Wayward Adventure
Sat 22 Aug 2009 06:01
18:39.435s 173:59.676w
     We had a great passage and made it to Tonga quickly, but to first give some background.......
     The Kingdom of Tonga is the oldest and last remaining Polynesian monarchy and the only Pacific nation never brought under foreign rule. Tonga is bordered by the islands of Fiji to the west, Samoa to the north, and the Tonga Trench to the east. Tonga is the first country west of the international dateline and as such, we are officially one day ahead of all of you back home! Weird huh?! In all, Tonga is composed of 171 coral and volcanic islands, 36 of which are inhabited. The country is divided into four distinct and diverse island groups: The Tongatapu group is farthest to the south, the central Ha'apai group, the Vava'u group, and finally the extreme northern group of the Niuas.
      Wayward Wind delivered us safely to the Vava'u group after leaving Niue and we are currently moored in the large protected harbor beneath Neiafu, a well-known boaters haven as evidenced by the growing number of cruisers that crowd the already crowded mooring balls and nearby bars. The hillsides of the town host a multitude of weathered bars and restaurants and Aaron and I have been more than happy to give into the sounds of live music and the aroma of tasty (and relatively cheap!!) food for the few days we have been here. It has been so refreshing to be able to sit down and enjoy a simple meal and a drink without it breaking the bank as it felt in all of the islands of French Polynesia where prices proved to be as exorbitant as they were rumored to be.....needless to say, we are excited to be anchored in a calm harbor with friends and good food close at hand ;- )