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6 Best Family Accommodations in Ha'apai

6 Best Family Accommodations in Ha’apai

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Accommodations in Ha’apai for Families

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 accommodations 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.

On an extra note, you might also be interested in The Guide to Ha’apai for Families, as well as the 10 Things to Do in Ha’apai with Kids.

1. 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, some of which are the “Family Fales”, which include a continental breakfast and free use of kayaks, bicycles and the treehouse playground. Families will need to use the lavishly designed shared shower and bathrooms with a rainfall head shower. The on-site restaurant with an a la carte menu means you can have whatever you feel like (unlike many other resorts in Ha’apai which set menus). As for activities, you are spoiled for the choice to do as much or as little as you want between horse riding and whale swimming. For more information on this accommodation, see the 8 Best Resorts in Ha’apai.

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2. Serenity Beaches Resort

Located on the uninhabited island of Uoleva, Serenity Beaches Resort is a place to get away from it all. Stay in one of their open-air fales (bungalows) nestled in beachfront bush where parents sleep in the queen bed on the ground floor, while kids love the loft room above! Alternatively, stay in one of the larger fully enclosed fales with sleeping arrangements for families of three or four. Whatever you choose, kids will enjoy the novelty of an open-air garden shower, while parents will appreciate that meals can be taken care of in the homely communal fale. As for experiences, there’s whale watching/swimming in the whale season (July-October), snorkelling, kayaking and paddleboarding with free use of gear.

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3. 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 Kitesurf Tonga on Uoleva Island includes all meals as part of a compulsory meal plan, accommodation with solar warm showers, paddleboards, kayaks, friendly dogs and more. The “Family Fale” has a pretty awesome layout for kids who don’t mind sharing a room in the bunk bed blending into the timber walls. Note that the resort is open from April to November. For more off-the-grid experiences, check out the 5 Best Eco-Resorts in Ha’apai.

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4. Diana Beach Resort

A locally-run resort, Diana Beach Resort (formerly Taiana’s Resort) is the true Tongan experience. The resort is located on Uoleva Island and offers three traditional-style fales on the beach and a more contemporary “Family Fale”. 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. 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 5 Best Budget Accommodations in Ha’apai.

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5. Lindsay Guesthouse

For families wishing to stay in Pangai, the main hub of Ha’apai, Lindsay Guesthouse has plenty of space in the island group’s largest guesthouse. The budget 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 if you’re staying in one of the ensuite rooms, of which there is a family room with a double bed and single bed, while lunch and dinner can be arranged at an affordable price. Otherwise, the communal kitchen is available for self-catering. With a garden and a large verandah, there are plenty of places for families to stretch out. For more stays in Pangai, check out the 5 Best Guesthouses in Ha’apai.

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6. Sea Change Eco Retreat

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), kayaking, beach bonfires and whale watching/swimming. Learn more about whale swimming in the 5 Best Whale Swim Tours in Ha’apai.

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More Family Accommodations in Ha’apai

That’s it for the best family accommodations in Ha’apai. For more family-orientated travel tips, as well as other places to stay, take a look at the following:

Finally, get even more inspiration for your family getaway with The Travel Guide to Tonga for Families and the 10 Best Things to Do in Tonga with Kids.


Laura (Lola) S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of Tonga Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in the South Pacific over 10 years ago with nothing but a backpack and a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to explore a paradise such as Tonga. She knows the islands inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience Tonga’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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