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Yacht Help Tonga Rises

A fire in 2006 which destroyed a significant part of Yacht Help Tonga’s premises also was the catalyst that fuelled its rebirth.

After the flames, Yacht Help Tonga was in a state of hibernation and closing doors was a real option, instead the decision to start over was made.  Now, just over a year on, Yacht Help Tonga has new offices and management.  Derek Leonard have taken over the Yacht Help franchise in association with Pacific Forum Agencies and bring with them a renewed passion about Tonga as well as a proven track record in exceeding customer expectations in the freight forwarding and travel industries.   

Things that are easily accomplished in home countries can be notoriously challenging in the Pacific. Completing customs clearances, acquiring cruising permits, rearranging flights, sourcing spare parts or particular foods without local knowledge and contacts is time consuming and frustrating.

Sourcing and delivering critical parts for those on tight time frames is not easy in Tonga.  “Local knowledge and industry networks are keys to our success” says Derek Leonard.  Derek they have over 11 years of living and working in Tonga and respectively manage Air NZ, Chatham Pacific and PFL Shipping.  These established networks enable Yacht Help to provide all the services a visiting yacht may require.  From locally themed beach parties, big game fishing guides to truffles from Tasmania nothing has proven to be impossible!!

Tonga offers so many unique experiences, from rubbing shoulders with nobility to frolicking with turtles and the opportunity to get right off the beaten track amongst the 170-odd islands of the Kingdom. With gleaming white inlets calling your name, the hardest part of the journey is where and what to leave out.

Spread over 400kms, Tonga’s island groups of Ha’apai ,Vava’u and Nuia’s offer deserted beaches, vibrant reefs and only a smattering of other tourists. One major attraction to the intrepid traveler is of course whale watching. From July to November the humpback whales migrate to Tonga to give birth to their young.  It is one of the few countries in the world where swimming with these beautiful mammals is allowed.

  To make the most of your Tongan experience, contact Yacht Help Tonga on tonga@yachthelp.com or dgleonard@hotmail.com  or +676 7762055, or +676 23012