Where to Stay in Vava’u
Are you ready to be taken to paradise? Vava’u’s 61 islands are a dream destination for many, secluded and pristine with whales seen breaching from the shores. What’s more, you needn’t worry about things feeling too “busy”, with all of the resorts in Vava’u being ultra-boutique, with only two to eight fales (beach huts) per resort! However, don’t expect luxury and all of the modern comforts like free WiFi or sometimes even power. The resorts in Vava’u are places to disconnect from the world and enjoy an authentic Pacific island experience.
Note that Tonga is an ever-evolving country with services and accommodations upgrading and changing often. While we try to keep our listings up to date, feel free to reach out if you find anything that needs changing.
For more tips on planning your holiday in Vava’u, see The Complete Guide to Vava’u.
1. Treasure Island Eco Resort
Get the real Tongan experience at Treasure Island Eco Resort and their eight traditionally thatched fales (bungalows). The resort on Eueiki Island has 48 acres (19ha) of private island for its guests, offering an off-the-grid experience with solar power and a rainwater filtration system. Enjoy unique whale swimming experiences from the resort’s outrigger or enjoy complimentary use of kayaks, snorkelling gear and volleyball equipment. Meals are available at the on-site restaurant, and children are only allowed under special arrangement. Learn more about this resort in the 5 Best Eco Resorts in Vava’u.
2. Mystic Sands
A boutique resort on the waterfront of Pangaimotu Island, Mystic Sands is easy to get to from Neiafu, yet provides a tranquil retreat. Stay in one of the modernly-furnished double or family rooms with ocean views and the beach just steps away. Each room has kitchenette facilities for self-catering, however, meals can be organised with the hosts. The hosts can also organise a number of activities around the island or you can just make do with the complimentary use of snorkelling gear, kayaks, swimming pool and beach games. See more accommodation like this in the 10 Best Family Accommodation in Vava’u.
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3. The Beach House (Shell Garden)
Just two luxurious cottages await on Fofoa Island at The Beach House. Stay in the elevated “The Beach House” sleeping up to four guests across two large bedrooms with super-king beds, a full modern kitchen, and an overwater deck. Alternatively, the “Coral Cottage” is a retreat for couples and solo travellers with a private boardwalk entrance over a coral garden. The Beach House offers its own small-group whale swimming tours, as well as fishing and island-hopping. Food is available as a meal plan during the whale season and self-catering is available outside of the season. See more resorts like this in our 10 Best Honeymoon Accommodation in Vava’u.
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4. Tongan Beach Resort
A resort easy to access from Neiafu, the Tongan Beach Resort is on ‘Utugake Island with its own stretch of sandy paradise and a private jetty. Relax in the open-air restaurant with an a la carte menu and a wealth of cocktails, or lounge in the day beds soaking in the Tongan sun. There’s an amazing snorkelling spot just off the beach where you might meet the resident turtle. A small swimming pool and complimentary use of kayaks are also available. The Tongan Beach Resort caters to couples, families and group with double and family rooms available. See more accommodation with great restaurants in the 10 Best Accommodation in Vava’u for Foodies.
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5. Mandala Resort
Mandala Resort offers the perfect balance of adventure and relaxation, from whale swimming and snorkelling tours to yoga sessions and island massages. Your stay will be in one of the six hand-crafted fales, including two luxurious treehouses. The resort also offers an upmarket dining experience in their open-air restaurant where vegetables and freshwater fish are harvested from the island’s very own Aquaponics system. See more resorts like this in the 8 Best Luxury Accommodation in Vava’u.
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6. The Reef Resort
Boasting one of the most contemporary resorts in Vava’u, the Reef Resort on Kapa Island is a good choice for people who prefer modern comforts. Five bungalows are scattered across the hill and directly on the beach, providing a tranquil retreat for guests. Bungalows feature a king canopy bed and one or two bedrooms. Dining could be argued as being the main event here with its European Polynesian dishes prepared by international chefs, which is welcome especially after a day of whale swimming, scuba diving, a range of fishing experiences and more.
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7. Mounu Island Resort
Get the private island experience at the Mounu Island Resort. The island features vivid white coral sands and is surrounded by a coral reef ideal for snorkelling, kayaking and kitesurfing. There are exclusively four fales to choose from, each with its own piece of private waterfront. Each fale is made from timber and with a shingle roof to be in harmony with the natural environment. Whale watching, scuba diving and more are also available from the island.
8. Blue Lagoon Resort
Stay in one of the four over-water beach huts at the Blue Lagoon Resort. Each beach hut is unique with most having a private deck, an ensuite and either a bungalow or split-level. The resort caters to couples, families and groups, where time can be shared swimming with whales, watching whales from the beach, kayaking and snorkelling. Food is served in the on-site restaurants.
9. Mala Island Resort
Set in 20 acres (8ha) of a stunning private island, Mala Island Resort provides an idyllic stay in Vava’u. You’ll have access to a white sandy beach with epic snorkelling just 3m (10ft) from the shore. The fales are decorated with beautiful tapa-cloth and woven panel walls, also featuring an ensuite bathroom with hot water. The resort has an open-air restaurant and can organise a range of activities such as cultural experiences, sports fishing, diving, kayaking, sailboat rentals and more.
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10. Dream Island Resort
An adult-only resort in Vava’u, the Dream Island Resort is exclusively for guests over the age of 16. There’s a choice of beach bungalows and garden bungalows, both with luxury king beds, mosquito nets and a private verandah. Your time on Euakafa Island can be spent hiking, watching whales from the beach, snorkelling in the island’s coral reef, watching birds and flying foxes. Fishing charters also pick up from the island. Learn more about adult-only holidays in The Adult-Only Guide to Vava’u.