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Utungaki Island, Vava’u, Tonga

OUR Thoughts on Tongan Beach Resort Vava’u
We have known the Tongan Beach Resort for many years. On our more recent inspections, we have been very pleased with the changes and improvements the current owners have made since they took over in 2010. We have always found there to be a good feeling at this little resort and this keeps improving every year.

All of the resorts we offer in Tonga are unique and The Tongan Beach Resort is no exception. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that while it is located on a beautiful quiet tropical island surrounded by white sand, waving coconut palms etc, it is linked to the mainland by a causeway which makes it possible to “go into town” any time you choose by hiring a taxi. In recent times a unique water taxi service has been introduced between the resort and Neiafu town and this adds another dimension to a stay at The Tongan Beach Resort. Another unique feature is that there is always something of interest happening on the water nearby as boats pass by (and call in too) taking people diving, fishing, whale watching, sightseeing and so on. International yachts are also seen passing through to Neiafu. Utungaki Village is close by and the daily activities of village life are a welcome addition to the experience of Tonga you get when staying at Tongan Beach Resort.

The restaurant at The Tongan Beach Resort is well-known for its high quality food and service. However, those guests who like the idea of having the option of sampling the often lively cafes and bars in Neiafu as an alternative are certainly able to do that while staying here. A Taxi ride to town takes around 15 minutes and costs around $20 each way. Mind you, we know of many instances when guests never leave the property for meals, simply because the food and service is so good right there! We are always impressed with the optional locations The Tongan Beach Resort organises for dinners which may be at tables set up under the trees or on the beach, on the restaurant deck or (of course) inside the restaurant. The bar is a lovely, rustic, round, half-open-sided Tongan-style structure with lounge chairs on the wooden floor on two sides while a nice big table and chairs are set up on the central sand floor – it’s located virtually on the beach and all very relaxing.

Meal Plans are available
Both Half Board - Breakfast and either lunch or dinner
Full Board - Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available

Whale Watching & Swimming with the Humpback Whales.
We recommend you pre-book your “Swim with the Whales” experience at time you book accommodation with us as day tours are almost always booked out in advance.
Quoting The Tongan Beach Resort:
“The Tongan Beach Resort is in the enviable position of being able to offer unique whale watching experiences to our guests.

The waters in front of our resort are on the seasonal migration path of the Humpback whales and these magnificent mammals can often be seen with their young from June to November.

Large numbers of Humpback Whales arrive in these calm, safe waters to mate and give birth to their calves. Vava’u offers several professionally operated whale watching/swim tours that can put you into the water right alongside these colossal mammals.

Whale sightings in Vava’u are reliable since the shallow coastline that the whales frequent is accessible to boats; in fact it’s not uncommon for these beautiful sea creatures to pass in front of the Resort. Moreover, the humpback whale is among the most interesting of whales to observe owing to its impressive acrobatic displays such as fluke, flipper and head slapping, lob tailing, spy hopping, and breaching.”

What The Tongan Beach Resort Say About Themselves:
Your Resort here in Vava'u - The Kingdom of Tonga

This superb boutique island resort offers the best of both worlds - the isolation of a real Pacific island, with top resort facilities that includes a classy restaurant and a friendly bar plus the convenience of being linked to the mainland by a causeway.

Our staff are keen to help make this become a never-to-be-forgotten event for you that is much more than just a holiday. With only 12 rooms, the service is personal and the atmosphere is warm, friendly and laid back so there is no rushing to claim a deck chair before breakfast!

At The Tongan, we can offer multi-layered activities and we are able to cater for honeymooners, couples, families, yachties, boaties, fishermen, divers and snorkelers plus those who simply wish to shed their stressful city and work dominated lifestyle to revel in the peace and natural beauty of the true Pacific where time is irrelevant. As they say - "the land where time stands still".

It is our mission to provide genuine island lifestyle during the day with the creature comforts of home at night. The individually designed rooms have each been designed around a sea theme with sea motifs defining each room.

Vava’u is truly Natures Aquatic Adventure land and The Tongan Beach Resort is located at the crossroads of everyday Vava’u life afloat. Each of the water-based activity operators pass our doorstep (actually our wharf) everyday. Choose from an array of activities including diving, snorkelling, kayaking tours, kite surfing, big game sport fishing, sailing (overnight or day trips), or a more leisurely island tour aboard a water taxi. Powered Kayak tours are available from the “Old Harbour”, these jet boat powered kayaks are great fun and, whilst you drive your own for the tour, a guide takes you to hidden island gems located to the eastern side of Vava’u.

If your desire is to stay at the resort for the day we offer a selection of kayaks (single and double), snorkelling equipment and bicycles for guest use – free of charge. Or, just lie back and enjoy the resort sun loungers dotted along the water’s edge.

If something by land takes your fancy, then there is lots to see around the main island of Vava’u, Land tours around the island of Vava’u take approximately four hours and include a visit to a plantation, a vanilla farm, the world class “Ene’io Botanical gardens”, local villages plus the Catholic Basilica and local market in Neiafu.

The Tongan Beach Resort - Where you can do it all – or nothing at all.”

Our Specials
Bullet Stay/Pay Specials:
During the summer months October through March, The Tongan Beach Resort offers some very generous Stay/Pay accommodation specials for stays of between 8 and 10 nights

Your Accommodation Options
There are 3 types of accommodation at Tongan Beach Resort; Beachfront Double Rooms and Beachfront Family Rooms, plus a Beachfront Apartment with a kitchen – 12 rooms in all. All are absolute beachfront and each one features excellent insect-screened windows to aid ventilation and ceiling fans, modern private ensuite bathrooms with hot and cold shower, fridge, iron and ironing board, hair drier and tea/coffee making facilities. Every room has a private outside deck area facing the beach.

At present not all rooms are air-conditioned although the plan is to have air-conditioning in all rooms as soon as possible. Our experience of staying at Tongan Beach Resort is that air-conditioning is hardly ever required even in the hottest summer months of January and February. Air-conditioned rooms may be requested at time of booking, and, if confirmed to be available will attract a nightly loading to cover the additional cost of electricity.

Bullet Beach Front Double Rooms:
These rooms are located to the east of the central restaurant/reception in 3 ground floor buildings each building containing 2 rooms.
Maximum Occupancy: 2 Adults
Existing Bedding Configuration: 1 King double bed which can be unzipped to provide 2 single beds

Bullet Beachfront Family Rooms:
Located in 2 ground floor blocks of 3 rooms each on the western side of the central restaurant/reception, the Beachfront Family Rooms are slightly bigger than the Beachfront Double rooms and are ideal for families or a group of friends travelling together. Within each block the rooms interconnect with each other if required. Some Beachfront Family Rooms are air-conditioned
Maximum Occupancy: 4 guests.
Existing Bedding Configuration: Either a Super King Bed and 2 Single Beds or 3 single beds.

Bullet Beachfront Apartment:
The Beach Front Apartment is located at the western end of the resort and is connected to other Beach Front Family rooms. An inter-connecting door allows internal access to other family rooms extending the capacity of the apartment by an additional 3 bedrooms. The Apartment boasts a modern fully serviced kitchen with oven and hobs, large fridge and microwave - ideal for self catering. Layout is a separate bedroom plus a lounge/sleeping room opening out onto a private deck adjacent to the beach with views across the harbour., The Apartment has its own en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and vanity. Guest facilities include hair drier, ironing board and iron.
Maximum Occupancy:  5 Guests.

Getting To and From Tongan Beach Resort
A domestic flight is required between Nuku’alofa and Vava’u. The flight time between Nuku’alofa and Vava’u is 50 minutes.  Flights normally operate three times daily in each direction. No services operate on Sundays.

Guests are met at Vava’u Airport and transferred directly to the Resort. The transit time between the airport and the resort is approximately 30 minutes.

Kids’ Policy
Children of all ages are welcome at Tongan Beach Resort.
The Resort ha a kids’ menu and cots and babysitters are easily arranged.

Check-In and Check-Out
The official check-in and check-out times are as follows:
Check-In: 2:00pm
Check-Out: 11:00am

Cancellation Policy

Bullet All cancellations must be made in writing.
Bullet Cancellations received between 14 and 30 days
      prior to scheduled arrival – 50% of total cost charged.
Bullet Cancellations received at the resort less than14 days prior
      to scheduled arrival – 100% of total cost charged.

Travel Insurance is recommended
OUR Specialists can advise on all aspects of travel insurance

The information on this page is correct as at 01 March 2019 and is based on our supplier contracts which are valid for stays to 31 March 2020.  All information shown is subject to change without notice.

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Resort Facilities
Bullet Restaurant
Bullet Bar
Bullet Library
Bullet Bicycles
Bullet Kayaks

Room Facilities
Bullet Veranda
Bullet Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
Bullet Ceiling Fan
Bullet Mini Fridge
Bullet Iron & Ironing Board
Bullet Hairdryer
Bullet Separate Bathroom
Bullet 2 Chairs indoors
Bullet 2 Chairs outdoors