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Tonga Travel Guide

Day Tours
several companies operate day tours to southern Vava'u


A number of boutique resorts and restaurants exist on small islands south of Neiafu, and advance bookings through their websites are essential. Locally, you can inquire at Vava'u Adventures. Be aware that many of the top end resorts quote prices in American, Australian, or New Zealand dollars which may involve unexpected exchange charges. Virtually all offer whale watching July to October and most can arrange game fishing as well. Warwick International Hotels has announced plans for an upscale 100-bungalow resort for Taunga Island.

Ofu Island Backpackers near the village on Ofu Island has five budget rooms with transfers from Neiafu's Old Harbor. Children are not accepted.

Budget-priced Mafana Island Beach Backpackers, on the next island over from Ofu, provides accommodations in set tents. Communal cooking facilities are provided.

Seven beaches are found on Tapana Island, which is also home to the Tapana Island Resort off Ano Beach. The two budget units with private bath and shared cooking facilities are good value and breakfast is included. The Spanish owners serves excellent set meals to cruising yachties and resort guests at their La Paella Restaurant.

Mala Island Resort, between Pangaimotu and Kapa islands, charges budget prices for their 14 Tongan-style fale. It's one of the few resorts in southern Vava'u accessible to backpackers as dormitory accommodations are also available. Meals in their restaurant are extra. Swimmers should beware of strong currents around here.

In 2007 the deluxe Reef Resort opened on a good snorkeling beach near Otea village on Kapa Island. The four air-conditioned fale are among the most expensive accommodations on Vava'u with meals and transfers charged extra.

Eua'iki Island Resort on Eua'iki Island on the south side of the Vava'u Group is also known as the Treasure Island Resort. It has eight upscale thatched beach fale (minimum stay three nights). Children under the age of eight are not accepted. Meals in their island-style restaurant and transportation to the island are extra. Problems with rodents have been reported here.

Whale Watch Vava'u operates upscale Mounu Island Resort on a tiny beach-clad island a bit west of Eua'iki. The four open fale are deluxe (minimum stay three nights, children under 12 not accommodated). During off-season December-June the rate is reduced slightly. The compulsory three-meal plan in their waters-edge restaurant is extra and the food is very good (which is lucky as there are no alternatives). Return airport transfers are also charged extra. There's excellent reef snorkeling between Mounu and Ovalau islands. Kayaks and snorkeling gear are loaned free.

Blue Lagoon Resort, on Foeata Island near the southwest end of the Vava'u Group, has eight upscale thatched fale with bath. Meals and airport transfers are extra. Free moorings are provided to yachties interested in patronizing their seafood restaurant. Blue Lagoon is an artsy, solar-powered place not suited for those seeking air-conditioned, five-star accommodations.

Ika Lahi Lodge, on the western island of Hunga, has four rooms in two upscale bungalows. The three-meal plan and airport transfers are extra. Safe swimming and snorkeling is available off their beach. Ika Lahi serves mostly as a base for fishing trips with Reel Obsession Charters. The protected anchorage here is good and seven moorings are available for restaurant/bar patrons.