|View from the balcony of our Hotel room at the Paradise|
International Hotel Taken at dusk the Fruit Bats started to
fly. You can also see them hanging in the tree.
|Fruit Bat photos taken with amazing|
finger pinch zoom option on iPhone 7+
Photos taken by Lepeka and I provided
these two photos to highlight the bats!
|Boarding the boat to pick up the Elders|
for zone conference.
Anyway, we made it to Vava'u and dropped our bags off at the VIP quarters on the Liahona High School campus, then hopped on a boat headed to Otea on the nearby Kapa island to pick up some of the Elders to bring them back to the main island prior to the meeting scheduled for the next day.
The island was about a 20 minute ride on a pretty fast boat and we also stopped to see some coastline caves that are open in some places from above which many use to dive into the water (a pretty good drop from what I saw). After our boat ride, we picked up our bags (once we found someone who had keys to get us back in the room) and took them to the hotel where we would be staying. We made it back and drove around a bit before heading to dinner a 'Ene'io resort (translated: tickle me until I say yes) a botanical garden and beach restaurant on the South East end of Vava'u.
|Typical Tongan dinner items include|
pork, curry chicken, lu and canned
At the end of the evening when our host was still there Sister Ramsay stood to say thank you for the wonderful birthday but then shared her testimony in a most powerful way directed to our host as she maintained eye contact with him and challenged him to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it. I have heard her share her testimony on a few occasions and marvel at her ability to reach out and teach through her sincerity.
|Paradise International Hotel|
Parking for 3 cars.
We had a great zone conference with 40 missionaries. After the meeting we had the opportunity to take a leisurely stroll through Neiafu (the capital city of Vava'u) before going to our room for the evening. Vava'u is a beautiful island with many more hills and lush green vegetation.
|Boarding our charter flight back to Nuku'alofa|
All luggage and passengers were weighed and assigned
specific seats to balance the plane.
|Our cramped plane coming home.|
I have included several photos as the trip was very scenic and memorable.
|Catholic church in Neiafu. They seem to keep things pretty clean and clutter free|
her in Tonga. It seems strange as they just drop paper and garbage but it always
gets cleaned up by someone pretty quickly.
|This is a small building for a branch in 'Utungake|
|View from a chapel on a hill. This is the area in the harbor|
where Cruise ships will anchor
|Life is good! We found some cottage cheese|
for the first time here and Lepeka made me some
good ol' American Lasagne. She had to use
beef instead of sausage but it was still very good!