2017-08-31 Kiting at Matafonua

In addition to beautiful setting for whale-swimming, diving, free-diving courses, paddle-boarding, windsurfing and dining, Matafonua Lodge had the added attraction of kite-boarding. Monty in the shallow gybatorium with Whistler in the background. Sand spit on a windy day, with rescue boat on the left and Monty(centre) with the blue and green kite. [...]

By | September 14th, 2017|2017-Tonga|3 Comments

2017-09-04 Day Sails

We were at the Matafonua Lodge anchorage and were heading to Pangai for a couple nights.  We thought it would be fun to invite Darren and Nina's three kids to join us for a short day sail.  They had been out of school for a while, as their teacher had moved on.  We thought it [...]

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2017-08-28 Ha’apai Fair

The Ha'apai Agricultural, Fishing and Craft Fair was held in July.  Matafonua Lodge had several guests going, so a few of us yachties piled in the back of a pick up truck with the resort guests for the 14km drive to town.  The fair grounds were full of the locals wearing their traditional dress as [...]

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2017-08-30 Ha’apai Anchorages

We visited a number of anchorages while we were in the Ha'apai. Nomuka Iki was a convenient day sail from Nuku'alofa and had a reasonable anchorage in normal trade wind conditions. We didn't get off the boat to explore, but I hear there is good snorkelling and a whale-swim operator is just across on the [...]

By | September 24th, 2017|2017-Tonga|4 Comments

2017-08-20 Bike Ride in Ha’apai

On a couple of occasions, we borrowed bikes from the Sandy Beach Lodge on Foa Island and rode to Pangai, a 14km distance on reasonable paved roads. This was a way to get to town to do our inter-island clearance with Tongan Customs and to pick up provisions without moving our boat from our little anchorage [...]

By | September 24th, 2017|2017-Tonga|1 Comment