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10 Best Beach Resorts in Tonga

10 BEST Beach Resorts in Tonga ⛱️ [2024]

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Which Beach Resort in Tonga?

We get it, you don’t want to go all the way to some South Pacific Island and not see the beach. The combination of tropical temperatures and warm ocean waters just begs for some beach time. In Tonga, you’ll certainly get your dreamy castaway experience by staying at one of the beautiful beach resorts. We’ve compiled some of our favourites in this list of beach resorts in Tonga!

Note that Tonga is an ever-evolving country with some services that accommodations provide changing with little notice. While we try to keep our accommodation listings up-to-date, know that some services may have changed. If you have an update, feel free to reach out.

1. Serenity Beaches Resort (Ha’apai)

When you think about beaches, think Ha’apai where Serenity Beaches Resort is one of the many resorts located on the pristine beaches of this lesser-visited island group. Choose from unique open-air or fully-enclosed fales each nestled in a private section of forest and each with an outside garden bathroom. Either way, guests spend their time here doing yoga in the pavilion, dining on healthy meals made from fresh local ingredients in the homely dining fale, and making use of SUP boards, kayaks and snorkelling gear to explore the wonderful underwater world from beaches accessible from the front and back of the resort. The resort also operates whale swimming tours in the season, but your most frequent encounter with the whales will most likely be seeing them from the beach! See more stays in the beach paradise of Ha’apai in the 10 Best Resorts in Ha’apai.

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2. Sandy Beach Resort (Ha’apai)

Another fabulous option in the islands of Ha’apai, the name says it all at the Sandy Beach Resort. Located on Foa Island, which is attached to the mainland by a causeway, the resort has 12 bungalows just a few steps from an unspoiled beach. Enjoy the views from your private terrace, which leads into a spacious room with a king bed and ensuite with hot high-pressure showers. It and its sister resort, Matafonua Lodge, offer an array of adventures, from whale swimming to scuba diving, while they also host a cultural umu buffet and floor show once a week during the peak season. Or you could simply find yourself enjoying doing nothing at all… See more like this in the 10 Best Luxury Resorts in Tonga.

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3. Katea Retreat (Tongatapu)

If you’re looking for a beach stay on the mainland, Tongatapu, then just about your only option is Katea Retreat. Not to say that’s any disadvantage with the boutique resort offering boasting contemporary bungalows and a truly blissful stay – that is, until it’s Wednesday or Friday night or Sunday afternoon when its restaurant comes to life with cultural dancing and a traditional Tongan umu – see the 10 Best Cultural Shows in Tonga. But back to the accommodation, each of the five bungalows features a queen bed or two queens, a kitchenette with a gas stove, an ensuite bathroom and a balcony overlooking the breathtaking beach and reef below. The latter you’ll love to explore with its golden sands and arching rock formations – as featured in the 20 Best Beaches in Tonga. Free airport shuttles are available, while cultural medicine walks are also on offer. For more retreats on the main island, check out the 20 Best Hotels & Resorts on Tongatapu.

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4. Blue Water Retreat (‘Eua)

The only beach stay on the southern island of ‘Eua, Blue Water Retreat offers a small selection of ocean-view ensuite bungalows; four with a queen/twin bed with double and single occupancy rates and three family bungalows. The bungalows are recently renovated and feature a private deck where you can watch the sunset and see whales on the horizon during the whale season. Also in the mix are elegant glamping tents atop an elevated private deck and kitted out with tasteful furniture. Ferry/airport transfers are included in the accommodation rates, while whale watching, spearfishing and island tours, as well as creative buffet-style meals at the onsite restaurant, can all be organised with the resort for an effortless stay. For more options on the jungle island, check out Where to Stay on ‘Eua: The Best ‘Eua Accommodations.

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5. Mounu Island Resort (Vava’u)

A private island with sandy shores in Vava’u, Mounu Island Resort is a top choice in Tonga for a beach getaway. Each of the four fales has its own section of beach to make the most of, whether it’s relaxing, snorkelling or even kitesurfing in the lagoon. Fales are constructed with the island feel, with coconut timber and shingle roofing. And if you haven’t had enough of the beach, you can even admire its white sands as you dine at the restaurant elevated above it. Check out other resort options in this island group in the 10 Best Resorts in Vava’u.

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6. Mala Island Resort (Vava’u)

Just walk down the short walkway from your island fale and you’re on the golden sands of Mala Island at the Mala Island Resort. This private island resort in Vava’u is the ultimate getaway for relaxation, as well as a bit of snorkelling at the spectacular reefs just 3 m (10 ft) from the beach. Stay in one of the resort’s five fales with traditional tapa-paintings and woven panels adorning the walls and ceiling. Sit down to delightful meals of fresh fish and lobster, burgers with homemade bread and daily specials. What’s more, Mala Island is one of the closest to the main island, with airport transfers taking approximately one hour. See how it compares to the 10 Best Island Resorts in Tonga.

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7. Diana Beach Resort (Ha’apai)

Enjoy tranquillity, culture and a beautiful beach setting at Diana Beach Resort (formerly Taiana’s Resort) on Uoleva Island. The resort in Ha’apai has three Tongan-style fales which are simple but add to the island adventure! Each fale is lined with beautifully woven walls and contains a double bed, mosquito net, a box to put food in, and a bedside table with a solar lantern – think of it like beach glamping! Guests share a shower and toilet in a separate block, while there’s also a communal kitchen and dining room building where you can also charge your devices. Families can stay too thanks to the resort also offering a larger beach house. Backpackers have the option to camp on the grounds in one of the tents available if the other fales are occupied.

As for entertainment, well, you better enjoy snorkelling, lazying on the beach and whale swimming during the whale season! Breakfast and dinner are also available to order, so give your hosts notice. Airport/ferry transfers to the island are also offered (and mandatory to get to the resort) for a fee. See how Diana compares to the 5 Best Budget Resorts in Tonga.

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8. Dream Island Resort (Vava’u)

An adults-only castaway experience in Vava’u, the Dream Island Resort is exclusively for guests over the age of 16. There’s a choice of three beach bungalows and one garden bungalow all very spacious with queen beds, an outside ensuite and a private verandah. Your time on the (almost) uninhabited Euakafa Island is a relaxing one with some strong Robinson Crusoe vibes. You can spend your time hiking, watching whales from the beach, snorkelling in the island’s coral reef, and watching birds and flying foxes. Needless to say, this is not the place to be if you’re not into providing your own entertainment. Meal plans are advised, which include breakfast, lunch and a three-course dinner in the dining fale that, admittedly, is in need of some repair after cyclone damage. Check out more child-free retreats in the 5 Best Adults-Only Resorts in Tonga.

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9. Sea Change Eco Retreat (Ha’apai)

Escape from the modern world and worries and experience an alternative lifestyle at this off-the-grid resort on the uninhabited Uoleva Island. Sea Change Eco Retreat might be known across Ha’apai for its fantastic whale swimming tours, but it also offers a boutique resort experience staying in either safari tents with a comfortable double bed or a large wooden fale with an outdoor shower. Each accommodation is in its own little area of forest with various pathways leading straight onto the beach. Then straight from said beach, you can snorkel, kayak or paddleboard! Other activities on offer include yoga in their dedicated yoga shala, spa treatments in their beautiful massage fale, and sports fishing in May and June. There’s a choice of vegetarian or meat/seafood dishes in their compulsory meal plan, while drinks are available to purchase at the bar. Note that the resort is open from May to October. For more stays like this, check out the 10 Best Eco-Resorts in Tonga.

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10. Tongan Beach Resort (Vava’u)

A beach resort easy to access in Vava’u, the Tongan Beach Resort is on ‘Utungake Island (which is connected to the mainland) with its own stretch of sandy paradise and a private jetty. Relax in the open-air restaurant with an a la carte menu and a wealth of cocktails, or lounge in the day beds soaking in the Tongan sun. There’s an amazing snorkelling spot just off the beach where you might meet the resident turtle, while complimentary use of kayaks is also available. The Tongan Beach Resort caters to couples, families and groups with double and family rooms available – all metres away from the water’s edge. See more stays with spectacular restaurants in the 10 Best Resorts in Tonga for Foodies.

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More Beach Resorts in Tonga

That’s it for the best beach resorts in Tonga. For more about filling your “Tonga time” with “beach time”, take a look at the following:

Finally, if you’re still struggling to find the perfect place to stay, start from scratch with Where to Stay in Tonga: The Best Accommodations in Tonga. Plus, get even more trip-planning tips in The Complete Travel Guide to Tonga.


Laura (Lola) S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of Tonga Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in the South Pacific over 10 years ago with nothing but a backpack and a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to explore a paradise such as Tonga. She knows the islands inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience Tonga’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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