Hufangalupe Archway

Top choice in Tongatapu

Near nowhere in particular is this impressive arch, aka ‘the pigeon’s doorway’ – a natural land bridge over the pounding Pacific waves, formed when the roof of a sea cave collapsed. Walk across the top and peer into the pit, then gaze west along the craggy coast. No fences – watch your step.

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