Tradewinds Mandala Private Island & Yacht Experience
"Malo e lelei"- Welcome to the Kingdom of Tonga! Immerse yourself in the serenity of Mandala, and allow the mesmerizing natural sounds of this enchanted private island to occupy your senses. Luxury vacations come in all shapes and sizes for the ones looking for an all-inclusive vacation that combines both water and land-based accommodation. Enjoy your AQUA•TERRA gateway in the South Pacific Kingdom of Tonga and experience ‘AQUA’ cruising onboard a luxury yacht in Vava’u Island Group and experience ‘TERRA’ in one of our five fabulous five-star luxury private waterfront bungalows, and enjoy a truly relaxing vacation.
Enjoy a unique escapade operated by TradeWinds at a boutique, private Island eco resort; Mandala Island in Vava'u. Your seven-night stay will be split between a traditional fale treehouse and our luxury-class catamaran. On land, you will be amazed by the sumptuous 3 acre boutique island that accentuates the unspoiled natural beauty of Mandala and comprises five luxury fales, for a maximum of ten guests, with a dedicated butler service. Each tree house and octagon-shaped hand-crafted ensuite bungalow is equipped with a memory foam king bed, French doors to private verandah with spectacular views of the surrounding Islands and a private and secluded en-suite bathroom.
For your ultimate enjoyment, your fantastic luxury resort organizes various land-based activities for you, including electric UTV touring, self-guided yoga on our deck overlooking the sea, hiking and exploration tours to spectacular lookout points and a disappearing sand cay near a local blowhole.
The resort also provides “water toys” such as paddle boards, kayaks and snorkel gear, as well as floating ‘pool noodles’. Begin your day with a stroll on the beach, just steps away from your own hand-crafted private fale, constructed with locally sourced materials and crafted to emulate the natural curves and waves of the scenery around the island.
The friendliness and hospitality of the local people will warm your heart and guarantee an extraordinary and memorable holiday experience. Your butler will provide a dedicated and personalised service throughout your stay and your Chef will prepare all of your five-star meals, including one lunch of a traditional Tongan feast, complete with an underground ‘umu’ oven and the customary roasted pig on a spit.
The other half of the week will be spent aboard a Luxury Class yacht. Experience five-star sailing and all-inclusive luxury onboard a stunning catamaran. Your yacht offers world-class design, speed and high performance with spacious, luxurious accommodation up to 10 guests. Your exclusive vessel features a considerable flybridge, spacious cockpit, saloon, as well as five cabins, each beautifully furnished with an ensuite bathroom and shower. Our professional crew of two will pamper your every need, so you can enjoy an all-inclusive five-star experience, including gourmet delights and New Zealand and Australian wines, while your Captain takes you on a journey of discovery.
The temperate year-round climate makes Vava’u an ideal location for sailing through dreamy lagoon-like waters from one paradise island cove to the next, exploring the many secluded anchorages around Vava'u in some of the most famous sheltered sailing grounds in the world. Fetoko Island (hosting Mandala Resort), together with most islands on the eastern side of Vava’u, is a fossilized ancient coral seabed, which has been pushed up from the sea floor over time.
Boasting some of the most spectacular coral gardens in all of the Pacific, the resort offers a range of exciting tours and activities including land exploration tours, snorkeling and diving. Step off the yacht and feel like swimming into a gold mine. Dive and snorkel with breath-taking marine life and explore spectacular hidden caverns in the clearest waters on the planet, with often up to 30 meters / 100 feet of visibility.
Take advantage of the fishing gear onboard your yacht and troll a line when sailing from island to island, to catch yellow-fin tuna, wahoo, mahi-mahi or similar pelagic species, which might become lunch or dinner! Thanks to your onboard Chef, expect expertly prepared cuisine, with a focus on fresh local products. Enjoy the generous, free and well-stocked bar service that is ready to take your orders for delicious sunset cocktails.
Discover the beauty, tranquility and unique charm of the "Friendly Islands". Leave Mandala with peace in your soul and only wondering how soon you can come back to this pearl in the South Pacific.
Yacht with 1 level
5 cabins, 5 heads, 70 feet long
Full, Full, Full, Full, and Full
10 guests maximum
Lupepau’u International Airport
10 km drive and then a 10-minute boat ride. Please inform management of your flight arrival details in advance and they will send a driver, as it is a small airport without a taxi rank or Uber available.
The Pacific Ocean when you are on the yacht; palm and casuarina trees and the ocean when you are on the island. 23-28°C (73-82°F) average temperatures.
No Pets Allowed
Not Handicap Accessible
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Provisioning and Other Fees
*** When you reserve this one-week Aqua-Terra experience in Tonga, you will pay the designated THIRDHOME Reserve fee, as well as the all-inclusive fees to TradeWinds of US$1,395 per person, which includes food, alcohol, gas, captain, crew and all other provisions and expenses included for the voyage and stay on the island and yacht, other than travel to and from the embarkation point and gratuities.
There is no minimum on the number of passengers, but a minimum of 7 all-inclusive fees are required to make the reservation. This fee will be paid to TradeWinds no later than 6 weeks prior to departure.
Each guest needs to bring US$10 cash per person each way to the airport with our driver.
Seasonal whale-watching can be independently booked with a third party operator for extending your stay either before or after your Aqua-Terra sailing itinerary.
We recommend booking with our sister company, Explore Vava’u, firstname.lastname@example.org, which can also assist with accommodation options for extending your stay.
Activities of Interest
- Watersports: scuba diving, paddleboards, kayaks for the ultimate enjoyment of the Guests
- Off-road trail ride through the jungle
- Short hikes over the island spotting local birds and other tropical wildlife
Places of Interest
- Vava'u, a group of more than 50 islands in Tonga and a spectacular tropical island paradise in the Pacific Ocean
- Mt. Talau National Park , established to preserve the local tropical rainforest.