Moorings Yacht Charter – Tonga
Situated midway in the Pacific Ocean between Tahiti and Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga is comprised of 171 islands in four distinct groups: Tongatapu, Ha′apai, Vava′u, and Niuas. Nuku′alofa on the main island of Tongatapu is the capital of this constitutional monarchy. The jewels of the exotic cruising grounds of a Tonga sailing vacation are the hilly and wooded coral islands of Vava′u. Miles of white-sand beaches, coral reefs and crystal clear waters make Tonga one of the world’s top snorkeling and scuba diving venues. Visibility is often 150 feet. The abundance of more than 40 snug anchorages combined with the close proximity of the islands to one another is very similar to cruising in the British Virgin Islands. The reefs assure calm waters while the trade winds assure excellent sailing virtually every day. It’s no surprise, then that Vava′u is a sailor’s paradise, where the delights of a Tonga yacht charter inspire fond memories that last a lifetime.
Sailing in Tonga
A Tonga sailing vacation offers some of the easiest and best cruising in the South Pacific. Southeast trade winds average between 15 and 25 knots from May through September and northeast trade winds average between 10 and 20 knots in the summer. Navigation is line-of-sight from one island to the next, though a watchful eye on the chart is necessary because of the numerous reefs. The tidal range is a bit over three feet. Tidal and wind-driven currents are typically weak except in narrow channels. A Tonga yacht charter is well within the reach of sailors who have basic skills in coastal navigation. The beauty and unique character of these exotic waters lures less experienced and veteran sailors alike to return time after time for more adventures. Year-round temperatures hover around 75°F (24°C).
Tonga’s beauty is known throughout the world. The wooded and often hilly coral islands are fringed with pristine white-sand beaches ideal for snorkeling, swimming and sunbathing. Picturesque anchorages well protected from ocean swells are usually no more than a couple of miles apart but there’s also clear water for South Pacific sailing at its best. The kingdom has a handful of resorts and restaurants on the islands as well as on Vava′u in the main town of Neiafu. Among Tonga’s principle attractions are its welcoming people who cherish hospitality and engender a sincere desire to make visitors feel at home. Tonga has been nicknamed the Friendly Islands since 1773, when British captain James Cook used the term to describe the Tongans he met. The honorary title is still well deserved.
The best time to visit is during the driest season, April-November, when day temperatures are in the 70s-80s F/21-36 C and the nights are in the 60s F/16-21 C. December-March is the rainy season but it usually isn’t so bad that it should deter a visit (it’s a few degrees warmer then). Trade winds blow year round: A light sweater may be needed for evenings. Tonga's climate is pleasant and slightly cooler than that of most tropical areas. Mean annual temperature in Nuku'alofa is 23.7° C, where a mean humidity is 76%, with water temperatures from 23°C in winter to 30°C in the summer (73° F to 86° F).
* AM/FM Stereo
* CD Player with Cockpit Speakers
* Transom Deck Shower
* Cockpit Cushions
* Fully Equipped Galley
* Barbecue Grill
* Water Heater
* Refrigerator/Cold Plate
* Snorkeling Gear/Fins
* Linens & Towels
* Beach Towels
* Housekeeping Supplies
* Foul Weather Jackets
* Fans in Staterooms
* Dinghy with Outboard
* Roller Reefing Genoa
* VHF Radio
* Electric Windlass
* Depth Sounder
* Yacht Operations Manual
* Tool Kit
* Free Ice, Water & Fuel from Base Only
* Moorings' 4-Hour Service Guarantee
* Chart Briefing
* Cellular Phone (Select Locations)
* Friendly Skipper Program
ADDITIONAL AMENITIES (Availability subject to yacht type or location)
* Air Conditioning
* Color Chart Plotter
* DVD / Flat Screen TV
* First Aid Kit
* PFD's - Personal Flotation Devices
* Diver Down Flag
* Fly & Float Snorkel Safety Flag System
* Dinghy Safety Canister (includes 360 degree white light & whistle)
* Cruising Charts
*Amenities, equipment & services may vary by location and boat type
Extras – Provisioning
Begin your vacation sooner and save time and money with their wide variety of personalized provisioning services. Let The Moorings take all of the hassle out of provisioning your yacht with the highest quality, freshest foods and best service.
Many of their destinations offer a choice of restaurants, but you will also want to purchase provisioning in advance for your breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and some of your dinners. They offer a range of easy, personalised provisioning services to meet your crews’ desires and dietary needs. Through a close network of the best local suppliers and an understanding of your needs, they are able to take care of all the work getting you on the water faster while ensuring your complete satisfaction.
They coordinate everything for a hassle-free experience by conveniently delivering your order to your boat upon arrival. Leave the challenging shopping to the experts and jump right into your vacation!
Complimentary Care Package
As part of every charter with The Moorings, you will receive a complimentary Moorings Care Package that includes ice, paper towels, garbage bags, matches, bath soap, toilet paper, sponges, dishwashing liquid and insect spray.
A Personalised Package to suit every preference
* Charter Starter Kit is included with every Moorings provisioning plan and is also offered separately. The kit includes condiments, olive oil, spices, kitchen supplies, paper plates, napkins, disposable wipes, aluminum foil, charcoal, lighter fuel and cleaning products.
* Split Provisioning is the most popular personalised provisioning option that provides breakfast, lunch and snacks for each day and dinner for half of your time onboard.
* Full Provisioning is for the water lover who wishes to dine onboard for all meals.
Sailing in the enchanting tropical Vava'u Islands of Tonga…
Specials on bareboat yacht charters. Monohulls, Catamarans from 33' to 44'. Skipper and Cook options are available.
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