Tonga Resorts Guide

Tonga resorts are scattered around the islands but there is no real concentration of accommodation as with its South Pacific neighbours. This unassuming island nation is so relaxed and laid back and so entwined with its Royalty that tourism has yet to develop as a commercial force. This makes the islands one of the more interesting places to visit. There are of course a couple of large hotels in Nuku'alofa Town, but these are best suited to visiting businessmen and Tongans returning home for a holiday from overseas. The tiny islands offshore from Tongatapu offer the best opportunities for a relaxing beach holiday and here there are two small deluxe resorts with lovely beaches, a laid back atmosphere, good snorkelling and organised island hopping trips and sightseeing excursions back on the main island.

Further north is the Ha'apai Group which remains very traditional and offers just one small deluxe resort and several locally owned guesthouses. Further north still, and about a 40-minute flight from Tongatapu International Airport, the Vava'u Islands has several small hotels and beach resorts. Vava'u is great for exploring, has exceptional snorkelling and day cruises around the islands, as well as being the main whale watching centre when the humpbacks visit between May and October.