Tongatapu Homestays in Tonga
Want to get a real local’s experience in Tonga? Try homestays on the island of Tongatapu! On the arrival island into Tonga, many of the homestays can be found in and around the capital city, Nuku’alofa. However, local listings on Airbnb and Booking.com haven’t quite hit off in Tonga just yet to be abundant everywhere across the island, but we’ll update this list of homestays on Tongatapu when more recommended options become available. Until then, travellers seeking authentic Tongan accommodation will find them in the guest houses found across the islands, as well as the few homestay listings below!
1. Mango B&B
The first of a few homestays in the Nuku’alofa area, Manga B&B is an Airbnb listing with Suliana in a super central location. There are three bedrooms available sleeping up to six guests at this homestay-style B&B experience. Plus, there’s a room layout for just about anyone with a queen room, double room or twin room. Breakfast is included with hot breakfast available for an extra cost. While the accommodation is mere minutes away from the city centre on foot, Suliana makes your stay all the easier offering airport transfers. During your stay, enjoy the occasional home baking and seeing the sights of Nuku’alofa. Get inspiration with our 10 Free & Cheap Things to Do in Nuku’alofa.
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2. Paea’s Guest House
On a tight budget? Looking to get a taste of living like a local? Take a look at Paea’s Guest House. Although the owners operate the Tonga Holiday Villa, they open up their own property to travellers looking for an affordable place to stay. The friendly owners are involved with guests, sometimes offering lifts into town (which is needed as it’s quite far away), meals for guests and more. They also offer very affordable Tours of Tongatapu Island as part of their tourism operation (find out more on Viator and Tripadvisor). The homestay offers one private bedroom for up to two guests with a private bathroom. Learn more about how to get around Nuku’alofa, which you might need considering the guest house’s location, in the 7 Ways to Get to Nuku’alofa (& Around Nuku’alofa).
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3. Malau Lodge
While listed as one of the main budget accommodations in Nuku’alofa, Malau Lodge feels much more like a homely homestay than a commercial lodge. The small family-run lodge is a two-story house consisting of one bedroom on the ground floor and two bedrooms upstairs. The lodge is set on just one street back from Vuna Road and the waterfront, making it just a short walk from town, the waterfront bars and restaurants and Faua Wharf where the boat activities depart. Guests have the convenience of laundry facilities, a full kitchen, a TV, WiFi, and breakfast are included.
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4. Puipuikihetoa Homestay
Located in the suburbs of downtown Nuku’alofa, Puipuikihetoa Homestay is another excellent alternative in the city. There are two guest rooms available with Sesilia, each sleeping up to two guests. Guests in these rooms have their own bathroom to share, as well as two living areas and an outdoor patio area to relax in. The modern home makes for a comfortable stay and features contemporary comforts like WiFi, a mini gym and a full kitchen should you want to make your own meals. Note that this homestay is for guests over 12 years.
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5. Farmland Experience
Just about the only homestay available outside of Nuku’alofa, Farmland Experience is located in the village of Veitongo. Admittedly, it seems no one has stayed at this farmstay despite the incredibly low price – but that could well be because the owner only posts photos of his farmland rather than the home itself. Rest assured, you will be sleeping indoors with one bedroom available at the property sleeping up to three guests sharing a bathroom. Undoubtedly, travellers will get a slice of life on a cassava plantation. While we are unsure this homestay would be a top recommendation, we’re simply letting you know your options outside of Nuku’alofa on Tongatapu.