Category Archives: Tonga

From Haapai, Tonga via the Minerva Reef to Opua, New Zealand

Haapai Group, Tonga

On Saturday morning we move from Foa to Pangai with the idea to get out check in at custums done.

On the way out passing through the reef channel of Foa we have a better visibility than coming in the previous day. To our great surprise we see that the day before we had almost gone over a boomy following the waypoints described in the Sailing bird guide.

Shortly after in Pangai we also find out that the opening hours as described in the guide are not really up to date any more. Of course as everything else also customs is closed on a Saturday morning..
Not in the best of our moods decide that a beer in the Mariners Cafe should help. Unfortunately the local Tongan beers are not really according to my taste, so the pleasure was only half. Continue reading From Haapai, Tonga via the Minerva Reef to Opua, New Zealand

Tonga, the last kingdom in the Pacific – we are enjoying Vava’u

Vavau, Tonga

Cool, so finally we are here in Tonga. It feels so different from the countries we have been before. Of course, the procedure of checking in that took us more than 4 hours was really an interesting first experience…

Also we finally have crossed the date line as in Niue we still had -12 and in Tonga it is currently UTC +13. As a result the 9th of September didn’t exist for us… In addition, we are “officially on our way home”, since just the day before we have passed the point that is on the other side of our home town Trimmis 😉 Continue reading Tonga, the last kingdom in the Pacific – we are enjoying Vava’u