Alesha Muhuinga sips the juice of a green coconut at the fresh produce market in Vava’u, Tonga. Photography: ©Jeffrey Cardenas
The fresh bounty of the market is loaded aboard Flying Fish. Photography: ©Jeffrey Cardenas
A church choir with women and men dressed in traditional ta’ovala woven skirts sings to the market patrons shopping for fresh fruit and vegetables. Photography: ©Jeffrey Cardenas
The Utukalongau Market in Neiafu is the main event in town each week as it draws buyers and sellers from across the island group. Photography: ©Jeffrey Cardenas
11 thoughts on “Market Day in Tonga”
We are on Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, not too far from you (relatively speaking). Enjoying hearing about your adventures
I understand there is some good snorkeling with Humpbacks in Tonga
Love that homemade basket you brought your fruit back in!
So beautiful and so peaceful. Thank you.
Singing to market patrons–humanity and civility do still exist! Wonderful. Thank you for sharing.
Love the market chorus. Were they ululating like African women? (That is a word I like and hardly ever get to use 🙂
I was thinking about you before receiving this update. Wondering how difficult/lonely being a solo traveler is- but on the other hand having to be fully accountable for every detail of day to day life and basic needs- edible food and drinking water-safety, fuel etc contemplating the upcoming stretch of open water. Are there more ‘boats’ than you expected out there? English language expats? Are the foods less exposed to pesticides and fertilizer? I think it would be lovely to truly experience a self sustaining culture but one who welcomes the visitor. You
Do you know what you are eating? As always, thank you for bringing all of us along!
So, my friend, what did you cook from all that fresh bounty?
Hello Jeffrey !!!
I’m traveling this summer also and a funny thing continues to happen on various trips to The Forum—–In the midst of my travels—I often find myself thinking of and needing our little refuge on the West end of The Fla Keys. Hope all is going well on your epic voyage and look forward to seeing you in ole KW.
Think of you often.
Safe travels mi amigo.
Wishing you only the best of health…. and fair winds with gentle dolphins at your bow….Gail Miller