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Ha'apai Cruising Guide

An online cruising guide for yachts sailing to Ha'apai.

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Haʻapai is a group of islands, islets, reefs and shoals with an area of 109.30 square kilometre in the central part of Tonga, with the Tongatapu group to the south and the Vava'u group to the north. Seventeen of the Haʻapai islands are populated with around 6,600 people total.

Cruising the region

The Ha'apai group in Tonga should not be missed. Although more challenging than the waters of Vava'u, one can be assured of uncrowded, pristine anchorages with great snorkelling, diving and beaches.

Humpback whales visit the Ha'apai group from July to October and there are strict regulations in place for the protection of the animals. Most importantly only licensed operators may approach a whale any closer than 300 meters and only a licensed operator may place swimmers in the water with the whales. Visiting yachts should adopt a precautionary approach around the whales and only attempt approaching or swimming with them through a locally licensed operator.


Chart Number - Chart Name
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Give local weather conditions or refer to another page (a region or island group) that covers these conditions.

Sources for Weather forecasts:


List popular passages/routes, timing, etc.


List Islands


Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


Any navigation notes here. If this section does not apply remove it.


If there is no port of entry in the island omit this section, otherwise submit details about facilities for checking in - where to dock, location of immigration & customs, etc.



Marinas & Yacht Clubs

Also see each Port.


List anchorages except the ones covered under Offshore Islands below. If there is more then 2 paragraphs for a given anchorage, create a dedicated page for it (Port/Stop Template) We use headings for these so that other pages can link to them. Remove if not applicable..

Yacht Services and Repairs

Also see each Port

Marine Stores

Submit addresses and contact details of marine related businesses that are of interest to cruisers.


Fuel, Water, & Electricity

Give details on fuel
Give details on water
Give details on electricity

Things to do Ashore


List places of interest, tours, etc.

Grocery & Supply Stores





Motorbike & Car Rentals

Garbage Disposal



List transportation (local and/or international.)


  • Anyone planning to visit the Ha'apai group of Tonga - please feel free to contact me, Craig Airey at marinerstongaATyahoo.co.uk for any info whatsoever. We sailed to Tonga and bought a bar/restaurant so are "cruiserfriendly".
  • Fins 'n' Flukes Diving and Whale Watching base in Pangai town are happy to provide general info to visiting cruisers. We have extensive experience in the local waters and provide free wireless internet access to cruisers. Tank fills and admin services are also available.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)



Books, Guides, etc. Use the Reference template or not at your discretion. For example:

{{Reference|Rod Heikel|Greek Waters Pilot|Imray|Laurie and Wilson, Cambridgeshire (2010)|9780852889718}}, expands to
Rod Heikell, Greek Waters Pilot, Imray Laurie and Wilson, Cambridgeshire (2010), ISBN 9780852889718
  • Author, Title, Publisher, ISBN ISBN number
  • Author, Title, Publisher, ISBN ISBN number

You may want to remove the above entries and use instead a link to the Country or Region that lists the relevant references. If so enter, after removing {{MagentaText|xx}}, the following:

See [[Country or Region#References_&_Publications|Coutry or Region]].

If you do not use the above link, please remove it.


We welcome users' contributions to the Wiki. Please click on Comments to view other users' comments, add your own personal experiences or recommend any changes to this page following your visit. Personal experiences?

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