The Best Resorts for Fishing in Tonga
If your idea of a tropical getaway is hopping from your idyllic island resort or fishing lodge straight onto the boat to catch some of the Pacific’s largest pelagics, then you’re in luck. Tonga is best described as the underdog of fishing destinations in the South Pacific. Not that many people know about it but those who do find themselves reeling in the big ones, including blue marlin, mahimahi, yellowfin and dogtooth tuna, wahoo and much more. Check out some of the best fishing resorts in Tonga in the guide below.
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.
For more fishing talk, take a look at The Complete Guide to Fishing in Tonga.
1. The Reef Resort
Choose your style: fly fishing, spin fishing or big-game fishing, all of which you can do from The Reef Resort in Vava’u. Local fishing charters will pick you up from the private jetty of this resort on Kapa Island. In between, stay in one of the five modern fales scattered in their own private area of the hillsides and beachfront of the island. What you catch may also be cooked up at the resort’s renowned restaurant specialising in European Pacific cuisine. Check out more resorts in the area in the 10 Best Resorts in Vava’u.
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2. Billfish Apartments
Technically not a resort, but for the fisherman that might want to cook up his own fish on the barbecue or private kitchen, the Billfish Apartments in Vava’u is an excellent choice. Furthermore, the accommodation is run by Vava’u Sports Fishing Charters who will be able to take you out fishing, picking you up from your apartment’s private wharf. The two apartments sit on the foreshore of the Port of Refuge, offering a modern studio layout for up to four guests.
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3. Hakula Lodge
Ok, so this isn’t technically a resort either but if you’re looking for the closest thing to a fishing lodge in Tonga, this would be it. Hakula Lodge sits on the shores of the Port of Refuge in Vava’u complete with a private jetty where you’ll be whisked away on the Monu’la for an epic day setting out lures for marlin, mahimahi, wahoo, Spanish mackerel and giant trevally. After your morning or afternoon out on the water, you’ll return to one of the two self-contained units at the lodge, each with a barbecue and kitchen to prepare your catch and enjoy eating it at your outdoor dining area with amazing harbour views.
4. Matafonua Lodge
If the islands of Ha’apai are calling you, then consider staying at Matafonua Lodge. A small selection of Tongan-style fales lines the sandy tip of Foa Island, where there are double rooms and family rooms to choose from with shared bathroom facilities. Matafonua Lodge is an excellent choice if you’re travelling with others who need to be entertained because as well as fishing charters, the resort offers scuba diving, whale swimming, cultural island tours, reef walks, snorkelling, SUPping, kayaking and more. Check out more resorts in this area in the 10 Best Resorts in Ha’apai.
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5. Sandy Beach Resort
The sister resort to Matafonua Lodge, Sandy Beach Resort offers all of the activities that Matafonua offers including game fishing charters directly from the beach. Trawl for pelagics in the bluewater or try your luck popping for Giant Trevally at the reefs. Back at the resort, you’ll stay in one of the modern fales complete with ensuite bathrooms with hot water and high-pressure showers. You’ll also get to taste the bounty of the surrounding waters at the dining terrace which serves up delectable seafood dishes along with international wines and local beers.
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6. Blue Water Retreat
Specialising in spearfishing and sports fishing, Blue Water Retreat is the base for fishing holidays with Spearfishing Tonga. This beachfront accommodation in ‘Eua offers a place to stay on one of Tonga’s less-visited islands, which is a haven for anglers. The accommodation features six fales within walking distance of the beach. The resort has a restaurant on hand to prepare your catch in a variety of ways. Check out other accommodation nearby in the 6 Best Resorts in ‘Eua.
7. Ha’atafu Beach Resort
Offering two 25ft fibreglass runabouts for either fishing the offshore bluewater or inshore spin casting, Ha’atafu Beach Resort is a fine choice for a fishing holiday in Tonga. They’ll take you to their favourite fishing grounds, Duff Reef, just a few minutes from the resort. You will, however, need to bring your own gear with an emphasis on heavy tackle. As for the accommodation, there are standard, premium and family fales among the gardens and on the beachfront.
8. The Beach House (Shell Garden)
Offering a decent selection of in-house activities, The Beach House in Vava’u can take you game fishing with a tournament-winning skipper. Additionally, this boutique accommodation on Fofoa Island also offers whale swimming tours, snorkelling and freediving trips, spearfishing trips and cultural tours. In between all of the excitement, you’ll be staying in either The Beach House or the Coral Cottage, both offering their own charms, whether it’s elevated views on the beach or being among coral gardens.
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9. Treasure Island Eco Resort
If you prefer more casual fishing in between other amazing activities, then consider staying at Treasure Island Eco Resort in Vava’u. They offer private fishing charters from the resort, where they have some equipment but it’s recommended to bring your own if you have it. You’ll be staying in one of their eco-fales constructed with traditionally thatched rooves, a covered porch, rainwater solar-heated showers and more.
10. Mounu Island Resort
It’s almost as if it were fate, with “Mounu” meaning “baitfish” in Tongan. Although the Mounu Island Resort in Vava’u doesn’t offer its own fishing charters, it can certainly organise fishing charters with one of the local operators who will pick you up straight from the private island resort. Stay in one of the four coconut-constructed fales with shingle rooves and dine at the island’s restaurant elevated on the beach.
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