> Powerboat-World.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Newsletters FishingBoating Features Photo Gallery Sail-World Australia Australian Cruising
MarineBusiness-World

 

Sail-World.com : A Boating holiday - Tonga in July

A Boating holiday - Tonga in July

'Two little fish enjoying the warm water, Hunga Lagoon - Kalia Rally Tonga'    Maggie Joyce - Mariner Boating Holidays ©    Click Here to view large photo
With the beginning of the cooler nights my thoughts start to turn to winter escapes. Time is often an issue when we are thinking of a warm holiday escape and I hate those long flights to Europe. If I want to take the kids I want to find a kid friendly environment with as little travel hassle as possible. Last July we took our two children aged 5 and 7 on a Mariner Boating Holidays rally in Tonga.

On Friday we received an excited phone call from David who teaches at a small village school in Tonga on the island of Vava’u. He had taken delivery of a computer and 3 in 1 copier sent to him after our rally fines master Graham Swan had collected fines for various misdemeanours on our rally last July. They included things like cleaning the bottom of the yacht to increase the speed in the rally. We had asked David what he would like us to purchase with the money raised and his wish has been granted due to the generosity of the participants in the rally.

“Swanny” skippered our catamaran and organised for our two children to make contact with the villagers on Hunga Lagoon. He is a “Tonga Tragic” and has been on two of the rallies conducted there by Mariner Boating Holidays.

The flight there was short enough to enable us to amuse the offspring and once in Vava’u we all relaxed immediately. The road speed limit is 40 KPH so that slows you down and add to that the gentle welcome complete with huge smiles and lais draped around our necks and we were ready to enjoy.
Kalia Cup Tonga 2007 -  Mariner Boating?nid=42356 Holidays ©  


Transport was arranged by and once aboard we checked our already delivered pre-ordered provisions and settled on board our catamaran.
Just lazing about - Kalia Cup Tonga 2007 -  Mariner Boating?nid=42356 Holidays ©  


Our two children were the only children on the rally but we had no problems with entertainment for them. The waters are protected, warm and safe and we could see their swimming and confidence growing daily. Maddie and Sam enjoyed the hospitality of the villagers on Sunday for church and Monday at the school itself. As usual the crews were overwhelmed by the generosity of these people who fished on Saturday night and prepared a feast of local cuisine to sample. They also presented the children with a range of local handcrafts to bring back to Australia and share with class mates.

Maddie and Sam spent time in the dinghy and also wanted to help with the simple parts of sailing. The racing is not compulsory and we elected to race on a couple of days and cruise on others when it suited us.
Whales - Kalia Cup Tonga 2007 -  Mariner Boating?nid=42356 Holidays ©  


Whales surfaced and swam nearby on almost every day of the rally and the thirteen who elected to join a 'swim with the whales' option were rewarded with the most up close and personal experience of a life time. The goose bumps lasted long into the evening after their encounter and are probably still popping up each time they think about it or talk about the closeness of these gentle animals and length of time they hung out together.

Mariner Boating Holidays is running the event again this July and we could not recommend it too highly.

It was a wonderful experience.

Story by Julie Major who sailed with husband Scott, children Sam and Maddie on “Tong Moon” a RC 4200 catamaran skippered by Graham Swan.

Exploring with Scott - Kalia Rally Tonga -  Maggie Joyce - Mariner?nid=42356 Boating Holidays ©   Click Here to view large photo



Whales - Kalia Cup Tonga 2007 -  Mariner Boating?nid=42356 Holidays ©  




by Julie Major

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.powerboat-world.com/index.cfm?nid=42356

12:06 AM Wed 5 Mar 2008 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on


Related News Stories:

05 Jul 2011  The Lycian Coast Yacht Rally - Turkey: 21 Sept - 06 Oct 2012
28 Jun 2011  The Italian Job – a Cruise in Company 29 June - 14 July 2012
27 Jun 2011  Croatia One Design Yacht Rally 2011 final days
22 Jun 2011  Tahiti Pearl Regatta 2012 teams up with Mariner Boating Holidays
16 Jun 2011  One Design Croatia Yacht Rally 2011 race one
15 Jun 2011  9th annual Croatia Beneteau One Design Yacht Rally 2012
07 Jun 2011  Caribbean Canter Yacht Rally: 19 February - 05 March 2012
02 Jun 2011  The Aegean Rally 18 May - 02 June 2012
29 May 2011  The Aegean Yacht Rally draws to a close with the last race on Marmaris
24 May 2011  The 8th Mariner Boating Aegean Yacht Rally
MORE STORIES ...

Power Boat News

















UK superyacht industry on the rise by British Marine Federation,












Predictwind helps you pick the best time to depart by Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz,
































Understanding the Ocean's role in Greenland Glacier melt by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI),


Dangerous conditions for boating on entire NSW Coast by Transport Roads and Maritme Services,


Revealing report on Search for American yacht Nina released *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,


Dangerous conditions for boaters Byron Bay to Eden
ECOfishers and AMA to establish NSW Fisheries Taskforce
New-to-New Zealand products at the Auckland On Water Boat Show
Auckland on the Water Boat Show: Two new Bavaria yachts on display
You are invited to a Boating Safety Conference in Auckland
AYSS PacificNet/Tahiti voted a success!
Taiwan's first marina a Superior effort *Feature
Ferretti Group’s ‘Service University’ for the first time in Asia_Pac
Solar 1 Monte Carlo Cup 2014 - Day 1 + Video
Portland’s new state-of-the-art boat ramp officially opened
2014 Sarasota Grand Prix - 77 Lucas Oil SilverHook got second place
Superboats turn up the heat in the Tropics
Dangerous conditions forecast for NSW boaters
APSNZ appoints Duthie Lidgard as new MD
Whale freed from rope at Byron Bay
Tidal current installations will increase boating hazards
Dangerous conditions for NSW coastal boaters from Thursday
World premieres and national debuts for Sydney International Boat Show
Marine Auctions experiencing rising tide of interest *Feature
Tags reveal Chilean devil rays are among ocean's deepest divers
Auckland On Water Boat Show to hold world record attempt   
Zodiac at Sydney International Boat Show 2014 – Australian   
Gold Coast International Marine Expo - Exhibitor space filling fast   
Ceramic coated exhaust manifolds reduce engine bay temps on superboat   
Reminder of safe distance requirements for whales   
Changes to Australian bass closed season   
Fusion achieves industry-wide acceptance of FUSION-Link   
BSE Brisbane Slipways open for business as normal   
Honda’s everywhere at Sydney International Boat Show!   
Fifth round of XCAT World Powerboat Series moves to China   
Sly 43 - Making her Australian premier   
Maritimo full of confidence following recent wins   
Australia event cements its position as hosting 'the' marina party   
Up close and personal with whales on the Gold Coast   
SA Marina Day encourages South Australians to enjoy their marinas   
Southport Yacht Club raffle: Dusit Thani, BRIG Falcon, Marriott stay   
Enjoy the whale spectacle, just keep your distance   
The Dinghy Nav Light Solution- a brilliantly dumb idea   
Extension granted for salvage of a paddle steamer on the Murray River   
Sydney International Boat Show set to embrace new location   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png   http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW PBW
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT