Glistening like emeralds strewn across the south Pacific, the country and archipelago of Tonga awaits visitors to explore all of its islands, inlets, and reefs. 169 islands are scattered over 270,000 square miles of the south Pacific and most are uninhabited.
A yacht charter from the island group of Vava’u will involve easy line of sight sailing to towns where Tongan culture is on full display and secluded beaches where you can spend the day relaxing, exploring, or snorkeling. Take a dive beneath the turquoise waves and find a variety of sea life of all shapes and colors. Visiting the area between June and October will have you treated with a sight of humpback whales.
Climate in the Tongan islands can be described as tropical and has fairly consistent temperatures throughout the year but has a wetter season from November to April. Understandably, the popular season to visit is from May to October. Water temperatures will be slightly cooler but still within a pleasant range for swimming. The wind is consistent in both strength and direction and is great for sailing no matter what month you decide to visit.
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A yacht charter in Tonga will have travelers flying into Vava’u International Airport which services the nearby city of Neiafu where your charter will begin. Booking travel to Vava’u first starts with a flight to Fiji or Auckland. Both can be reached by direct flights from several major cities in the region, however Auckland also has direct flights from Los Angeles and San Francisco. From Fiji or Auckland, travelers will have to book flights to the airport that services the Tongan capital, Fua’amotu International Airport. From there passengers can board a short flight to Vava’u International Airport and then take a 15 minute ride to the marina where the charter begins.