If you have ever dreamed of sailing around the South Pacific and experiencing the lifestyles of the rich and famous, now is the perfect time to act upon that dream and life like royalty on a Sunsail yacht charter in the kingdom of Tonga.

Sunsail is offering a seven day sailing holiday in Vava’u, the “Friendly Islands” of Tonga, where you can expect not only warm tropical waters that are ideal for swimming, snorkeling and diving plus close encounters with humpback whales but village feasts as well.

One of the main drawcards to sail around this unspoilt region is the abundance of nature.

Vava’u is home to the largest population of humpback whales. A good time to visit is between July and October, when the adult females arrive in tropical waters from the icy Antarctic to give birth to their young.

b0c2f80f-aa80-4aa9-9f6b-2dbf1694162fManinita is a haven for seabirds, whilst small white terns perform courtship rituals above your boat, there’s just as much action below the water. Venture into the cathedral-like Swallows Cave in the afternoon when the sunlight streams in, illuminating marine life, multi-coloured stalactites and 200 year old Tongan engravings on the walls.

Tonga has been known as “The Friendly Islands” for hundreds of years and today it’s no different. Local villagers welcome sailors to Taunga with a feast of tropical fruit, fresh seafood and Tongan delights cooked underground in an umu pit and wrapped in banana leaves. After dinner, you can join in a live traditional song and dance or take a stroll among the coconut groves. Always keep an eye out for indigenous Flying Foxes hanging from the fruit trees.

To the Southwest lies Hunga Island, home to a huge lagoon formed by the crater of an extinct volcano. The 525 acre island is a dense jungle of coconut trees, with plenty of hiking paths to cliffs and lookouts. The lagoon is a completely protected coral reef haven for whales and visitors. Take a 25 minute walk to Hunga Village to visit the friendly locals and try your hand at fishing, before retiring to your yacht to feast on the catch of the day.

A short hop from Hunga Island is Vaka’eitu, where you can visit the Blue Lagoon Resort, an eco-sanctuary with eight large fales, each constructed from local materials. After a day spent snorkeling with whales, sea stars, and tropical fish, why not dine ashore in the restaurant where you can enjoy the specialty lobster, while watching the view of the lagoon and surrounding reef.

Sunsail’s four cabin luxury catamaran yacht sleeps up to ten people. If you have never sailed before, that’s not a problem, you can hire a skipper for just $231 per day on top of boat hire fee. Make your dreams a reality.

Sandra Tiltman


  1. paul olbourne says:

    great information well done

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