Monthly Archives: August 2017

2017-07-25 King & Church

On July 4th, Tonga celebrates their King's Birthday and he was in Vava'u for it. Street decorations to honour King Tupou VI The entrance to the King's Vavau residence. Maybe the king is inside that van! Every home in town was decorated with flags or ribbons to honour his majesty's [...]

By | August 9th, 2017|2017-Tonga|1 Comment

2017-07-27 Vava’u Views

Like last year, we spent Canada Day in Vavau. We were the only Canadian boat in town! We flew a few large flags to celebrate our nation's 150th Anniversary! Celebrating Canada Day with cruising friends, Amy and David on Starry Horizons (from the US) and Mark and Dianne from Mustang Sally (from [...]

By | August 9th, 2017|2017-Tonga|5 Comments

2017-07-31 Sailing “news”

This season, we have sailed several times up and down Tonga's chain of island groups.  We arrived in Tongatapu on May 9th. Our routes have taken us to Ha'apais, Vava'u, Haa'pais, Tongatapu, Ha'apais, Vava'u, Ha'apais, Vava'u and back to Ha'apais, where we are now.  Since leaving New Zealand, we have logged over 2,000 nautical miles [...]

By | August 10th, 2017|2017-Tonga|6 Comments

2017-08-09 Matafonua

We have been to the anchorage off Foa Island several times now.  Darren and Nina at Matafonua Lodge have been very welcoming.  Matafonua Resort has 10 fales, pronounced "falays", (sleeping huts) with shared bathroom facilities. The setting is quite beautiful with a large lagoon on the eastern side of the island and white sand beaches. [...]

By | August 11th, 2017|2017-Tonga|10 Comments