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Old 08-10-2009, 22:14   #1
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Tonga Sailing

Hi all, I will be travelling with my 10 month old and husband to tonga on early nomvember, plan on sailing for a week. I dont know, given all the weather condition lately, if I should concider moving the trip for next year.....
I need advise from experienced sailors !!!
Anybody in Tonga ???

We plan on doing several trips in the pacific islands ( We live in Australia) before purchasing our own boat and doing a once in a lifetime journey !!!

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Old 09-10-2009, 14:15   #2
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Current predictions are for an early cyclone season here so maybe best to defer until next season. Besides, a week is nowhere near long enough to enjoy what Tonga has to offer.
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Hurricane season doesn't really get going in Tonga until january, usually. Lots of good weather with the odd hurricane warning. Do your cruisin in Vavau, far more protected . Great cruising. Avoid dealing with Beluga diving. They scammed me and many friends.
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That's usually the case and I wouldn't have a problem cruising Tonga during the cyclone season but they have to get there & back in what McDavitt & others are predicting could be an earlier than usual season.
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Damn, read their first post properly this time and guess they will be chartering in Tonga. No problem,go for it.
Mutters to self to read posts more carefully in future.
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Old 10-10-2009, 05:54   #6
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Tonga Travel

Thankyou All for your advise, When it comes to weather you never know for certain ! We're going to give it a bit more thought ( specially because of our 10 month old) ... How many days of sialing would the vavau group take...will a week be ok ???...& Thankyou for the Beluga Diving advise , I had already contacted them !

If you could put Pacific Island Locations as Tonga , New Caledonia , Tahiti & Whirsundays in order of difficulty, how would you arrange them ? We want to do them all, but start with the easiest, to gain experience .. ( Were Dayskippers, and will be soon Offshore Skip )

Would Tonga be the best start ?

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Vava'u in Tonga would be the best start. Easy, short hops between good anchorages and not many reefs to worry about. A week would be the absolute minimum to enjoy this place. Last year I spent 2 months there and still intend returning.
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Vavau in Tonga is simple. Short hops between about 26 anchorages. Neafu is a well protected harbor is anything gets going...
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November is OK.

Just keep eye on the wether and check the forecasts daily.

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Welcome aboard. Buy some travel insurance and watch the weather as it leads up to your trip. Good luck should be great experience...
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