Natural arch: Li'angahuo 'a Maui, 'Eua, Tonga

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Ian Stehbens on July 2, 2008

This natural bridge or arch is formed in the uplifted limestone of the 'Eua oceanic coast. But, it's legendary origin, is due to the volatile Polynesian folk hero, Maui, who threw his spear across the island of 'Eua and the spear lodged here!

Surrounded by natural coastal woodland that is home to the koki or red 'Eua parrot (I sighted three), it is a beautiful area with the roar of the Pacific swell crashing into the cliffs and sending walls of water 10-20M up the cliffs, and by contrast as one retreats into the woods, the cicadas, insects and birds create orchestral concertos.


EVA_L on July 3, 2008

Magnificent, Yan!

Cheers, Eva

Ian Stehbens on July 3, 2008

The majesty of this coastline is truly awesome, especially when the swell is big, as it was that day.

Thanks for the visit to 'Eua with me, dear Eva.


Elemér on July 3, 2008

You had been on fantastic places, you prepared very beautiful pictures.

My best regards from Hungary, Elemér

Ian Stehbens on July 4, 2008

I am delighted that I can transport a Hungarian to the Pacific, Elmer. Thanks for your visit and your appreciation.

In friendship,


Juraj Švolík on March 19, 2012

Beautiful bridge. L+ Greetings from Slovakia.

Ian Stehbens on March 21, 2012

Thank you durosv. Warm greetings from Brisbane and the South Pacific.


Ian Stehbens on March 23, 2012

Kamusta Mariano.

I am pleased that you appreciate this landscape.

Warm regards,


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