Tonga - Vava'u

Tonga is in the top 10 beaches and small islands for travel in Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2014 guide. Shh, don't tell everyone!

Situated approximately 240 kilometres north of Tongatapu, the Vava'u Island Group is a smattering of 50-odd islands, in an area 23 by 25 kilometres, protected by a semi-circular reef. The islands are separated by reefs or open water, but are not great paddling distances apart

Also be sure to check out the Ha'apai Island Group for further trip opportunities

Boathouse Appartments

Boathouse Apartments

Ideally located in Neiafu Harbour and only a 200m walk to Neiafu township, Boathouse Apartments is an apartment-style hotel with a uniquely Tongan ambience. There is a room type to suit everyone from individuals, to couples, families and small groups.

Facilities
  • Studio, 1- and 2-bedroom apartments with queen beds, fully equipped kitchenette and private bathroom;
  • Private balcony overlooking the harbour;
  • Double units with super king split single beds and private bathrooms;
  • Air conditioning and electric fans;
  • Tea and coffee making facilities.
  • Find out more at boathousetonga.com

We use this property for package night upgrades for the Vava'u 6-, 8- and 10-day Classic, Vava'u Discovery and Vava'u 9-day Adventure tours.

Hilltop Hotel

Hilltop Hotel

Hilltop Hotel overlooks the two harbours of Neiafu Tahi and Port of Refuge whilst also being conveniently located ten minutes walk from the Neiafu town.

Facilities
  • Clean, airy rooms with air conditioning;
  • Private bathroom with hot and cold running water;
  • Private veranda.

We use this property for our Vava'u 6-day, 8-day and 10-day Classic, Vava'u Discovery and Vava'u 9-day Adventure tours.

Mandala Resort room

Mandala Resort

Mandala Resort is located on private Fetoko Island, just 10-minutes from Neiafu and 25-minutes from the airport. The resort offers 5 unique handcrafted bungalows, including a honeymoon suite and a bespoke Tree House. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of this pristine tropical environment and relaxed atmosphere.

Facilities
  • En-suite bungalows have memory foam king beds, luxurious bedding, French doors, above-the-water verandas, hot water, and cozy bay window day-beds;
  • WiFi, massage and Yoga, welcome drink, use of kayaks, SUPs, wet suits, and snorkel gear;
  • Beachside restaurant and bar offering set menu dining, full and half board meal plans, local and international cuisine and drinks;
  • Breezy and the island is virtually mosquito free!
  • Eco resort offering complimentary organic biodegradable homemade toiletries and operating on solar energy, and UV light filtered drinking rain water;
  • Nearby tours, caves, blow-hole, disappearing sand cay, snorkelling, bush walks, kava, and more;
  • Daily housekeeping and local concierge.
  • Find out more at www.mandalaisland.com

We use this property exclusively for our Vava'u 7-day Superior tour

Mystic Sands room

Mystic Sands

Relax and enjoy the sunset and island views from this comfortable owner operated retreat on the waters edge. With its own jetty this ideal location is easily accessible for all boat trips.

Facilities
  • Spacious, self-catering motel style units;
  • Private beach and wharf;
  • White sand beach and safe swimming;
  • Perfect place to relax and enjoy the tropical sun;
  • Thatched fale on the dock, a great place to gather with friends;
  • Short walk to Tongan Beach Resort bar/restaurant.
  • Find out more at www.mysticsands.net

We use this property for our Vava'u 7-day Superior tour and package night upgrades for the Vava'u 6-day, 8-day and 10-day Classic, Vava'u Discovery and Vava'u 9-day Adventure tours.

Port Wine Guest House

Port Wine Guest House

This friendly, Tongan owned and operated property is conveniently located within a five minute walk from Neiafu township. Consists of two guesthouses and 2 fales in a peaceful tropical garden setting.

Facilities
  • Lakemba guest house features 4 rooms, each with ensuite bathroom;
  • Sailome guest house has 4 rooms with shared bathroom facilities;
  • Breezy verandah overlooking attractive tropical gardens;
  • Communal kitchen and living areas in both houses;
  • Fale Lia (queen bed and single day bed) and Fale Sailome (queen and bunk beds) each have a private outdoor shower and private verandah;
  • Rooms decorated in a distinctive Tongan style;
  • Free WIFI internet available for guests;
  • Complimentary breakfast.
  • Find out more at www.portwineguesthouse.com

We use this property for our Vava'u 6-day, 8-day and 10-day Classic, Vava'u Discovery and Vava'u 9-day Adventure tours.

Reef Resort room

Reef Resort

Reef Resort is located at Otea on a beautiful island within the Vava'u island group. The resort offers four stunning bungalows (fales) which have been finished to a high standard with tasteful furnishings and a modern feel. The crystal clear waters provide brilliant snorkeling and one of Vava'u's best snorkeling spots, the Japanese Gardens, is located just off the beach.

Facilities
  • All fales (bungalows) have their own private deck with sea views and are equipped with air conditioning, hot water, fridge and tea/coffee making facilities;
  • Each bungalow has WiFi internet access and a music system which allows for connection to an iPOD or MP3 player;
  • A beachside restaurant and bar offering local and international food and drinks.

We use this property exclusively for our Vava'u 7-day Superior tour

The Tongan beach front room

Tongan Beach Resort

Situated on 'Utungake Island at the entrance to the Port of Refuge, this high-end resort is located 10km from Neiafu and its bars and restaurants (approx T$20 one way by taxi) and 8km from Toula Village where Friendly Islands Kayak Company is based (approx T$15 one way by taxi). This resort features:

Facilities
  • Harbour view bungalows with private bathrooms (hot and cold water), air conditioning, electric fans, telephone, refrigerators, tea/coffee making facilities and a private veranda;
  • A white sand beach and safe swimming at all tides;
  • A beach bar, a restaurant serving local and international cuisine featuring fresh seafood (various meal packages available);
  • Live local entertainment (in season);
  • A library, gift shop, laundry service;
  • A friendly relaxed ambience.
  • Find out more at www.thetongan.com

A We use this property for our Vava'u 7-day Superior tour and for package night upgrades for the Vava'u 6-day, 8-day and 10-day Classic, Vava'u Discovery and Vava'u 9-day Adventure tours.

Treasure Island Eco Resort

Treasure Island Eco Resort

Treasure Island Eco Resort is a true hideaway nestled along the beautiful white sandy beach of the island of 'Eue'iki and the pristine turquoise water of the lagoon. It is approximately a 15 - 20 minute boat ride (south easterly) from the mainland of Vava'u and is situated right in the middle of a humpback whale nursery.

Facilities
  • Traditional style fales (bungalow) features include hot and cold running water, a private shower and bathroom, a queen sized bed with mosquito netting, fans and an outside covered porch;
  • Beachfront restaurant/bar

We use this property exclusively for our Vava'u 7-day Superior tour

Harbourview Resort

Vava'u Harbourview Resort

Overlooking the Port of Refuge 2km from Neiafu (5 minutes by taxi) and very close to Friendly Islands Kayak Company's base, this mid-range resort offers clean, breezy individual fales in a well maintained tropical garden setting.

Facilities
  • All rooms have private facilities, queen size bed, extra bed, sitting area, bathroom with hot shower, and private large veranda;
  • Each room has its own kitchenette with fridge, cooking facilities & utensils;
  • Two bungalows have connecting doors ideal for families;
  • Tennis courts located on the grounds with balls and racquets available;
  • BBQ area available within the grounds for the exclusive use of guests
  • Find out more at www.harbourviewresort.com

Our preferred property for the Vava'u 6-, 8- and 10-day Classic, Vava'u Discovery and Vava'u 9-day Adventure tours.