About Accommodation in Tonga

Important – Please read!

On arrival in Tongatapu, (the main island of Tonga) and and going on to Vava’u, you will need to arrange the short transfer to the domestic terminal on exiting the International Customs Hall there are plenty of taxi drivers waiting to assist you. We have used 2 taxi drivers over the years Ana or Edward, if you want to ask for them then please do, otherwise whoever is available is fine. The cost should be around TOP$5 for 1 or 2 people to the domestic terminal.

If you are staying a night or 2 on Tongatapu and have accommodation booked,  your accommodation provider will be there to meet you. Make sure you book this transfer with your accommodation if you are booking independently.

If you are wanting to do a tour of the main island of Tonga, make sure you check on their rates and agree to the price before you do the tour and agree on your pick-up and drop-off locations. Expect to pay around TOP$100 per person for a full day tour and up to TOP$80 per person for a half day tour of the Western side of the island or up to TOP$90 per person for the Eastern side.

If you want to go into Nuku’alofa to see the market or have a meal, the charge for a taxi for 1 or 2 people is TOP$45 or TOP $50 one way for this service.

Make sure you agree on the price before you enter a taxi.

We recommend all of the accommodation properties on this page. We have personally inspected or stayed at these places or had them highly recommended by our guests.  We can offer a booking service for extra accommodation with the providers that we work with directly: The Scenic Hotel, Mala Island, Talau House and The Vava’u Villa. You can add extra nights at these properties with your tour booking online in our website – subject to availability.

If you wish to stay a few extra days in Tongatapu or in Vava’u and try other accommodation, we happily recommend the other providers listed here but you will need to book with them directly via the contact information provided.

Accommodation in Tongatapu/Nuku’alofa


Scenic Hotel Tonga (at the international airport)

This modern hotel offers overnight visitors to Tonga, accommodation just 1 min’s drive from both the international and domestic airport. Perfect for a short overnight stay on your way to Vava’u!  All rooms have en-suite bathroom, comfortable beds and television, restaurant, bar and been designed to make your stay a truly memorable one with its modern amenities and peaceful location.


Tanoa_pool-185x150Tanoa International Dateline Hotel

Tanoa International Dateline Hotel has been fully renovated and will officially open 17 February 2017. This hotel offers a selection of superior accommodation and is located in the capital Nuku’alofa, with sensational facilities for leisure, conference, corporate and wedding guests.
Located on the waterfront, with 122 rooms in total, Tanoa International Dateline Hotel can be used as your hub to get around Tonga. With extensive conference facilities, a range of dining options, and high-speed internet in every room, this is the place to be.
Ideal if you are saying on the main island for several days – it is 35 minutes drive from the airport.


JeZAmi Hotel

jezami_hotel_185JeZAmi Hotel has been in operation since August 2014 and currently has five spacious rooms, all with Queen Deluxe or Double Deluxe Beds. All rooms have en-suite bathroom facilities, a living-sitting area, air conditioning, 32″ flat screen colour TV with 28 cable channels, microwave oven and mini refrigerator, fresh rain water, robes and slippers and daily room service. Large work desks are provided in each room and they also offer free wireless internet throughout your stay.



white_sands_beachWhite Sands Beach Resort (Western end of Tongatapu Island)

This secluded place is private and ideal for your beach-front accommodation. It is one of the Kingdom of Tonga’s most special, but hidden and wonderful beauty spots. Not a hotel complex, it is a private area with only several rooms. There are 4 spacious open-plan, beachside bungalows – all with king-sized bed/s, ensuite bathrooms, screens on all windows, fans, hot & cold water, fridge, toaster, kettle and dining table.
Enjoy a getaway on a spectacular picturesque beach front before or after your WhaleSwim tour with us in Vava’u.


waterfront_lodge_185x155Waterfront Lodge & Restaurant

The Waterfront Lodge offers visitors to Tonga the best private accommodation in the capital, Nuku’alofa. The lodge boasts a beautiful sea view, excellent services and luxury en-suite accommodation with air-conditioning and king-size beds. Additional amenities include IDD telephone, Internet access, satellite TV, mini refrigerator, and tea and coffee facilities.


winnies_house_185x130Winnie’s Guest House 
For hospitality that is second to none, stay at Tonga’s best kept little secret, Winnie’s Guesthouse. Clean and comfortable surroundings at a reasonable price. They offer 6 bed rooms: 3 singles and 3 doubles with shared facilities (bathroom and fully equipped kitchen).  The common areas, outside desk, lounge, game room and computer rooms are large, inviting and comfortable.


fafa_the island2Fa Fa Island Resort (35 mins boat ride from Nuku’alofa)

Beautiful island – beautiful resort! The best in Tonga! Everything is built in the traditional Tongan style. The walls are made from woven palm leaves, the roof from wooden shingles. The interior, however, is of utmost comfort. The bathroom in the palm garden with WC and stainless steel shower, large double beds with mosquito-net canopies. Each fale has its own terrace with tables and armchairs. The obligatory hammock hangs out in the front near your lounges on the beach. Solar panels provide lighting and warm water.


Accommodation In the Vava’u Islands

VavVilla_hotel-185x130The Vava’u Villa Hotel, Bar & Restaurant 

Vava’u Villa has been recently renovated and is situated on the most breathtaking island group in the South Pacific.
It offers a tranquil and relaxing stay with panoramic views of the ocean and a tropical paradise. Relax in the cool ocean breeze or swim at Muikilekila Beach, a 2 minute stroll away from your room. The Vava’u Villa Hotel has two types of accommodation – ensuite rooms in the Villa and Luxury tents with timber floors and fully-functional ensuite bathrooms. All accommodation is very tastefully furnished and decorated,with a spacious and open living area, verandah’s to relax on with water-views from the Villa and wifi available. Enjoy the great restaurant with fresh tasty food and the popular verandah bar.


mala_aeriel1_185x155Mala Island Resort

Mala Island is an idyllic small and very picturesque island, with a white sand beach edging a turquoise lagoon snorkelling reefs just off the beach! It’s just a 8 min boat ride off the main island of Vava’u.  Mala Island Resort’s spacious Polynesian-style fales are well furnished, all have mosquito nets, are light and airy & overlook the water.   (This resort is being upgraded for 2017 season)


PortWine_guest housePort Wine Guest House


Owned and operated by wonderful friendly locals, Tai and his mother Luisa, the Port Wine House Guest House is a true Tongan experience! It is situated a 5 minutes walk from the heart of Neiafu. It is quiet, homely and picturesque.
Their new guest house suites and garden fales are beautifully designed with timber floors and decorated with local art, stained glass windows and there are always vases of fresh tropical flowers from their garden. All rooms have their own bathroom and private entrance and the their two garden fales have a verandah and a private outdoor shower surrounded by lush tropical palms and fruit trees.



The Boat House Apartments

These beautifully designed and furnished apartments are perfect for those guests arriving a day or so early for their WhaleSwim tour. They are situated right on the harbour, just above the jetty (where your boats await you during your tour if you are staying on one of our Vava’u Villa based tours).


the islandMandala Island Eco Resort – Fetoko Island Vava’u

Fetoko is a secluded 2.5 acre private island, only a 10-minute boat ride from Neiafu Township. Many different activities are available on and around the island. Mandala was uniquely built to utilise the island’s naturally sweeping curves. Solar and wind power, rain water catchment and water desalination and composting create an reduced environmental footprint without sacrificing comforts and amenities. Living Earth Roofs and a tree house blend the buildings into the island, creating a peaceful serenity in this unspoilt paradise.


Beach_house_coralcottage_fr_lagoon_185x155The Beach House – Fofoa Island

Exquisite hand-built holidays homes situated on the edge of a beautiful turquoise lagoon out in the humpback whale nursery! Each of these unique holiday homes are located on the island of Fofoa, a lush, unspoilt 110 acre piece of paradise ready for you to explore. With only 4 other permanent residents you can enjoy utmost privacy and freedom to roam but be secure in knowing that your onsite managers are available at any time for local knowledge, activity advice or simply to have a chat! Massage is available on site also. (Minimum 4 nights – unless they happen to have a few days in between other bookings)


Talau_6514Talau House Apartments

These apartments are beautiful and tastefully decorated.  Nestled in the quiet hillside area of Mt Talau and near to town, this large double storey property is the premier self-catering accommodation in Vava’u.

There is 1 x 4 bedroom 2 bathroom apart,int and a 3 bedroom with 2 bathroom apartment PLUS a 3-bedroom house. Each has a large eat-in kitchen, laundry, lounge and out-door balcony and a deck onto the lush garden filled with bananas, papayas and other tropical fruits, a large herb and vegetable garden. Perfect for outdoor dining and relaxing.


DCIM100MEDIADJI_0096.JPGReef Resort

The Reef Resort offers just 5 luxury detached accommodation units in a tranquil island setting – four studio bungalows with ensuite bathrooms and the new 2 bedroom bungalow with 1 bathroom. They are all elegant, spacious, with comfortable beds, pure cotton bed linen, ceiling fans, a small fridge and tea/coffee making facilities.The luxury bathrooms have double hand-basins and a huge rain-shower. Each bungalow has its own private deck with sun chairs and stunning water views.


Other Accommodation we Recommend

luckysBeach_faleLucky’s Beach Houses – Lucky’s is right on the beach and offers guests the choice of 2 traditional Tongan fales or 2 European style beach houses with kitchen & bathroom (cold water only). Guests can self cater or there are excellent meals available. Snorkelling, surfing, sport fishing, diving, whale watching and other sightseeing activities can all be arranged. Laundry and kayaks available on site. 20 min by taxi to town.