Rent your sailboat
No matter where in the world you prefer to sail and you keep going back to, you would no doubt be sad if it was suddenly overflowing with plastic waste or if the corals were dead due to bleaching.
Here are 4 simple things you can do to help preserve your favourite destination and to keep it in its best condition.
Tongan Pa'anga (T$).
Exchanges can be made at the banks. There is a 24 hour ATM in Neiafu City.
Credit cards (Visa & Mastercard) are accepted in a few restaurants in Neiafu City. In general, the shops in Neiafu do not accept credit cards, so it is best to have Pa'anga ready for restaurants. Local villages and bars – and for shopping in general.
The official languages are Tongan and English.
Prices vary between areas and from restaurant to restaurant. A three-course meal should cost around 12 dollars – and a beer approx. 2 dollars.
There are resorts on a few of the islands, and plenty of restaurants around Neiafu Harbor and the islands. You can order food or reserve a table via the VHF radio at most restaurants.
Traditional Tongan food usually consists of root vegetables and fruit, usually cooked with coconut milk. This is most often accompanied by grilled pork and fish – a specialty is 'ota ika', raw fish marinated in lemon and coconut milk.
Tipping is not expected - but tips will still be welcome.
All moorings in the area belong to either restaurants or charter companies - and in most places you will use an anchor.
Sailing licenses are not required to sail in this area, but we recommend that you take it with you anyway - if you are contacted by customs or the harbor police.