Mapu a Vaea

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The 'Mapu a Vaea', Blowholes

The Mapu a Vaea or "Whistle of the Noble" are natural blowholes on the island of Tongatapu in the village of Houma in the Kingdom of Tonga.[1] When waves crash into the reef, natural channels in the volcanic rock allow water to forcefully blow through and create a plume-like effect. It is one of the highlights of the tours around the island of Tongatapu.[2][3] "Vaea" is the name of the Honorable Vaea Family of nearby Houma.

Coordinates: 21°10′33.4″S 175°18′24.4″W / 21.175944°S 175.306778°W / -21.175944; -175.306778


  1. ^ "Mapu'a 'a Vaea Blowholes". Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Mapu A Vaea - Impressive Blow Holes in Tonga". Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  3. ^ Asleson, Kate (2011). Tonga: discover the real Tonga (1st ed.). Other Places Pub. ISBN 978-0982261941. Retrieved 17 October 2017.