Cheap Accommodations in Ha’apai
Budget accommodation in Ha’apai means an authentic Tongan experience. Get ready to stay in traditional-style fales (beach huts) often with basic amenities – sometimes even no electricity. Or how about staying in one of the guesthouses close to the main town of Ha’apai, Pangai, where you’ll be treated to local meals and likely fall asleep to the sounds of the village choir.
Most of Ha’apai’s cheap accommodations centre around the islands of Lifuka and Uoleva, both of which have stunning beaches, excellent snorkelling and more. Find out what’s on offer in this list of budget accommodations in Ha’apai! Plus, get more tips in The Guide to Ha’apai on a Budget.
Note that Tonga is an ever-evolving country and with that, accommodations can change offerings with little notice. Although we try to keep our listing up-to-date, feel free to reach out if you have any updates.
1. Diana Beach Resort
Enjoy tranquillity, culture and a beautiful beach setting at Diana Beach Resort (formerly Taiana’s Resort) on Uoleva Island. The resort has three Tongan-style fales which are simple but add to the island adventure! Each fale is lined with beautifully woven walls and contains a double bed, mosquito net, a box to put food in, and a bedside table with a solar lantern – think of it like beach glamping! Guests share a shower and toilet in a separate block, while there’s also a communal kitchen and dining room building where you can also charge your devices. Families can stay too thanks to the resort also offering a larger beach house. Backpackers have the option to camp on the grounds in one of the tents available if the other fales are occupied.
As for entertainment, well, you better enjoy snorkelling, lazying on the beach and whale swimming during the whale season! Breakfast and dinner are also available to order, so give your hosts notice. Airport/ferry transfers to the island are also offered (and mandatory to get to the resort) for a fee. See how Diana compares to the 10 Best Resorts in Ha’apai.
2. Evaloni Guesthouse
A budget guesthouse in Pangai, 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. Lindsay Guesthouse
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 Guesthouses in Ha’apai.
4. 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.
5. [CLOSED] Billy’s Place
[Update: Billy’s Place has closed and been replaced by Fanga ’o Ipu Lahi Resort. Learn more about this accommodation in the 10 Best Resorts in Ha’apai].
Experience pure isolation at Billy’s Place, also known as Billy’s Resort, which is in the midst of a banana plantation along the east coast beach of Lifuka. Bikes are free for guests to use to get into town. Otherwise, enjoy your time here snorkelling with the snorkelling gear provided. Bookings here can be organised through Evaloni at Evoloni’s Guesthouse (see above). The basic but clean fales here have a double bed with double and single rates. There are shared bathroom facilities with cold water (and sometimes even no water). There’s no electricity and breakfast is included, but there are no meals offered and no kitchen facilities, so you will have to cycle into town (1.5km/10 minutes).
More About Budget Accommodations in Ha’apai
That’s it for the best budget accommodations in Ha’apai. If you still haven’t found the perfect place to stay, the following lists should help:
- 5 Best Guesthouses in Ha’apai
- 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Ha’apai
- Where to Stay in Ha’apai: The Best Ha’apai Accommodations
Finally, get more budgeting advice from The Travel Guide to Tonga on a Budget and Tonga Travel Budget: How Much Does a Trip to Tonga Cost?