We will start of with a scenic view of our western sites prior to a stop over at the Vakaloa Beach for swimming.
ROYAL PALACE: Was built in 1864, a second--storey verandah was added in 1883, until then, the palace remains unchanged. In 2012 a new fence was built as part of their preparation for the Coronation of the 5th King thus an upgrading and renovation of the Palace building. You can easily notify the present of their Majesties in the Royal Palace when looking at the Tongan National Flag is waving in the air at the top of the Royal Palace building. The commoners were not allow in the Royal palace ground without wearing their outer skirt known as Ta’ovala Tongan Nationals have to wear their Ta’ovala as a mark of their respect to their King and the rest of their Royal families.
ROYAL TOMBS: Situated in Nuku’alofa, the 4th capital of main island, Tongatapu. The burial ground known as the “Mala’ekula” (Red Ground) – a term that unites the burial site of Tu’i (King) Kanokupolu dynasty and the former name of the site. This has been the burial place of Tongan Royalty since 1893. The 2nd King (King George Tupou II) passed away in 1918, the 3rd Queen (Queen Salote Tupou III) passed away in 1965, she is the only Queen that ruled the Kingdom for 48 years), the 4th King (King George Tupou IV) passed away in 2006 and the 5th King (King George Tupou V) passed away in 2012.
BLOWHOLES: About 17kms from downtown Nuku’alofa. The longest Majestic Blow Holes called the “MAPU-‘A-VAEA or the Chief Whistle, the longest blow holes in the South Pacific. It stretched for about 15kms along the coastline. . When the weather is right, it can blow up to 60feet in height, the water came through under the coral rocks and then blow up through the tiny holes, its wide water spread geyser and sprouts seals its name to be called the blow holes. Traditionally, the Chief (Hon.Vaea) of the Houma Village used to sit in the Coral Rocks along the shore and keep on whistling, the noise of his whistle called this Mother Nature to erupt fiercely into the air.
FLYING FOXES: Also known as the Fruit Bats. This is a nocturnal animal that sleep on the day time and when the sunset, they take-off and look for foods. They only feed from fruits. They only called the Flying foxes because they have a Fox like Head but they’re Fruit Bats. They were not a Native mammal in Tonga, it was introduced as a gift from a Samoan Maiden to the Chief of Kolovai, the village where they first scattered, since then they were treated as a “SCARED MAMMAL” and became a native mammal that not to be disturbed. Now a days, they multiply and many of them around and been into private properties, so locals can disturb them.
VAKALOA BEACH RESORT: Explore the atmosphere of this beach, sit back and relax or unwind then enjoy a swim in its crystal clear water or lie freely on the sandy beach and sunbathing.
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