Pangaimotu (Tongatapu)

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Pangaimotu Island
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Shipwreck off Pangaimotu
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Monument to the first mass in Tonga

Pangaimotu is a small island in the Tongatapu group of Tonga, lying near the capital Nukuʻalofa. [1] It is reachable by a 10-minute boat trip from Nukuʻalofa. [2] Aside from the beaches, a centrepiece of the island's attraction is a wreck jumping from the hull of the upturned ship 50 metres off the island's main beach. [3] The island also contains the Big Mama Yacht Club, the Pangaimotu Island Resort and a vanilla plantation. [4]

The Pangaimotu reef was declared a national marine reserve in 1989. [5]

The first mass in Tonga was held under a tree on Pangaimotu on 2 July 1842. It was conducted by Jean Baptiste Pompallier and Father Chevron. [6]

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