Whistle of the Noble

Last year, during that brief lull between Christmas and New Year, I spent 2 1/2 blissful days in the lovely islands of Tonga. As mentioned in a previous post, we (meaning myself and my lovely hosts and good friends) had to visit a whole lot of places in a span of 2 days – and one of those places is the Blowholes at Houma.

Mapu a Vaea  (Whistle of the Noble)
Mapu a Vaea  (Whistle of the Noble)

Now don’t let the calm vista fool you. It’s anything but calm, peaceful and tranquil. Every so often, the waves would crash into those pancake looking rocks and then … whoom! You’ve got your very own Little Mermaid moment. But seriously, what you get are blowholes, a geological phenomena where air is blown through small surface holes or vents in the limestone thus shooting water up to 30 metres into the air. According to Sila, Tonga is practically surrounded by blowholes, and the Mapu a Vaea blowholes stretch 5km on the Southwestern Coast of the main island of Tongatapu.

Here are some more pictures of the Blowholes. Sadly, these images do not do the place any justice.

Blowholes6
Blowholes4

By the way, during the half an hour or so we were there we saw a man, in swimming trunks, standing precariously close to where water meets the land. And he was whistling! I asked Malia why he was doing that, and she said he’s “calling out to the waves”. We stayed a bit longer to see what would happen and I’m glad I caught some of the action on “film”.

Here he is, whistling to the waves
Here he is, whistling to the waves
Man's Thought Bubble:
Man’s Thought Bubble: “Crap, that wasn’t what I expected”
And he survived.
And he survived.

So … when you find yourself in the Tonga, make sure you drive out to Houma to see this natural wonder. No entrance fees whatsoever, and you’re welcome to stay for as long as you wish.

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