Monthly Archives: November 2011

Back on the Surface

Vava’u, Tonga Like we said, Vava’u is a cruising paradise and there are just some things you need a boat for: Just in case you thought the water was nothing but frolicking baby whales and amazing coral, we found out … Continue reading

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No Turkeys in Tonga!

Vava’u Tonga, It’s an odd feeling to be in a place where the holidays you grew up with are not celebrated – or even recognized for that matter.  Also, the cruising world being what time becomes more…fluid, which is not … Continue reading

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Swimming with Baby Whales

Vava’u Tonga, Like Niue, Tonga is favored by the humpback whales as a combination bordello/nursery for the production and raising of young until they get enough blubber to survive the cold of Antarctica.  Unlike Niue, Tonga is one of about … Continue reading

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Nemo’s home

Vava’u Tonga, Not only is Vava’u a cruiser’s paradise, the islands and barrier reef of this group make for some fantastic diving.  One does feed into the other.  In order to get to the dives sites you have to be … Continue reading

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Coast Guard Couple-ing

Happy Veteran’s Day! We just found out through the magic of Facebook that Veteran’s Day has just passed us by.  Ah the magic of the internet, mothers and friends who still say thank you after all the years…thanks for that, … Continue reading

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The Friendly Islands

Vava’u, Tonga Tonga is made of several island chains and we’re in Vava’u, the Northernmost group. With over 30 anchorages all within a day’s sail of each other in addition to being partially enclosed by protective reef islands and some … Continue reading

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Tonga’s 3rd Gender

Vava’u, Tonga …cont from previous post So yes church.  Any discussion of Tonga would be incomplete without church.  Did you notice the flag?  Go back and take a look.  We’ll wait Now what is the one identifiable symbol on the … Continue reading

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Tonga has BACON!

Vava’u, Tonga What would a real Polynesian country have? Well, pigs.  They have a lot of pigs. And unlike their fellow Polynesian countries, corrupted as they are by European influences, Tonga actually uses their pigs for their highest truest purpose: … Continue reading

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