Sailing area: Tonga
The Tonga islands constitute an archipelago of 170 islands scattered around the Pacific Ocean. These islands are divided up into three major groups of islands, Tongatapu to the south, Ha’apai in the centre and Vava’u to the north.
The Tongatapu archipelago is the southern group of islands and is formed by one main island, Tongatapu, and two secondary islands. The Ha’apai archipelago is the group of islands in the centre and comprises 51 islands, the main island of which is Lifuka . And, finally, Vava'u comprises 18 islands with, the main island of which is Vava'u.
The climate of Tonga is tropical. From December to the end of March, it is the wet season with strong rainfall and the risk of cyclones. From April to November, the season is more clement and you can sail easily with the south-eastern winds that blow at about 15 to 20 knots. Coolsailing offers you the chance to embark in Nuku’alofa on Tongatapu so that you can sail to the Ha’apai archipelago and then to Vava’u.
Start your stay in Nuku’alofa on Tongatapu, the largest island in the entire archipelago. In addition to a magnificent island landscape, you will be able to enjoy interesting cultural visits. Visit the Free Church of Tonga, a magnificent church, then the royal palace of the Tonga islands, and Saint Padua Basilica, as well as the royal tombs, the Memorial to those who lost their lives during the World Wars, not to mention the Tongan cultural centre. Diving enthusiasts will see whales during their underwater excursions, or be able to admire the multitude of tropical fish and coral. Take advantage of the opportunity to do some fishing, or try sea kayaking or kitesurfing! You will then be able to sunbathe on the magnificent white sand beaches and have dinner as you watch a Ma’ulu’ulu traditional dance performance! Next, make your way to Ha’apai.
In Ha’apai, you will find a magnificent and well-preserved archipelago surrounded by a stunning turquoise blue lagoon and luxuriant vegetation. Above all, Ha’apai is famous for the beauty of its beaches. It is the perfect place for swimming and water sports. You can enjoy water-skiing, wakeboarding, paddleboarding and even snorkelling with your fully-equipped boat rental and get the most out of your cruise in the Tonga islands!
Next, stop off in Vava’u, which is very popular with sailors. It offers an exceptional natural environment and you will find many protected bays and mooring places Above all, Vava’u is famous for the beauty of its diving sites, in particular Split Rock, an underwater rock formation that has been cut in two where you will find all sorts of fish from nudibranchs to white-tip sharks. Vava’u is a true gem that will charm with its peaceful and authentic atmosphere. Dive into the incredibly beautiful and wild sites. The seabed mainly comprises soft corals, magnificent coral gardens, caves, tunnels and wrecks. Visibility is generally excellent and the temperature is perfect!
The kingdom of Tonga offers a large variety of landscapes over more than 170 islands. You will be able to admire tropical beaches lined with coconut trees, living and colourful coral reefs, protected bays, volcanic peaks and high limestone cliffs. Many islands are nature reserves, including the Eua National Park, a genuine tropical paradise, the Tonga Wildlife Centre, and the coral reefs north of Nuku’alofa. This is where you can see the Blow Holes, faults which produce geysers in the coral reefs. You will then have the opportunity to visit the "Tongatapu" tombs, 800-year old royal tombs carved out of the coral terraces in Langi, as well as the Trilith gate that is 40 tonnes and 4 metres high in Ha’amonga.
Enjoy your cruise in the Tonga islands in a catamaran with or without a skipper and take advantage of the natural beauty of the archipelagos, the kindness of the local population and their delicious cuisine. Do not hesitate to contact us to rent your boat. It will be our pleasure to help you devise the cruise of your dreams. If you want, you can rent your boat with a crew who will take charge of sailing and organisation on-board. Your skipper will propose the best itinerary so that you can get the most out of your destination.
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