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

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


  • T. T.
    T. T.7 hours ago

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

  • Prophetess Taunya Raffle
    Prophetess Taunya Raffle9 hours ago

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

  • Francis Taylor
    Francis Taylor10 hours ago

    shorten the vids and less ads

  • Logan
    Logan12 hours ago

    The girl is the yellow is gorgeous. That color looks really good on her.

  • Happy Misfit
    Happy Misfit18 hours ago

    Clever people

  • Bible Believer
    Bible Believer19 hours ago

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

  • Onizuma13
    Onizuma1322 hours ago

    Right at 2:00 is the most beautiful shot i've seen in a video.

  • olga Olga
    olga OlgaDay ago

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

  • pAbLiK PoKuZ
    pAbLiK PoKuZDay ago


  • Richard Richardo
    Richard Richardo2 days ago

    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

  • Xyz Same
    Xyz Same2 days ago

    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 ;)

  • G- Bgcg
    G- Bgcg2 days ago

    Poor kitty has a limb.

  • Justin time
    Justin time2 days ago

    Clearly a fellow mason!!!

  • Saurabh U
    Saurabh U2 days ago

    Love from Sydney Australia

  • Thor Thorson
    Thor Thorson2 days ago

    Outstanding, informative video. They have their own little Eden.

  • Jeanette Ugapo
    Jeanette Ugapo3 days ago

    The ladies look like each other!!😃

  • google Limp
    google Limp3 days ago

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

  • sbx
    sbx3 days ago

    Great story with great people. The world is still the place to be in this universe right.

  • Cindy Gagnier
    Cindy Gagnier3 days ago

    What a wonderful life!

  • Warriors 4 God
    Warriors 4 God4 days ago

    Great stuff, except Caroline Island, Kiribati has sunrise first, sorry to burst your bubble.

  • TourPace64
    TourPace644 days ago

    50,000 bags of concrete carried in. Well, I'm out!

  • DevilFrog61
    DevilFrog614 days ago

    Incredible work

  • Izindawo
    Izindawo4 days ago

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

  • susanloveshuskies
    susanloveshuskies5 days ago

    Wow, the best life!

  • Random Vintage Film
    Random Vintage Film5 days ago

    How do you get permission to do that?

  • Ray McCabe
    Ray McCabe5 days ago

    I'm ready to move....

  • Cowboy Geologist
    Cowboy Geologist5 days ago

    Cool story.

  • Superman UDNTK
    Superman UDNTK5 days ago

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

  • Jersey Stotler
    Jersey Stotler5 days ago

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

  • Julie
    Julie5 days ago

    Oh, I so wanna visit this place! - I cant wait till we can fly again! :)

  • Unconditional Freedom
    Unconditional Freedom5 days ago

    Are you hiring? :) Okay what did these 2 do before they created all this I am curious--thanks for the great vid!

  • Norman Weimer
    Norman Weimer6 days ago

    God bless you and her Amen 🙏

  • Mellow NES Superstar
    Mellow NES Superstar6 days ago

    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! 🙏

  • The Mighty Sagetto
    The Mighty Sagetto6 days ago

    Omfg ...Higgs and Bosun?! ...I ...I cannot. I already love this video

  • Gavin Boot
    Gavin Boot6 days ago

    Why say they built an island instead of built a home on an island,,click bait false,,,

  • toffa66
    toffa666 days ago

    wow great people at that resort.... Love it.

  • Mario Rodin
    Mario Rodin6 days ago

    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!

  • Fish Fish
    Fish Fish6 days ago

    you know he's growing some weed out there

  • Blue_Moon
    Blue_Moon7 days ago

    What a magical place! ✨

  • chris skidmore
    chris skidmore7 days ago

    Forget the covid crap open your island!!!! Live your life run your business your be fine.... What a great place you guys have their very impressive on the mechanical systems.... I truly off the grid moneymaker bravo

  • Media Financing
    Media Financing7 days ago

    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.

  • John Brass
    John Brass7 days ago

    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

  • Chapter Next
    Chapter Next7 days ago

    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!!

  • hieroglyph321
    hieroglyph3217 days ago

    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!

  • Carla Anderson
    Carla Anderson8 days ago

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

  • Fire Storm
    Fire Storm8 days ago

    rich and eccentric hippies.....yep.

  • Eagle
    Eagle8 days ago

    This is the definition of freedom

  • fokas petrogiannis
    fokas petrogiannis8 days ago


  • Jay Antonio Lee
    Jay Antonio Lee8 days ago

    I would love to live such life, except for the fact that I would spend much time fixing things.

  • Christopher Anthony
    Christopher Anthony8 days ago

    what happens when someone gets sick or if someone gets a toothache.....

  • Eddie Nunez
    Eddie Nunez8 days ago

    Higgs and bosun, love it

  • Bruno Berardi
    Bruno Berardi9 days ago

    Hey if these guys are hiring in all in.

  • C Fox
    C Fox9 days ago

    Wow... funning an island with a commercial kitchen with less energy than the average Australian household! Nice work!

  • C Fox
    C Fox9 days ago

    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!

  • Gone with the Wynns

    Gone with the Wynns

    8 days ago

    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

  • Pat Zimmerman
    Pat Zimmerman9 days ago

    Was the filmed on a rotary phone?

  • Julio R. Ortiz
    Julio R. Ortiz9 days ago

    Wow !! I'm glad they shared there island It's amazing beautiful place. Thank you

  • Tyler Nolen
    Tyler Nolen9 days ago

    so how much money do i need to do this?

  • Anne Macleod
    Anne Macleod10 days ago

    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! 🇳🇿🇳🇿🐑🐑

  • Mix Music Arts
    Mix Music Arts10 days ago

    Wow...just amazing!

    JOHN WALTER10 days ago

    What a life. Looks rough

  • bigemugamer
    bigemugamer10 days ago

    lol Higgs and Bosun! Awesome names. =)

  • david rose
    david rose10 days ago

    This is incredible. Bravo.

  • millerslocal
    millerslocal10 days ago

    ooh - cool folding seats on the boat at the beginning of the video. Did you find one's with aluminium innards - or are these just the "normal" standard stainless ones that will just rust out pretty soon and you replace? Keen to get some for our boat.

  • Gone with the Wynns

    Gone with the Wynns

    10 days ago

    Well then you're in luck! There's a post on the search for the perfect folding chair, with links to the runners' up and a discount code for the winner! So click over & start shopping, because shopping through these links won't cost you anything extra but it will throw a few pennies into the sailing kitty! www.gonewiththewynns.com/product/best-portable-chair Curious Minion

  • Spencer Tan Beach Boy
    Spencer Tan Beach Boy10 days ago

    I love it!!! My country Singapore got nothing 🥺 adventure 😠

  • L
    L11 days ago

    OK. This place is just my speed. Goodness gracious the work and love and sweat and tears (and $$) that have gone into this place separates it from all the rest. I've never been to the South Pacific, but this will be high on my list if I'm ever fortunate enough to be able to travel there. And the cat! I must hang out with that cat.

  • Working brownman. 82
    Working brownman. 8211 days ago

    If you got the money to do what you do go for it.

  • Todd Eisenhauer
    Todd Eisenhauer11 days ago

    Living the dream.

  • Kelly Stanley
    Kelly Stanley11 days ago

    It's absolutely Gorgeous! To live there full time is just amazing.Great job!

  • Brian Festa
    Brian Festa12 days ago

    Off the grid? They built a wifi cafe?

  • Tofaeono Misãtauveve Hollywood
    Tofaeono Misãtauveve Hollywood12 days ago

    What do you mean, when the Polynesian first arrived? Please you whites know Polynesian came from no where. We are belonging to the Pacific. That is a fact for you whites to understand.

  • M.C. Swat
    M.C. Swat12 days ago

    Looks like heaven to me.

  • Flower Power
    Flower Power12 days ago

    Mooji and papaji will set you free Satsang is highest truth Peace and harmony Light blessings love Flower power. Xxxx x♥️

  • Whats Next
    Whats Next12 days ago

    How about putting some clothes on? I sure the other woman doesn't appreciate you ''flaunting your stuff'' around her man. You look cheap!

  • Brandon Knight
    Brandon Knight12 days ago

    Are there rats 🐀 on the island?

  • MrTesh47
    MrTesh4712 days ago

    Perfect video when in a COVID lockdown number 4 - dreaming of escaping to a resort just like Mandala

  • BacktheBlue
    BacktheBlue12 days ago

    They built my dream 😘

  • Zollnation
    Zollnation12 days ago

    sorry but it needs to be said. first second of the vid, we see cleavage WOHOOOOOO rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, but this type of vid was not so intresting, offgrid by rich people, f.eks not even a hint talk of food production, really NADA, but having a party,tssssk not even doing the work self, this you see self on the structures more being pure, no creative mind working here, maybe layouts on how they want it with the contractors, but using the fibonacci speak to think that they have done this, and using other effects mandala, there seems to be laking of what he is actually talking about, wanting to boost his ego on tv, myth to reality.

  • romeo rozeta
    romeo rozeta13 days ago

    That's good livin' there!

  • David Luckett
    David Luckett13 days ago

    Very Kool....I hope their Island Survives and is not taken over by the Ocean. God Bless, enjoy and have fun.

  • jadamood
    jadamood13 days ago

    I am so impressed with the whole set up...wow!!!!

  • Truth makes you free.
    Truth makes you free.13 days ago

    That puts A Man Is Not An Island, to the test.

  • KalTube
    KalTube13 days ago

    Such a nice and peaceful place, I would love to go there with my family for 1-2 weeks.. Unfortunately it's infested with hinduism (mandala), buddhism (buddha statue), panteism (tree worshiping) and who knows what else.. I'm a christian, so I would feel uncomfortable with all those idols around me :(

  • cmint21
    cmint2114 days ago

    Super refreshing 😎

  • Caleb Ward
    Caleb Ward14 days ago

    Awesome video. Would love to visit someday

  • relevent Hurt`
    relevent Hurt`14 days ago

    Amazing story work ethic and passion wow amazing

  • relevent Hurt`
    relevent Hurt`14 days ago

    Lock Hopi up they kill too many animals

  • Victory in JESUS
    Victory in JESUS14 days ago

    Thumbs up for the dog's name

  • Sunny CJ
    Sunny CJ14 days ago

    Again! Mind blown by the Wynns 🙌♥️

  • Adrien Perié
    Adrien Perié14 days ago

    Perfect place to have a cat: it will never fuck with you in un-foreseeable ways by leaving for days bringing you down to near depression only to come back like nothing happened. Something happened kitty I WAS BROKEN !

  • Bill L
    Bill L15 days ago

    What was Ben talking about at 24:37. Run 110 Volt out to the follies?

  • ramish rambarran
    ramish rambarran16 days ago

    Hope you planted two or three mango trees. They last forever, and you will be rewarded with delicious fruit. Respect. Trinidad & Tobago .

  • Jujubee's ADAMS
    Jujubee's ADAMS17 days ago

    Absolutely gorgeous! Great job... Love how you made your resort...

  • Ja Nosch
    Ja Nosch17 days ago

    nice place. 8300$US/week (cheapest) is kind of steep though....

  • rarakawa1
    rarakawa117 days ago

    This is what happens when rich foreigners transplant to a poor country and exploit it for other foreigners to make more money.

  • rarakawa1
    rarakawa117 days ago

    Where are all the local Tongan's?

  • id10tcertified
    id10tcertified18 days ago

    So many have attempted this and failed... once nature has totally accepted your work and generously grown back and covered it all up this will not very arguably be something that words will fail most people.

  • Joanna Sokolowska
    Joanna Sokolowska18 days ago

    How many people live on this island?

  • Richard Conquering Bear
    Richard Conquering Bear19 days ago

    very nice . this is modern peoples dreams ? the people that are from there, don't see their way of life is civilized peoples dream. If you love this place, please don't go there and turn it into suburbia.

  • MaximGhost
    MaximGhost20 days ago

    That's great. Too bad the island will be underwater in 10 years.

  • King Genti Austria
    King Genti Austria20 days ago

    The best idea ever !!!!! I love Islands ,,,, I am born in Albania, Grew up in Greece ( Mykonos island) ,, and almost 20 years in Austria 🇦🇹 Vienna!!!! Many greetings from Vienna!!!!!! ✅✅✅✅✅

  • Gone with the Wynns

    Gone with the Wynns

    20 days ago