Cheap Accommodation in Ha’apai
Budget accommodation in Ha’apai means authentic accommodation in Ha’apai. 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 guest houses close to the main town of Ha’apai, Pangai, where you’ll become part of the family?
Most of Ha’apai’s cheap accommodation centres 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 accommodation in Ha’apai! Plus, get more tips in our 10 Tips for Visiting 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.
For more advice, head to The Guide to Ha’apai on a Budget.
1. Taiana’s Resort
Enjoy tranquillity, culture and a beautiful beach setting at Taiana’s Resort on Uoleva Island. The resort has five Tongan-style fales which are simple but add to the island adventure! Each fale is lined with beautiful tapa paintings and contain a mattress, mosquito net, a bedside table with a kerosene lantern. Guests share a shower and toilet in a separate building. Families are also welcome, where the hosts will put extra mattresses in the larger fale for you. Backpackers have the option to camp on the grounds. As for entertainment, well, you better enjoy kayaking, snorkelling and lazying on the beach! Food is available to order, so give you hosts notice. Airport/ferry transfers to the island are also offered.
2. Fifita Guesthouse
Easy to find, Fifita Guesthouse is located on the top of the Mariner’s Cafe in Pangai. There are seven affordable double, twin and single rooms available where guests share a bathroom with hot showers. There is also an ensuite room available with cold water. Rooms are kitted out with mosquito nets, fans (sometimes you’ll need to ask for a fan) and breakfast is included in the rate. Dinner is an extra but at a reasonable cost. There’s also a lively communal kitchen where most of the socialising happens.
3. Lindsay Guesthouse
Lindsay Guesthouse is the largest guesthouse in the Ha’apai group, which can be found just a 10-minute walk from Pangai town centre. The guesthouse has 12 rooms, including single, double and triple rooms most with cold-water shared bathroom facilities. There are also double and triple ensuite rooms available. Guests can relax in the communal lounge or out on the expansive verandah or lawns. Breakfast is included in the rate, while lunch is also available to arrange (but no dinner). Bike hire is also available. You’ll have to ask for mosquito nets and fans in your room if desired. We also list this accommodation in the 7 Best Family Accommodation in Ha’apai.
4. Evaloni Guesthouse
Another budget option in Pangai is the Evaloni Guesthouse, just a two-minute walk from the town centre. Downstairs are six fan-cooled rooms with a shared bathroom, while there are two large airy ensuites upstairs, all with cold water. All rooms have mosquito nets and power points. Breakfast and dinner can be arranged, while self-catering in the communal kitchen is at a fee. Other services at the guest house include airport/wharf transfers, bike hire and interestingly, some of the old Ha’apai Museum artefacts to look at.
5. Fonongava’inga (Langi Langi) Guesthouse
Stay with Langi Langi at the Fonongava’inga Guesthouse, five minutes walk from Pangai. There are seven well-presented rooms available, including single rooms, double rooms and two triple rooms. All rooms have a fan and power points, while guests will need to use the communal bathrooms with cold showers. The communal lounge is spacious and light-filled, while there is a communal kitchen available to use for a small fee. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available to arrange with your host but don’t miss the opportunity to learn some Tongan crafts from Langi Langi who is part of the WID Handicraft Centre. She offers craft workshops for a small fee. See more affordable activities like this in the 10 Free & Cheap Things To Do in Ha’apai.
6. Captain Cook Hideaway
Escape from it all at the Captain Cook Hideaway on Uoleva Island. This uninhabited island is a five-minute boat ride from Lifuka. 10 fales are built on an unspoiled beach where guests can make use of the snorkelling and kayaking equipment provided. Your host, Soni, is happy to take you on island-hopping and fishing trips. There are single and double rates for the fales with shared cold-water bathroom facilities and an ensuite fale available. Fales have mosquito nets, but no power points. See more resort-style accommodation in the 10 Best Resorts in Ha’apai.
7. Billy’s Place
Experience pure isolation at Billy’s Place, also know as Billy’s Resort, which is in the midst of a banana plantation along an 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, 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) to get food at the Mariner’s Cafe.