Tongatapu is the main island in Tonga. It is a large and flat coral island over 250 sq. km in size. The southern side of the island has high coastal cliffs.
Tongatapu's beaches are protected by a coral reef which makes them safe and ideal for swimming due to lack of surf and sea predators. The downside is that many of the beaches are also unsuitable for swimming at low tide due to the rough surface of the coral. Beyond the coral reef, there are some good surfing spots.
Highlights of Tongatapu's coastline include:
Anahulu - A small sandy cove near the famous Anahulu Cave
Fua'amotu - A sandy beach with rock pools reached via the gates of the royal estate.
Ha'atafu - A beach reserve containing white sand and surrounding reef. Great swimming at high tide, but the coral is above the waterline at low tide, making it unsuitable for swimming.
Hufangalupe - A great sea walk on high sea cliffs with an impressive natural coral bridge you can walk over, and and a beautiful beach.
Keleti Beach & Halafuoleave Beach - A series of coves divided by rocky outcrops with some clear pools.
Mapu'a 'a Vaca Blowholes - A 5km succession of blowholes. There are almost 100 with the largest plumes reaching up to 30 metres high.
Monotapu - 1km stretch of sandy beach with no resorts.
Oholei - This near deserted beach has limestone caves
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