I stayed four nights at the Eua'iki island earlier this month and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Eua'iki is the perfect place to go if you want to experience staying in a remote Pacific island, surrounded by the endless, clear blue ocean, dotted with tiny, uninhabited islands. Most people come to Eua'iki to experience swimming with the whales and when we arrived we had a whale with its calf swimming next to our boat most of the way to the island from Neiafu. There is also an amazing coral reef for snorkeling right off the beach, only a few meters from some of the fales, and trips are offered by boat to the Swallows and Mariner Caves. Snorkeling equipment, kayaks and a paddle board are available free of charge at the resort. It is also possible to do some walks on the island itself and a neighboring island, though vegetation is so dense at Eua'iki that it is far easier to walk around the island (takes two hours) than across it!
Veronika, Mark and their staff are extremely friendly and make you feel instantly at home on the island. The food (three meals per day) was very nice and plentiful and the way the cooks adapted to a dietary constraint my friend has - even though we had not notified them of it in advance - impressed us. There were only around ten other tourists on the island when we were there, which meant it was very easy to get in touch with fellow travelers. Several of the tourists at Eua'iki during our stay were staying on the island for the second time.
The fales are constructed from local materials. This makes them cozy but also means that the accommodation is quite basic. On the negative side it should be said that Eua'iki is not 100% an eco resort. While it is true that there is no electricity on the island (solar panels are used instead), it seems wasteful to use flush toilets when the water supply depends on collection of rain water and desalination and at the time of our visit there was a temporary shortage of water on the island.
All in all, we truly enjoyed our stay on the Eua'iki island and wish we could have stayed longer.
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- Also Known As:
- Euaiki Island Eco Hotel Neiafu
- Treasure Island Eueiki Eco Resort Tonga/Neiafu