Amazing Sailing Tours in Tonga
Sailing in the South Pacific is a sublime experience that so few of us have, because, well, we don’t have our own yacht. But with Tonga being home to some of the South Pacific’s best sailing grounds, it’s only fitting that there are sailing charters to give you a taste. Not only can you enjoy all-inclusive yacht charters alongside Tonga’s breathtaking islands, hopping from one uninhabited island to snorkelling hotspot to the next, but some charters even offer unique whale swimming experiences. Check out how you can experience a luxurious sailing charter in The Kingdom in this list of sailing charters in Tonga.
1. Tropical Yacht Holidays
Explore the islands of Vava’u, often referred to as the best sailing grounds in the South Pacific, on a luxury sailing yacht with Tropical Yacht Holidays (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor). They offer seven-day all-inclusive yacht charters on their five-cabin catamaran. Tours are available all year round, taking you on a week-long trip where days are spent sailing from island to island, snorkelling at pristine reefs, indulging in fine food, hiking to magnificent island viewpoints, visiting traditional Tongan villages and more. They have packages tailored from couples to up to seven guests.
2. Whale Discoveries
Departing from either Tongatapu or Ha’apai, Whale Discoveries’ SV Wildlife liveaboard experience is a unique experience in Tonga. Their fast-sailing catamaran will be your base for a seven to eight-day excursion across the islands of Tonga with the main mission to enjoy multiple whale swims from the boat. The experience includes three meals a day and three professional crew to make sure your holiday and whale swimming experiences run smoothly. The yacht has three double cabins. Note that this sailing charter is only available in the whale season. Learn more about their whale swimming experience in the 5 Best Whale Swim Tours in Ha’apai.
3. Ono Sailing
Back in Vava’u, you can get a great taste for South Pacific sailing on a day cruise with Ono Sailing. You’ll be picked up from your Vava’u accommodation any time after sunrise to set sail on Pukuri. The trip includes checking out some snorkelling spots and/or trying your luck with fishing across the islands. Lunch and snacks are provided throughout the experience. The team can work with you on an itinerary if there’s anything specific you want to see. Check out more day trips like this in the 10 Best Day Cruises in Tonga.
4. South Pacific Sea Adventures
A well-established sailing charter company in Vava’u, South Pacific Sea Adventures offers both day and multi-day sails of the islands. They have two charter yachts to choose from, one four-berth classic cutter and one six-berth catamaran. Multi-day sailing tours include anchoring at a different island each night where you can snorkel, explore the islands or just relax, where day sails allow you to explore a few islands and snorkel before returning to Neiafu. South Pacific Sea Adventures is also licensed to guide whale swimming in the whale season.
5. The Moorings & Sunsail
Also a long-established sailing charter in Vava’u, The Moorings & Sunsail provides charters out of catamarans and monohull ships that sleep up to 10 passengers. You can charter their yachts either bareboat or skippered. While The Moorings offer tailored charters, a popular option is their 10-day excursion through Vava’u. You’ll visit a new island each day, stopping at the historically significant Ile de Kapa Island, snorkelling at the landlocked lagoon of Hunga Island, stopping at the scenic horseshoe-shaped anchorage of Vaka’eitu Island, and the list goes on! Check out more sailing options in The Best Tours for Sailing in Vava’u.