Find your place to stay in Tonga

Vava'u Holiday Homes. Image courtesy of Vava'u Holiday Homes.

You've decided Tonga is your holiday destination. Daydreaming of the white sandy beaches and an Ikale (a locally brewed beer) has become a regular past-time at work. The problem is, you just don’t know what type of accommodation is available in Tonga, you’ve never been there after all! 

There are a wide range of options, wherever you go on the four main island groups of Tongatapu, Vava’u, 'Eua and Ha’apai. So we've put together a quick explanation of what these types of accommodation can offer you.

Looking for a cultural experience? Then village homestays and simple guesthouses will be a good choice for you, with the added benefit of being kind on the wallet.

Guest Houses are mostly locally-owned, so you can be sure of a warm Tongan welcome, and you will soon feel part of the family. There are lots of simple guesthouses, backpacker hostels, bed and breakfast and homestay accommodation to choose from throughout Tonga’s islands. You’ll soon feel right at home, and don’t be surprised if you get invited to join the family for dinner, or they might even take you to church on Sunday which is a fantastic and memorable experience.

Guest houses often have shared facililities, such as a kitchen, dining area and laundry. Breakfasts and dinners can be included, or guests can opt for self-catering, so be sure to check what's available before you book.

Self-catering apartments are great if you would prefer more freedom to please yourself. A self-catering apartment has access to kitchen and laundry facilities, so you can either cook for yourself or enjoy sampling all the delicious local food at nearby restaurants.

View from Vava'u, Tonga. Image courtesy of Rachel Pinder. Blue Banana Beach House in Tongatapu. Image courtesy of Blue Banana Beach House.

Looking to stay somewhere homely with a few more added extras?
Then a hotel will be perfect, as you can pick and choose somewhere with all the comforts you need.

Hotels are usually family-run, and you'll find the owners live on site or very closeby. They will often go out of their way to make sure you're well looked after and will help you with local information and advice on things to do and places to see during your stay.

You’ll find some great waterfront hotels in Nuku’alofa on the main island of Tongatapu and at Vava’u’s main port of Neifau. Enjoy a friendly welcome, get settled in and explore your new surroundings. 
Both locations are just strolling distance from some great restaurants, cafes and bars, with colourful markets and plenty of tour companies nearby where you can organise activities and day trips. Walk along the waterfront at sunset and then enjoy a relaxing meal before heading back to your hotel for a good night's rest.

Browse through our great range of hotels and find a place that's right for you.

Sandy Beach Resort in Ha'apai. Images courtesy of Sandy Beach Resort.

Are you planning a holiday where everything is included? Relax on the golden sand beaches and chill out with a book, whilst listening to the gentle sound of the waves lapping at your feet. 
Sounds appealing? Then try a resort, where everything you need will be taken care of. Don't forget that Tongan resorts may be a bit more basic than what you may be used to, but that's part of the charm. If you slow down to the pace of the locals and enjoy the laidback culture, you will have a great time.

There are plenty of fantastic places to kick back and relax at a boutique resort. This is your chance to enjoy a totally invigorating break. 

You can while away your time sipping cocktails by the pool, exploring the shoreline by kayak or enjoying a relaxing Polynesian massage.

Resort accommodation offers a full service in natural surroundings. Most rooms have private facilities with a full menu service available. Recreational activities and tours are usually offered as extras.

The Tongan Visitors Bureau introduced the Tonga Mark in July 2012 which lists star gradings for accommodation operators.