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Rhod Lloyd
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PostSubject: Vava'u Tonga, The friendly Isles   Fri Nov 20, 2015 2:03 am

Welcome to paradise.



Earlier this year, NZs main fishing mag. Fishing News advertised a game fishing contest (15th annual) in Tonga, everything organised, made up teams of 4, and each team on a different boat each of the 4 fishing days. I have done some game fishing around NZ and also a half day in Samoa and Niue, so why not!
On a map of the Pacific, Tonga is a small dot in a lot of water. If you look on Google Earth it is 3 main island groups covering 300 miles of sea, made up of 100s of islands, lagoons, and sand banks with surrounding coral reef. Volcanic in origin, formed alongside the Tonga Trench at 36,000 ft the second deepest in the world. (and where our freshwater eels go to breed then die)
Vava'u has been lifted by earthquake, as it has fossilised coral cliffs.



We met at Auckland airport for the 3 hour flight to Tonga, then across the airfield to the domestic terminal where you wait to check in ------.



Then back to the International terminal to board the smaller plane for the hour flight to Vava'u. (This is Tonga, Island time)
We flew over the Ha'apai island group with seemingly endless islands, reefs and huge sandy flats with deep blue channels to gaps in the reef



Then a 30 minute drive to the Tonga Beach Resort, our home for 7 nights.



Part 2, the fishing, to come.
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PostSubject: Re: Vava'u Tonga, The friendly Isles   Fri Nov 20, 2015 2:24 am

Wow Rhod

Can't wait for Part Two!
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PostSubject: Re: Vava'u Tonga, The friendly Isles   Fri Nov 20, 2015 8:05 am

Looks fantastic good luck in comp mate

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PostSubject: Re: Vava'u Tonga, The friendly Isles   Fri Nov 20, 2015 8:37 am

That looks nice so nice look forward to part 2.cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Vava'u Tonga, The friendly Isles   Fri Nov 20, 2015 9:57 am

I`m green with envy already before the fishing starts, I just hope you don`t run in to Robson Geordieprat to spoil it for you lol! lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Vava'u Tonga, The friendly Isles   Fri Nov 20, 2015 12:41 pm

Awesome can't wait for the next instalment cheers bounce boat
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PostSubject: Re: Vava'u Tonga, The friendly Isles   Fri Nov 20, 2015 6:23 pm

Looks gorgeous roll on part 2 Basketball Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Vava'u Tonga, The friendly Isles   Fri Nov 20, 2015 7:10 pm

Stunning pics mate looking forward to part 2 bounce bounce
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PostSubject: Re: Vava'u Tonga, The friendly Isles   Fri Nov 20, 2015 9:46 pm

Yep looking great ,good luck with part two
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