Cheap Resorts in Tonga
A stunning island stay isn’t reserved for the wealthy. Those with a sense of adventure will find a pretty magical place to stay in Tonga even on a budget. Sure, Tonga’s budget resorts are pretty basic, some even don’t have electricity or hot water, but you’ll sure get the “stranded on an island” vibe that will help you realise that you don’t need much to enjoy life (or at least life on a stunning uninhabited island). So check out some of our recommended budget resorts in Tonga in the list below!
1. The Hideaway
An affordable base on an affordable island, The Hideaway in ‘Eua has your back with its selection of standard triple rooms with an ensuite hot shower. Rates are based on the occupancy of the room, which is extremely refreshing for solo travellers! The resort essentially offers all the services you’ll need for staying on the island, including meals, transport and a range of activities. Toast, Tongan tea, coffee and fruit are included during your stay for a simple breakfast, while a kitchen is available for self-catering but requires a small fee after the first use. Check out more options like this in the 6 Best Budget Accommodation in ‘Eua.
2. Taiana’s Resort
Enjoy tranquillity, culture and a beautiful beach setting on the uninhabited Uoleva Island in Ha’apai with Taiana’s Resort. The resort has five Tongan-style fales which are simply a beach hut but certainly add to the island adventure! Each fale is lined with traditional tapa paintings and contain a mattress on the floor, a mosquito net, a bedside table with a kerosene lantern. Guests share a bathroom, while backpackers have the option to camp on the grounds. As for entertainment, well, you better enjoy kayaking, snorkelling and lazying on the beach! Food is available to order, so give your hosts notice. Airport/ferry transfers to the island are also available. Check out more options like this in the 7 Best Budget Accommodation in Ha’apai.
3. Beautiful Ofu Island Backpackers
For that island getaway experience in Vava’u, head to the Beautiful Ofu Island Backpackers on Ofu Island! The Beautiful Ofu Island Backpackers offers basic but ultra-affordable private fales (beach bungalows) with power outlets, 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 your local hosts up on the offer to do an affordable island-hopping tour! See more accommodation like this in the 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Vava’u.
4. Taina’s Place
More cheap-as-chips accommodation can be found in ‘Eua at Taina’s Place. Tent sites, dorm beds, private rooms for one, two and three, and a four-bedroom cottage are available at this accommodation spread across grounds nearby natural attractions like the ‘Ovava Tree and Ha’aluma Beach. Your hosts can organise a wide range of activities during your stay, from guided hikes to whale watching, while airport/wharf transfers are sorted.
5. Ovava Tree Lodge
Another option in ‘Eua, the Ovava Tree Lodge has a unique offering of accommodation elevated in the tree and moments away from the Pacific Ocean. Stay in one of the timber-lined guest rooms equipped with double beds, while guests have access to shared facilities like the bathrooms and the dining fale where break and dinner are served each day in the high season (and the kitchen for self-catering is open in the low season). The accommodation offers its own whale swimming, scuba diving and 4WD land tours.
6. Heilala Holiday Lodge
Make it easy by staying on Tonga’s main island, Tongatapu, at the stunning Ha’atafu Beach. Stay in one of the standard rooms with shared bathroom facilities in the main lodge for an ultra-cheap option or upgrade to one of the stand-alone fales with an ensuite bathroom. What’s more, the lodge offers a whole list of free inclusions, such as airport transfers, an introductory tour of Nuku’alofa, daily breakfast, snorkelling gear and bike hire. Check out more options nearby in the 10 Best Budget Accommodation on Tongatapu.
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7. Lucky’s Beach Houses
A relaxed oceanfront accommodation on one of the causeway-connected islands of Vava’u, Lucky’s Beach Houses offers affordable self-contained accommodations. The 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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8. Captain Cook Hideaway
Live the simple island life in one of the 10 fales of the Captain Cook Hideaway on Uoleva Island, Ha’apai. Your temporary backyard is the unspoiled beach where you can make use of the snorkelling and kayaking equipment provided. Your host, Soni, is happy to take you on island-hopping and fishing trips. Don’t expect any luxurious through as the shared bathroom is cold-water only and there’s no power.
9. Billy’s Place
Amidst a banana plantation along an east coast beach of Lifuka, Ha’apai, Billy’s Place offers another humble accommodation in the islands of Ha’apai. Bikes are free for guests to use to get between the accommodation and town, while snorkelling gear is also available for guests. The basic fales have a double bed with double and single rates. There are shared bathroom facilities with cold water (and sometimes even no water), as well as no electricity. Breakfast is included, but there are no meals offered and no kitchen facilities, so you will have to cycle into town (10 minutes) to get food at the Mariner’s Cafe.
10. Blue Water Retreat
With the sandy Tufuvai Beach on its doorstep, Blue Water Retreat (formerly The Deep Resort) presents a dreamy location on the island of ‘Eua for a budget price. Stay in one of the oceanview ensuite bungalows, each with a double bed and two single beds. The accommodation is basic but have their own deck where you can watch the sunset and see whales on the horizon during the whale season. Ferry/airport transfers, transport, tours and food can all be organised with the resort for an effortless stay.