Looking for a couple with boating and seamanship skills to assist with various projects during our offseason on our private off-shore island eco-resort in Vava'u, Tonga

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 Min stay requested: 1 month or more



  • Description


    My wife Veronica and I, Mark, own and successfully operate an off-shore private island eco-resort on the island of Eueiki in the Vava'u island group in the Kingdom of Tonga, South Pacific. We happily live on our island with our dog Rocky and our cats Shadow and Nacho. I am a boat designer and sea captain and my wife Veronica has many years of experience in the hospitality industry. We have had our resort for the past 17 years which consists of 8 traditionally built small "Fales" (Tongan word for house or bungalow). At the moment we are a seasonal business that specializes in “whale swim tours” from 15th of July to the 15th of October of each year. During our season, we also offer other activities such as kayaks, snorkeling, SUP's and island hopping tours.

    We focus on nature, history, culture and sustainability. We love Tonga and we strive to promote its' beauty and its' unique eco-system of 56 islands within a 20 square mile area. We endeavor to make Vava'u, Tonga and our beautiful off-shore island resort a desired tourist destination for the future.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Tonga is one of the oldest monarchy in the world and has carried its traditions into present day, for educational cultural experience this destination is tops. Mark has many years of being an experienced sea captain and is very passionate about the maritime cultural achievements of the Tongan people and is happy to share this knowledge and teachings.

  • Help


    The help we need is the following:

    Cleaning up our resort property grounds which include picking up fallen coconuts, cutting the grass, racking leaves, racking the beach of natural debris to keep it clean. Deep cleaning of the Fales, dinning area and kitchen are a big part of our off-season work in order to maintain our resort tidy and ready for the upcoming season. General maintenance work on the resort such as painting , varnishing and some “handyman” work is also part of the offseason program.

    We ask you to cook and clean after yourself. Such time is not considered part of the working hours program.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We have a 3 bedroom and 2 full bathroom wooden constructed house where we provide one of the bedrooms with a queen size bed for the couple and the second bathroom for their use. We depend on the rainwater we collect during our rainy season so water is our most precious commodity and must be used conscientiously. We are very careful with our water usage. Laundry facility is available in an “eco” style as our washing machine is semi-automatic where the water flow is controlled manually. We can accommodate the couple in a resort fale when available.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Please note that we are located 40 minutes offshore to the main town of Neiafu, Vava’u. This is where our airport is located. It is considered an international airport because we have Fiji Airways flying from Nadi, Fiji (NAN) to Vava’u, Tonga (VAV) from March though October. Because of the distance from our main town, the majority of the time here will be spent on the island resort. A visit to town is only available when shopping for supplies or on a scheduled weekend where the couple can be taken to town. The time spent in town will be the couple’s responsibility. Sightseeing and local culture can be appreciated during that time. Also, we have limited WiFi as it is a bit costly here in Tonga and therefore please be conscious of that aspect.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day 5 days a week

Host ref number: 224276912575

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