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The Beautiful Archipelago of Ha’apai

By Various cruisers — last modified Oct 27, 2014 02:41 PM

Published: 2014-10-27 10:35:00
Countries: Tonga

The Unspoilt Islands of Ha'apai, Tonga
From: Tom Partridge and Susie Plume, SY Adina
Date: October 2014

Download the pdf with photos and recommended anchorages here.

Information for sailors going to/sailing in The Kingdom of Tonga
From: Lars and Erja Odmark, SY Ambika (Beneteau Oceanis 46)
Date: 28th of October 2011

On our way around the world, starting in Sweden the 15th of June 2010, we have now reached South Tonga (Nuku’alofa) and we are standing by for a weather window to bring us to Opua, New Zealand.

We wish to recommend all boats to visit the beautiful archipelago of Ha’apai, located between the north part of Tonga (Vava’u) and the south part (Tongapatu). There are many paradise islands to stop and enjoy on route. The islands are genuine - still greatly untouched by civilization. Many islands are described in the pilot book “South Pacific Anchorages” (Warwick Clay, Imray).

One island we would like to mention in particular is Ha’afeva. The island has easy access both from the north and the south, the anchorages have good holding, there is a long beach and nice spots for snorkeling and a small shop for provisioning. You can also get fresh fruit, vegetables and fish on request.

The village habitants are welcoming all visitors with open arms and wish to develop their island and facilities to attract the yachting community. They have plans for developing wifi and to bring forth a historical site “The Nine Eye Well” and would very much appreciate a small donation for this end. If you bring colouring books for the children at school it would be very helpful indeed.

For further information, please contact the nice couple Mr Ketepi and Mrs Afa Lavaka upon arrival, either in the bright green provisioning shop in the village or via VHF, channel 16.

Erja & Lars Odmark
S/Y Ambika