It’s time for another photo quiz, so without further ado – where in the world is this lovely bit of nature?
This spectacular natural phenomenon occurs along a 5-kilometre-stretch of coastline in this little country. There you are, walking along the beach, when suddenly a series of jets rises before you. Whoosh, whoosh, whoosh! Ocean water moves through tunnels in the coral reef, finally surging up and whistling as they go. At high tide, the cascades rise 30 metres into the air.
A winner will be selected among those who give the correct answer. They will be featured here on “Where in the world?” and on Sophie’s World Facebook fan page with their name, blog, SoMe channel of choice and a short bio.
Moderation is switched on, so don’t worry about giving away the answer if you know it. All comments will be published simultaneously on Saturday. Go on, have a guess!
Update 22 September: hint
- The country was once famous for having the world’s chubbiest head of state.
All is revealed
The answer to this little quiz is the Mapua ‘a Vaea Blowholes on the island of Tongatapu in the Kingdom of Tonga. King Tāufaʻāhau Tupou IV, who died in 2006, had the somewhat dubious honour of being the world’s heaviest monarch.
Quite a few knew or guessed Tonga, including Cole and Adela of Four Jandals, Sandra of 59 North and Lisa of Gone with the Family. Well done, everyone!
However, Mette of Italian Notes had the most correct answer and is this week’s winner. Mette Vaabengaard is a Danish freelance journalist (MA) with a passion for Italy. She has travelled extensively throughout the country and acquired a piece of land with a slightly pink tuffi house, a trulli style potting shed and 23 olive trees around the point where Taranto, Brindisi and Lecce intersect in Puglia. Dividing time between work in Copenhagen and the house in Puglia, Mette still finds new places and aspects of Italy to explore. Follow her on twitter and have a look at Italian Notes on Facebook. CONGRATULATIONS, METTE.
Tonga?! We have never been (yet) but have heard about the blow holes there. We went to Samoa and they have some awesome blow holes too which you hear before you actually see them due to the force of the water whistling up through the tunnel.
@Cole and Adela – Tonga is right! I love Samoa, btw, my fave place in the South Pacific. Missed the blowholes there, though. One more reason to go back 🙂
Is it the Mapu’a ‘a Vaea Blowholes in Tongatapu, Tonga???
@Italian Notes – Mapu’a ‘a Vaea Blowholes in Tonga is exactly right! You’re the winner!
I don’t really know but I’ll take a stab with Iceland! Wherever it is, it is sure beautiful.
No clue, but looks awesome.
I wish I knew, and I’m looking forward to learning where it is so I can book passage.
I’m not sure where this is, but I want to go there- absolutely gorgeous!
I have no idea! Beautiful shot though 🙂
Beautiful photo, I’m going to go with Slovenia?
Beautiful idea, but I have no clue about the place!
I was tempted to say Hawai’i… but then I noticed “little country”. In that general direction?
@Christian – If by general direction, you mean the Pacific Ocean, then yes 🙂
I have no clue, but I definitely want to see it!
Don’t know where it is but would love to be there
Still no clue but I still love this picture!
Rats. I don’t know, but I wish I did, cause I want to go there! New Guinea?
Hi Sophie, Is this Tonga?
@Sandra – you’re right! Have you been there?
Well, now with that clue, I’d have to guess Hawaii. Most probably the Big Island.
@Vera Marie – you’re in the right ocean 🙂
Gorgeous shot! I have no idea where 🙂
I’m curious. Will have to take a look.
Fantastic shot but no bloody idea. When I think fat heads of state I think Idi Amin years ago in Uganda but it’s not Uganda. Guess I don’t know my heads of state too well.
Looks absolutely beautiful. Is it Iceland?
Beautiful photo! I’m going to guess Tonga.
@Lisa – Thanks – and you’re right! It is Tonga.
Somewhere in the South Pacific but I am not sure as to where!
@Jeremy – South Pacific is right. It’s the little kingdom of Tonga.
Anne-Sophie: That’s a mighty big ocean. Might say I’m off by (more than) a mile.
Tonga sounds delightful.
Thanks for playing everyone 🙂
Thanks! I’m really flattered:D