The Friendly Islands
Located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, the far-reaching archipelago of Tonga is home to some of the planet’s youngest islands. Raised by underwater coral or formed from volcanic activity, this collection of islands is scattered for hundreds of miles across the Pacific Ocean.
Since Captain Cook arrived in 1773 and named Tonga the ‘Friendly Islands’, this unspoiled paradise has remained as welcoming as ever and its inhabitants will greet visitors with a hearty hello or ‘malo e leilei’.
It’s here that humpback whales end one of the largest and longest animal migrations in the world. When winter descends on the Antarctica, they arrive in Tonga to mate and birth in its warm waters for a few months of every year.
Our researchers take care to approach these wild creatures carefully, so instead of fleeting glimpses of these majestic creatures, you can expect meaningful encounters just a short distance away from the comfort of your yacht.
At sea, you can explore the islands’ craggy coastline and travel to Government-protected marine reserves and island parks for pristine environments perfect for deep diving. Spy vibrant gorgonian fans and marine life such as pufferfish, sharks, mahi mahi and manta rays amongst coral reefs and in deep lagoons.
From the deck of your vessel, you can enjoy uninterrupted, far-reaching views over the ocean and indulge in an array of water-based activities provided by onboard kit. Dock to venture inland and explore Tonga’s hidden caves with our experts, and after, as evening comes, indulge in freshly caught seafood as the sun dips towards the horizon.
Search for the whistling blowholes on Tongatapu which burst from coral reefs and rise up to 18 metres into the air. Watch as the volcanic rock allows water to forcefully blow through its crevasses to create a striking plume-like effect.
Experience a range of spectacular diving experiences with stunning reef systems, shipwrecks, drop-offs, chimneys and underwater caves to explore.
Meet with our whale scientists to search for migrating humpbacks. Known to grow to the size of a school bus, these creatures can perform almost acrobatic moves, leaping out of the water and splashing back down with force.
Endless water spots
A multitude of tenders and toys await for those on board, for days filled with entertainment in Tonga’s crystal-clear waters.
Explore coral reefs animated with activity as they teem with fluorescent fish inspecting the nooks and crannies of the brightly coloured soft and hard coral gardens.
Find an isolated reef alongside a pro surfer and spend a day perfecting your skills or simply learning how to stay above water.
A peculiar looking wobbegong shark
A humpback and her calf
Jungle hemmed beaches
The beauty of Polynesian dance
Admiring the stripes of lion fish
A triplespot blenny
Meaningful encounters instead of fleeting glimpses