hours were spent bobbing and snorkelling at Ha’atafu beach where the water was so crystal clear one could see fish a metre down even without goggles. We spent quite some time monitoring a vibrant purple starfish take a slow amble over the reef… I reckon even David Attenborough would have been impressed with our patience.
We arrived home very rosy and fell into bed lathered in moisturizer to calm the heat eaves emanating from our glowing bodies.
19 Sanuali Sapate
Our day was bookended with heavy rain showers but in between we manage to weave in a day of picnicing, touring and swimming at the beautiful Keleti beach to end a delightful day. Sarah and Heidi (a German teacher abiut to start a two year contract at Ocean of Light Ba’Hai school) joined us (poor Geneva had a tummy bug). It was Heidi’s first day in Tonga so she was getting a taste of Tongan life up close and personal in it many manifestations including tropical rains.