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Mounu Island, Vava'u Group

We spent our first five days in Tonga on Mounu Island, a small island only a few acres in size in the Vava'u group. Mounu Island is the home of a small resort set amidst pure white beaches, turquoise water, and palm tree forests.
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Mounu Island is surrounded by shallow, clear water, with Ovalu Island a few hundred yards away
Mounu Island is surrounded by shallow, clear water, with Ovalu Island a few hundred yards away
One of the Resort's boats, the Lulu Tahi
One of the Resort's boats, the Lulu Tahi
Interior of our fale (cabin) on Mounu Island
Interior of our fale (cabin) on Mounu Island
Rain falls on Mounu
Rain falls on Mounu
A blue starfish in the water near Mounu Island
A blue starfish in the water near Mounu Island
Our fale
Our fale
Path through the forest between our fale and the main building
Path through the forest between our fale and the main building
Uli, the amazing whale-detecting dog
Uli, the amazing whale-detecting dog
Clear water and blue sky
Clear water and blue sky
The vibrant reef between Mounu and Ovalu Islands
The vibrant reef between Mounu and Ovalu Islands
Reef between Mounu and Ovalu Islands
Reef between Mounu and Ovalu Islands
Several types of coral near Mounu Island
Several types of coral near Mounu Island
Picture taken from the water between Mounu and Ovalu Islands
Picture taken from the water between Mounu and Ovalu Islands
The water between the two islands is only about 3 feet deep
The water between the two islands is only about 3 feet deep
View from our fale
View from our fale
Our fale on Mounu Island
Our fale on Mounu Island
Hibiscus flower on Mounu Island
Hibiscus flower on Mounu Island
Beach on Mounu Island
Beach on Mounu Island
View from main building on Mounu Island
View from main building on Mounu Island
The main building, where meals are served and where boat trips depart
The main building, where meals are served and where boat trips depart
Mounu Island has beaches all around it
Mounu Island has beaches all around it
Main building on Mounu Island
Main building on Mounu Island
The Lulu Tahi in late afternoon sun
The Lulu Tahi in late afternoon sun
The sun sets behind Ovalu Island and sets the stage for a fantastic light show
The sun sets behind Ovalu Island and sets the stage for a fantastic light show
Sunset behind Ovalu Island.  The entire sky was red as the sun reflected on a layer of high clouds
Sunset behind Ovalu Island. The entire sky was red as the sun reflected on a layer of high clouds
Library/bar area
Library/bar area
Sunrise from our fale
Sunrise from our fale
A humpback whale just offshore from Mounu Island
A humpback whale just offshore from Mounu Island
Our fale nestled in the trees
Our fale nestled in the trees
View of Mounu Island from Impetuous
View of Mounu Island from Impetuous
Mounu Island
Mounu Island
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