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Matafonua Lodge

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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Lycksele, Sweden
4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

We only stayed for 4 days at Matafonua lodge but it was perfect for us. It is very isolated and other then whale watching/swimming, diving and snorkelling, there isn't tons to do/see, so a great place to find a spot on the beach and unwind. The rooms are basic but very comfortable with a lovely little patio with a perfect... More

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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

Don't hesitate! Just book it! We had high expectations of Matafonoa and it more than lived up to them! The location is perfect with 2 beaches... one for sunrises and one for sunsets. What better way to be lulled to sleep than the sound of the waves on your doorstep? The fales are simple but ideal with extremely comfortable beds.... More

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Akaroa, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

Fantastic location,not too crowded,but good company if you want it. Beautiful beach and water with good snorkelling right there. The most amazing Humpback Whale snorkell and experience.All staff very friendly with awesome hosts Nina and Darren. Really good food,especially Nina's deserts and Darrens mains. Garry was a great dive instructor,very patient and understanding but proffessional. The fales were simple and... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013 via mobile

Such a beautiful place! Loved the fales! Nina and Darren are wonderful hosts and looked after us very well. Darren's dinners AND Nina's deserts were delicious. Snorkelling was great right outside the fales and I'd definitely recommend going for a dive! (Thanks again for the incredible photos!!) Couldn't have asked for more, we hope to see you guys again during... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

Cant ask for better, more friendly and welcoming hosts. Excellent location, quiet, superb whale encounters! Thanks for a magical time! Simple accommodation, ideally suited to a remote island getaway. Great food, excellent and experienced whale guides who are conscious of the impact of people around whales while still achieving fantastic whale-swim opportunities.

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Perth, Australia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
32 hotel reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

I stayed at Matafonua Lodge with friends in July for 4 nights. The resort is situated on the end of the peninsula with a beach on either side so no matter what way the wind is blowing you are guaranteed to find a sheltered spot on the beach. You can snorkel right off the beach in front of the lodge... More

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Coffs Harbour, Australia
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

We stayed at Matafonua in September 2013 for 6 nights. What a stunningly beautiful relaxing part of the world. The resort is basic, with small beachfront falaes and a shared amenities block, both of which are clean and tidy. Darren and Nina are great hosts, who make you feel welcome and relaxed immediately. The food is just great, and we... More

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Timaru, New Zealand
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

Excellent place and hosts. Nice accommodation with wonderful ocean,sky and bush views. Darren and Nina with three children were very helpful, caring and accommodating. Darren agreed to go diving with me as a solo diver! That was awesome day . Great snorkeling , diving and kayaking. Very relaxed and easy going place with nice food and happy staff. Highly recommended... 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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A Pacific-style resort located on the spectacular Northern tip of Foa Island. Pristine white-sand beach, safe swimming and exceptional snorkeling. Thatched-wall beach-front fales with very comfortable King sized beds. Excellent restaurant/bar with great variety of meals and drinks.On site scuba diving school and seasonal whale watching and swimming excursions. Good library and games available for guest use. Friendly, easy-going owner/managers live on-site. ... more   less 
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