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The Ha’apai Island group is one of Tonga’s best kept secrets. The Ha’apai group consists of 60 small islands with only 17 of these, inhabited. Ha’apai is a wonderful eco-tourism destination, with its prolific wildlife, pristine beaches and magnificent coral reefs, it’s a paradise for snorkellers and divers.

It was in these waters that the famous “Mutiny on The Bounty” took place, and also where Captain Cook once landed, later referring to the Kingdom of Tonga as “The Friendly Islands”. Take a step back in time, enjoy the peace and tranquillity and discover the beauty of Ha’apai.

Flights to the main island of Lifuka operate daily, with the exception of Sunday. At the northern point of Lifuka, a causeway joins it to the island of Foa. This is where the accommodation is located.  

  • Ha’apai Geographical Information

    Fafa Island Resort, an 18 acres palm covered atoll is located approximately 50 minute drive from the international airport and a further 30 minutes by fast boat from Nuku’alofa township.

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  • Sandy Beach Resort

    Sandy Beach Resort is designed for nature lovers who enjoy life's little luxuries, with its fine sand beaches stretching as far as the eye can see; the beach has actually been nominated as a world heritage site.
    Sandy Beach Resort is located on Foa Island, 10 kilometres north of Lifuka airport, Ha’apai. Takes approximately 15 minutes by car to get to.

    The resort opened in May 1995 with 12 large superior bungalows situated amongst the tropical gardens, just 30 metres from the ocean. Each bungalow overlooks the water with a spacious, furnished verandah and has large tiled rooms cooled by ceiling fans, imported rattan furnishings with built-in wardrobes, small fridge with fresh drinking water, coffee and tea making facilities, large bathroom with solar powered hot water, a choice of king-size or two single beds and free wi-fi.

    Enjoy incredible sunsets and cocktails from the resort's terrace
    before adjourning to the fully licensed restaurant. Entertainment includes Tongan cultural shows (dependant on the availability of the villagers) and kava ceremonies, but there is no TV, disco or nightclubs. There is an extensive library and complimentary laundry service.

    Sandy Beach resort provides courtesy snorkel / masks, bicycles, kayaks, canoe, guided Bush and Reef Walks, guided
    Kayak Tours to nearby islands and a shuttle service to pangai for Church Service and sightseeing. By arrangement for an additional fee, activities such as guided horseback riding, scuba diving, daytrips by boat to some of the other islands and Whale Watch / Swim trips in season from July to October are also available.



    Matafonua Lodge

    MatafonuaMatafonua Lodge is located on the quiet northern peninsula of Foa Island, about a 20 minute drive from the airport. The resort offers a relaxed, laid back atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of the busier islands, and fronts onto one of Ha’apai’s beautiful white sand beaches and sparkling lagoons.


    The Lodge has 10 traditional, Tongan style bungalows or “fales” made of woven palm leaves and most are situated on the beachfront. A stay at Matafonua consists of waking up and stepping off your covered balcony right onto the beach, taking a dip in the ocean, relaxing in a hammock or wandering through the lush tropical gardens to the restaurant and bar.

    There are four Double Fales with either 1 king bed or 2 single beds and six Family Fales with 1 king and up to 3 single beds and 1 fold out bed. Maximum occupancy in the Family Fales is 4 adults or 2 adults and 4 children. The bungalows are comfortable and sparsely furnished with 24 hour electricity and a balcony from which to enjoy the ocean views. Fresh drinking water is provided. Toilets and showers with solar powered hot water are shared in a separate building.


    The main house houses the reception, restaurant and bar. There are comfortable hammocks scattered around the property and a small library and games collection. There is a dive centre on site offering daily dive trips, scuba gear rental and whale watching / swimming trips in season.


    Activities :
    Snorkel in the lagoon straight off the property, rent a kayak or bicycle to explore the island, go bush walking, horse back riding or kite boarding, fish from the beach, rocks or from a kayak, explore uninhabited islands, visit ancient petroglyph sites, scuba dive or swim with the whales in season (July to October).


  • Scuba Diving in Ha’apai

    Diving in TongaDiving in Tonga, and particularly Ha'apai, is known for superb coral reefs, diverse topography and a big variety of fish life. The pace of life in Tonga is supremely relaxed.

    Diving is possible all year round in Tonga. Water temperature in Ha'apai is at its highest in March reaching 28°C (82°F) and drops to a low of 21°C (70°F) during August when the Humpback Whales arrive. Visibility doesn’t vary much throughout the year with anything below 20 meters being uncommon and 30 meters plus as the norm.

    Beds of yellow sea fans can be found at the Ha’apai Islands along with extensive anemones and their associated clown fish. In places the reef wall is riddled with lobster filled caves, some containing air bubbles in the roof large enough to surface into. During winter and spring, divers can be assured to at least hear, if not see, humpback whales that make the clear waters their calving and mating grounds from July to October each year.

    The reefs and shallows of the Ha’apai Group offer amazing underwater scenery. Walls, caves, channels, tunnels, drifts, drop-offs and coral gardens, with hard and soft coral and hundreds of fish species, make for a great variety of dives.
    With outstanding visibility up to 25 meters to 30 meters in summer up to 70 meters in winter, and with very comfortable water temperatures of 23 degrees to 29 degrees to create a magnificent conditions for diving.

    Since recently, even a piece of Tonga´s history can be seen underwater. In December 2009, more than 200 years after the Port au Prince was raided and burnt, Fins n Flukes the local dive operator found the anchor of this pirate ship and are happy to show divers around the site.

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