The Best Resorts for Scuba Diving in Tonga
Imagine waking up to a new day of scuba diving on some paradise island in Tonga, getting into your gear moments away from your fale (Tongan bungalow) and either diving from shore or hopping on the boat to the next amazing underwater world. Well, in Tonga, there are certainly a few resorts that offer just that, either through their own dive centre or by working closely with a local dive operator. Below, we’ve listed some of the top dive resorts in Tonga. Note, however, that there are many other resorts where you can dive in Tonga, they just use external operators.
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
A boutique resort and activity hub at the sandy tip of Foa Island, Matafonua Lodge has its own PADI dive operation to help you explore the waters of Ha’apai. Dive the Ha’apai caves, reefs and other dive sites by day and stay in one of the resort’s elevated wooden and woven fales on the beach by night at this popular resort in Tonga’s central island group. The resort offers recreational dives with the boat departing metres from your fale, or there are affordable beach dives available at the resort’s marine reserve. Learn more about this accommodation and others in the 10 Best Resorts in Ha’apai.
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2. Sandy Beach Resort
The sister resort of Matafonua Lodge, Sandy Beach Resort has access to the same PADI dive centre as Matafonua, giving you an alternative dive resort experience in Ha’apai. Stay in one of the modern fales on the beach with ensuite bathrooms, hot high-pressure showers and other luxurious that Matafonua doesn’t offer. There is an on-site restaurant serving gourmet seafood dishes, cocktails and Tongan beers to reward yourself after a day exploring the stunning pinnacles, coral arches and bommies of Ha’apai’s underwater world.
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3. Ha’apai Beach Resort
Your alternative dive resort in Ha’apai is the Ha’apai Beach Resort, which runs its own SSI dive operation and the only one in Tonga! Get your scuba diving certificate at this boutique resort on Lifuka Island or join them for one of their recreational dives, whether it’s from the boat or straight from the resort. They also offer exciting night dives. As for the accommodation, the Ha’apai Beach Resort has five bungalows lined up in manicured beachfront gardens. Double rooms have a private bathroom, while single rooms have shared facilities. There is also a restaurant on-site.
4. Ovava Tree Lodge
Elevated in the trees of ‘Eua, moments away from the ocean lapping onto the shore, the Ovava Tree Lodge is an easy option for divers. Run by Deep Blue Diving, a PADI dive operator, Ovava Tree Lodge is a good base for those wishing to dive ‘Eua’s famous Cathedral Cave. In between dives and whale swimming, you’ll stay in one of the attractive timber-lined double rooms and be served meals in the dining fale each night of the high season or have access to the kitchen for self-catering in the low season. Learn more about the accommodation and others in the area in the 6 Best Resorts in ‘Eua.
5. Tongan Beach Resort
An example of a resort in Tonga that is affiliated with an external dive centre, the Tongan Beach Resort in Vava’u works with Dive Tonga to provide dive trips for guests straight from the resort. Learn how to dive from the resort’s beach, where you can also experience night diving, or head out on the boat to discover some of the amazing dive sites in Vava’u, from China Town to the Clan MacWilliam wreck dive. The three-star resort offers 12 beachfront guest rooms for families and couples, as well as an on-site restaurant with a creative cocktail menu. Check out more resorts nearby in the 10 Best Resorts in Vava’u.
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More About Dive Resorts in Tonga
- The Guide to Scuba Diving in Tonga
- The Best Time to Scuba Dive in Tonga
- 9 Best Scuba Diving Tours in Tonga