Where is the Best Place to Stay in Vava’u?
Welcome to your ultimate guide on where to stay in Vava’u! Here, we’re not just covering the best places to stay in Vava’u, including Neiafu, the main island, and the outer islands, but we’re also listing the best Vava’u accommodations in each area.
What is the Best Island in Vava’u to Stay on?
For restaurants and easy access to boat and land tours, stay in Neiafu or Toula on ‘Utu Vava’u (the main island). For resorts and beaches with easy access to Neiafu via a causeway, stay on ‘Utungake. For an island escape that doesn’t require a lengthy boat journey, stay on Ofu or Mala Islands. For the private island experience away from it all, choose one of the outer islands, such as Mounu, Euafaka, ‘Euaiki or Foelifuka.
In this guide on where to stay in Vava’u, we go into further detail about these places to stay by splitting them by location, as well as accommodation categories (resort, guesthouse, apartment, etc.) to help you choose the best place to stay in Vava’u for you!
The Top 10 Accommodations in Vava’u
Before we dive into this complete guide on where to stay in Vava’u, we thought you’d find it helpful for us to list our top 10 Vava’u accommodations and where to find them.
- The Reef Resort – Kapa Island
- Treasure Island Eco Resort – ‘Euaiki Island
- Mala Island Resort – Mala Island
- Humpback Lodge – Pangaimotu
- The Harbourview – Toula, ‘Utu Vava’u
- Lucky’s Beach Houses – ‘Utungake
- Mystic Sands – ‘Utungake
- Billfish Holiday Apartments – Toula, ‘Utu Vava’u
- Lesina Guesthouse – Neiafu, ‘Utu Vava’u
- Flying Annie Moa – Neiafu, ‘Utu Vava’u
Vava’u Accommodation in Neiafu
The administrative capital and main town of Vava’u, Neiafu is on the main island of Vava’u, known as ‘Utu Vava’u, and boasts a range of services including restaurants grocery stores, banks, currency exchange, car rentals and most of what we list in the Information, Shops & Services in Vava’u. Almost everyone who visits Vava’u finds themselves in Neiafu at some stage, whether it’s passing through via a resort transfer from the wharf or basing themselves at one of the many accommodations.
More About Staying in Neiafu
What’s Neiafu good for? Restaurants, the market, services, wharf access for boat tours and visiting on a budget.
What to do there? Snorkelling tours, whale swimming, scuba diving, land sightseeing tours, Mt Talau, Pouono and more – see 50 Best Things to Do in Vava’u and 10 Best Things to Do in Neiafu.
Where to eat? Basque Tavern, Le Galion, The Kraken, Mango Cafe, Bella Vista, Cafe Tropicana, Coffee & Tees, Falaleu Deli & Takeaway, Hideaway Cafe, Sam’s Restaurant and more – see The Food Guide to Vava’u.
The Best Guesthouses in Neiafu
- Flying Annie Moa – Private rooms with ensuite or shared facilities, breakfast included
- Oceanside Lodge – Air-conditioned rooms with very good breakfast included
- Port Wine Guest House – Range of rooms with private and shared facilities and a very good breakfast
- Pio’s Backpackers – Central guesthouse with three basic rooms and shared facilities
- Port of Refuge Villas – Basic rooms with shared facilities across two bungalows.
For more details on some of these accommodations, check out the 10 Best Guesthouses in Vava’u.
The Best Apartments in Neiafu
- Boathouse Apartments – Fully self-contained one-, two-bedroom and studios with harbour views
- Lupetea Apartment – Upscale waterfront apartment with private jetty and kayaks
- Marlene’s Motel – Standalone self-contained units in the quiet old Neiafu harbour
- Oceansong House – Two-bedroom house and studio poised in the old Neiafu harbour.
The Best Hotels in Neiafu
- Puataukanave Hotel – The largest hotel in Vava’u right on the waterfront with spacious rooms
- Hilltop Hotel – Locally run budget hotel with communal kitchen
- Elim Hotel – Chinese-orientated hotel with restaurant, whale tours and car rentals
- Jia Heng Holiday Hotel – Chinese-aimed hotel with airport transfers.
Check out the 10 Best Hotels in Vava’u for more information on these mid-range accommodations.
Vava’u Accommodation in Toula and Pangaimotu
Head south of Neiafu and the next village is Toula where most of its accommodations straddle the Port of Refuge for excellent views and a quieter setting away from the hustle and bustle of the main town. Head a little further south and across a causeway and you’ll reach the connecting island of Pangaimotu where you won’t have to travel far to find more places to stay.
More About Staying in Toula and Pangaimotu
What’s Toula and Pangaimotu good for? More interesting holiday accommodations in a quieter location than Neiafu yet close enough for convenience.
What to do there? Fishing charters, kayaking, paddleboarding, Veimumuni Cave, village life including churches, and more – see 50 Best Things to Do in Vava’u.
Where to eat? The Harbourview and Humpback Lodge – see The Food Guide to Vava’u.
The Best Apartments in Toula
- Billfish Holiday Apartments – Fully self-contained studio apartments with garden, jetty and fishing charters
- Saralee’s House – Double studios with kitchen facilities and waterfront access
- Hakula Lodge – Two self-contained apartments with fishing charters
- Pineapple Bungalows – Five-bedroom upstairs unit with meals by arrangement
- Makafeka Apartment – Upstairs unit with two bedrooms and a full kitchen and lounge.
The Best Hotels in Toula and Pangaimotu
- The Harbourview – Garden bungalows with a popular restaurant and watersports rental
- Humpback Lodge – Boutique hotel with a popular restaurant.
Check out the 10 Best Hotels in Vava’u for more information on these mid-range accommodations.
Vava’u Accommodation on ‘Utungake
Continue on the main road over Pangaimotu and you’ll reach another causeway-connected island, ‘Utungake. If you want the secluded beach resort experience without the hassle of overwater travel, this would be the best place to stay in Vava’u. The odd resort restaurant here is open to non-guests, so if exploring the surrounding villages isn’t enough reason to leave your fale then this alternative dining option might be.
More About Staying on ‘Utungake
What’s ‘Utungake good for? Resort-style accommodations and a more secluded setting with beaches yet still connected to the main island.
What to do there? ‘Esi o Lupepau’u Lookout, beaches, kayaking, and boat tours can pick guests up from most of these resorts – see 50 Best Things to Do in Vava’u.
Where to eat? Tongan Beach Resort – see The Food Guide to Vava’u.
The Best Resorts on ‘Utungake
- Mystic Sands – Couple-centric yet family-friendly waterfront resort with a pool
- Tongan Beach Resort – Beachfront bungalows with good snorkelling and a reputable restaurant
- Lucky’s Beach Houses – Budget rooms and self-contained units for a self-sufficient stay by the beach
- Wolfgramm Beachfront – Contemporary double rooms with kitchenette and kayaks.
Vava’u Accommodation on the Outer Islands
A completely different way to experience Vava’u is by staying on one of the outer islands. Some are much quicker to get to than others with boat transfers from Neiafu taking anywhere between 10 to 40 minutes. Needless to say, you will need to solely rely on the resort (or yourself) for food and entertainment, which most are equipped to do. Note that some island resorts are only open for the whale season (July to October).
More About Staying on the Vava’u Outer Islands
What are the outer islands good for? Picturesque islands with better beaches and swimming than the mainland. If you’re purely visiting for whale swimming, these islands are closer to the action.
What to do there? Relaxation, whale tours, kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkelling, island walks, bird watching, Swallows Cave, Mariner’s Cave and more – see 50 Best Things to Do in Vava’u.
Where to eat? Resorts provide set meals, usually as part of a meal plan – see The Food Guide to Vava’u.
The Best Resorts on the Vava’u Outer Islands
- Mala Island Resort – Artistic Tongan-inspired fales a short boat ride from Neiafu
- The Reef Resort – Tonga’s only 4.5-star resort on Kapa Island
- Treasure Island Eco Resort – Stone and timber fales with good whale whale swimming on ‘Euaiki Island
- Mounu Island Resort – Farflung resort with four fales, a good restaurant and whale swimming
- Dream Island Resort – Spacious adults-only bungalows nestled on Euakafa Island
- Mandala Resort – TradeWinds-affiliated private island resort with treehouses close to the mainland
- Beautiful Ofu Island – Budget accommodation on Ofu Island close to the mainland
- Blue Lagoon Resort – Rustic overwater fales on Foeata Island with whale swimming
- Makafeke Resort – Village guesthouse on the beachfront of Nuapapu Island.
Learn more about these accommodations in the 10 Best Resorts in Vava’u.
Vava’u Accommodation on the Rest of ‘Utu Vava’u
Finally, Vava’u’s main island of ‘Utu Vava’u covers a land area of 97 km² (37 mi²) but has very little accommodation outside of Neiafu and Toula. Anywhere you stay in the greater area of ‘Utu Vava’u is bound to provide a peaceful experience with opportunities to witness and partake in quintessential village life. The island also holds a huge array of natural and historical land attractions and beaches.
More About Staying on Greater ‘Utu Vava’u
What’s ‘Utu Vava’u good for? Tranquillity among coast, village and plantation landscapes yet still easy enough access to Neiafu.
What to do there? ‘Esi ko Salote, ‘Utula’aina, Hila ki Tapana, ‘Ene’io Botanical Garden, Kilikilitefua Wall, Otua Lea Beach, Tali e Hau Beach, Talihau Beach, Albert Guttenbeil Vanilla Plantation Tours and more – see 50 Best Things to Do in Vava’u.
The Best Resorts on ‘Utu Vava’u
- Vaimalo – Overwater self-contained fales with kayaks, snorkelling and car rental.
Learn more about these accommodations in the 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Vava’u.
The Best Accommodations in Vava’u: Accommodation Categories
By now, you’ve probably realised that Vava’u has accommodations appealing to all types of travellers and that here, at Tonga Pocket Guide, we’ve ranked all the best! Browse Vava’u accommodations by category using the following links:
- 10 Best Resorts in Vava’u
- 5 Best Eco-Resorts in Vava’u
- 10 Best Hotels in Vava’u
- 10 Best Guesthouses in Vava’u
- 5 Best Holiday Homes in Vava’u
- 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Vava’u
- 10 Best Budget Accommodations in Vava’u
- 10 Best Family Accommodations in Vava’u
- 10 Best Honeymoon & Romantic Accommodations
- 5 Best Luxury Accommodations in Vava’u
Plan more of your trip according to different travel styles using The Complete Travel Guide to Vava’u.
More About Where to Stay in Vava’u + The Best Vava’u Accommodations
Well done for making it this far in our guide to the best Vava’u accommodations. You now probably have a good idea of where to stay in Vava’u, so plan the rest of your trip with these guides:
- The Complete Travel Guide to Vava’u
- The Food Guide to Vava’u: Places to Eat & Food Tours
- Tonga Travel Tips: 30 Tips for Travelling in Tonga
Finally, if you’re still unsure where to stay, go back to square one with our guide, Where to Stay in Tonga: The Best Accommodations in Tonga.