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“Take a good torch!”

Anahulu Cave - The Underground Swimming Pool
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3-Hour Tongatapu East Coast and Anahulu Cave Tour
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Owner description: These are limestone caves with fresh water to swim in. Situated in the village of Haveluliku on the Eastern Side of Tonga and only about a 30 minute drive from Nuku'alofa it's a must see.A tour of the cave ( including a swim) plus drop off and pick up can be organized by email or contact Teta Office in Nuku'alofa, TongaAnahulu Beach is just infront of the entrance of the cave and is great for snorkeling and swimming.
Reviewed July 9, 2014

If you have been through the limestone caves west of Sydney, this cave won't do much for you and the electric lighting system hasn't worked for quite a while and looks beyond repair. The concrete steps and rope handrails make the walk fairly easy and you penetrate the cave for around 50 metres before coming to the fresh water pool. That's the end of the road. The pool is very deep and crystal clear. The local guides don't appear all that interested in keeping the place clean and you will see bits of rubbish here and there. What would possess some people to bring paper cups and food containers into this beautiful cave is beyond my comprehension. I have a bit of a torch fetish and carried along my small Cree 1,000 lumen baby. The guide handed us torches which were of little use. Once I turned mine on, he put his back in his pocket. Mine lit up the cave system like daylight and there is lots of natural limestone rock formations to see...stalagmites and stalactites are evolving everywhere, some probably thousands of years old. There are no bats. Just birds similar to swallows and they make a clicking sound to navigate in the darkness. It cost $10 Tongan each to get in but it was probably worth it. It is a step back into time itself but take a damn good torch or you will miss the lofty splendour of the place. We didn't go swimming in the deep fresh water pool but obviously others have and have enjoyed the experience.

1  Thank DrewboySydney
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Reviewed July 8, 2014

I did not expect much going into the cave but I was pleasantly surprised. It was amazing. The water was refreshing in the pool. I didn't have the most appropriate shoes on, But it wasn't slippery.

Thank Onecountryatatime88
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Reviewed July 5, 2014 via mobile

These caves were amazing, when we drove in we were met by a local guide who offered to take us on a special tour for 15 top, 5 more then the usual 10 top entry fee.
We were pretty wary but thought why not? So glad we did! He gave us torches and guided us through the caves till we were 60 metres under the ocean floor, the air was hot and not the easiest to breath but the crystal clear pools were breathtaking and awesome to swim in. I do not suggest doing this unless you are a good swimmer and can handle a bit of climbing and tight spaces as he took us probably a kilometre into the cave, but it was so much better then the first 'swimming pool' which most tourists are usually taken too.
This is a must thing to see and do in tonga if you are up for it, utterly spectacular!

3  Thank Marty H
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Reviewed May 21, 2014

We hired a car in order to go to these caves. Took us about an hour and a half to find them with a very excited 5 year old in the car. When we arrived we were very disappointed, there was no one there and the lights weren't on so it was pitch black, too dark to go in with kids. It was also absolutely filthy, there was rubbish everywhere. Such a shame as it could be a beautiful attraction.

Thank Mitchell_metcalfe
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Reviewed April 22, 2014

Our local guide took us here and we were looking forward to exploring the cave, but the local person/guardian was more keen to extract as much money from each member on our group and after half hearted negotiations, our guide suggested we were better off moving on.

1  Thank CathRotorua
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