Amazing Ha’apai Dive Sites
This less-visited island group in Tonga is a diver’s paradise and surprisingly quiet despite its (what we like to think are) world-class dive sites. The Ha’apai group is home to dives with dramatic pinnacles, awesome caves, an array of healthy coral cities and even a cave with a hydrothermal vent to keep the already warm waters all-the-toastier. So take a look at some of the top dive sites in Ha’apai in the list below!
Check out some of the dive operators who can take you to the Ha’apai dive sites in The Best Scuba Diving Tours in Ha’apai. Plus, learn more about diving in Tonga with The Guide to Scuba Diving in Tonga.
This dive site is as diverse as its marine life with swim-through, huge overhangs, winding tunnels and coral bommies to explore. At a depth of 28m, most certified divers can give J-Caves a go, which is worth it to possibly see the likes of eagle rays, reef sharks, whip coral shrimps and much much more!
2. Hot Spring Cave
An interesting and unique diving experience, Hot Spring Cave is a dive site with a hydrothermal vent gushing hot water into the cooler waters of the cavern. The cave entrance lies at 25m with the main chamber taking you to 28m with a 15m-high ceiling. It’s a cool place to check out, but you might also appreciate the sponges and corals near the entrance.
3. Arch of Ofalanga
The most popular dive site in Ha’apai, the Arch of Ofalanga is a magnificent coral arch formation that formed during the last ice age. The arch is 20m wide and 15 high, which lines an entrance into a tunnel. Check out the crayfish hanging to the roof and sides, as well as all sorts of colourful coral and textures. The maximum depth of 30m.
4. Eden Rock
If you’re left wanting more in Ha’apai, which has been known to happen, then Eden Rock is sure to satisfy as a good all-round dive. Eden Rock offers an abundance of coral, as well as a few caves and canyons to explore. Wildlife to observe includes barracuda, grey reef sharks, snapper, turtles and more. This dive has a maximum depth of 30m.
5. Benny’s Place
If you’re intrigued by the ocean’s smallest critters, then check out Benny’s Place. Among the gorgeous coral, you’ll be able to look out for mantis shrimps, scribbled pipefish, splendid gobies and more. There are also some bigger fish to find along the way, from the rumoured leopard shark to the honeycomb moray.