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Mariner's Cafe

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Below Fifita Guesthouse | Center of Pangai, Tonga
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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We were here for about a week and we had most of our meals at Mariners and we were never disappointed, actually quite impressed with the quality but not the appearance! Internet was a plus!

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Ha'apai must rate as one of the most beautiful spots on the planet. But it is also one of the most remote. There is no ATM (although you can draw cash from your card after queuing in the Government owned bank), the 'supermarkets' only stock the most basic commodities. Mariner's is conveniently located (middle of Pangai, the 'CBD" island) but... More 

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41 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 via mobile

Yummy fish soup with noodle! Consider its 10 pa'anga it's a light meal. But it's totally worth it. Love the soup! I believed it's kind of soup you cooked with your heart and effort. I wish to try the other dishes next time (great aroma when other dishes are served to other customers). They even had plunger coffee, here.

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1 Thank Wanchyn C
Hemsedal, Norway
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67 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I spent many evenings here during my stay in Haapai. The food is great with local traditional food mixed with some classic dishes. We got invited to a BBQ night here which was awesome, we all sat down together drinking local beer and ate the yummiest food! Big thanks to the friendliest staff, I will be back for sure :)

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1 Thank Lizaarvidsson
USA
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95 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We were here for about a week and we had most of our meals at Mariners and we were never disappointed, actually quite impressed with the quality but not the appearance! Internet was a plus!

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1 Thank BigWillieUsa
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

This place has the best brownie I have ever eaten in my entire life!!!! Yum!! The atmosphere and staff were all friendly and accommodating, lots of dogs but they were friendly too

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1 Thank Rosie M
Canberra, Australia
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28 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

A year ago this sland was ravished by a cyclone and unfortunately it looks like it happened more like a month or maybe two ago. As a visitor there are only two places to eat in town; a locally run chicken and rice place (delicious) and Mariner's cafe with its intersting menu. We ate two meals here and both were... More 

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1 Thank Lodylody
Christchurch, New Zealand
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40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We were staying about 20km away and cycled down to Pangai from Foa Is. We almost missed this place as it is on a side road with a sign behind growing foliage! We were in Pangai during the rebuild post cyclone Ian so it looked like this cafe had a bit of a monopoly. The menu is surprisingly extensive, even... More 

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2 Thank Helen M
Llanelli, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Ha'apai is thankfully of the tourist trail and has limited services, part of its charm I believe. Magda runs Mariner's cafe, which is full of excellent cuisine, friendly people and lashings of island charm. The menu offers a great variety of food, from great breakfast dishes, to light lunches and mouth watering dinner choices. All can be washed down with... More 

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2 Thank nant-gardd
sydney
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

The food is beautiful and very varied. I went there several times with a group and we all enjoyed it. The ambiance is very nice and relaxed. Make sure you try the Chocolate brownie.

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1 Thank vmignon
Perth, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

A pretty average 3rd world cafe. However, it has little opposition. The staff were not friendly at all.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Below Fifita Guesthouse | Center of Pangai, Tonga
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Tonga  >  Ha'apai Islands

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  • Cuisine: Pacific Rim

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