Northwest blue water cruisers aboard S/V Estrellita share their experiences sailing in Tonga. Perfect post for some wintertime fantasy was we brace for more rain, wind and whatever else nature has in store for us.
We spent just under 3 months cruising Tonga – 1 week in the Ha’apai group and the rest in Vava’u. It is a long time for a cruiser trying to make it from Mexico to NZ in one season but there is so much more we could have done if we had more time.
We would have loved to go back the Ha’apai group, and to have seen Niautoputapu. Even in Vava’u, we could have spent a lot more days kiting at Kenutu before we got bored of that place (if ever).
As the months past, the network of connections we had made in the place grew. We made friends. We said goodbye to friends. We joined and left (or were left by) several fun gangs of people. We had mixed reviews of Tonga from friends before arriving. We knew boats that had been here, been very disappointed and left immediately for Fiji. We knew boats who had been here, loved it and wished for more time.
It was difficult to know what to expect because most people we heard from had only spent a month here, with at least a week in the main harbor, and had their eyes . . .