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Dive Review of Sandy Beach in
Tonga/Fua, Ha'apai

 
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Sandy Beach: "finally in water with humpback whales", Jul, 2018,

by Frederick R. Turoff, PA, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 28 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 10381.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving USVI, BVI, lesser Antilles, Bonaire, all three Caymans , Coco Island,
Revillagigedos, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Philippines,
Micronesia, Red Sea
Closest Airport Tongatapu-Ha'apai Getting There from Solomons: HRA-BNE-SYD-TBU-HPA; from Fiji NAN-TBU-HPA. Always confirm schedules as RealTonga Airways can change times.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 77 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions When whale watching with guides, groups had to stay at surface. No SCUBA or skin diving allowed with whales. However, SCUBA is offered for other activities, but I didn't do them. I did snorkel in the channel to see coral and leopard sharks.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales > 2
Corals N/A Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments For each inflatable trip we carried our cameras to the boat. Camera care was in our individual Fala = cabin. I didn't check if there was a dedicated camera room. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments Ha’apai, Tonga trip July 19-24, 2018 - this was a snorkeling trip - my only goal was to swim with humpbacks

Sandy Beach Resort, sister property with Matafonua Resort

To get to Tonga from Solomon Islands I had to fly to Brisbane, overnight, then catch an early flight to Sydney where I spent the day touring, then take a flight departing Sydney at 5:50p and arriving in Tongatapu at 1:20a. After landing and getting to my overnight Scenic hotel after 2a, I found a waiting message that my RealTonga flight later that morning had been moved up 3 hrs from 9:30a to 6:30a, making it necessary to leave the hotel at 5a, so I had less than three hours at that hotel! The RealTonga flight agent called my Ha’apai hotel after I left to let them know I would arrive 3 hours e ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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