What Services are Available in ‘Eua?
The truth is; not much! But that’s the beauty of ‘Eua as it’s an island to disconnect and enjoy the simple life. Because of the lack of services on the island, we recommend bringing your own essentials, such as what we list in The Complete Packing List for Tonga. For food, we recommend bringing some snacks and at least breakfast foods from Tongatapu. If you have any dietary requirements, bring appropriate ingredients for that too. With that out of the way, take a look at the list of information, shops and services in ‘Eua in the guide below to set the right expectations for your trip to the island.
Useful Services for Tourists
- BSP Bank ATM – Cash is king in ‘Eua so make sure you bring enough cash with you or withdraw some from the BSP ATM in Ohonua
- Pangai Restaurant & Liquor Store – The family that owns the liquor store in Pangai also has a small restaurant and takeaway selling authentic Tongan food
- Friendly Islands Bookshop – Book and stationary store in Ohonua, in case you want to write your next travel book
- Pangai supermarket – This is just about the only place to buy groceries on the island.
Food and Groceries
The main supermarket in ‘Eua is in the village of Pangai, which is located in the centre of the island near the airport. The supermarket sells basic essential food items, as well as fruit and vegetables.
The liquor store is also located in Pangai, which looks like a small shack. It is stocked with Tongan beer, spirits and kava.
Informal fresh produce stalls are sometimes found in villages, as are fale koloa (convenience stores), which sell the basic essentials.
Accommodations in ‘Eua have self-catering facilities. They can also offer cooked meals on request but do not have formal restaurants.
Medication, Toiletries and Pharmaceuticals
‘Eua does not have a pharmacy nor a hospital. For this reason, we recommend bringing all the medication and health products that you’ll need for your stay. However, light medications (like painkillers), baby products and toiletries can be found in the supermarket in Pangai.
For a list of medication and toiletries that are worth bringing to ‘Eua and Tonga, take a look at What Medication to Pack in Your First Aid Kit for Tonga.
Fuel Stations, Banks and Communication
You might not be surprised to find that ‘Eua doesn’t have much in the way of fuel stations, banks and phone shops either, but here is what the island does have…
Fuel Station in ‘Eua
As there are no official car rental companies in ‘Eua, it’s unlikely that you’ll need a fuel station. But just in case your accommodation host lends you their vehicle, there is a BP fuel station in Ohonua.
Banks in ‘Eua
‘Eua’s banks and ATMs can only be found in Ohonua. There is the Tonga Development Bank and the BSP Bank ATM. No1 Currency and Western Union are also available in Ohonua to exchange currency and do overseas transfers.
Note that you will need cash for most purchases in ‘Eua. Only The Hideaway resort accepts credit card.
Phone Stores and Post Offices in ‘Eua
There is no post office or phone stores in ‘Eua. If you need to get a Tongan SIM card, we recommend getting it from Tongatapu. See What is the Best SIM Card for Tonga? for more information.