Niuatoputapu, Tonga / Polynesia
The 18 km2 island of volcanic origin Niuatoputapu belongs to the southern pacific kingdom of Tonga. Geographically it is counted as the archipelago of the Nias, which was discovered in 1616 by the Dutch navigator Willem Cornelisz Schouten. Extensive excavations by archaeologists of the University of California in Berkeley in the 1970s, brought to light on Niuatoputapu, the oldest traces of human settlement throughout Polynesia.
Niuatoputapu is home to some beautiful sand beaches in the world, little known by tourists, where one can greatly relax. The main town of the island is Hihifo, in the north-west of the island. To the west of the village springs up the Niutoua spring feeding a natural freshwater pond. According to legend, this spring arouse as one of the island demons brought to laughter a devil of Samoa by tickling it. The laughter is said to have caused the spring to flow. In the case of the islanders it is said that whoever has not immersed in this source at least once, would have never really been on Niuatoputapu.