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Tonga Sailing

With around 170 islands and multiple coral reefs, Tonga is an exceptional sailing destination. The main achorages are in the capital, Nuku'alofa as well as the Vava'u island group in the north of the country. The capital, Nuku'alofa is really just a convenient stopover with Vava'u being the destination.

Vava'u is not just the best place for sailing in Tonga, it is actually one of the finest areas in the world. This group of islands in the northern point of the archipelago has an almost perfect climate for sailing and offers secluded coves with safe anchorage. With white sand, blue lagoons, and lush green palms, the rich colours of these islands are exceptional. The Vava'u group is likened to the Bahamas with its beautiful colours to the Virgin islands with its dramatic deep water dropoffs and shallow lagoons.

The Vava'u group consists of about 50 islands, yet one-third of the population is located in the town of Neiafu and more living in the surrounding villages of Makave, Taoa, Toula and Vaimalo. The remainder of this island group is sparsely populated resulting in pristine landscapes, clear water, and undiscovered dive spots.

Neiafu has a deep picturesque sheltered harbour which looks fiord-like in appearance. From this location there are over forty recognised anchorages in a 50 by 30 km (30 by 20 mile) area.


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Author & photographer: David Johnson (Virtual Oceania)

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