Originally launched in New Zealand for high-end cruises through Marlborough Sounds, the MV Tarquin has officially opened summer operations in the “Friendly Isles” of Tonga. This private 65-foot charter of understated luxury allows discerning travelers to escape to the whale watching paradise of Tonga on multi-night itineraries without sacrificing the comfort and style of home.

Modern and beautifully appointed, the interiors of MV Tarquin were flawlessly designed by local stylist Sylvia Hayward, who sourced fittings from natural landscape of New Zealand, the boat’s original home. Each of the three en-suite cabins boasts bed linens and special décor pieces derived from Thomas’s in Blenheim, while many of the nautical touches come from Waiheke Island on the peripheral waters of Auckland. Best described as an orderly mix of materials and textures, the color palettes within reflect that of the sea and sand, harking the serenity of its beautiful Tonga setting.

Recently refurbished to its original glory, MV Tarquin is generously appointed and fully equipped with all of the luxuries of home. Guests can relax and unwind in both inside and outside lounge and dining areas and benefit from the amenities of the sun deck and galley kitchen where they can enjoy tantalizing gourmet presentations of local seafood and produce, all matched with the best wines. The rear deck acts as a covered outdoor lounge and provides dual stair access directly to the water for swimming and water escapades.

MV Tarquin is available for half-day and full-day charters, as well as exclusive overnight cruises for up to six passengers. Spoiled with their very own private crew, chef, and walking guide, guests of the MV Tarquin have a host of activities from which to choose during their luxury cruise through Tonga’s flawless Vava’u island group. The clear waters are a yachting paradise which attract an annual migration of humpback whales who take shelter in the reef-protected waters of Tonga to give birth to their young. Sojourners aboard the MV Tarquin have the unique opportunity to swim alongside the whales when their numbers at their most impressive, in August and September months. In addition to the whales, visitors are treated to a kaleidoscopic abundance of sea life with over 100 species of fish, giant clams, manta rays, sea turtles, and spinner dolphins. While on land, guests can enjoy guided hikes and botanical garden tours, as well as exclusive glimpses into the friendly hospitality and rich cultural inheritance of the Tongan people. Foodies can even join the on-board chef in the galley to learn a few of his secrets during a private cooking master classes.