Silversea Expedition Cruises To UOLEVA ISLAND

UOLEVA ISLAND

Uoleva is one of those classic postcards or webpage images of a south sea island. Clean white sand beaches, abundant coconut palms, and clear blue shallow waters with the visible shapes of coral bommies and reefs. It is easy to imagine being castaway on such an island without a care. But as with most natural places, there is always an alternative to relaxing, such as beachcombing, swimming, snorkelling and exploring the island. The coral reef has a rich display of marine life to explore with a snorkel. View more

The warm, clear waters promote coral growth which supports animal life like feather stars, fan worms, sponges and sea squirts. Fish of many shapes, colours and habits provide you with unlimited opportunities to watch their behaviour. Some dart in and out of corals while others sit on the bottom waiting for food to pass by. Many fish gather in schools to search the reef for algae to feed on, while other schools swirl in the water column nabbing passing plankton. The island has some visitor accommodation but is still mainly used by locals for coconut growing and pig grazing. If you see a mound on Uoleva it is probably a traditional pigeon snaring trap. The Tongans boat over from the adjacent island of Lifuka, or wade over at low tide. It was at Lifuka that Captain Cook named Tonga the 'friendly islands’ after a welcome feast. Little did he know that the feast was part of a plan to slaughter him and his crew that did not quite happen. The name 'friendly' stuck though and is very appropriate today.

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LAUTOKA To PAPEETE (Tahiti)
  • Departure
    Oct 10 2022
  • Duration
    12 Days
  • Ship
    Silver Explorer
From US$ 10,440
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Excursions in UOLEVA ISLAND

Uoleva Island, Tonga

Within the Polynesian nation of Tonga, an archipelago of 169 islands (only 36 of which are inhabited), lies the sand-cay Uoleva Island, one of the Ha'apai islands of Tonga. Uoleva Island is one of the most beautiful and protected anchorages in Tonga and is mostly uninhabited but for several small resorts.


Uoleva was first settled by the Lapita people in 900 BCE, but at this time the sea level was two meters higher than it is today, which made it a smaller island. Archaeologists have reported on finding evidence of multiple lines of chiefs, including the Mata'uvave chiefs that began in the fifteenth century.


On Uoleva Island expect pristine, palm tree-lined white sand beaches and clear, light blue waters. In addition to reaching Uoleva by boat, it can also be reached by foot (via a 30-minute strenuous walk); the reef between the north tip of Uoleva and the south tip of Lifuka is shallow enough at low tide to walk across.


Once you arrive, take time to enjoy this amazing, pristine place. Relax on the beach, take a swim or go snorkeling to appreciate the island's clear waters teeming with ocean life.

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