A Tonga sailing holiday offers some of the easiest and best cruising in the South Pacific. The Moorings and Sunsail have a fleet of well maintained yachts in this amazing location of 64 emerald Islands located in the middle of the South Pacific.
Southeast trade winds average between 15 and 25 knots 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).
Nearly countless islands fringed with coral reefs and fronted with white-sand beaches are the chief attractions of a Kingdom of Tonga sailing vacation. Relaxing, laid-back, and stunningly beautiful, Tonga is an exotic sailing destination far from the cares of the world.
With 176 islands scattered across over 700,000 square kilometres of Pacific Ocean blue, Tonga’s protected coral reefs and atolls, safe anchorages and reliable marine breezes, are one of the planet’s finest locations for sailing. And with a maritime heritage stretching back to the ocean-spanning double-hulled kalia canoes of the Kingdom’s ancient mariners, this is a land that truly understands the simple and unadorned appeal of harnessing ocean breezes for adventure and exploration. The Tongan sailing experience is not only deserted coves and sleepy, uninhabited atolls. Neifau Harbour on Vava’u is one of the Pacific’s key sailing hubs, an essential and social destination for an increasing number of Pacific marine adventurers on extended sailing sojourns through the far flung nooks and crannies of the planet’s biggest ocean.