Sail on in Tonga Vava’u, Tonga
Of the 172 islands that make up Tonga, only 36 are inhabited. The rest are pristine landmasses of varying sizes that remain virtually untouched by the outside world.
While exploring them all in one go is a bit of a stretch, on a sailing trip with Sunsail you’ll come pretty close to feeling as though you’ve clocked the archipelago. With an impressive fleet of both yachts and catamarans, it doesn’t matter whether you’re a salty sea dog or landlubber whose idea of boating is a booze cruise on Sydney Harbour – there’s a vessel and itinerary to suit.
Our favourite skippered route is one that circumnavigates the northern Vava’u group, a collection of islands best known for its isolated lagoons, limestone cliffs, dazzling coral gardens and white-sand beaches.
A typical one-week jaunt generally consists of hopping from one deserted island to the next, checking out the best bars, dropping anchor when the urge to swim, dive or kite surf hits, and stopping by a local village to enjoy a traditional Tongan feast. If you’re lucky, you may even find yourself in the company of the humpback whales who migrate annually to frolic in Tonga’s warm waters.
- Exploring Tonga’s stunning Archipelago in the sea craft of your choice
- Don’t know which Island to explore? Try the Vava’u group, with its isolated lagoons, limestone cliffs, dazzling coral gardens and white-sand beaches
- Anchoring opposite deserted tropical beaches and uninhabited islands surrounded by coral reefs, ideal for diving and snorkelling
- Sampling the islands’ seafood and delicious fresh fruit
- Attending traditional Tongan feasts, and experiencing Oceanic culture first hand
- No sea legs? Not to worry, the waters in Tonga are dead calm
Approximately US $2670 for a 7 night 2 person bareboat charter.