Which Family-Friendly Resort in Tonga?
For the family who prefers to adventure together, Tonga can provide the most memorable of getaways. The island nation might not be the place for kids’ clubs and lavish five-star resorts, but it’s a beautiful place to reconnect with your loved ones, whether it’s through snorkelling in crystal clear lagoons, watching whales breaching from shore or simply making sandcastles. Check out some of the amazing places you can base yourself around the islands in this list of family resorts in Tonga!
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. Blue Lagoon Resort
For a true island escape, check out the Blue Lagoon Resort. On the remote Foeata Island, the Blue Lagoon Resort is in the heart of the whale swimming area of Vava’u where whales can be seen breaching from the resort! As for accommodation, there are just four beach huts on the island, each elevated above the water. The Reef fale is the best option for families with a split-level design and two separate bedrooms, as well as ample room to enjoy between the indoor lounge and the outdoor deck overlooking the lagoon. Check out more accommodation like this in the 10 Best Family Accommodation in Vava’u.
2. Matafonua Lodge
The kids will hardly get bored at this stunning resort in the Ha’apai islands. Snorkelling just off the shore, PADI scuba diving lessons, whale watching, cultural tours, horse riding, reef walks… It can all be done here at the Matafonua Lodge atop the sand tip of Foa Island. Stay in one of the free-standing elevated family fales (bungalows) on the beach, which includes a continental breakfast each day and free use of kayaks and bicycles. There is a shared shower and bathroom block with rainfall-head showers. Check out more like this in the 7 Best Family Accommodation in Ha’apai.
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3. Serenity Beaches Resort
Another option in Ha’apai, Serenity Beaches Resort provides a real adventure for families on the uninhabited island of Uolevu. Stay in one of their wooden octagonal fales nestled in the coastal bush just footsteps away from the sandy shores. Family fales feature a queen bed on the ground floor and a double bed in the loft, as well as a large open-air garden shower. Meals and entertainment are all catered for too, with highlights being whale watching/swimming in the whale season, snorkelling and kayaking with free use of gear.
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4. Fafa Island Resort
For the family who wants an island resort holiday without too much effort, check out the Fafa Island Resort just a short boat ride from Tongatapu and Nuku’alofa. Stay in one of the Superior or Deluxe Fales, which are beautifully decorated with woven panels for the true island experience. The kids are sure to be entertained throughout the stay, with paddleboarding and snorkelling trips available, as well as a weekly Polynesian night with dancing, a barbecue and a Kava ceremony. See more accommodation like this in our 10 Best Family Accommodation on Tongatapu.
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5. Ha’atafu Beach Resort
Another fabulous family resort in Tongatapu, this time on the western shores of the main island, Ha’atafu Beach Resort provides an effortless beach holiday. Stay in one of the Family Fales with traditionally-thatched rooves that can accommodate a couple and up to four children. All fales are fully open-planned reflecting a “Polynesian-style” family home (however, portable partitions are available). Cots are also available for babies, free of charge, while kayaks, a table tennis table, snorkelling gear, board games, Sky TV and a shuttle to Nuku’alofa are also complimentary for guests.
6. Tongan Beach Resort
If you’re looking for an easy-going resort experience in the islands of Vava’u, take a look at the Tongan Beach Resort. It’s located on the sandy shores of one of the causeway-connected islands, making getting between the resort and the island’s town and attractions as easy as an island breeze. Stay in one of the family rooms with a super-king bed for mum and dad, single beds for two kids, and other basic hotel-like amenities. The resort has fantastic snorkelling from the beach, free kayak hire, a glass-bottom boat, an outdoor pool and can also organise whale swimming, kart tours and more, while food is served at the on-site restaurant.
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7. Fanifo Lofa Kitesurf Tonga
Kitesurfing might be the focus of the isolated resort in Ha’apai’s Uoleva Island, but it also provides an idyllic escape for families looking to do other things. The all-inclusive resort includes all meals, accommodation with solar warm showers, paddleboards, snorkelling gear and kayaks and more. Stay in one of Fanifo Lofa’s attractive timber-constructed fales, including a Family Fale with a king bed/two singles and a bunk bed. Check out more accommodation like this in the 10 Best Eco Resorts in Tonga.
8. Sea Change Eco Retreat
Formerly the Talitali’anga Eco Resort, Sea Change Eco Retreat offers another eco-friendly resort for families. Stay in one of their appealing wooden fales on Uoleva Island, including larger fales for families with views of the ocean from your private pathway. Fales have an ensuite bathroom inside with fresh rainwater and solar power for charging your devices. There are meal packages available for your stay, as well as lots of experiences available, including outer reef snorkelling (and snorkelling from the beach), tours of the local village, kayaking, beach bonfires and whale watching/swimming.
9. Vava’u Harbourview Resort
Far enough from the hustle and bustle yet close enough for convenience, the Vava’u Harbourview Resort in Toula village is well worth considering for families. Stay among tropical gardens and with glorious views of the Port of Refuge at this accommodation which has two bungalows with an interconnecting door for larger family groups, while single bungalows comfortably fit a family of three across a queen bed and a single bed. Enjoy homely facilities like a kitchenette, a bathroom with hot showers, a barbecue area and a private verandah.
10. Blue Water Retreat
With the sandy and family-friendly Tufuvai Beach on its doorstep, Blue Water Retreat (formerly The Deep Resort) presents a dreamy location for a family stay on the island of ‘Eua. Transport, tours and meals at the onsite restaurant can all be organised with the resort, making for an effortless stay. Each of the renovated family ocean-view ensuite bungalows features a queen bed and two king single beds. What’s more, they have their own deck where you can watch amazing sunsets and whales migrating in the winter months. Check out more accommodation like this in the 5 Best Family Accommodation on ‘Eua.
More About Family Resorts in Tonga
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