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Matafonua Lodge

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Foa Road | Faleloa, Tonga
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Matafonua Lodge
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Foa Island
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Unfortunately we didn't stay at Matafonua because bungalows were still in construction after the 2014 cyclone. Kitesurfing: This is a world class spot. It is right in front the resort. You can kite in all wind direction. The water is just perfect shallow. You have probably a 500m to 1500m playground. A nice beach were you can launch at low... More 

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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had planned to stay at Matafonua in January 2014 but Cyclone Ian tore through Ha'apai and we sheltered in Pangai at Fifita's Guesthouse leaving soon after with a promise to return - and we're so glad we did! We spent quite a bit of time with Darren and Nina swapping cyclone stories and tales of island life. Our son... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had an incredible time diving with Darren at matafonua. I have never met such hospitable ,friendly people - Darren and Nina looked after us and showed us the true foa island! They know the best dive spots - we saw sharks, sea snakes and all kinds of things and we always felt safe despite our relative inexperience diving. The... More 

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Channel Islands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

We went out whale watching twice at the end of September with Jodie our guide, who had a comprehensive knowledge of whale behaviour and showed great respect in the way they are treated. On the first day we saw whales breaching, fin flapping and tail slapping. Day two we followed a mother with her calf and a female escort. We... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

This was by far the most moving experience in my life. To see and experience the mother and her calf so close changed my life. Darren and his entire team and especially Jody and Gary were fabulous. To be there and actually also see his Drone video was fabulous. Despite the fact that Matafonua experienced a terrible wipe out from... More 

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Southport, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Visited Matafonua Lodge and went on 2 whale watching days - one with Darren and one with Jodie. Both trips were very successful and have quite a few swims with a mother and baby whale which was absolutely amazing. Very informative and enjoyable day!! Beautiful clean beaches and very clear water great for snorkelling. Made to feel very welcome and... More 

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Cologne, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 via mobile

We went out for whale watching with them and we had one of those special moments of out live. The guide Gerry did a fantastic job, with lots of respect he treated the whales. The food on the boot was wondeful and the staff very helpful. You should book the tours directly with them. The onwer Nina and Darren are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014 via mobile

For those seeking an idyllic tropical island chill-out with some amazing diving opportunities, then this is the place for you!  From the warm, easy welcome on arrival to the charming simplicity of our beachside fale and the non-intrusive care and attention from our  friendly hosts Darren and Nina,  this is the ultimate place to kick back and enjoy life's simple... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Matafonua Lodge provided excellent dive facilities for both whale diving and Scuba diving. The boats are purpose built and very comfortable and the dive guides have in depth experience of the area. The crew maintained very high safety standards without losing the relaxed nature of each trip out. The on-land facility is excellent with a view to die for.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

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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Address: Foa Road | Faleloa, Tonga
Location: Tonga > Ha'apai Islands > Foa Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
Matafonua Hotel Ha`Apai Islands
Matafonua Lodge Tonga/Foa Island

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