Full country name: Kingdom of Tonga
Area: 748 sq km
Capital City: Nuku'alofa
Official Languages: Tongan, English
Ethnic groups: Polynesian, Europeans
Religion: Christian (Free Wesleyan Church claims over 30,000 adherents)
Government: Constitutional Monarchy
Industries: tourism, construction, fishing
Tipping: Tongans do not expect tips, though no offence will be caused if special service is rewarded in this way.
Electricity: 240V 50Hz. The standard voltage on all yachts is 12 volts. In order to use electronic equipment that is 110v or 220v, you will need an inverter suitable for use in a cigarette lighter
Time: UTC/GMT +13 hours
Arrival & Customs
How to get there: Vava’u Airport – to be booked by client at time of charter booking and flight details advised. The Moorings Tonga will collect clients from the airport if transfers are prearranged. If you are spending time in a hotel prior to arriving at the base then you need to arrange with your hotel for transfers to The Moorings base on the day of your charter.
Customs & Immigration: A VALID PASSPORT IS REQUIRED ON ALL VACATIONS Expiration date must be no earlier than 3 months after your planned return.
A travel visa is not required for US citizens. Please confirm requirements pertaining to all other nationalities with the local tourist bureau or on checking the following link www.tongaholiday.com
Provisions & Beverages
A fantastic range of Food and Drinks packages which can be pre-ordered and will be on your boat when you arrive. In Vava'u, provisioning your own yacht can be a bit of a challenge, so we recommend that you pre-order your provisioning 30 days prior to the charter start date to ensure your order can be properly filled.
The nearest supermarket is located in Uturoa village.
Remember, the seasons in Tonga are opposite from those in the Northern Hemisphere—when it’s winter in the north, its summer south of the equator. The best time to visit is during the driest season, April-November, when day temperatures are in the 70s-80s F/21-36 C and the nights are in the 60s F/16-21 C. December-March is the rainy season, but it usually isn’t so bad that it should deter a visit (it’s a few degrees warmer then). Trade winds blow year round: A light sweater may be needed for evenings. Tonga's climate is pleasant and slightly cooler than that of most tropical areas. Mean annual temperature in Nuku'alofa is 23.7° C, where a mean humidity is 76%, with water temperatures from 23°C in winter to 30°C in the summer (73° F to 86° F)
Currency: The Tongan Dollar is called the Pa’anga.
Pa'anga (T$) = 100 seniti. Notes are in denominations of T$50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1. Coins are in denominations of 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 seniti.
Accepted Forms of Payment: Tongan currency is called Pa'anga. Foreign currencies are not readily accepted in Tonga except at the charter base. Credit cards (Visa and MasterCard only) are accepted at a few restaurants in Neiafu town and at The Moorings base. In general, the shops in Neiafu do not accept credit cards.
Local Dockage Facilities
The marina has full facilities. The following facilities are on the Moorings marina or within a short walking distance: provisioning, fuel, ice, laundry, boutique, restaurant, hotel, shower. There are NO shops or stores on any of the outer islands.
Fuel - the only place that clients can fuel the boat and refill their water tanks is at the base.
At any stage throughout the cruising ground, clients will be no further than 20 miles from the base; therefore returning to the base to refill the fuel and water tanks will not be a problem.
The cost of fuel is $3.00 Pa'anga per litre)
Boarding / Departure
Charters start at 12 noon or 6 pm (with evening start). Boat/chart Briefings are scheduled at: 12 noon or for evening starts 9:00 am the following day, 7 days a week. All head charterers are required to attend the briefings. All charters end at 12 noon at which time the boat must be returned and ready for debriefing and checks.