It’s A Sailors Life For Me

You know you’ve been living remotely when sailing to an island population of 20,000 feels like arriving in the big city.  It’s all about perspective.   And, in the island country of Tonga, Nuku’alofa is the big city.  It’s the capital of the Kingdom, the hub, and the launchpad for exploring the other islands.  Which is exactly what we intend to do…stock up and head out!

Join us for a couple of days basking in the convenient luxuries of being in “the city” contrasted by sailing away from civilization and back into the wild deep blue.


Man about Tonga

Saia really is the man about Tonga.  He lives on the main island of Tongatapu but makes regular trips to Vava’u to visit his parents.  This is how we first met him, and if you find yourself at The Vava’u BoatYard, you’ll most likely run into him hanging with Cyril and the gang.  He knows the islands, the stores, and the people.  So, if you need a guide for just about anything or want some supplies gathered on one island and shipped to another, he is the man.

  • Saia Instagram: @saia_will



You’ll see a familiar face on this voyage.  Our friend Cyril from the boatyard joins us for his first passage!  He has worked on boats for over a decade.  He has purchased and is refitting a boat, and yet he has never experienced a proper sail.  It made what was already a special occasion a little sweeter and his sentiments at the end of the video sum it all up perfectly.  He’s hooked.


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Hello there! I honestly don’t know what to say, so I am going to tell you a bunch of random facts instead. I'm a fish eating vegetarian who hates spiders and loves snakes. I almost never took vacations growing up. I wanted to be Pippi Longstocking (still do). I misspell about every other word I write and still struggle with grammar. I love splurging on a good high tea (which is really hard to find these days). And whatever you do, don’t tell me I can’t do something, because then I'll HAVE to do it!

Comments (24)

  • Carole B

    Trying to find your Audible referral code! Is it still available?
    Thanks and looking forward to the first 2022 video from NZ – grew up there!

  • Anne

    Why is nobody wearing a mask?

    • Curious Minion

      There is no Covid-19 in Tonga. The country closed its borders early in March of 2020 and has remained Covid free since. Even repatriation of thier own citizens has been very strict & involves a 3-week quarantine. Many small Pacific nations have done the same.
      Curious Minion

  • Hank I Heyns

    Lucky you indeed!

  • OjaiLynda

    Another amazing video that made my heart happy. After 15 years of Airstreaming, we are now full timers and the absolute sense of freedom is exhilarating! I’m sure I’ll be back checking out your RV days. Wishing you smooth sailing ahead!

  • Karen

    This video ended too, too soon!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Mauro

    Hi Guys to see your video,it’s always pleasant. A hug from your friend from Bologna ( Italy ) and to the next video and, GOOD WIND

  • Alan Solomon

    Great video.
    Cyril is not too shy of the camera like he used to be.
    Never had dragon fruit either. Wow, the red one looks way intense to taste.
    That water on your anchor dive was incredible. It is beautiful and crystal clear. If I was faced with diving to check anchor. I probably would decline and not go.
    My head tells me that there is to much potential for something large to swim into my underwater area and whatever it is, it knows its limits and is much more agile in the water than me. It may be looking for a meal. I think you were like that Nikki in the beginning. Not sure what you did to face your fears?
    In closing I like the underwater lights a lot too. Can you provide more underwater lights footage? Happy Tropical Days Ahead.


    Good to see you making (small) waves again.

    Also: Great Mother’s Day post on FB.

  • smorton

    Yeah! The yellow hula shirt made it back. My fav!

  • Daphne Davis

    Sundays are my favorite day for many reasons and you two certainly apart of the reasons I love Sundays! I look forward to each video, your “go with the flow” attitude that you show us is contagious. Thanks for sharing! My husband and I are in our second season of boating with our Kadey Krogen Silhouette 42, Lead On. (Not one of their trawlers.) This is our first boat and we are loving the protected Puget Sound in Washington State, USA. We too just changed windows in our flybridge and will get out this week on the water….finally! Love that we, collectively via you, were able to get multiple ukuleles for the kids!

  • Joe Greco

    Thank you for the video! Watched every minute of it.

  • sandra

    Thanks for taking me away…it was just beautiful, and you all are such wonderful hosts. 🙂

  • pat

    that was a busy video…lots to see and you did lots. great photos. thanks for sunday morning.

  • Bert ODell

    Cyril is a very lucky man, to be able to hang out and learn from a couple like you guys!!

  • Jeanette Brennan

    Great video, as always! Must feel wonderful to be back at sea! Loved the provision gathering and hearing about all the planning! Wow! Enjoy every minute of your adventures. Thx for taking us with you! Stay safe, heathy and happy! 🌊🏝⛵️⚓️💖

  • Dean Alen

    Island: Beautiful
    Water: Spectacular
    Nikki: Sexy as hell
    Jason: Goofy as usual
    Guest crewman: Nice fellow

    Situation normal, looking forward to next Sunday!

  • Craig

    Love the videos am living my adventures through you guys, my wife and I attended the meet and greet you had with Keith and his family almost 2 years ago in hopes that lifestyle would suit us. However due to Covid we change our minds and sold our RV and now we are living a more permanent style here in the Ozarks overlooking our lake. You guys inspire us, we love you enthusiasm and zest for life.

  • CalTexDaisy

    I have been watching you from back in the RV days, and really look forward to your Sunday videos. I think that you do amazing travel videos and I realize that you have a whole lot on your plate, so I hate to mention this but…your Texas flag is upside down (Blood is thicker than water so the red part goes on the bottom.) Wishing you continued health, happiness and adventure…

  • Marjorie Nehlsen

    Another great video. Enjoyed the tour of stores and seeing delicious looking meals. Later I could almost taste the fresh caught tuna. Lots better, I’m sure, than the can of tuna I just picked up at Walmart.

  • About Creativity

    Very good, Confidence, Clarity, and a sense of purpose are all things that need to be established, and re-established, daily.

  • James Lishman

    Nikki & Jason,
    Been following from your first episode in your venture into boating and loved you short your in our country.
    Just loving your weekly updates here from South Africa, been very entertaining the past month in bedroom isolation after my wife and I contracted covid-19 at the beginning of April 2021 – nice to see the big outdoors from the confines of our covid camp with our children binging our food and leaving it at our doorway.
    How are you guys handling the earthquakes in the Tonga area.


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