Kingdom of Tonga
Adventure Sailing in the Kingdom of Tonga
8 Days – 7 Nights • August 2020
Back in 1773, Captain James Cook christened Tonga ‘the Friendly Islands’ and nothing has changed about the warm welcome you can expect today – a twenty-course torch-lit Tongan beach feast is only the start of the hospitality! Neiafu, the capital of Vava’u, is the ideal starting point for exploring the archipelago of fifty luscious islands on an unforgettable Tongan sailing adventure. Unbeatable diving and snorkeling, combined with lush forests and golden sandy beaches await. Sail among uninhabited islands, relax in secluded coves, dance at a torch-lit Tongan feast, and take in the wildlife and stunning underwater scenery that can only be experienced here in this untouched realm of the South Pacific. A once in a lifetime adventure that will create memories to last a lifetime.
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Kingdom of Tonga Details
Day 1 – Neiafu Harbor, Vava’u
This amazing adventure begins at Neiafu Harbor on the island of Vava’u, just a short cab ride from Lupepau’u airport. Checkin is 4:00 PM. Dinner is ashore this evening on the waterfront at the Mango Restaurant with beautiful views of the sunset.
Day 2 – Kapa Island
Port Maurelle is an easy sail from Neiafu and a great first day voyage to get your sea legs. Kapa Island has lush jungle trails for amazing island hikes. Swallows Cave is a must see whether by dinghy or snorkeling. Enjoy sunset happy hour and dinner aboard on the aft deck.
Day 3 – Whale Swim / Snorkeling
Not to be missed is one of the most thrilling experiences Vava’u has to offer – swimming with Humpback whales. The whales migrate through Tonga this time of year. Local tour operators will transport you by boat to where the whales are that day and guide you in an amazing once in a lifetime experience with these amazing marine mammals. Bring your cameras!
Day 4 – Snorkeling and Scuba Excursions
If you’re a diver then you won’t want to miss this experience. The neon colors of these untouched South Seas reefs is a photographer’s dream. Warm water and shallow reefs are perfect for snorkeling as well. Divers can also enjoy wall dives, tunnels, caves and more.
Day 5 – Mounu Island
After a passage south, you’ll anchor at the Mounu Island Resort, an eco-resort on the six acre southern-most inhabited island of the Vava’u Archipelago. A coral atoll fringed with a white sand beach, this private island is a true paradise on earth. Enjoy kite surfing, snorkeling, kayaking, or just hang out for a drink at the bar. Dinner will be ashore at the resort this evening where you can enjoy sumptuous local organic cuisine.
Day 6 – Hunga Island
Few places in the world can boast of having an actual Blue Lagoon, but the south side of Hunga island has just that. This amazing day excursion will visit Foeata and Fofoa islands and then return to our mooring at Hunga Haven for dinner aboard.
Day 7 – Vaka’Eitu
A half day’s sail to the island of Vaka ‘Eitu and you will anchor amid stunning clear water off the beach. Enjoy snorkeling, paddleboarding, or kayaking. And for this final night, you can experience a celebratory dinner ashore at the famous Kava Bar, host to an amazing Tongan Beach Feast at the water’s edge.
Day 8 – Neiafu Harbor, Vava’u
A final breakfast aboard and the time has come to return to base at Neiafu. But the memories you have made will last a lifetime. It’s time to start planning the next trip!
Our Adventure Sailing voyage pricing includes:
- A well deserved vacation!
- Your stateroom – featuring centrally controlled air conditioning, large hull window with privacy curtains, individually controlled air fans, LED reading lights, hanging and storage lockers with ample storage space, bedding collection and towel sets, and en-suite bathroom and shower with vanity. (Forward staterooms have an additional v-berth forward for a child.)
- All breakfasts, lunches, afternoon teas, and dinners aboard.
- 24-hour use of the galley and all public spaces.
- 24-hour beverages aboard including: water, sparkling water, iced tea, select juices, sodas, hot cocoa, coffee, and tea.
- 24-hour snacks aboard.
- Snorkeling gear: mask, fins, and snorkel.
- Dinghy transportation for all planned voyage activities.
- Professional Charter Captain – US Coast Guard credentialed, ASA Sailing Instructor, and PADI Scuba Diving Instructor. Your captain will take care of all the details for leading and managing the sailing, navigation planning, charter coordination, and vessel management for your voyage. (To really kick into full vacation mode, an onboard chef can be added for an additional fee. If your group elects this option, your chef will serve you sumptuous breakfasts, lunches, and dinners aboard as well as coordinate all your dining arrangements ashore.)
- Opportunity to expand your on-the-water skills in a casual and fun atmosphere. Learn by doing and expand your knowledge on topics such as: sailing monohulls vs. catamarans, voyage planning, navigation, marine weather, oceanography, snorkeling and scuba diving, local knowledge, and much more.
- Travel welcome gift.
- Captain’s hors d’oeuvres event.
- Pre-departure chart briefing.
- All charter taxes, fees, mooring, and port expenses.
The following services are not included in the voyage price:
- Air travel, baggage fees / taxes.
- Land / sea taxi transfers.
- Dining and bar service ashore.
- Alcoholic beverages onboard.
- Land / sea shore excursions such as: scuba diving, jeep or boat tours, taxis, kayak rentals, deep sea fishing, or other activities or rentals such as: dive gear and wetsuits. However, we can certainly assist you in arranging these services.
- Internet access or use of your smartphone.
- Medical services.
- Laundry services.
- ASA / PADI certification courses / fees.
- Travel interruption / vacation protection insurance.
- Onboard Chef.
- Service gratuities and tips.
The Sunsail 444 – 4 Cabin Catamaran Yacht
Revolutionary is the word that describes this new catamaran which uniquely balances comfort, space and a sailing performance unrivaled by most others in its class. The most noticeable feature of the Sunsail 444 is her covered forward cockpit which is accessible from the main saloon giving even more space for socializing and relaxing, as well as creating cooling breezes into the interior.
All cabins are spacious, featuring en-suite shower rooms with separate heads (toilets), and the layout provides privacy and space where needed. This yacht has a convertible saloon which is included as a double berth in the maximum capacity. The yacht is also fully air-conditioned.
Number of Berths: 10
Number of Cabins: 4
Number of Heads: 4
Number of Showers: 5
Length Overall: 43 ft.
Beam: 23.7 ft.
Draft: 4.2 ft.
Sail Area: 117 m²
- Wake up without an alarm
- Peruse your Tongan inspired Smorgasbord breakfast
- Snorkel in stunning crystal clear warm water amid a rainbow of South Seas tropical fish
- Relaxing sail to our lunch spot at a private cove
- Lunch on the beach – a local seafood specialty in lemon and coconut cream “ota ika”
- Lounge, explore, activities
- Short sail to our mooring for the night
- Sundowners on the aft deck
- Marvel at nature
- Lobster grilled aboard or dining ashore at a waterfront restaurant with underground oven
- Star gaze
- Be gently rocked to sleep not knowing what time it is
- Wake up and do it all over again
- Swimming with whales
- Scuba diving, wall, tunnel, cave, and reef dives
- Amazing snorkeling
- Jungle hikes
- Friendly people
- Blue Lagoon
- Mounu Island Resort
- Traditional Tongan beach feasts
- Kart Safaris through bush trails
- Beach picnics
- Climb Mount Talau
- Kite surfing
- Tongan craft markets
- And so many more – add your own to the list!
Located approximately 1,200 nautical miles south of the equator in Oceania, The Kingdom of Tonga is an archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, directly south of Samoa and about two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand. It is located just barely on the other side of the International dateline making it the first land to see the sunrise. Its 169 islands, 36 of them inhabited, are divided into three main groups – Vava’u (from where we will set sail), Ha’apai, and Tongatapu – and covers a 500-mile-long north-south line. Geologically the Tongan islands are of two types: most have a limestone base formed from uplifted coral formations; others consist of limestone overlaying a volcanic base.
The climate of Tonga is tropical, with the best conditions between May and November. Calm seas combined with south-easterly trade winds from May to September (winter south of the equator) and north-easterlies in the summer guarantee excellent sailing. Winter temperatures range in the mid to high 70’s for daytime highs, to the mid 60’s for nighttime lows. Summer sees temperatures in the mid 80’s. The tidal range can be 3 to 6 feet in some locations but tidal and wind-driven currents are generally insignificant, except in narrow channels. Navigation is line-of-sight. The tropical cyclone season currently runs from November to April, though tropical cyclones can form and affect Tonga outside of the season.
Valid passports are required to travel to the Kingdom of Tonga – your passport must be valid for 6 months past your departure date from Tonga.
Tourist visas are not required for US citizens if staying less than 30 days.
The T$ (Tongan Pa’anga) is the official currency in Tonga.
Foreign currencies are not readily accepted in Tonga. Credit cards are only accepted in larger establishments. There is no access to exchange money outside of Neiafu.
Tongan and English are the official languages of Tonga.
2020 Tonga Adventure Sailing Package
8 day / 7 night voyage from $(Price coming soon!) USD per person based on double occupancy. Both forward staterooms include accommodations for one additional passenger (child) in each stateroom: child age 4 to 12 is 50% full fare, child age 3 and under is free.
An onboard chef can be added for the full voyage at an additional $265 USD per full fare guest.
- Bookings can only be taken for full staterooms, not for individual berths.
- 50% deposit due upon booking, staterooms cannot be held without a deposit.
- Once all staterooms have been booked, potential guests that express interest will be added to a wait list.
- The final 50% balance is due no later than 90 days prior to sail date. These trips are popular so please keep in mind that to retain your stateroom all balances must be paid on time.
- We understand that plans change. We recommend that you consider travel protection insurance to cover the voyage costs should your schedule change unexpectedly due to medical or other covered circumstances.
- Cancellation fees:
- Up to 90 days in advance of the sail date: If you cancel 90 days or earlier before the sail date we will refund your payment less the 5% credit card processing fee we are charged.
- 89 to 71 days in advance of the sail date: Cancellations between 89 days and 71 days prior to the sail date are subject to 50% cancellation fee.
- 70 or less days in advance of the sail date: Following the standard that’s common in the charter and cruising industry there are no refunds available for cancellations made 70 days or later before the sail date. This is because we have fully committed to the charter and all fees have been paid. There is always the possibility that someone on the wait list, or someone else who has interest, may be able to fill your spot – if they do we are happy to refund your charter fee (less the 5% credit card processing fee we are charged.) Naturally there’s no guarantee that your spot can be filled at this late date so this is where a travel protection policy can assist in refunding your costs.
- All rates, options, add-ons, accommodation plans, voyage itineraries, and travel dates are subject to change without notice.