Which Resort in Tonga?
Looking for that next resort holiday? Perhaps this time in a group of islands where you can truly connect with nature, the local culture and enjoy more the simple things in life? Tonga offers an array of resorts in stunning locations, all either on the beach or on a private island. Tonga is renowned for having more uninhabited islands than developed islands, which you’ll get to experience the beauty of both on a resort getaway to this lesser-visited country. Check out some of the best stays in this list of the best resorts in Tonga.
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. Matafonua Lodge
Epitomising the Tongan culture with its woven-panelled fales (bungalows) on the beach combined with an array of diverse experiences, Matafonua Lodge achieves the perfect blend of adventure and culture. Each of the 10 beachfront elevated fales sleeps up to two or four guests and features a private deck to relax on. There is a well-kept bathroom block for guests to share, while meals can be enjoyed at the on-site cafe/restaurant. As the activities though, this is where the resort truly shines with its own whale swimming, scuba diving and fishing operations. You can snorkel just off the beach at the resort’s 400m (1,312ft) long marine reserve. Hop on a boat to a nearby village for a cultural tour or borrow one of the free bikes to ride into Ha’apai’s main town. And that’s just the beginning… See more Ha’apai accommodations in the 10 Best Resorts in Ha’apai.
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2. The Reef Resort
A boutique resort of just five fales scattered across the hillside and beachfront of Kapa Island, The Reef Resort is a top choice in the Vava’u Group. Stay in one of the modern and elegantly-appointed fales sleeping up to three to four guests each. Local fishing, diving and whale swimming operators can pick you up from the resort’s private jetty, while you can also enjoy activities straight from the island, like SUP, snorkelling and kayaking to the nearby Swallows Cave. Meals are an event here, where gourmet European Polynesian fusion dishes are served in the elegant dining room. Check out more options in this island group in the 10 Best Resorts in Vava’u.
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3. Treasure Island Eco Resort
Enjoy a low impact stay at this eco-resort in Vava’u. The main drawcard of the Treasure Island Eco Resort in Vava’u is its eco-friendly fales, which are traditionally thatched and woven in true Tongan style while using solar-heated rainwater for your’s and the environment’s comfort. You’ll get a real remote island experience during your stay, where you can explore the walks around ‘Eueiki Island, take part in snorkelling and island-hopping tours and even swim with whales from the resort’s unique outrigger boat. Check out more resorts like this in the 10 Best Eco Resorts in Tonga.
4. Sea Change Eco Retreat
Another eco-friendly option can be found on the white sandy shores of Uoleva Island in Ha’apai at the Sea Change Eco Retreat. Stay in one of their wooden fales or elevated glamping tents with private bathrooms complete with composting toilets. Set meals are provided for guests on this uninhabited island, while there is a generous amount of activities on offer, from snorkelling tours, island-hopping trips, private island picnics, island walks and, of course, whale swimming.
5. Fafa Island Resort
Just off the shores of Tongatapu, Fafa Island Resort is an easy choice of an island getaway without too much travel. Not only that, but the resort’s beautifully constructed timber fales strike the right balance of luxury and blending in the surroundings, from the high ceilings to the outdoor tropical garden shower. There are 13 fales scattered across this palm-filled island lined with sandy shores where you can snorkel or be picked up for one of the whale swimming or diving tours from Nuku’alofa. There is an open-air restaurant where the highlight is the Polynesian night with entertainment and an island-style barbecue. Check out similar resorts in the 10 Best Resorts in Tongatapu.
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6. Mounu Island Resort
On a 2.6ha (6.5-acre) coral atoll in the island group of Vava’u, Mounu Island Resort has just four coconut palm fales with shingle rooves and towering ceilings to maximise the ocean breeze. Each has its own piece of sandy beach to enjoy leading out to a lagoon ideal for snorkelling, kitesurfing, kayaking and more. The resort can arrange all of the usual water activities with local operators who will pick you up from the beach, while the resort itself offers bird-watching tours to nearby sanctuary islands, snorkelling boat tours, stargazing with the resort’s telescope and much more. At the end of a day of adventure or relaxing, you’ll get to dine at the Moby Dick bar elevated over the beach.
7. Mala Island Resort
Another island resort in Vava’u, Mala Island Resort offers one of the top snorkelling spots in Tonga, with the famed Japenese Coral Gardens being just 3m (10ft) away from the beach. This 20-acre private island has five fales for guests, each decorated in true Tongan style with tapa paintings and woven wall panels. Spend time at the resort dining on the freshest seafood from the surrounding waters or simply relaxing on the beach. Otherwise, if you’re looking for adventure, whale swimming, diving fishing tours can pick you up from the resort or you can take a boat into town just 15 minutes away.
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8. Dream Island Resort
The only real adult-only resort in Tonga, Dream Island Resort is exclusively for guests over the age of 16. Stay in one of their simple yet comfortable beach or garden bungalows where your toes will be in the sand as soon as you leave your private deck. Dine at their thatched restaurant with tables set on the sand and a mix of Tongan and European-style food is served each day. Things to do at the resort include island hikes, snorkelling, kayaking whale watching and bird watching from the island or simply doing nothing at all. Whale swimming and fishing operators can pick you up from the resort.
9. Ha’atafu Beach Resort
For a fly-and-flop beach getaway, take a look at the Ha’atafu Beach Resort on Tongatapu. The all-inclusive resort is a popular choice for surfers, boasting some of Tonga’s best breaks just a 100m (330ft) paddle from the beach. Otherwise, families and friendship groups will love it here too with snorkelling and kayaking to enjoy at the beach’s marine reserve. There are fales in the gardens and waterfront, some with a private deck with a mix of Tongan-style woven ceilings and more modern rooms. Check out more resorts like this in the 7 Best Surf Resorts in Tonga.
10. Mandala Resort
Finally, a popular choice with a range of unique fales and treehouses on a private island, the Mandala Resort is well worth considering for a stay in Vava’u. Six uniquely handcrafted bungalows can be found at this resort, from octagonal beach huts to elevated treehouses. The resort prides itself on sustainable practices such as using solar energy, rainwater catchment with UV light filtration systems, composting toilets and more. Some of the in-house experiences include island massages, yoga sessions and dining at the beachside open-air restaurant, while a wide range of off-island experiences can be arranged with local operators.