|Chrystal Dawn Fitzgerald wears the Riviera One-Piece inwards Rosa inwards the clear blueish waters of Tonga. Photo yesteryear Ming Nomchong.|
The Kingdom of Tonga’s cluster of islands inwards the middle of the South Pacific bounding main are barely a speck on the populace map side yesteryear side to the nearest bodies of land: Commonwealth of Australia in addition to New Zealand. As i of the oldest Polynesian settlements, many of Tonga’s islands get got retained much of their native, uninhabited state, in addition to the eco resorts on the larger islands accept assist to move holistically integrated with the native solid ground to save it's natural splendor.
|Photo of Tonga yesteryear Chrystal Dawn Fitzgerald.|
|Photo of Tonga islands yesteryear Chrystal Dawn Fitzgerald.|
Here, Seeababe Chrystal Fitzgerald shares her unforgettable experience of coming together creatures of the deep blueish sea inwards Tonga in conclusion twelvemonth with friends Lauren L. Hill, in addition to lensman Ming Nomchong.
By Chrystal Dawn Fitzgerald
Majestic in addition to wild, the Kingdom of Tonga is 21 degrees due south of the equator inwards the Polynesian Triangle. Tonga is remote, pristine in addition to her people potent in addition to proud of their unique culture.
It took ii sum days of international in addition to domestic flights, aerodrome transfers in addition to a boat ride for my dearest friends author Lauren L. Hill, lensman Ming Nomchong in addition to I to move inwards at our destination, Eueiki Island inwards the Vava’u Island grouping of Tonga, in addition to the beautiful eco resort, Treasure Island Eueiki.
|Sitting on the dock of the Tonga bay. Photo yesteryear Chrystal Dawn Fitzgerald.|
|Chrystal Fitzgerald wears the Riviera One-Piece inwards Rosa, coming soon. Photo yesteryear Ming Nomchong.|
|Home sweetness domicile for the trip. Chrystal wears the Swami's Playsuit inwards Tiles, coming soon. Photo yesteryear Ming Nomchong.|
The 22-acre individual isle of Eueiki is completely self-sustaining, using solar power, rainwater tanks, in addition to traditional thatched fales (bungalows). Locally staffed in addition to operated yesteryear witting caretakers Veronica in addition to Mark Belvedere, Treasure Island is a haven of kokosnoot trees, pelting forests in addition to white sand is surrounded yesteryear colorful shallow coral reefs that drib off to fathoms inside a few feet from the shore. The clear cosmic blues — hues from every imaginable mix of ocean, sky, in addition to elsewhere dreamy— juxtapose the rich greens, thick sand in addition to earthy thatched bungalows inwards a seamless union of tropicana that transfixes the soul.
This is Tonga, all alive, in addition to flourishing, hardly touched yesteryear our modern western society, yet raw, existent in addition to honest to nature’s grand design. Tonga is gratuitous in addition to breathed life into me with her Mana [Hawaiian give-and-take for the life forcefulness or issue energy that flows though everything in addition to everyone].
|Chrystal wears the Swami's Playsuit inwards Tiles, coming soon. Photo yesteryear Ming Nomchong.|
|Chrystal wears the Swami's Playsuit inwards Tiles, hanging some with Lauren. Photo yesteryear Ming Nomchong.|
Eueiki in addition to the Vava’u islands were mesmerizing. We enjoyed every moment, constantly saturated with salt—water activities, in addition to on the sentry for migrating humpback whales.
Ming, Lauren in addition to I adventured yesteryear hateful solar daytime with the guidance of the islands caretaker Mark, in addition to Tongan waterman Nolo. We swam though underwater caves to hidden chambers, kayaked to nearby islands in addition to explored the surrounding reefs. When the Sun went downwards nosotros ate ‘til our bellies were busting of local staff Fitu in addition to Luella’s domicile cooking, sang songs fireside nether the stars, in addition to savage asleep to the audio of the elusive cetaceans breathing simply off shore.
|Chrystal taking a tranquillity minute to soak inwards the surroundings. Photo yesteryear Ming Nomchong.|
|Chrystal wears the Gaviotas One-Piece inwards Tea Leaf. Photo yesteryear Ming Nomchong.|
|Chrystal wears the Doheny inwards Moon in addition to Ensenada bikini bottom inwards Nautique. Photo yesteryear Ming Nomchong.|
Spending our fourth dimension playing inwards the tropical waters in addition to soaking upwards the serenity of the Eco resort were blessings enough, yet nosotros had actually hoped to swim with whales. To larn to a greater extent than nearly these mammoth cetaceans nosotros met upwards with our scientist friends Malia Rouillon in addition to Alice Forrest, from the Australian conservationist grouping Protect the Reef. The ii along with a squad of others were stationed inwards Vava’u doing research.
According to Malia's organization, Sirens for the Sea, these South Pacific humpback whales were hunted to close extinction inwards the 20th century. Now protected, their populations are growing. Whale watching in addition to whale swims get got aided inwards bringing awareness in addition to pedagogy nearly them. The humpback whales migrate from their feeding grounds inwards the Antarctic to the warm waters of Tonga, to mate in addition to give nativity to their calves from belatedly July though October. Tonga is i of entirely 3 places inwards the populace where swimming with these humpback whales is legal, in addition to is the primary reasons nosotros chose to see Treasure Island Eueiki.
|Close encounter with these exceptional bounding main creatures. Photo yesteryear Chrystal Dawn Fitzgerald.|
Within minutes gliding on the wooden outrigger that Mark built, 3 gentle underwater giants graced us with their company. Nolo led our intimate grouping iv at a time, to swim with a full-grown mother, playful babe calf in addition to large manful soul escort. Excited in addition to humbled nosotros marvelled at the grace of their movements, agility, in addition to deep peace that they emanated. High pitched sounds of what I felt were curiosity in addition to wonder rang froth from the calf, equally deep songs of guidance reverberated the waters from below equally the woman bring upwards whale, in addition to manful soul escort, likewise embraced our presence.
This experience was deeply profound, inexplicable on then many levels in addition to totally unforgettable. Being inwards the fellowship of, whilst swimming amongst these purplish mammals was a dream come upwards true. There is a vital in addition to fragile residue to move upheld inwards these encounters with whales, in addition to the respectful ethical practices of Captain Mark in addition to his squad were exemplary throughout.
|Lauren in addition to Chrystal off to the waves. Photo yesteryear Ming Nomchong.|
The morn afterward our miracle swim with the whales at Eueiki, nosotros departed to Tongatapu, Tonga's primary island, to ready for our flying domicile to Australia. In sync with divine timing equally our entire trip had been, simply hours earlier our flight, Lauren, Ming in addition to I scored fun waves at Ha’atafu beach. We surfed the build clean reef plough over ‘til our taxi arrived to whisk us away to the airport. Sandy feet, moisture pilus in addition to salty equally tin be, nosotros boarded our bird home, filled with gratitude to the Kingdom of Tonga, all her people, islands, whales in addition to waves, for the trip of a lifetime!
|Frothing waves. Photo yesteryear Chrystal Dawn Fitzgerald.|
|Chrystal drops into a fun moving ridge inwards Tonga wearing the Gaviotas One-Piece. Photo yesteryear Ming Nomchong.|
Special thank you lot to lensman Ming Nomchong in addition to Lauren L. Hill equally companions inwards the journey.
Get closer to the whales inwards this exceptional video yesteryear Chrystal!
Chasing the Dominicus Tonga: Treasure Island Paradise from Sea Gypsy Films on Vimeo.