Last night Wil, Ron & I decided to tour the island of Tonga for a while after our arrival. I had given up and thoughts of beach based on the forecast (which turned out to be very wrong…) Our arrival was pretty interesting since the dock was so small it appeared a little more challenging than normal to tie up the vessel. The ship was safely docked and we were off. Our first stop was the flying fox sanctuary and the little beasties we a bit active. I got some pretty nice shots of them flying about…. It was the first time Wil & Ron had seen these large bats. Next we traveled to the Mapa’a Vaca blowholes which were absolutely fantastic. The waves coming in we just huge, perhaps the biggest I have seen and the effects from the blow holes was just amazing…. I swear they were shooting up over 60 feet, unbelievable. This was without a doubt the highlight of the day. Next we headed back to town to visit the Royal Tombs and then the Royal Palace built in 1867. While it is no longer used, this Victorian style house still is an elegant addition to the Nuku'alofa seafront…. We then had our taxi driver drop us at the markets where we spent some time. We then meandered around town in the general direction of the ship shopping, having lunch and just watching daily life in Nuku'alofa. Once back on the ship I headed topside to take in a bit of sun. It was a very nice day which we all enjoyed.