Accommodations with Kayaks in Tonga
A good indication of a place to stay in Tonga where you can sleep, eat and play is whether there are kayaks available. Kayaks are often a standard of accommodations with fantastic coastlines to explore, shallow reefs to glide over and places to stop off for a snorkel. So when it comes to resorts for kayaking in Tonga, what are your best options? We go through some of our favourites in the list 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.
1. Mounu Island Resort (Vava’u)
Not only is the Mounu Island Resort a stunning piece of paradise in Vava’u, but it’s also a place to stay where you can kayak to destinations with a purpose. The boutique resort has two standard single kayaks and one double kayak, which guests can make use of to paddle around Mounu Island or even venture to the neighbouring Ovalau Island which takes around 20 minutes. The resort can even arrange a picnic to take with you. When you get back, there will be the resort’s elevated restaurant on the beach waiting for you, as well as a comfortable bed in your island-style Tonga fale. Check out more resorts in the area in our guide, Where to Stay in Vava’u: The Best Accommodations.
2. Matafonua Lodge (Ha’apai)
Located on the sandy tip of Foa Island in the Ha’apai island group, Matafonua Lodge is a water sports paradise. Aside from stand-up paddleboarding, kitesurfing, surfing, snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing and whale swimming, the three-star resort is also excellent for kayaking. Kayak hire is free for guests, which is an enjoyable way of exploring the resort’s house reef that spans 400 m (1,310 ft). A great trip also awaits with a paddle across to the uninhabited Nukunuku Island. As for accommodation, Matafouna Lodge has a small selection of elevated freestanding fales with shared bathroom facilities. Learn more about Matafonua Lodge in our guide of Where to Stay in Ha’apai: The Best Accommodations.
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3. Kitesurf Tonga (Ha’apai)
Another fantastic boutique resort in Ha’apai, Kitesurf Tonga might mainly focus on kitesurfing but the kayaking is pretty exceptional too. Kayaks are available for guests free of charge to make the most of the nearby uninhabited islands from Uoleva Island. Kayaking at Uoleva Island’s lagoon, a short paddle away from the resort, is another fun option on Ha’apai’s calm waters. In between kayaking excursions, relax in your eco-friendly fale made with natural timers and using solar power. Learn more about the resort in the 10 Best Resorts in Ha’apai.
4. The Reef Resort (Vava’u)
In Vava’u, stay on Kapa Island at The Reef Resort with just five exclusive fales, two in their own quiet corner of a hillside and three on the beach. You’re in one of the best places to kayak to top snorkelling spots in Vava’u, such as the Japanese Coral Gardens. You might also want to venture to the stunning bay of Port Mourelle with one of the complimentary sea kayaks or SUP boards, or even the clear-bottom kayak or Hobie catamaran for guests. There’s a lot more to unpack about this luxury resort, so head over to the 10 Best Resorts in Vava’u to learn more.
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5. Tongan Beach Resort (Vava’u)
A beachfront resort easily accessible by road from the main island of Vava’u, the Tongan Beach Resort is a good choice for doing a bit of kayaking. They have a selection of double and single kayaks to make use of where you can explore the Port of Refuge. As for accommodation, there are 12 guest rooms all facing the beach with options for couples to families. The central resort restaurant is also a popular hangout for guests. Learn more about the resort in The Top 30 Resorts in Tonga.
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6. Beautiful Ofu Island Backpackers (Vava’u)
A locally-run resort for those on a budget, the Beautiful Ofu Island Backpackers also offers kayaking, as well as cultural shows and Tongan umu buffets. Ofu Island is well located for kayaking to some of the surrounding islands where there are places to snorkel along the way. Resort fales and guesthouse rooms might be basic, but you’ll hardly complain about the location on a stunning island with tropical gardens and sweeping beaches. Learn more about the accommodation and check out more budget options in the 5 Best Budget Resorts in Tonga.
7. Serenity Beaches Resort (Ha’apai)
A tranquil retreat on Uoleva Island, Serenity Beaches Resort is an idyllic choice in Ha’apai. Choose from unique open-air or fully-enclosed fales each nestled in a private section of forest and each with an outside garden bathroom. Either way, guests spend their time here doing yoga in the pavilion, dining on healthy meals made from fresh local ingredients in the homely dining fale, and making use of SUP boards, kayaks and snorkelling gear to explore the wonderful underwater world from beaches accessible from the front and back of the resort.
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8. Mystic Sands (Vava’u)
Another easy-to-reach accommodation in Vava’u, Mystic Sands has you all set up for watersports, with double and single kayaks available free of charge. Kayaking in the harbour takes you to some interesting snorkelling spots. Meanwhile, each room has kitchenette facilities for self-catering (including a coffee plunger – woohoo!) but you might just feel that the included breakfast is enough, while you may also want to take the opportunity to order the meals available or even try an umu.
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9. Villa Ishadora (Tongatapu)
An upscale B&B, Villa Ishadora is a popular choice for couples, families and groups of friends looking for a place to stay in The Kingdom’s capital, Nuku’alofa. Your hosts offer a superb complimentary breakfast each morning, while there is a bar/kitchen with drink facilities to help yourself to. Half of the rooms have ocean views, while you can also enjoy views with your breakfast from the upstairs terrace. Guests have access to free WiFi, as well as complimentary kayak hire – the only one available in Nuku’alofa! For more about staying on Tonga’s main island, check out Where to Stay on Tongatapu: The Best Accommodations.
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10. Wolfgramm Beachfront (Vava’u)
The newest kid on the shores of Vava’u, Wolfgramm Beachfront boasts eight contemporary ensuite rooms on the water’s edge on ‘Utungake Island; an island that is connected to the mainland by a causeway. Stay in one of the eight fully tiled double rooms with sliding doors onto a shared deck with immediate ocean views. Guests are treated to complimentary breakfast each morning, as well as free WiFi and kayak rental – the latter you can enjoy straight from the accommodation’s private pier. Some rooms also feature a kitchenette with a stove, fridge, kettle and toaster.
More About the Best Resorts for Kayaking in Tonga
That’s it for the best resorts in Tonga for kayaking. For a more complete list of accommodations with kayaks, check out The Guide to Kayaking in Tonga. Otherwise, here’s more advice to incorporate kayaking into your Tongan escape:
- The Best Kayak Tours in Tonga
- 10 Best Resorts for Snorkelling in Tonga
- 10 Best Resorts for SUP in Tonga
Finally, if you’re still struggling to find the perfect place to stay, start from scratch with Where to Stay in Tonga: The Best Accommodations in Tonga. Plus, get even more trip-planning tips in The Complete Travel Guide to Tonga.