The Unique Boat Stays in Tonga(c) Tonga Ministry of Tourism
The Unique Boat Stays in Tonga

The Unique Boat Stays in Tonga

(c) Tonga Ministry of Tourism

How to Stay on a Boat in Tonga

Travellers who think outside of the box realise that Tonga is about its surrounding ocean as much as it’s about the islands. In fact, you can even stay on the water in unique boats stays in Tonga called sailing charters. These are multi-day sailing excursions where you’ll stay on the boat and take part in activities, such as snorkelling, whale swimming or simply relaxing in between staying in a different bay of a different island each night. Sounds like paradise? Check out the list of boat stays and sailing charters in Tonga in the list below.

Types of Boat Experiences in Tonga

Other than boat stays in Tonga, how else can you get out on a boat in Tonga?

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Tropical Yacht Holidays

Vava’u is often referred to as the best sailing grounds in the South Pacific, which you can experience on a luxury sailing yacht with Tropical Yacht Holidays.

Tropical Yacht Holidays offer seven-day all-inclusive yacht charters on their five-cabin catamaran sleeping up to seven guests. There’s a shower for each guest, as well as a large dinette with wraparound seating, a bright and airy saloon with air-conditioning and other luxurious additions.

Charters and boat stays 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.

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Whale Discoveries

Departing from either Tongatapu or Ha’apai, Whale Discoveries’ SV Wildlife boat stay and liveaboard experience is the only one of its kind in Tonga.

The fast-sailing catamaran will be your base for a seven to eight-day excursion across the islands of Tonga where the main mission is to enjoy multiple whale swims from the yacht.

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 available.

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.

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The Moorings & Sunsail

A long-established sailing charter in Vava’u, The Moorings & Sunsail provides charters out of their choice of catamarans and monohull ships that sleep up to 10 passengers.

Yachts are available to charter either bareboat or skippered, with tailored charters available. A popular option, however, 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.

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South Pacific Sea Adventures

Another well-established sailing charter company in Vava’u, South Pacific Sea Adventures offers both day and multi-day sails of the islands.

Formerly known as Belinda Sea Adventures, the charter company has two yachts to choose from, one four-berth classic cutter and one six-berth catamaran.

Multi-day boat stays 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 are also licensed to guide whale swimming in the whale season.


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of Tonga Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in the South Pacific over 10 years ago with nothing but a backpack and a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to explore a paradise such as Tonga. She knows the islands inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience Tonga’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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