Chasing The Sun: Tonga

You’ve probably seen quite a few of our Tongan adventure images floating around cyber space over the past month.  A couple have even gone viral on Instagram (like this one above).  Lauren has written some pretty awesome articles which have been featured on Summer Site and Billabong Women’s all about Tonga, whales and our travels and Chrystal filmed and edited a couple of cool clips to round out the creative collaboration between the three of us which can be seen on both sites too.

A little behind the scenes info about the trip: We had a shot list that was a mile long with different requirements from all of our sponsors which meant we did a lot of shooting.  Like A LOT of shooting.  For 8 days our daily routine went something like this:

Wake up to the sun poking through the shutters of our fale, get up grab camera, grab products, head out to shoot while the light was good.  Eat delicious breaky, play with puppies, head out to shoot, whales/underwater wonderlands/lifestyle travel/product shots/surf etc. Drink coconut, stop for lunch, drink coconut, play with puppies.  Shoot late arvo sun, travel/product/surf/lifestyle, drink another coconut, eat delicious dinner.  Download and backup cards, start to edit if head could hold itself up without help.  Fall asleep to whales breathing right off the island.  Repeat.

Image of Lauren in Surf Capsule swimming with whales: TICK, Surfing uncrowded Tongan reef breaks: TICK, fashion/lifestyle/ travel shots: TICK, TICK & TICK. And the list when on…

We almost didn’t get a lot of the “must shoot” shots due to weather/timing but on every occasion at the very last moment, the universe delivered.  And we couldn’t of been more thankful.

I thought it high time that you see some of my favourite images from the trip. Some you may of seen and some you may of not. It was pretty hard to get it down to this amount and sorry if there are still quite a lot of images but we shot thousands and these are just SOME of my faves of the bunch.

We must say a massive thank you to Mark & Veronica from Treasure Island Resort, Eueiki Island, Vava’u Tonga for the amazing experience of staying on their island. It was just the most magical 5 days and if anyone is thinking of heading over, you must stay. It’s absolute paradise. are having a little deal on packages to Treasure Island right now so you need to click on over there and check it out. There may even be a competition running in the next little while.

Again a massive thank you to our Sponsors, Summer Site, Billabong Women’s & Conner Hats for making this trip possible.

And last but not least thank you to the best lady adventure travel buddies one could ever ask for, Lauren L. Hill & Chrystal Dawn Fitzgerald. Can’t wait for the next trip.

Lauren Hill

Chrystal Fitzgerald

Summer Site

Billabong Women’s

Conner Hats

Also featured:

Treasure Island Resort

Joel Fitzgerald Surfboards


Lay-Day Towels

Salt Gypsy


Bing Surfboards

Ps. I would love to show you the belly flop shot I have of a certain someone but I will refrain. 😉

Flying over Tongatapu Island Group and heading north to Vava’u

We Kayaked over to this little sandbar from Treasure island which you can see behind the island.

A little BTS shot of Chrystal filming Lauren

Where do you find Mermaids? In caves of course.


The Swallows Cave underwater group-selfie

Underwater happy place found.

Chasing The Sun

Lauren for Billabong Women’s

We couldn’t get enough of this little jetty. I could of shot there all day.

Paradise Found

The cutest Sea-Gypsy that ever graced the waters of Tonga

Despicable Blue

Lauren hanging out in the blue bathtub

Ha’atafu Beach lagoon shooting more Billabong Women’s

Watching out for reef kisses

Lagoon naps

A morning shoot adventure were the girls hung out and I got to work

This is one of my fave images from the trip, taken right outside our fale

chasing the sun, while finding the shade

Palm field advetures. Ha’atafu, Tongatapu

The money shot :: 1. Lauren/Surf Capsule/Whale: TICK

The money shot :: 2. Lauren/Surf Capsule/Whale: TICK

I got one good swim with these amazing majestic animals and this is all I came back with 😉 – This was shot with a fisheye lens so I was actually a lot closer than it looks in the image.

A video screen grab of me by Lauren taking the above image


Adventuring around the cape of Tongatapu to a break we searched out the day before. The winds weren’t right and it ended up being really dodgy.

We had a window of an hour on the day we flew out to get surf shots. The universe delivered.

Busy lineup

Chrystal taking off on a super fun left

The girls got 4 waves each before we had to run back to shower and jump on a plane home.

There may of only been 4 waves each but they were 4 super fun waves.

Chrystal taking off on another Tongan water slide

Split screen Tongan style

Chrystal and her Joel Fitzgerald single fin.

One graceful duck-dive and one not so graceful exit.

This is my favourite photo of the three of us during our palm forest adventure.

Legend travel buddies. xx

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