Blowhole on Reef Platform at Low Tide, Tufuvai, 'Eua, Tonga

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Comments (13)

Ghiocela on September 19, 2010

Excellent view!! Like! Greetings, Simona

bdeh on September 19, 2010

Nice view, I like the palmtrees Ian. Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on September 20, 2010

Dear Simona,

When the tide is higher the water that surges in under the reef platform forces a jet of water vertically from this blowhole. But even at low tide I was enthralled to stand here and watch the waves filling and emptying this vent.

All the best,


Ian Stehbens on September 20, 2010

Thanks Berend,

The colourful corals to the right and the shaded beach to the left were both very appealing, but it was the blowhole that held my attention for a long time.

Warm greetings,


beegood on September 21, 2010

What a most beautiful testimony of the changing surface of the earth dear Ian ~ and thanks for sharing ~ love to Tonga ~ Maja ~~~

Ian Stehbens on September 25, 2010

The earth is dynamic indeed, and its surface here is rapidly changing. And if you ever make it here, ~~~~~~~ you will find much to enthrall you, Maja.


beegood on September 25, 2010

I know you are right, and it would be wonderful dear Ian ~ who knows ~ nothing is impossible ~ if you keep on dreaming, perhaps one day you make your dreams come true ~ have to go now dear one, travelling north ~ take care ~ Maja ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

ƤōƝƓ-not going to Vi… on September 25, 2010

Did you consult a meteorologist/geologist before you arrived here, Ian? You might not want to be here watching the mighty water jet so close. :)

Golden ☆ + Like

Ian Stehbens on September 27, 2010

It can be a mighty jet, Ah-Pong but the inner meteorologist/geologist assured me that the risks were low, and the tide was too, so it was special to stand and observe its heaving!

If it had erupted, I would have been quite wet!

Thanks for your genuine interest and concern... and the accolades.


Bulbas on October 27, 2010

wow, this fossa)

Ian Stehbens on October 28, 2010

Greetings Bulbas,

Most of this extensive reef platform has the sea beneath it, and at higher tides, the surge of water is forced up vents like this, appearing as a jet of water, like a geyser. The whole platform then seems like a sieve with many holes and jets.

It is a fascinating coast.

Bulbas on October 28, 2010

interesting show, I think))

Ian Stehbens on October 29, 2010

Indeed it is, Bulbas. And if the golden sun is setting behind the erupting blow-holes, it is altogether enthralling!


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