‘Eua – The Arrival

Today I took the ferry from the Island of Tongatapu to ‘Eua. (said ay-oh-a)
Not much in the way of photos today…

I hung out at the resort for the morning before being driven to the Ferry terminal at 11am. The terminal was a mess of people all wanting to go to ‘Eua, with only 5 of us non-Tongan. Finding any instructions as to how to pay was not the easiest, but we found the lady sitting on a bench hidden among a throng on people.

We were jammed onto the ferry for the 2 and a half hour trip and I dug into a book for the first time this trip. Other people around me found any spot they could to go for a sleep including leaning on me. At one point a Tongan guy in a blue jacket arrived with another chap wearing a primitive life jacket. They spoke a bit – in Tongan – I guess about how to wear the life jacket, but I had no idea what he was saying. Guess if the boat capsizes, I’m gonna die!!! Ah well. Worse ways!

The arrival was a case of grabbing my bags and getting off the boat before the mass of passengers charged for the door. I was picked up and driven to The Hideaway, my home for the next three nights. The place is pretty spacious and right near the beach.

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While today has been a fairly quiet day, tomorrow I will be off hiking through the forests and caves on this wilderness island.

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I settled in for the evening at the resort with a lovely island dinner. I won’t bore you with the details except the crayfish were massive!

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