Leave your worries behind

Thousands of miles from the nearest large landmass, Tonga is the perfect place to forget the everyday and let your worries melt into the flawless South Pacific.

This secluded land offers short island hops and longer spells of open water sailing between deserted islands of flawless natural beauty. Charter your own private yacht and sail into a world of traditional island communities, migrating humpback whales and jungle-fringed island paradises.

Tonga itinerary

7
Days

Highlights

  • Great sport fishing
  • Unbeatable snorkelling
  • Beautiful Hunga Lagoon
  • Peaceful island seclusion
  • Traditional Tongan feasts
  • Majestic humpback whales
Day 1

Neiafu, Vava'u to Port Maurelle, Kapa

The day's sailing

1 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Sunbathing Sunbathing
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

Pick up your beautiful charter yacht at our base in the island village of Neiafu. Explore this traditional Tongan community before sailing into the South Pacific to your next destination. Cruise through the narrow inlet that shelters the marina at Neiafu and head south to the verdant island of Kapa. Anchor in the idyllic Port Maurelle Bay, where you’ll likely be the only visitors. Live out your castaway fantasies on the deserted beach, or snorkel the sapphire waters in search of Tonga’s diverse marine life.

Discover Port Maurelle

Humpback whales

Port Maurelle is a great place to spot majestic humpback whales sounding in the deep waters of the lagoon.

Day 2

Port Maurelle to Tapana

The day's sailing

1 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Sunbathing Sunbathing
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

Circle Kapa Island and head east, making a short island hop to nearby Tapana. This green and unspoilt island is the perfect place to overnight, with the islanders’ hospitality meaning you’ll likely be treated to a traditional Tongan feast when you land. The snorkelling here is excellent, while the nearby island of Nuku offers an ideal spot for a day trip.

Discover Tapana

Floating art gallery

Visit Tapana’s floating art gallery to see local artwork in a unique setting.

Suggested lunch spots

A favourite picnic spot of the Tongan royal family, Nuku offers flawless beauty and guaranteed peace and quiet. Anchor off this small island and feel as though you have the whole South Pacific to yourself.

Day 3

Tapana to Mounu

The day's sailing

3 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Sunbathing Sunbathing
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

Pick your way southwest from Tapana past the jewel-like islands of this idyllic region. Detour via remote Fonua’one’one for a day trip to an unspoilt South Pacific paradise, or press on to Mounu where you’ll find the luxuries of a modern holiday resort. Lounge on this beach-fringed isle, snorkel in the life-rich ocean or try your hand at kitesurfing the strong winds that stir the waters around Mounu.

Discover Mounu

Suggested lunch spots

Sail between Euakafa and Euiki for a day trip to remote Fonua’one’one. Home to jungle, beach and little else, this untouched island has to be seen to be believed.

Day 4

Mounu to Lape

The day's sailing

0.8 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Sunbathing Sunbathing
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

A short sail northwest of Mounu you’ll find the friendly island of Lape. The islanders here welcome visitors with a traditional Tongan feast, usually culminating in singing, dancing and performing. Great for snorkelling, if you’re lucky you might see humpback whales swimming in the waters around Lape. The nearby island of Vaka’eitu and the village of Matamaka on Nuapapu mean you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to day trips.

Discover Lape

Heavenly choir

Visit the local church to hear the islanders singing mesmerising hymns among the trees.

Day 5

Lape to Hunga Lagoon, Hunga

The say's sailing

3 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Sunbathing Sunbathing
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

Cruise out from the sheltering embrace of Nuapapu Island, away from Lape and west towards Hunga. Hunga is actually a sunken volcano, its crater long since flooded and transformed into a picturesque lagoon. You can motor in the lagoon itself, anchoring at the northern end to overnight in this magical place. Fish the waters around Hunga for billfish, mahi-mahi, tuna and other game fish species.

Discover Hunga Lagoon

Lahi Lookout

Climb to Lahi Lookout for spectacular sunset views of the South Pacific.

Day 6

Hunga to Lotuma

The day's sailing

3 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Sunbathing Sunbathing
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

Cruise back into Vava’u’s Vaipua inlet, heading north until the tiny islet of Lotuma comes into view. The perfect place to spend your last night in Tonga, Lotuma is home to a beachside resort where you can dine on fresh seafood and sip refreshing cocktails as the setting sun paints the ocean with fire.

Discover Lotuma

Mariner's Cave

Stop off at the spectacular Mariner’s Cave on your way past Nuapapu Island. This large sea cave is only accessible underwater, so dive a couple of metres below the surface to access an incredible chamber lit with ethereal turquoise light.

Day 7

Lotuma to Neiafu, Vava'u

The day's sailing

0.3 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Sunbathing Sunbathing
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

Make the short journey north from Lotuma to the charming village of Neiafu. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before returning in time for morning check in, and spend the afternoon on shore drinking in the laid-back island atmosphere of blissful Vava’u.

Discover Neiafu

Island handicrafts

Walk the streets of Neiafu in search of handicrafts shops selling handmade treasures crafted from beautiful local materials.