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The Kingdom of TongaAugust 20, 2012

Well, our trip is finally coming to a close, Sam and I made it back to San Francisco with a brief stint in the tiny island Kingdom of Tonga. Below are the photos from the last three weeks. Enjoy!



Checking out the view of the Kerikeri bay of islands. We saw a pod of dolphins from our vantage.


Hanging out on our host's boat




Chasing sheep to get to caves


Incredibly these caves were free if you could find them.


Emily by a very large stalagmite






A glow worm next to its silken strands


Glow worms lighting up the ceiling


Glow worms with the cave ceiling partially lit up


Silk strands next to dripping stalactites










It was very humid in the cave and felt just like the book Journey to the Center of the Earth






"Star" Gazing








Our last day in NZ we spent camping near the cave in high winds and heavy rains without a chance of washing off the mud from spelunking. That morning we shoved our wet tent and muddy shoes in our bags and boarded a plane for the Kingdom of Tonga.



An awesome beach resort we visited on our second night to see some traditional Tongan dancing and feast




the band


the bar


redundant mustache




















Some random festival where all of the school children dress up in uniforms and march






the king was supposed to be there, but I guess we missed him.


the two hour ferry we took to the island of 'Eua


Preying Mantis


Preying Mantis


Preying Mantis and friend


Giant Spider!




"Smoking waterfall" goes straight down 70m


weeeee!


Big Banyan Tree














Tongan Gas Station




Big leaf? or tiny Sam?




Another giant banyan tree but with a cave below it.




giant vine












feed me













Bad hair day


Monarch Caterpillar on milk weed


blue tailed skink




green hillside


Fanta and crackers


Fox Bat


Rat Cave on the side of a cliff










Extreme Hammocking






The bathroom...at night!


Kava circle (kava is the traditional drink of the Polynesian islands that is made from the root of the kava plant and has very mild tranquilizing effects). A Kava circle is only composed of men except for one woman to serve the kava, but there is some taboo about having relatives of the woman as part of the kava circle.




Kava bowl


The circles go late into the night and all of the men will play music and sing.


Filtering the kava into a bucket






You can see the profusion of caves even from this vantage




One of the few beaches on any of the islands


Climbing with puppies


and backpacks




Petrified coral


Goin' Coco Loco


Juggling...poorly


big cave



















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