They say in Fakaofo that you can’t really say you’ve been to Fakaofo unless you’ve been to Fenua Loa – the islet/motu at the southern tip of the atoll. Fenua Loa is a most special and sacred of place in Fakaofo, which you can only venture to with the express permission of the Pulenuku or the Taupulega. It is part marine reserve, part sacred place, part special occasion communal foraging ground and 100% tropical paradise on earth!
Understandably we were very keen when Pale and Lise offered to take our family nearing the end of our time in Tokelau. We were blessed with an amazingly fine day after a couple of weeks of rough weather and Pale generously excused himself from a very busy time in his responsibilities on the Taupulega.
|7:15am, bit windy as we excitedly headed out for the day|
|Lise loving Nga and keeping her warm. What a lovely Grandmother:)|
|Fenua Loa in sight....|
|Rainy on the front.....|
|Just having come out of the bush, walking up through the ocean inlet leading to the internal Lagoon...High tide...|
|Leaving Fenua Loa at low tide, Lagoon now completely separate from the ocean lagoon..so so beautiful....|
|Heading back out to the ocean lagoon|
Here we enjoyed another traditional Tokelau barbeque in which Pale cooked us many clams and coconut crabs along with fish. It was an amazing feast of seafood. The most extreme part was trying the ‘tail’ of the coconut crabs – consisting of yellow fat reserves that ooze and can be sucked out of the cooked crab. It was incredibly rich so we could only cope with the smallest taste – but Lise was very happy to finish up what we couldn’t get through! She loved it.
|Delicacy- Go Chrissie|
Clams of all colours abound! Pale showed us the technique for killing and digging out a clam – if you get it wrong the clam shell shuts fast and you lose your knife!
|Lots of laughs|
Our family will never forget this day – a true once in a lifetime experience.
Pale and Lise we’re forever grateful for your generosity in sharing this magical place with us.
More pictures below :)
|Lovely Pale and Lise enjoying watching us swim and play.|
|Fun and smelly....Think Rotorua.....A volcanic crater remember|
|At our picnic place in the main lagoon- stunning!|
|Pale and the boys get the fire ready|
|The colours and beauty are like nothing I've ever seen before.|
|Looking out over the reef to the wild ocean|
|Ready to eat|
|Clam- the white eye where you have to put your knife|
|Pale an expert|
|Clam closes, but too late|
|Free from the Coral and ready to be opened...|
|Raft fun with Evotia and Miena|
|Clams, such stunning colours.|
|The water was so clear....Photo taken looking down into water, my hand well under.|
|Baby Coconut Crab...didn't eat this little guy:)|
|So much fun, was hard to leave.|
|Home time-Rainy crashed out.|