The Top Hotels Vava’u and Neiafu
Sometimes a hotel is all you need. If you want to stay in central Neiafu in Vava’u in order to have easy access to whale swimming tours, snorkelling tours, land tours, restaurants and more, then staying in a hotel is a good option. Otherwise, looking to the resorts outside of the main town is a good (or arguably better) alternative. There are hotels in Vava’u suitable for a range of travellers, from backpackers on a budget to couples on a romantic getaway. Check out some of our recommendations in this list of the best hotels in Vava’u.
Note that Tonga is an ever-evolving country with services and accommodations upgrading and changing all of the time. While we try to keep our listings up to date, feel free to reach out if you find anything that needs changing.
1. Humpback Lodge
Although not in the name, Humpback Lodge is best described as a boutique hotel for its hotel-style rooms, included continental breakfast, on-site restaurant and wonderful Tongan hospitality. Your host provides complimentary airport transfers, as well as transfers into town from its peaceful inlet location between Toula and Pangai villages. Most of the seven rooms are double ensuites with a choice of oceanview upstairs or garden-view downstairs, while there’s also one family room with two queen beds. Guests are treated to a continental breakfast each morning and can help themselves to hot drinks throughout the day at the upstairs minibar/kitchen. Otherwise, downstairs is a popular restaurant with a diverse menu and kava nights once a week.
2. Puataukanave Hotel
The most prominent building on the waterfront of Neiafu, the Puataukanave Hotel holds a prime position! Also known as the “Pua Hotel”, Puataukanave features a wealth of services to make your holiday super smooth, including car rentals and boat tours – whale swimming in the season and snorkelling/island tours at other times. There are two types of rooms available, “Basic” and “Super Deluxe”, as well as three apartments. Note that the pool and restaurant were not open the last time we checked. See more stays like this in the 10 Best Honeymoon Accommodations in Vava’u.
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3. Hilltop Hotel
Stay within walking distance of Neiafu town centre at the Hilltop Hotel! The open-air communal dining and lounge area boasts great views of the town and harbour, as well as a place to meet the hotel’s pet cat. Stay in one of the eight rooms available, some with a harbour view and some with a garden view. The budget hotel has electric fans (on a timer), as well as ensuite bathrooms with limited hot water. There’s a communal kitchen with gas hobs, fridge and cooking utensils. Otherwise, restaurants are a short walk away. For more cheap and cheerful stays, see the 10 Best Budget Accommodations in Vava’u.
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4. The Harbourview
Far enough away from the hustle and bustle yet close enough for convenience, The Harbourview is well worth considering for couples, solo travellers and/or families. The quiet location in the village of Toula provides a retreat in tropical gardens with glorious views of the Port of Refuge and access to the water with SUP and snorkelling gear available to make the most of it. The accommodation has a selection of queen and twin ensuite rooms, as well as a self-contained two-bedroom family bungalow and a bungalow with interconnecting rooms and a kitchenette. There’s free WiFi in the communal area where you can also play pool and darts or order food at their very popular restaurant. A light breakfast is included in your stay. Otherwise, there are plenty of meals to entice on the menu, as listed in the 10 Best Restaurants in Vava’u.
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5. Wolfgramm Beachfront
The newest kid on the block, Wolfgramm Beachfront boasts eight contemporary ensuite rooms on the water’s edge on ‘Utungake Island; an island that is connected to the mainland by a causeway. Stay in one of the eight fully tiled double rooms with sliding doors onto a shared deck with immediate ocean views. Guests are treated to complimentary breakfast each morning, as well as free WiFi and kayak rental – the latter you can enjoy straight from the accommodation’s private pier. Some rooms also feature a kitchenette with a stove, fridge, kettle and toaster.
6. Lesina Guesthouse
Directly at the wharf where many whale swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving trips depart, Lesina Guesthouse boasts a convenient location on the waterfront of Neiafu. After a dip from the jetty, relax in one of the four oceanview rooms upstairs or six downstairs rooms, all with either an ensuite or a separate private bathroom with towels provided. Guests also have access to a small communal kitchen with a microwave, fridge, toaster and kettle with hot drink supplies provided. A laundry service is also available for a fee. Note that access to the guesthouse is down a short but very steep driveway. For more guesthouses, check out the 10 Best Guesthouses in Vava’u.
7. Tongan Beach Resort
A resort easy to access from Neiafu, the Tongan Beach Resort is on ‘Utungake 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, while complimentary use of kayaks is also available. The Tongan Beach Resort caters to couples, families and groups with double and family rooms available – all metres away from the water’s edge.
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8. Mystic Sands
A boutique resort on the waterfront of ‘Utungake 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 (including a coffee plunger – woohoo!) but you might just feel that the included breakfast is enough, while you may also want to take the opportunity to order the meals available or even try an umu. The hosts can also organise a number of activities around the island for you or you can just make do with the complimentary use of the kayaks, swimming pool and beach games. See more family-friendly stays in the 10 Best Family Accommodations in Vava’u.
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9. Elim Hotel
A modern hotel in Vava’u almost exclusively catering to the Chinese market, the Elim Hotel is located right in the heart of Neiafu. The hotel offers a selection of double and twin rooms, either with or without a private balcony. Rooms feature tea/coffee-making facilities, bottled water, air-conditioning, flatscreen TVs and an ensuite tiled bathroom with a walk-in shower. The on-site restaurant is open exclusively for guests serving Chinese food, while the hotel also operates its own whale tour and rental cars.
10. Jia Heng Holiday Hotel
Another centrally located hotel in Neiafu, the Jia Heng Holiday Hotel is another one catering almost exclusively to Chinese tourists. Most of the 17 guest rooms feature a single or king bed and an ensuite bathroom with a shower, a flatscreen TV, tea/coffee-making facilities and more. Guests can relax in the lounge with a TV or on the balcony overlooking the streets of Neiafu. Airport transfers are included by bus.
More About Hotels in Vava’u
That’s it for our list of the best hotels in Vava’u and Neiafu. For more tips to help plan the perfect trip, check out the following:
- 50 Best Things to Do in Vava’u
- 10 Ways to Get to (& Around) Vava’u
- The Food Guide to Vava’u: Places to Eat & Food Tours