The sail from Tonga started beautifully with flat water, fair winds and blue seas, the colouring was continuous but the wind and sea state, as usual, did an about turn, humps from the south and lumps from the east made for some rock and roll, albeit at 9knts+ boat speed. We are anchored in the … Continue reading Minerva Reef
I can describe the snorkel Virginie and I did yesterday in one word: WAW. We are in the Ha'apai island group of Tonga and the underwater life is some of the most spectacular we have seen on our trip. We caught up with Toucan and Phileas a couple of days ago and have since moved … Continue reading Off to NZ
We have cleared out and stocked up on provisions and diesel (enough to get us to NZ) but on our way out of Vava’u we sail past the Blue Lagoon and the kids want to say a final goodbye to their friends who live on Fofoaisland. We drop anchor in the Blue Lagoon on Saturday … Continue reading The Blue Lagoon
Yesterday Aeneas turned six! It’s his second birthday on this trip (last year we were in Fuengirola). It turned out to be a hectic day that started early to open presents. He was astonished to find Playmobil and Lego underneath the wrappers as they aren’t to be found anywhere in these regions. We had them … Continue reading Six
Seathan met Boris, Karyn and their two boys in Neiafu town last week and they invited us over for a Halloween party on their remote Tongan island. It sounded fantastic so on Friday we head out of town in that direction together with Philéas (more kids!) and sail to Nuku island where we anchor for … Continue reading Halloween in Hunga
We left Neiafu last Monday, after a very disappointing rugby game, to explore the islands in the Vava’u group. What a beautiful trip it has been: small islands dotted all over the place in easy reach so one can hop from one scenic anchorage to the next in a few hours. The weather has been … Continue reading A week in Vava’u
Named the “friendly islands” by James Cook in 1773, the Kingdom of Tonga consists of 176 islands of which 40 are inhabited. The islands in the Vava’u group are raised and mountainous coral islands where some of the other islands are more low-lying and many are of volcanic origin. After 5 days of seeing nothing … Continue reading Vava’u, Tonga
We're in Tonga! To use the words of our kiwi friend Mark: welcome to tomorrow! We crossed the dateline on the way here and had to turn our clocks forward 24 hours. The 250 NM crossing was windier than the GRIBS had predicted by a factor of 2. Instead of 15 we had 30 knots! … Continue reading Welcome to tomorrow!