Backpackers in Nuku’alofa, Tonga
For travellers on the cheap, Nuku’alofa is an exciting city to explore! Not only is it full of free/cheap activities – see 10 Free & Cheap Things to Do in Nuku’alofa, but there’s a good selection of backpacker accommodation to choose from. The backpacker hostels in Nuku’alofa are small, practical and typically Tongan, ensuring an authentic stay on the island of Tongatapu. Note that all of the accommodations listed below are the accommodation available in Nuku’alofa with dorm rooms. For alternative accommodation options, check out The Guide to Nuku’alofa on a Budget.
Another note: Tonga is an ever-evolving country, especially in terms of accommodation. With that in mind, some services listed below might have changed (or new services have been added) without notice. If you have any updates, feel free to reach out!
1. Backpackers Townhouse
A homely and well put-together backpacker hostel, Backpackers Townhouse offers a selection of dorms, single rooms, twin/double rooms and private units. The backpacker guesthouse sits across the road from the Royal Tombs, which is just a short walk from the city centre. Make use of the full kitchen facilities, hot showers, electric fans or choose to upgrade to one of the air-conditioned rooms. Additional services, such as laundry, breakfast, dinner, airport transfers and tours around Tongatapu are also available on request. See more accommodation like this in 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Nuku’alofa.
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2. The Village Backpackers
You can hardly do more central than The Village Backpackers. The backpacker hostel in Nuku’alofa offers a vast range of ultra-affordable rooms, including mixed dorms, female dorms, male dorms, double rooms with either a shared bathroom or ensuite or a triple room with ensuite. Unlike Western-style hostels, the backpackers features a canteen serving breakfast and Tongan-style dinner, rather than offering a kitchen for self-catering. For self-catering accommodation options, see our 10 Best Accommodation in Nuku’alofa for Foodies.
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3. NOA Guesthouse
NOA Guesthouse has something for every type of budget traveller, including backpackers. Choose from a 10-bed dorm, as well as single rooms, double rooms with shared bathroom facilities and twin king rooms with ensuites. Large groups and families also have the option of a six-bedroom holiday home. Guests have access to two communal kitchen and dining rooms, making self-catering an easy option. Services for an additional charge include breakfast, laundry and airport transfers. Cars, vans, scooters and bicycles are also available to hire.
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4. Toni’s Guesthouse
Toni has a few guesthouses across Nuku’alofa and the island Tongatapu, but travellers looking for his backpacker-style offerings should look at Toni’s Guesthouse in Tofa’koloua – 5km (3 miles) from the city centre. The guesthouses are separate with their own outdoor spaces to enjoy. The Green House is your backpacker abode featuring dorm rooms. Alternative options include the Yellow House with double and twin rooms and some ensuite options and the Blue House with family and student rooms. See more guesthouses in the city with our 10 Best Guest Houses in Nuku’alofa.
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5. Hafu’s House Backpackers
Join your host, Will Hafu, at this small backpacker hostel just a 15-minute walk from Nuku’alofa city centre. Hafu’s House boasts a friendly and social atmosphere, where guests can get together in the communal kitchen with free tea and coffee and ingredients available to make your own simple breakfast. Guests can also enjoy relaxing in the communal lounge or outside in the garden around the fire pit. Even on a rainy day, you’ll have something to do with the board games, cards and a book exchange available. Airport shuttles are also available on request.