We were the fourth boat to enter Tonga since its total closure due to Covid in 2020. While the local residents were relatively insulated from the lack of tourist activity, the expat community are very dependent on it and our welcome was effusive from the few cruisers that preceded us and and the foreigners living there. Because of the lack of regular tourism, there was also a unique opportunity to anchor in isolated bays and swim close to the visiting humpbacks that travel to Tonga during dry season. Unique in standard times, Tonga was a real special experience in 2023.