We zipped along the Eastern side of the island before stopping at Keleti beach for lunch and a swim.
We ran into Mana our Tongan/Hawaiian friend who is the long-term resident there and were introduced to Terry – the turtle he had saved from a very uncertain futures by being bought from a fisherman that very morning for $100TOP. Terry was tethered by a long rope and we snorkeled and bobbed around him as we all tried to negotiate the incoming tide.
Home for a short siesta and out again to Ohelei beach for a Tongan cultural evening. Apart from the ‘talkalot’ owner it is fabulous evening. The local food is prepared by villagers and served on banana ‘plates’ and luckily you can escape to the beach away from the pre-dinner show which is very Nashville and in-congruent to the rest of the program. Kotoni was extremely proud to see two of his recently graduated students working at the resort. We arrived home at midnight but all agreed the sojourn was worth the effort.