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Foa Road | Faleloa, Tonga
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Matafonua Lodge
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My partner and I spent a magic 10 days in Tonga, 7 of which we spent swimming with the humpbacks. Due to the devastation if cyclone Ian in January Matafonua is still under going repair, however this did not detract from Nina and Darrens willingness to welcome you into their piece of paradise. Their whale swim operation is run by... More

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Gympie, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a fantastic time , the food was to die for can't wait to come back when your up and running the accommodation side.. Thanks for a great whale experience.xxxxxx the weather is fabulous the beaches are pristine and the snorkelling is to beautiful to describe .

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Roswell, GA
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121 reviews 121 reviews
34 hotel reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were originally booked with Matafonua and were heartbroken when they were wiped out by the storm, but, during our stay on Foa, we hung out at Matafonua with Darren and Nina. Such warm and wonderful people, who took us into their hearts and made us feel like family! We snorkeled the lagoon and spent an afternoon shooting some stunning... More

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A week of pure relaxation, heart stopping beauty & once in a life time experiences that I'll hold forever. The whole team at Matafonua were incredibly helpful, delightful and made my time at Ha'apai a most unforgettable one. The whale swimming was breath taking with Jodie, her vast knowledge and friendly smile made the whole two days absolutely fascinating and... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We just came back from one week in Tonga. We stayed at Sandy beach resort but kited in front of Matafonua Lodge. Darren from Matafonua was very nice and offered us to leave our kite gear in his shed. The kiting spot is magic, amazing! One day, I lost my board in the current and Darren rushed to get his... More

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Tauranga
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome whale watching.fun place.nice staff.nice food.just awesome.visit soon.sad that it got destroyed by a storm.dont worry it will be rebuilt soon so come and visit Matafonua lodge on Foa island.bring food as there's not that much good food shops near by.lovely island. There is some interesting history.it is a awesome diving spot there are lots of types of fish.lovely holiday... More

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Sydney, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We recently stayed at neighbouring Sandy Beach Resort (Matafonua Lodge was not up and running again after the February 2014 Hurricane) and were booked in for 4 days of Whale Watching with Guides Gary and Jodie from Matafonua Lodge. The tours were so well organised and easy to get to from Sandy Beach, we just had to walk down the... More

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Broke
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We did not stay at Matafouna lodge as they are in the process of rebuilding after the cyclone and are hoping to have this ready soon. Our review is about their boat trips which we went on which were fabulous. We booked 5 days to swim with whales and they certainly delivered. We swum with Mothers and babies, a wonderful... More

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Lycksele, Sweden
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4 reviews 4 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

We came to Foa, unaware of the recent hurricane. Matafonua had been damaged really bad. But that didn't stop Darren and Nina from helping us with everything from renting kayaks, go for diving trips and having somewhere to stay. They didn't just open their resort for us but also their home. We ended up having the best time ever! The... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

I visited Matafonua in Ha'apai recently and had a great holiday! The resort looked great - even better than when I previously stayed in 2007 and visited in 2010. The accommodation (Family Fale) was basic, was clean and tidy. The beds were comfy for split Kings. There was electricity in the Fale, which was great for charging my phone through... More

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Address: Foa Road | Faleloa, Tonga
Location: Tonga > Ha'apai Islands > Foa Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Also Known As:
Matafonua Hotel Ha`Apai Islands
Matafonua Lodge Tonga/Foa Island

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