Ha’apai Guesthouses: Stay with the Locals!
Travellers on a budget can breathe easy knowing that despite the Ha’apai islands looking like a five-star destination, there are, in fact, very affordable guesthouses. All of the guesthouses in Ha’apai are centred around the town of Pangai on Lifuka Island. Many of the guesthouses offer airport/wharf transfers.
While the guesthouses are basic in their facilities, they provide a more local experience with all the guesthouses on Lifuka Island being operated by local Tongans!
Note that Tonga is an ever-changing country. With that, accommodations often change or upgrade services – typically without telling anyone about it. Although we try to keep our listings up-to-date, do feel free to reach out with any updates.
1. Lindsay Guesthouse
Starting with the largest guesthouse in Ha’apai, Lindsay Guesthouse offers a truly local stay for unbeatable prices. Just a 10-minute walk from Pangai town centre and located on the same premises as the island’s bakery, it has a convenient location. Your hosts also offer complimentary airport transfers. Stay in one of the 12 rooms available, including single, double and triple rooms with cold-water shared bathroom facilities. Other options include a double and a triple (family) ensuite room. Outside of the rooms, guests can relax in the communal lounge or out on the spacious verandah and lawns. For those staying in an ensuite room, breakfast is included each day of stay, while lunch and dinner are also available to arrange. Note that the guesthouse only accepts cash. See more accommodations like this in our 5 Best Budget Accommodations in Ha’apai.
2. Evaloni Guesthouse
A budget guesthouse with a difference, Evaloni Guesthouse gives guests their own separate units with an ensuite bathroom and a small kitchenette – your home away from home set within a quintessential Tongan village with church choirs singing and dogs barking. There are seven basic units available, all kitted out with a double bed, a small kitchenette with a kettle, crockery and utensils, as well as a gas cooker but you may need to ask for gas. Otherwise, breakfast and dinner can be arranged. The ensuite showers are cold water only. Your hosts offer airport/wharf transfers, while the guesthouse is within walking distance of Pangai town centre. Although there are some units further down the road, note that check-in is at the “‘Evalonitua Guesthouse” sign.
3. Fifita Guesthouse
A long-established guesthouse in Ha’apai, Fifita Guesthouse is also located in Pangai. The accommodation was only partially open at the time of writing, so note that some facilities listed below may no longer be available. Choose from affordable double, twin and single rooms where guests share a bathroom with… hot showers! Those staying in the ensuite rooms will not have the same luxury, however, as the bathrooms have cold water. Nevertheless, rooms are kitted out with mosquito nets and fans (you will possibly need to ask for a fan) and breakfast is included in the price. Dinner is available to order, but note that the Mariner’s Cafe that used to be downstairs has closed. Kitchen facilities are available. See more self-catering options with our 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Ha’apai.
4. [CLOSED] Fonongava’inga (Langi Langi) Guesthouse
You’ll be part of the family when you stay with Langi Langi at the Fonongava’inga Guesthouse. Langi Langi not only offers handicraft workshops for a small fee (see the 10 Free & Cheap Things to Do in Ha’apai for details), but she also has seven well-presented rooms to stay in. There are single rooms, double rooms and two triple rooms, all with a fan and power points. Guests will need to use the communal bathrooms with cold showers, while the communal lounge is spacious and a popular hang-out. There is also a communal kitchen available to use for a small fee or you can request breakfast, lunch and/or dinner throughout your stay. The guesthouse is a five-minute walk from Pangai town centre.
5. [CLOSED] Tiulipe Guest House
Last but certainly not least, Tiulipe Guest House provides a clean and comfortable stay right in the centre of Pangai. You’re only 300m (300 yards) away from local convenience stores and the market, should you want to make use of the kitchen for self-catering. Otherwise, the guesthouse can arrange meals made to order. Breakfast is included in the rate if you stay in one of the single, double, twin-share or family rooms available. The family rooms have a private ensuite bathroom, while the other rooms have shared bathroom facilities. Airport transfers, WiFi and bike hire can also be arranged for a fee. See more accommodation like this in the 7 Best Family Accommodations in Ha’apai.
More About Guesthouses in Ha’apai
That’s it for our list of the best guesthouses in Ha’apai. For more tips for visiting the islands on a budget, take a look at the following guides:
- The Guide to Ha’apai on a Budget
- 5 Ways to Get to (& Around) Ha’apai
- 10 Free & Cheap Things to Do in Ha’apai
Finally, if you’re still trying to find the perfect place to stay, start with our guide, Where to Stay in Ha’apai: The Best Ha’apai Accommodations.