Cheap Accommodation in Nuku’alofa
You can hardly go wrong with the cheap and cheerful accommodations available in the capital of Tonga. Nuku’alofa hosts a range of backpacker accommodations, guesthouses and lodges, providing a cheap way to stay in the Kingdom. Many of the accommodations are extremely well-located near the city centre or the waterfront where many water-related tours depart. There’s a real mix of self-catering accommodations, as well as accommodations that offer meals, offering more ways to save money while in Nuku’alofa. So take a look at some of our top recommendations in this list of the best budget accommodation in Nuku’alofa!
While you’re here, you might also be interested in the 10 Free & Cheap Things to Do in Nuku’alofa and The Guide to Nuku’alofa on a Budget. Note that Tonga is an ever-evolving country, especially when it comes to accommodation. With that in mind, some of the services accommodations provide are known to change without notice. If there is any information needing an update in the listings below, feel free to reach out!
1. The Village Backpackers
You can hardly get more central than The Village Backpackers in Nuku’alofa. The backpacker hostel offers a range of ultra-affordable rooms, including mixed dorms, female dorms, male dorms, double rooms with either a shared bathroom or ensuite or a triple room with ensuite. The backpackers features a canteen serving breakfast and Tongan-style dinner. Note that there’s isn’t a kitchen or fridge, so this accommodation is not suitable for self-catering.
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2. Malau Lodge
A boutique homestay-style accommodation, Malau Lodge provides an affordable and homely stay. Set back a street from Vuna Road on the waterfront, Malau Lodge is close to waterfront restaurants, Faua Wharf and less than a 10-minute walk into the city centre. There are private double rooms and triple rooms available with shared bathrooms and a communal kitchen, should you want to prepare your own meals. Breakfast is included in your stay, as well as free WiFi, hot and cold water, laundry facilities and more. See accommodation similar to this in the 5 Best Homestays in Nuku’alofa.
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3. The Friendly Islander (Papiloa’s Place)
Stay in one of the fales (bungalows) or budget rooms of the tropical plant-filled haven of The Friendly Islander, also known as Papiloa’s Place. Featuring an outdoor swimming pool, lush gardens and a quiet location near the waterfront on the eastern side of town, The Friendly Islander is a good place to spend some downtime. There are affordable self-contained fales for groups and families, while couples and solo travellers will often find more value in the motel-style units. See more like this in the 10 Best Family Accommodation in Nuku’alofa.
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- The Friendly Islander on Booking.com
- The Friendly Islander on Trip.com
- The Friendly Islander on Expedia
4. Acu-Reflex Guest House
A guest house next door to Acu-Reflex-Herbal Therapy & Garden Spa, the Acu-Reflex Guest House provides an affordable alternative in a suburb of Nuku’alofa. Just a short walk from the town centre on Mateialona Road, the boutique guest house offers two family rooms and a double room. Breakfast is available with your stay, as well as the option for packed lunches and dinners to be made on request. Otherwise, a communal kitchen is available for self-catering. See more guesthouses like this in the 10 Best Guest Houses in Nuku’alofa.
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5. NOA Guesthouse
One of the larger guesthouses in town, NOA Guesthouse has something for every type of budget traveller. Choose from a 10-bed dorm, single rooms, double rooms with shared bathroom facilities and twin king rooms with ensuites. There is also a six-bedroom holiday home for larger groups. Guests have access to two communal kitchen and dining rooms. There is a charge for breakfast, laundry and airport transfers. Car, van, scooter and bicycle rentals are also available.
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6. Backpackers Townhouse
A homely and rather well-appointed backpacker hostel, Backpackers Townhouse offers a selection of dorm rooms, single rooms, twin/double rooms and private units. The backpackers is just across the road from the Royal Tombs and a short walk from the city centre. Make use of the full kitchen facilities, enjoy hot showers, electric fans to cool you down or choose one of the air-conditioning rooms for an extra charge. Laundry services, breakfast, dinner, airport transfers and tours around Tongatapu are also available on request.
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7. Dayspring Lodge
Providing an alternative location in Nuku’alofa, Dayspring Lodge is near Vailoa Hospital and the Tongan National Culture Centre. The well-appointed and colourfully decorated six-bedroom lodge offers single and double rooms with shared bathrooms. A free continental breakfast is included in the rate, as well as free WiFi and guest access to a spacious kitchen, dining area and lounge. Get your supplies from a small supermarket next door, or drive into town using the rental cars and bicycles for hire.
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8. Toni’s Guesthouse
Toni has a few guesthouses across Nuku’alofa and Tongatapu, but travellers looking for budget stays in the city should look at Toni’s Guesthouse in Tofa’koloua – 5km (3 miles) from the city centre. There are separate houses with their own outdoor spaces to enjoy. The Green House features backpacker dorm rooms, while the Yellow House has double and twin rooms, with some ensuite options. Finally, the Blue House is the family and student rooms sleeping five to 10 guests.
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9. Winnie’s Guest House
Stay a little out of town near the hospital at Winnie’s Guest House, which is located right next to a bus stop into town. The long-established guesthouse is a homely five-bedroom house offering with super king or twin configurations with an ensuite. The guesthouse has gone through a recent renovation, offering some rooms with breakfast-making facilities, while others have full kitchenettes. In the common areas, make use of the garden and barbecue area, as well as paid services like WiFi, TV and laundry.
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- Winnie’s Guest House on Expedia
- Winnie’s Guest House on Airbnb – don’t forget to get your FREE $50 Airbnb credit on us!
10. Lose Lodge
Enjoy a homely stay with true Tongan hospitality at Lose Lodge. Guests have their own space, with single/twin rooms, double rooms, ensuite rooms and self-contained studios available. Rooms are well-looked after, leading out onto a shared patio and a picturesque garden. Facilities at the lodge include hot water, TV, WiFi, a large kitchen, laundry, bicycle hire and car hire. Airport transfers can also be arranged. Find Lose Lodge on Fatafehi Road, just a quick stroll from the city centre.
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That’s it for the best budget accommodations in Nuku’alofa. Get more budgeting advice from The Travel Guide to Tonga on a Budget and Tonga Travel Budget: How Much Does a Trip to Tonga Cost?