Where to Find Backpackers on Tongatapu
Looking for affordable dorms on Tonga’s main island? You’ve come to the right place with this list of the best backpacker hostels on Tongatapu! While you won’t find any backpacker accommodation with dorms outside of the capital, Nuku’alofa, what you will find is a variety of experiences. Stay in larger backpacker accommodation where meals are served in a canteen or stay in a homely guest house where it’s easy to socialise with like-minded travellers. If you are looking for accommodation outside of Tongatapu, we recommend checking out the 10 Best Budget Accommodation on Tongatapu.
Note that Tonga is an ever-evolving country and with that, accommodation services can also change with little notice. While we try to keep the services up-to-date on each listing, note that some service may have changed. Feel free to reach out if you have any updates.
1. The Village Backpackers
Stay in the heart of Nuku’alofa at The Village Backpackers. One of the largest backpacker offerings on Tongatapu, The Village Backpackers offers mixed dorms, female dorms, male dorms, double rooms with a shared bathroom or ensuite, as well as a private triple room with an ensuite. Unlike Western-style hostels, the backpackers features a canteen serving breakfast and Tongan-style dinner instead of a communal kitchen. Dorms are on single beds (no bunks) and feature Tongan-inspired artwork across the linen and decor. See more budget accommodation in Nuku’alofa here.
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2. NOA Guesthouse
NOA Guesthouse in Nuku’alofa has a little bit of everything for the budget travellers, including a 10-bed dorm, private single rooms, double rooms with shared bathroom facilities and twin/king rooms with ensuite bathrooms. Backpackers can make use of the two communal kitchens and use additional services like breakfast, laundry, airport transfers and car, van, scooter and bicycle hire. Rooms are modernly decorated, except perhaps for some of the bathrooms, while a wrap-around verandah and deck make a relaxing place to soak up the sun and admire the surrounding palm trees. See more accommodation like this in our 10 Best Guest Houses in Nuku’alofa.
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3. Backpackers Townhouse
This backpacker guest house sits across the road from the Royal Tombs in Nuku’alofa, which means its not too far away from other city centre attractions. Backpackers Townhouse is a homely backpackers offering a selection of dorms, single rooms, twin/double rooms and private units. Make use of the fully-equipped kitchen, enjoy hot showers, and keep cool with a choice of electric fan rooms or air-conditioned rooms. Laundry, breakfast, dinner, airport transfers and tours around Tongatapu are also available on request.
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4. Toni’s Guesthouses
Toni has a few budget accommodations across Tongatapu, including two locations in Nuku’alofa and on the south coast of Tongatapu. Backpackers will likely find the style of accommodation they are looking for at Toni’s Guesthouse in Tofa’koloua. Here, the “Green House” is your backpacker abode with dorm rooms and communal facilities.
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5. Hafu’s House Backpackers
For travellers looking for a more social experience, you can hardly do wrong at Hafu’s House Backpackers. The backpacker accommodation is a 15-minute walk from Nuku’alofa city centre. Enjoy a friendly and social atmosphere, where guests can get together in the communal kitchen featuring free tea and coffee and ingredients available to make simple breakfasts. There’s also a communal lounge and a garden with a fire pit. Other features include board games, cards, book exchange and airport transfers.
6. Sela’s Guest House
Sela’s Guest House is an 18-room guest house approximately 1.5km (one mile) from Nuku’alofa city centre. Join other backpackers in the affordable dorm, single and double rooms available. Rooms are simple but comfortable, all opening up onto a central courtyard in a “stable” style. A communal kitchen is available or treat yourself to an amazing cooked breakfast.