Mapu’a ‘a Vaea Tonga's Blowhole Coastline

Way out in the South Pacific, Tonga is made up of more than 170 of islands. From Sydney you journey beyond New Zealand, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, and Fiji before finally coming to the islands of Tonga. The natural beauty and cultural heritage make the journey one you’ll have been grateful to take.

Interestingly, Tonga is home to the region’s only monarchy (paid a recent visit by Prince Harry and Meghan of the British Royal family — whose visit came, coincidently, just days after my own recent trip). The official residence of Tonga’s ruling monarch is located in the Kingdom’s capital of Nukuʻalofa. While an impressive building (and one said to date back more than 150 years) there’s a natural wonder on the other side of the island that I think wins out as the most impressive local attraction.

Palm trees, Tonga

Palm trees, Tonga

Blowhole coastline, Tonga

Blowhole coastline, Tonga

Tonga's Blowhole Coastline

An entire coastline of blowholes, spraying ocean water upward each time the waves came crashing into shore. It is mesmerising to watch the spectacle of the ocean crashing and spraying, over and over, all the way down the coast.

The blowholes are about a half hour drive from Nukuʻalofa, the main township on Tongatapu, which is the largest island in the Kingdom of Tonga.

Mapu’a ‘a Vaea — blowhole coastline in Tonga.

Mapu’a ‘a Vaea — blowhole coastline in Tonga.

Keen to experience Nukuʻalofa for yourself? There are two direct flights each week from Sydney.

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