The Shipwreck at Tonggo Beach
In the district of Nagekeo, there’s a beautiful little beach that is a definite must-visit. Sheltered under groves of lovely coconut trees and pandanus leaves, you’ll find a sprawling beach strewn with large pebbles and clear calm waters that are perfect for snorkelling, swimming and relaxing.
But before you pull out the sunscreen, you should know that this beach has something quite unique to offer – in addition to glorious sun, sand and sea, Tonggo Beach is also the site of an old World War II Japanese shipwreck.
Visible during low tides, the shipwreck is a reminder of the recent war when the village of Nangapanda and Tonggo beach was a Japanese base camp for Japanese soldiers. During one of the many battles between Japanese and Allied soldiers, a Japanese naval ship was attacked and sunk, leaving a mesmerizing reminder of the not-so-distant past for visitors and locals to the area.
Tonggo Beach is located on the south coast of the Nagekeo district. Get onto the Transflores Highway and head towards Nangaroro until you pass the big Catholic church on the right side. Continue for around one kilometer until you arrive at the intersection. Turn left there, and follow this road for about one hour.
– Don’t forget to bring water shoes if you want to go into the water
– Bring your own snorkelling and swimming gear
– Bring a camera to immortalize your day at Tonggo Beach and at the Japanese naval shipwreck
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