Vavau, Tonga
2
Sailing experience level

On 15th January 2022, a large eruption of the Hunga Tonga and Hunga Ha-apai underwater volcano caused a Pacific-wide tsunami and ash to fall in Tonga. The tsunami wave of 1.2 metres hit the coastline in and around Nuku’alofa, causing damage to buildings and infrastructure. 

Thankfully, our base team in Tonga are safe and due to the location of the base in outer island Vava’u, we sustained less damage than the majority of the islands.

In response to this devastating natural disaster and the extended COVID-19 lockdown measures , we are unable to offer Tonga as a cruising destination at this time. We are providing continuous support to our base team in Tonga.

Dramatic, unspoilt and enchanting

The unique geography of the Tongan Archipelago offers exciting blue water sailing and easier line-of-sight island hopping, giving you the chance to discover distant shores untouched by human hands.

Just 52 of the 177 palm-strewn islands of the Tongan Archipelago are permanently inhabited. Our Tongan base, a partner location, is found on blissful Vava’u, a fertile volcanic island of coral reefs, isolated lagoons and limestone cliffs located thousands of miles from the nearest large landmass.

Anchor opposite deserted tropical beaches and unpopulated islands bordered by coral reefs, perfect for diving and snorkelling. Taste the islands’ delicious fresh fruit and attend traditional Tongan feasts, experiencing the unique island culture first-hand. Sail the aquamarine waters of the South Pacific in the company of majestic humpback whales and take in thrilling water sports including kite surfing and windsailing. A Tongan sailing holiday is a once-in-a-lifetime treat.

Tonga essential information      COVID-19 travel restrictions


Due to current regulations, Tonga charters may not start or end on a Sunday. Also, in observance of King Tupou VI's birthday and the Crown Prince's birthday, the base will be closed on July 4th and 17th. If those dates fall on a Sunday, the holidays will be observed the following Monday. Regrettably, our base will be closed these two days and will not be open as a charter start or end day.

Bareboat itineraries

The ultimate freedom to discover the Tongan Archipelago and sail wherever the wind takes you. A bareboat charter holiday is just you, a beautiful modern yacht and the boundless South Pacific to explore. Set your own schedule and drop anchor whenever you feel the need—it’s your holiday and what you say goes.

Tonga one-week bareboat

  • Great sport fishing
  • Unbeatable snorkelling
  • Beautiful Hunga Lagoon
  • Peaceful island seclusion
  • Traditional Tongan feasts
  • Majestic humpback whales
Itinerary details

Experience required

Sailing experience level
2
At least 10 days or 200 miles as skipper on an equivalent size yacht

Our intermediate sailing destinations, Level 2 sailing areas offer a greater challenge for sailors more comfortable on the open water. Enjoy strong winds and longer spells of open water sailing, suitable for more experienced skippers.

Skippered Holiday

Try a skippered holiday

  • Relax and let your skipper take charge
  • Be as hands on or laid back as you like
  • Learn from an expert skipper
  • Gain local knowledge and recommendations
  • Peace of mind and safety on the water
  • Discretion and privacy when you need it
Learn more

Sailing conditions

Max temp
(°C)
Min temp
(°C)
Avg precipitation
(mm)
Avg wind speed
(knots)
Dominant wind direction
Lupepauu (Vava'u)
January29222609E
February29232609E
March29232608E
April28222008E
May26201309E
June25191209E
July24181208ESE
August24181409E
September25181409E
October26191409ESE
November27211709E
December28222209E

Address

Sunsail

Neiafu, Vava'u

Tonga

Base opening hours

Mon-Fri: 8am-5pm

Sat: 9am-4pm

Sun: closed

Nearest airport
Lupepeau Airport

Yacht mobility statement

The layout and structure of our yachts may not be suitable for those people with reduced mobility, please contact one of our holiday planners to discuss your individual needs