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Lifuka Island / Pangai
(votes: 1)
Type Anchorage
Country Tonga
City Pangai
Available places 20
Max depth 5 m
  • Water
  • WiFi
  • Shops
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For boats

Lifuka is the island on which Pangai, the administrative center of the Ha'apai group, is located. So all boats passing through Ha'apai need to check in and out with Customs in Pangai on Lifuka.
There is several coral heads or shallows around Lifuka Island, but all well marked on charts. The approach is easy going if you are familiar with sailing on depths of 5-6 meters. There are few marks (buoys and big sticks), but not always clear how to pass them until you check it on the chart. You can approach the village of Pangai from north, south and west.
You can anchor in many places around the harbour. We did it on position:
19 48.054’S and 174 21.408’ W (sand with corals, holding well, depth of 7m.
Keep the channel to the harbour clear; there is traffic of local ferries and boats. DO NOT FORGET to switch on your anchor light.
I find in few places information that it is allowed and possible to moor inside the harbour. You should drop the anchor from bow and tie two lines from the stern to the land / quay. Keep the main ferries quay clear and leave enough space for maneuvering of ferries. The harbour is big enough for several cruising boats.
Easy, just go to the harbour and tie your dinghy. Leave the main quay for local ferries clear. Remember, there are tides, protect your dinghy well.
When you are sailing on Tonga’s Islands you need to check in and out on every islands group. Lifuka is main village for Ha’apai group; cruisers are required to check in and out there. The customs building is few blocks south from the harbour. 
Do not expect any major provisioning, but there are few small groceries provided by Chinese. Vegetables and fruits are very limited (veggie market on Saturdays only). Fresh bred is available only early morning. Ice cream shop near the harbour.
No data.
If you have Digicel Sim card, a signal is covering the anchorage. Free WiFi is available in Mariners Bar (near the harbour).
There is a local airport, flights to the main cities of Tonga. Local ferries links with other islands. For more details ask harbour master.

For crews

The village of Pangai is small with dirt roads and a unique charm. It is neat and clean, and its people are friendly. It has miniature versions of institutions one might expect only in larger villages - a museum, library, bookstore, and hospital. It also has a small grocery market, produce market, and even an ice cream shop.
There is a Mariner’s Café (near the harbour) with free WiFi, good food and drink and a log book. It is provided by polish girl Magda and her husband Trevor.
There is small museum where history of Pangai is presented. Worth to visit.
There are few churches in the town, some damaged by cyclones or earth quakes.


Anchorage – no fees  
Burger in mariners bar – 12 T$
Main dish in mariner bar – 20 T$
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