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Spend a week sailing and absorbing the atmosphere in the South Pacific paradise of Tonga. Once a British protectorate, the Tongan archipelago comprises 177 volcanic islands and coral reefs.
Discover isolated lagoons, see dramatic sunsets and limestone cliffs thousands of miles away from the nearest continent. Experience island culture, feast on local foods, witness the habits of humpback wales, kayak, windsurf and sail the aquamarine waters of the enchanting South Pacific for the adventure of a lifetime.
Your sailing platform will be the Sunsail 444, a revolutionary catamaran that uniquely balances comfort, space and a sailing performance unrivalled by most catamarans. Your adventure begins at the island village of Neiafu traveling a circular route around the Vava'u archipelago, visiting Kapa, Tapana, Mounu, Lape, Hunga, Lotuma and back to the island of Vava’u.
Slots for the Tonga Getaway are now available for $3,499.00 (USD) for a double-occupancy cabin ($250 per person per day).*
*Price includes the boat charter fee, fuel, insurance and provisioning. Activities include snorkeling, sunbathing, swimming, and sightseeing.
Pick up your charter yacht in Neiafu. Explore this traditional Tongan village and then set sail into the South Pacific. Cruise through the narrow inlet that shelters the marina at Neiafu and head south to the verdant island of Kapa. Anchor in the Port Maurelle bay, where you just may be the only visitors on the deserted beach, or snorkel the sapphire waters to see tropical marine life. Port Maurelle is a great place to spot majestic humpback whales sounding in the deep waters of the lagoon.
Sail northwest of Mounu to the island of Lape. The islanders welcome visitors with a Tongan feast accompanied by traditional singing, dancing and performing. This island offers great snorkeling, and you may be fortunate enough to see humpback whales swimming nearby. The island of Vaka’eitu and the village of Matamaka on Nuapapu Island are perfect choices for day trips. From the local church, you may hear islanders singing mesmerizing hymns among the trees.
Sail west toward Hunga. Hunga is a sunken volcano, its crater flooded and transformed into a picturesque lagoon, which provides a perfect natural anchorage rimmed with beaches. You motor into the lagoon and anchor at the northern end in this magical tropical retreat. Take out your rod and reel and fish the waters for billfish, mahi mahi, tuna and other game fish species. If you get lucky, you will enjoy dinner fresh from the sea. Sit back and toast a spectacular sunset over the South Pacific while celebrating your memorable day.
Sail from Lotuma back to the captivating village of Neiafu. Indulge in a leisurely breakfast before returning to base for the morning check in. Spend the afternoon on shore, drinking in the laid-back island atmosphere, taking in the sights or doing a bit of shopping for handcrafts made by local artists from island materials on beautiful Vava’u.
Sail north and the tiny islet of Lotuma comes into view — the perfect place to spend your last night in Tonga. Relax at the beachside resort, dine on fresh seafood and sip your cocktail watching the sun melt into the ocean with a final burst of color. A must-do side trip sailing just past Nuapapu Island on your way to Lotuma is Mariner’s Cave. Accessible
only underwater — you must dive
about 6 or 7 feet to reach it — this mesmerizing chamber is filled with unearthly turquoise light.
Founded by Zuzana Prochazka, Zescapes offers worldwide sailing vacations for everyone who wants an adventure beyond the ordinary. Zescapes organizes flotillas of one to six boats and offers cruisers a choice of 40- to 50-foot monohulls and catamarans of various sizes. Zescapes also arranges canal boat vacations throughout Europe. Cruise itineraries range from 7 to 10 days. Zescapes can help you check another adventure off your bucket list. Explore the magnificent islands of the Caribbean, Greece or Croatia. Take a leisurely, guided riverboat charter through the canals of Europe, or spend an exhilarating week on a catamaran in Tonga or New Caledonia.
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