Kid-Friendly Accommodation in Ha’apai
Ha’apai isn’t your island destination of polished five-star resorts. It’s the real deal. The island group offers an authentic island retreat away from the stresses of modern-day life, making it effortless to reconnect as a family. Out of the 62 islands of the group, 45 of which are uninhabited, families have a choice to stay on three main islands: Lifuka, Foa and Uoleva. All of the resorts and guesthouses on these islands offer transfers from the wharf/airport, as well as some sort of catering. Compare your options with this list of the best family accommodation in Ha’apai!
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. Serenity Beaches Resort
Located on the uninhabited island of Uolevu, Serenity Beaches Resort is a place to get away from it all. Stay in one of their wooden octagonal fales (bungalows) nestled in beachfront bush. There’s room for all the family with a queen bed on the ground floor and a double bed in the loft. Bathrooms have a large open-air garden shower. Meals and entertainment are all catered for too, with highlights being whale watching/swimming in the whale season (July-October), snorkelling and kayaking with free use of gear.
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2. Matafonua Lodge
If upmarket were a thing in Tonga, then this would be it. Matafonua Lodge is made up of cute free-standing elevated fales among the beach vegetation. Stay in the Family Fale, which includes a continental breakfast and free use of kayaks and bicycles. Families will need to use the lavishly-designed shared shower and bathrooms with a rainfall head shower. As for activities, you are spoiled for the choice to do as much or as little as you want between culture tours to horse riding to whale swimming. For more information on this accommodation, see The Luxury Guide to Ha’apai.
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3. Fanifo Lofa Kitesurf Tonga
Kitesurfing might be the focus of the isolated resort, but it also provides an island escape for families looking to do other things. The all-inclusive resort includes all meals, accommodation with solar warm showers, paddleboards, snorkelling gear and kayaks and more. Stay in one of Fanifo Lofa’s attractive fales, including a Family Fale with a king bed/two singles and a bunk bed.
4. Taiana’s Resort
A locally-run resort, Taiana’s Resort is the true Tongan experience. The resort is located on Uoleva Island offering five traditional-style fale on the beach, including a Family Fale with multiple mattresses set up on the floor. There is a shared shower and toilet a few steps from the fales. Fales are lined with interesting tapa paintings (cloth made from the bark of a mulberry tree). Taiana’s Resort offers a more relaxing holiday where whale swimming is available or hiring a kayak. Other than that, you’ll enjoy the warm Tongan hospitality and beach time. See more accommodation like this in the 7 Best Budget Accommodation in Ha’apai.
5. Lindsay’s Guest House
For families wishing to stay in Pangai, Lindsay’s Guest House has plenty of space in the island group’s largest guesthouse. The guesthouse is a 10-minute walk from the town centre, featuring 12 guest rooms, half with shared bathroom facilities and half with ensuite with cold showers. Breakfast is included in your stay while lunch can be arranged at a cheap price. Otherwise, the communal kitchen is available for self-catering. With a garden and a large verandah, there’s plenty of places for families to stretch out, outside of their triple rooms (one queen bed and a single bed).
6. Fonongava’inga (Langi Langi) Guest House
Langi Langi’s house is a five-minute walk from Pangai and offers two triple rooms for families of three at an ultra-affordable price. Guests have shared bathroom facilities with cold water. There is a kitchen available to use for a small fee, while breakfast, lunch and dinner are available to arrange. A great experience for kids (and mum and dad) is learning how to make Tongan handicrafts with Langi Langi for a small fee.
7. Sea Change Eco Retreat
Formerly the Talitali’anga Eco Resort, Sea Change Eco Retreat offers another more upmarket options for families. Stay in one of their appealing wooden fales, including larger fales for families with views of the ocean from your private pathway. You’ll get a private ensuite bathroom inside your eco-fale with fresh rainwater and solar power for charging your devices. There are meal packages available for your stay at this isolated resort on Uoleva Island, as well as lots of experiences available, including outer reef snorkelling (and snorkelling from the beach), tours of the local village, kayaking, beach bonfires and whale watching/swimming. Learn more about whale swimming in the 5 Best Whale Swim Tours in Ha’apai.