11 Years Living Off-Grid On A Self-Built Island (full tour)

28. feb.. 2021
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Meet our fellow cruisers, Ben and Lisa. They sailed to Tonga 16 years ago and have been slowly building this incredible off-grid island ever since.
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Treehouses, fale's, and the answer to the question, “what happens when you sail to a place you love so much you don’t want to leave.”
We’re Jason and Nikki Wynn. We been living #OffTheGrid and exploring the world for 10 years.
Our first six years of #travel were an epic road trip around North America.
Now we’re on a #sailing voyage about the world. Did we have any previous sailing experience, of course not!
Neither of us is overly talented, smart, rich, lucky, or retired. But that doesn’t stop us from reaching far-flung destinations, having wild #adventure and managing everything that makes living aboard a moving vessel possible.
We’re two ordinary people that just so happen to live an extraordinary life.
And this is why we publish our lives on the world wide web. We share in hopes of inspiring you to find your adventure.
Timestamps if you like to Jump Around:
00:00 The Scoop on This Vid
00:56 Sunrise, A Beautiful Morning
01:49 Dinghy Adventure
02:14 Welcome to Mandala
03:59 Meet the Sailors
06:30 How Did You Buy an Island?
08:30 A Restaurant & How it was Built
09:44 Architecture, Design & Fibonacci
11:40 Building a Treehouse
13:27 The Little Details
14:31 Room Tour, A Nonagon Fale
16:20 A Self-Built Island
16:59 The First Treehouse & Full Tour
20:34 Underground Living Roof Room (Hobbit House)
22:43 Off Grid: Water Maker, Solar, Battery
25:30 AND a 59' Catamaran (Fountain Pajot)
26:35 Next Time...
#BoatLife #Catamaran #TravelVlog #DigitalNomad #LifeStyle #Sailboats
© Gone With the Wynns 2021

  • Nice i must visit soon

    lr 21lr 212 dager siden
  • Look into battle born batteries or simpliphi batteries. Both great for solar systems

    Cara CapeloutoCara Capelouto2 dager siden
  • $8,300 per week 😱 it's so beautiful but yikes!

    Jennifer GarciaJennifer Garcia4 dager siden
  • big question...how much is the lease on that island per month? OR what did it cost you?

    BestTrumpetPlayer.comBestTrumpetPlayer.com5 dager siden
  • what lenses did you use here? great video btw

    Drum Teacher ManilaDrum Teacher Manila6 dager siden
  • Summer is here finally. Peace and love from Canada

    Qwest Ion E very thingQwest Ion E very thing6 dager siden
  • When you have so much money in life it’s easy to do things like this

    MOLEMOLE6 dager siden
  • I wonder how much they invested? something like 500K? I guess

    kanan babayevkanan babayev8 dager siden
  • How would I go about booking a stay on this island?? This is amazing

    Melvin SmithMelvin Smith12 dager siden
  • Look at the Ads on this video?! Fuck you guys...huge sell outs...

    No DuffNo Duff12 dager siden
  • Water? Is it rain, underground or saltwater to fresh?

    Zig ManZig Man12 dager siden
    • The RO unit can filter salt or rainwater (if they have a cistern system) to produce essentially distilled water. Curious Minion

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  • Wonderful people and I am so impressed by the resort they have built. Thoughtful and intelligent folks. Far away from politicians who drive us all crazy. Nice video Wynns!

    SnowHarpSnowHarp14 dager siden
  • I want to go, bucket list!

    NMW 320NMW 32015 dager siden
  • nice but i rather go to bodrum and antalya

    E ZE Z15 dager siden
  • Living the absolute DREAM

    Dance WorldDance World19 dager siden
  • I have not tuned in to one of your videos for some time, well since you were in the bus home. I almost didn't recognise you there have been so many changes. Still presenting with skill and expertise, great job.

    Akaroa MaleAkaroa Male19 dager siden
    • Welcome back!

      Gone with the WynnsGone with the Wynns19 dager siden
  • I like how he said the environment is harsh ,,, 🇨🇦. All the storms ,,, yes ,,

    Darrin MmuzykaDarrin Mmuzyka20 dager siden
  • Ben is an unbelievable practical engineer

    siulanainadsiulanainad21 dag siden
  • I'm guessing they didn't have to worry about zoneing restrictions , so I'm curious did you have to buy this island and how much ?

    AtlantisAtlantis21 dag siden
    • @Gone with the Wynns Thanks for the reply , I think I will do some research on small islands , especially tropical.

      AtlantisAtlantis19 dager siden
    • They mentioned that they have a 99 year lease. Since Tonga is a monarchy, I'm guessing that most "unclaimed" land is the property of the king. Curious Minion

      Gone with the WynnsGone with the Wynns20 dager siden
  • Wow this was really amazing. It really makes you want to leave civilization. Thanks for sharing.

    Dana Mullineux'PerraultDana Mullineux'Perrault22 dager siden
  • design with nature as the prime player is just fantastic!! loved it!!

    hector angelhector angel22 dager siden
  • Wow....wow...wow... what a glorious place to visit. How would someone from the states get there? I think this place would be the place to 'get away from it all.' Thank you for showing this. Could you post their website, please???

    Sue SmithSue Smith22 dager siden
    • It's in the blog post by the same name. www.gonewiththewynns.com Curious Minion

      Gone with the WynnsGone with the Wynns22 dager siden
  • Hoping they are’nt killing sea creatures and corals with that water system...salt water goin back to the ocean..red flag there

    Leo M.Leo M.22 dager siden
    • The brine is dispersed really quickly. Fun fact: ocean salinity isn't consistent and varies from place to place anyway! Curious Minion

      Gone with the WynnsGone with the Wynns22 dager siden
  • WOW, pretty amazing....

    DrewDrew23 dager siden
  • Very impressive and inspiring! Lots of talent!

    Guy GriesseGuy Griesse25 dager siden
  • have plane have boat 5555

    aninea threewaeaninea threewae25 dager siden
  • Apparently everyone on youtube is related to someone in this video

    Kyle RheinKyle Rhein25 dager siden
    • 😜

      Gone with the WynnsGone with the Wynns25 dager siden
  • They are practically living in garden of Eden

    moto G4moto G427 dager siden
  • A very peaceful place to live with no violence like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit and other places in the US. A good place for a criminal to hide from the police. They would never find the person on that little island.

    Jay RitchJay Ritch27 dager siden
  • nice boongas!!

    luckysailorluckysailor28 dager siden
  • Get starlink internet . It would be a great addition to the island.

    Jack DoanJack Doan28 dager siden
  • I am just impressed by this guy and what he has done

    Matthew WeymouthMatthew Weymouth28 dager siden
  • Accolades only!

    Eric FoxEric Fox29 dager siden
  • I would love to go and take one of the first sunsets just for myself

    Ricardo CaetanoRicardo Caetano29 dager siden
  • I'd be glad to take Mrs. Wynn on an Island getaway

    David WinfreyDavid Winfrey29 dager siden
  • WOW, just WOW!!!!

    Danielle Lynn.Danielle Lynn.29 dager siden
  • This island is absolutely beautiful. You can see the passion that went into designing it. My only concern would be tsunamis. I hope they have a quick exit plan to a mainland island with higher altitude access. I only say this because the tsunami risk in Tonga is extremely high. I hope this island is still standing hundreds of years from now.

    em loof tonnacem loof tonnacMåned siden
  • 21:00 looks awesome! Thats the one i would rent out but i couldnt even handle a 10 hour flight to hawaii let alone all the way down there.

    gina delsassogina delsassoMåned siden
  • So magnificent! Gorgeous❤️

    Erica SapienzaErica SapienzaMåned siden
  • 🏝 Where do you get your drinking water on this beautiful island, and where do you do your laundry ??

    Heidi MisfeldtHeidi MisfeldtMåned siden
  • A great island, but English is going downhill, when a title says 'self-built island'. Did the island build itself? Was there no island previously? I'm sure that someone can suggest a better title. Like Jason Gates, I thought this video would be about the history of how some people actually made an island from a sandbank, dumping boatloads of rock, corral etc. Was there any help from the locals? It's great when young folk are healthy and have the energy to do this.

    Alain DuboisAlain DuboisMåned siden
  • That is soo cool!!!

    Look CloserLook CloserMåned siden
  • life is short I hope he have more year to come so he can enjoy his success.

    Lynn TranLynn TranMåned siden
  • What kind of Coffee maker was that?. I like it, a lot.

    Todd SheltonTodd SheltonMåned siden
    • I believe that is the AeroPress. There's a link to it (and more of their coffee gear!) here: www.gonewiththewynns.com/product/coffee-tea And don't forget that shopping through the links provided won't cost you anything extra but it will throw a few pennies into the sailing kitty! Curious Minion

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  • Those bungalows are gorgeous! Will place this island on my visit list.

    T. T.T. T.Måned siden
  • Absolutely stunning little island and housing .. Ben & Lisa you have out done yourselves .. 💜

    Prophetess Taunya RaffleProphetess Taunya RaffleMåned siden
  • shorten the vids and less ads

    Francis TaylorFrancis TaylorMåned siden
  • The girl is the yellow is gorgeous. That color looks really good on her.

    LoganLoganMåned siden
  • Clever people

    Happy MisfitHappy MisfitMåned siden
  • 14:36 doesnt anyone see the huge faces in the clouds? Besides the cool island, would love to visit here.

    Bible BelieverBible BelieverMåned siden
  • Right at 2:00 is the most beautiful shot i've seen in a video.

    Onizuma13Onizuma13Måned siden
  • It's a cheat. For more clicking. No self built island.

    olga Olgaolga OlgaMåned siden
  • ....☝❤✌👍😁

    pAbLiK PoKuZpAbLiK PoKuZMåned siden
  • Nice.... n veutyfull boot.i liked... n verry interasted.giod chanel.if u fruend have boot n wint arrount to all sea.ir beach ... can commant me in here.go tigather... to swim fishing.. holkiday togather.. i can going with u.command n give u whatsaap.ok thx

    Ricky marketRicky marketMåned siden
  • So you have to shelter in place in Tonga where you see the first day of the light. _such a shame_ - hope you don't already have cabin fever ;)

    Xyz SameXyz SameMåned siden
  • Poor kitty has a limb.

    G- BgcgG- BgcgMåned siden
  • Clearly a fellow mason!!!

    Justin timeJustin timeMåned siden
  • Love from Sydney Australia

    Saurabh USaurabh UMåned siden
  • Outstanding, informative video. They have their own little Eden.

    Thor ThorsonThor ThorsonMåned siden
  • The ladies look like each other!!😃

    Jeanette UgapoJeanette UgapoMåned siden
  • im sorry am i retarded because i dont see how they self-built an island that's was already there???

    google Limpgoogle LimpMåned siden
  • Great story with great people. The world is still the place to be in this universe right.

    sbxsbxMåned siden
  • What a wonderful life!

    Cindy GagnierCindy GagnierMåned siden
  • Great stuff, except Caroline Island, Kiribati has sunrise first, sorry to burst your bubble.

    Warriors 4 GodWarriors 4 GodMåned siden
  • 50,000 bags of concrete carried in. Well, I'm out!

    TourPace64TourPace64Måned siden
  • Incredible work

    DevilFrog61DevilFrog61Måned siden
  • Paradise. Hard work, gorgeous views, intense life. Amazing. And an amazing vlog, thank you

    IzindawoIzindawoMåned siden
  • Wow, the best life!

    susanloveshuskiessusanloveshuskiesMåned siden
  • How do you get permission to do that?

    Random Vintage FilmRandom Vintage FilmMåned siden
  • I'm ready to move....

    Ray McCabeRay McCabeMåned siden
  • Cool story.

    Cowboy GeologistCowboy GeologistMåned siden
  • All you need is a dream, love and then some work to manifest it! Voilà! Paradise ~ Well done!

    Superman UDNTKSuperman UDNTKMåned siden
  • What a magical place this resort is! Ben and Lisa are truly amazeing people. One day I will make it to Mandala Resort!!

    Jersey StotlerJersey StotlerMåned siden
  • Oh, I so wanna visit this place! - I cant wait till we can fly again! :)

    JulieJulieMåned siden
  • God bless you and her Amen 🙏

    Norman WeimerNorman WeimerMåned siden
  • Do they have a hut and need a permanent maintenance person? I need zero income. Just food to eat and a place to sleep. Say the word and I'm there! 🙏

    Mellow NES SuperstarMellow NES SuperstarMåned siden
  • Omfg ...Higgs and Bosun?! ...I ...I cannot. I already love this video

    The Mighty SagettoThe Mighty SagettoMåned siden
  • Why say they built an island instead of built a home on an island,,click bait false,,,

    Gavin BootGavin BootMåned siden
  • wow great people at that resort.... Love it.

    toffa66toffa66Måned siden
  • Great video, that couple seems so smart. I would just like to say, in your quest for truth, that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. He died for our sins and rose again so that we could live with him forever!

    Mario RodinMario RodinMåned siden
  • you know he's growing some weed out there

    Fish FishFish FishMåned siden
  • What a magical place! ✨

    Blue_MoonBlue_MoonMåned siden
  • Fetoko may be doomed to rising sea levels a few decades in the near future, but what a wonderful way to live life in the present.

    Media FinancingMedia FinancingMåned siden
  • Oh man this video made me chuckle like a kid. When they had to explain the Fibonacci sequence to the viewers that was hilarious!!!! Good one guys!!! You are so smart to know what that is and build with it congratulations! Me dumb like stick me shoot myself in foot

    John BrassJohn BrassMåned siden
  • Just added this place to the top of our bucket list! Btw I've always been absolutely enamored with the fibonnacci sequence!! Love love love!!

    Chapter NextChapter NextMåned siden
  • I'm friends with one of Ben's subscriber twice removed and married to their dogs original owner's cousin. Couldn't be prouder, I'm chuffed!

    hieroglyph321hieroglyph321Måned siden
  • Can we give the woman interviewing them some credit for being so respectful & making them feel comfortable!

    Carla AndersonCarla AndersonMåned siden
  • rich and eccentric hippies.....yep.

    Fire StormFire StormMåned siden
  • This is the definition of freedom

    EagleEagleMåned siden
  • 👍👏👌😊

    fokas petrogiannisfokas petrogiannisMåned siden
  • I would love to live such life, except for the fact that I would spend much time fixing things.

    Jay Antonio LeeJay Antonio LeeMåned siden
  • what happens when someone gets sick or if someone gets a toothache.....

    Christopher AnthonyChristopher AnthonyMåned siden
  • Higgs and bosun, love it

    Eddie NunezEddie NunezMåned siden
  • Hey if these guys are hiring in all in.

    Bruno BerardiBruno BerardiMåned siden
  • Wow... funning an island with a commercial kitchen with less energy than the average Australian household! Nice work!

    C FoxC FoxMåned siden
  • Very curious, why the decision for solar instead of tidal for energy? Awesome video! Would absolutely love to have a dinner with this couple! Kudos!

    C FoxC FoxMåned siden
    • I can't say for certain, but tides aren't practical in many places. Flow is weaker through some channels, some places only have one/day, and some places near the equator have a minimal change between high & low (like, a couple of inches) which wouldn't generate much power. Curious Minion

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  • Was the filmed on a rotary phone?

    Pat ZimmermanPat ZimmermanMåned siden
  • Wow !! I'm glad they shared there island It's amazing beautiful place. Thank you

    Julio R. OrtizJulio R. OrtizMåned siden
  • so how much money do i need to do this?

    Tyler NolenTyler NolenMåned siden
  • What a lovely aside, watching this after a day at my work (in Christchurch, New Zealand). Ben and Lisa, thank you for sharing your island paradise. You’ve put such thoughtful design and skilful work. I loved the walk around it! Jason and Nikki, this video was beautifully presented. I shall subscribe! 🇳🇿🇳🇿🐑🐑

    Anne MacleodAnne MacleodMåned siden