Cheap Accommodation in Vava’u
Vava’u might be home to pricey whale swimming, scuba diving, sailing fishing, but man, you can make up for it with the cheap accommodation available! From homely guest houses to beachfront fales (bungalows) there are all sorts of styles of budget accommodation in Vava’u. We’ll compare some of your options in this list of cheap places to stay in Vava’u!
Note that Tonga is an ever-evolving country and with that, accommodation can upgrade or change services with little notice. Although we try to keep our listings as up-to-date as possible, feel free to reach out with any updates.
1. Flying Annie Moa Bed & Breakfast
A well-presented bed & breakfast guesthouse, Flying Annie Moa Bed & Breakfast is a great option for those on a budget. Stay in Neiafu close to whale swimming and diving operators on the wharf, of which Beluga Diving is part of the Flying Annie Moa, so organising whale swimming packages is an option. The large guesthouse has a range of affordable rooms on offer, from standard single rooms with shared bathroom facilities to double ensuite rooms. Watch the sunset from the balcony, relax in the lounge, and make use of the kitchen facilities. As the name suggests, breakfast is included. They also offer free WiFi and airport transfers.
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2. Port of Refuge Villas
This collection of villas on a hill offers shared rooms, single rooms and double rooms for the budgeting backpacker. You could even splurge a little for a private two-bedroom villa, which is still at a pretty reasonable price! The Port of Refuge Villas is set among gardens on a 2-acre (0.8ha) property, boasting amazing views of the Port of Refuge yet just a short stroll from Neiafu town. Not only does the accommodation provide airport transfers, WiFi, laundry and meals on request, but they also offer affordable in-house tours, from land tour to island-hopping tours. We also list this accommodation in the 10 Best Family Accommodation in Vava’u.
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3. Lucky’s Beach Houses
Get away from the hustle and bustle of Neiafu and experience a more laidback side of Vava’u at Lucky’s Beach Houses. The boutique accommodation’s most affordable rooms are their duplex units with a double bed or twin bed, screened window and a ceiling fan. Make use of the shared kitchen facilities, including a barbecue. There is also a shared bathroom block. The beachfront accommodation has complimentary kayaks, snorkelling spots (bring your own gear) and offers airport and activity transfers.
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4. Pineapple Bungalows
Another spectacular self-catering option, Pineapple Bungalows offers bed & breakfast-style accommodation in the village of Toula. Set in lush tropical gardens, the Pineapple Bungalows has double and twin rooms with shared bathroom facilities, as well as an ensuite double room at good prices for the budget traveller. Get supplies from the nearby Neiafu to cook up meals in the communal kitchen where you’ll be able to enjoy meals with a sea view from the verandahs. Showers have hot water, there’s WiFi access and there are mosquito screens on the windows.
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5. Port Wine Guest House
Stay in one of the affordable double or twin rooms with a shared bathroom at the Port Wine Guest House. The highlight of the stay definitely has to be the included breakfast of fresh fruit from the garden, fresh bread, muffins, cinnamon rolls and more! The guesthouse complex in Neiafu has a number of houses with different styles of accommodation, making it never feel too crowded when sprucing up something in the kitchen, perhaps using the fresh fruits available in the garden. The Tongan-owned guesthouse is just five minutes walk from town.
6. Beautiful Ofu Island Backpackers
For that island getaway experience, head to the Beautiful Ofu Island Backpackers! Set on the sandy shores of Ofu Island, a short boat ride from Neiafu’s old harbour, the Beautiful Ofu Island Backpackers offers basic but ultra-affordable private fales (beach bungalows) with power outlets sourced by solar power, hot water and a kitchen for self-catering. Meals are also available with the highlight being a Tongan feast served on a Sunday. Make use of the complimentary kayaks, enjoy snorkelling straight from the beach or take them up on the offer to do an affordable island-hopping tour. See more accommodation like this in the 10 Best Resorts in Vava’u.
7. Twin View Motel
Far enough away from the hustle and bustle yet close enough for convenience, the Twin View Motel on a hilltop of Neiafu is well worth considering. Stay in one of their affordable standard units with a kitchenette and an ensuite or one of the beds of the backpacker unit in a four-bed dorm. The backpacker unit has shared kitchen and bathroom facilities, or we recommend taking a quick stroll to Hepi Pizza nearby for that night you can’t be bothered cooking. The motel also has attractive gardens with views over the Port of Refuge.
8. Hilltop Hotel
Stay close to the town centre of Neiafu at the Hilltop Hotel! The open-air communal dining and lounge area boasts great views of the town and harbour, as well as a place to meet the hotel’s pet cat. Stay in one of the eight rooms available, some with a harbour view and some with a garden view. The budget hotel has electric fans (on a timer), as well as ensuite bathrooms with limited hot water. There’s a communal kitchen with gas hobs, fridge and cooking utensils. Otherwise, restaurants are a short walk away.
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9. K & S Guest House
Stay in either a garden-view or harbour-view room at this budget guesthouse in Neiafu. The K & S Guest House has a small number of rooms with double-bed layouts. Each room has an ensuite with a shower and hot water. There is also a small communal kitchen available with a stove and an oven should you want to make your own meals.
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[Update] The Basque Tavern
[Update: The Basque Tavern no longer offers accommodation. The restaurant is still open].
Finally, The Basque Tavern not only serves Spanish-style tapas but has a few cheap rooms to stay in too. Stay in either a double room with a shared bathroom or a double room with an ensuite for a cheap price. You need only roll out of bed to order breakfast at the restaurant, which also boasts great views of the harbour. Learn more about the restaurant in our Guide to the Best Eats & Restaurants in Vava’u.