Made up of more than 170 islands, many uninhabited, the Kingdom of Tonga is not that far from where we are now, being less than three hours from Auckland to Nukualofa on the main island. But that’s not where we're going. After flying north another hour we’ll take a boat ride from Vava’u to yet another island and the place we will call home from February to May.
The only resort on the island, it will be closed for the season as previously said. There will be no employees other than a man from the nearest village keeping the grounds tidy. No chef, no waiting staff and no housekeeper to cater to our every whim.
Nor will there be anyone to ensure we have enough supplies should we exhaust what is has been left for us. Or maintain the generator supplied power. Or help us cope if the weather throws an unexpected cyclone our way.
Everything will be down to us. The caretakers.
Of course we'll have the Internet, and with a boat as well as kayaks at our disposal we can pop over to Vava’u when the urge for a latté can’t be denied any longer. And we'll be shopping at the local markets. This isn’t Survivor or Bear Grylls The Island after all - though I’m expecting it to come hair-raisingly close at times!