TOFUA Volcano Expedition
Up for a little adventure? Come look into the Bowels of the earth!..the Devils cauldron!
Many friends and associates have expressed an interest in joining an expedition to the island of Tofua, to experience it’s active volcano, bubbling lava lake and “Jurassic Park” like scenery. I have visited the island three times now and may be able to get YOU there. This expedition is not without its challenges. When we last visited in October 2013, we were the first people to visit the site for a year. It is VERY hard to get there and challenging to land on the island.
If you really want to see this RARE wonder of the world and in the attempt, drop out on beautiful uninhabited Nomuka Iki and our Blue Base while you await the weather, I will mount an expedition for you. I will try my best to get you there. You will need two weeks holiday and a real sense of adventure. I cannot guarantee a landing on Tofua, as it is weather dependant, so no Guarantees are offered, but I am confident. We will give it our best shot. The expedition will operate from BLUE BASE on Nomuka Iki. This is definitely a unique opportunity and a very rare special experience! You will be living in one of the wonder spots of the world. It is a site steeped in history and is a beautiful tropical island circled by white sandy beaches and crystal clear water that most people just dream about.
Do you have two weeks to spare? You will need to find a friend. I need a minimum of two people to give it a go
Why does it take two weeks?
Because you need the right weather just to get there and combined with low swell to attempt a landing/jump on the jagged rocks. The weather systems rotate through about every 10 days. We hope that during that time a ‘window” will open and give at least one day to land.
How will it happen?
You will be living on Blue Base about 40 nautical miles from Tofua. We will be watching the weather every day. When the best chance appears, we will make a decision to go on either ‘IKI” our 35kt fast dive boat, or in “ICE”. In ICE, we may steam overnight to arrive at dawn, spend the day there and steam back to where ever the weather allows the next night. This may take up to three days? In ‘IKI” it will be what we call a “snatch and grab”. Fast in and fast out. The plan is to spend one full day from 7am till 7pm on the island. We have all the safety and survival gear.
Her is a link to the our last visit which explains what you could expect on landing.
These attempts can only be made in September and early October when the trade winds are a little lighter. We will only try this two times during our season, so if you are interested, contact us now to set a date!. We can have a maximum party of four only on each run. This is potentially a life changing experience similar to looking into the eye of a humpback whale and you can probably do that while you are waiting!
The 15 day “Tofua Expedition” plan
Day 1 Saturday, Arrive Tonga, Nuku Alofa, stay in Guest house.
Day 2 Sunday,…Free Time in Nuku Alofa, night in Guest house.
Day 3 Monday... Night.. board Govt. ferry approx. 6pm to Nomuka to join Blue Base team around midnight on Nomuka Iki. We meet you at the ferry by zodiac.
Days 4-14 Liiving and playing in Paradise at Blue Base, on Nomuka IKI, watching/assisting Blue Base wreck operations, whale watching, snorkeling, fishing, exploring, cooking, diving etc
Friday, board ferry to Nuku Alofa arriving late. or dropped at Pangi, Ha’apai, for flight to Nuku Alofa. Spend Friday night at guest house .
Day 15 Saturday, Fly home with amazing memories no matter what the outcome!..or continue your Tonga adventure!
You pay AU$4000 each for the “Tofua Expedition”. If the conditions do NOT allow an attempt at Tofua, you still have a 10 day adventure on Blue Base and I will refund AU$1250, so your total cost is only AU$2750 The cost covers everything except alcohol and your food for two days in Nuku Alofa at the start and one day at the end.
You make your own travel plans, to and from Nuku Alofa. On arrival you will be met at the airport by our driver and taken to your guest house (2 nights accommodation is included, but no meals) and given your return Nomuka ferry tickets. Once you join the Blue Base team on Nomuka Iki, all food and drinks, (except Alcohol- bring your own) and tent accommodation (two bedroom/two single camp beds) with limited power is included. Local Mobile phone connections are “usually” available on Blue Base, but NOT internet. Yes NO facebook! If SCUBA diving with the Blue Base team, you will need a current medical and have travel evacuation and dive insurance. As you will be involved with Blue Treasure activities, you must sign a confidentiality agreement and a liability indemnity form. Conditions on Blue Base are basic, with outdoor showers and composting toilets.We have ample desalinated water and solar power. Food is simple, you can help around the base and feel free to assist with the cooking and washing up. Life is fun! You provide all your own personal kit and sleeping bag/sheet/towel/dive gear. Limited Scuba diving opportunities are available @ $50 per dive.
When you return to Nuku Alofa, you will be met at the ferry and taken to your guest house (one night is included, but no meals). On Saturday our driver will take you to the airport for your return flight.
ARE YOU UP FOR IT! LIFE IS AN ADVENTURE AND TOFUA UNFORGETABLE!! ….