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Treasure Island Eueiki Eco Resort
Eua'iki Island, Neiafu, Tonga   |  
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Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in Neiafu
Lebanon
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Very friendly, relaxing and a stunning place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

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.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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English first
Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

We had the best whale experience staying in this resort. Mark, Veronica and the team were great. Me and my wife never thought we would get so close to the whales but Mark guiding the boat gave us the swim of our lives. No more than a metre fom a curious calf. The Island its self is beautiful. Nice soft sand, aqua blue water and a great reef surrounding perfect for snorkeling. The accomodation and food, we have no complaints. 3 meals a day and 3 courses for dinner, was never left hungry. Its an Eco-resort so you will give up things like water pressure and air conditioning but with the breeze at night and the beautiful sea water, who cares. We highly recommend to stay here if your looking for the whale swimming experience, its perfectly located in the channels where the whales play so your already amongst the action. Their dog will let you know when to keep your eyes open for the passing whales. We had a lot of fun staying here and we were left with great memories.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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NJ
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11 hotel reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

We stayed on this magical island for 4 days (which was not nearly enough) with our 2 sons, ages 8 and 10. After the first day, one cannot help but be absorbed into the magical relaxation that is Euaiki island. The sand is the softest I have ever seen and the off shore snorkeling is the best we found in Tonga. There is a wonderful walk around the island (takes at least an hour) where we could see more many little sea creatures (starfish, crabs, shells) plus explore caves and look for flying fox bats. This was a great exploration with the children and we did it almost every day. At night, it gets really dark and you can see the most amazing stars.

The food was really delicious. My children have a bunch of food allergies and restrictions and the staff gladly accommodated them with delicious food every day. The staff was really sweet and friendly and gave off a warm feeling. Made it so pleasant. The owner Mark told great stories at dinner which my older son couldn't get enough of. The atmosphere of the place makes all the guests get to know each other in a nice way, especially after whale swimming or the evening bonfires. There is a friendly dog on the property that barks when a whale shows up. We had a whale come to breakfast one day and everyone was standing on the beach with their coffee cups. And they serve good coffee, too.

Since the electricity is limited, I would suggest that guests bring limited electronic equipment and show up with all the camera batteries charged. It is possible to charge things in the kitchen area after lunch. Also, bring a flashlight if you don't like sleeping in complete darkness.

This is more of a couples resort than a family resort, which we didn't know when we booked, but the children were made to feel completely welcome and had a fabulous time; as did my husband and I.

The only bad thing about Euaiki was leaving, not just the beautiful property but the friends we made during our brief stay. If I lived closer, I would return again as soon as possible.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

The island itself and surrounds are lovely.Nice reef and neighboring islands However this is no Eco resort, more like an over priced hobby resort for the owner who was far too present mostly yapping loudly on his mobile phone during my stay( infact had taken up residence in one of the Fales).The Fales themselves are home built shacks with very poor facilities(dribble gas warm water shower, lumpy damp mattress,single towel for 4 day stay, erratic half hearted 'servicing' of Fales- sure that's not what you go for, but to charge T$400 per night for this is outrageous.
Not sure what happened to the chef whilst I was there, but it seemed food was in short supply and could only be described as a lazy effort fro the kitchen and very overpriced at T$150 /day.Fresh fish once in 4 days and pork all the way from NZ (where was the local pork??).
The only ECO I could find was some inadequately functioning solar panels.
The owner seemed to have no knowledge or interest in the local island flora or fauna, only whales(which you could go watch with him for an extra T$300......)
In short, I think the owner is funding his own lifestyle with a hobby resort.
On a slightly more serious note also , some money went missing from my wallet too.So dont take alot of cash.Gives you no choice but to cough up the extra 5% on any credit card...
A shame, because its a nice place, just very overpriced and definitely not an 'eco-resort'

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Nowra, New South Wales, Australia
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2012

Euaiki was sweet paradise. We were even lucky enough to be the only ones there for a day or two...alone on a pacific island, an absolute dream come true. Mark and Veronica were so sweet and kind, and their Tongan staff were also. They all were so happy. One of the staff even took us for a canoe trip over to the princess island, where he'd crack open a fresh coconut with his machete for us when we got thirsty. It was simply an amazing experience. He did it for nothing...but we left a generous tip for him. And then the other staff turned up on the island just for the fun of it, it was really a great afternoon.

The food was delicious, modern and fresh. I was really pleased to not have to choose from a menu. The food was ready and simply presented to you at dinner time, no waiting. It was always different and so yummy. And breakfast...OMG! banana and maple syrup on thick French toast, can you imagine!

We snorkeled off the prestine beach, sat on the jetty and watched the fish and often wondered if this could be real. The dog barks when the whales go past the island... we all ran out of our huts in our pajamas in the morning, it was quite funny and very cool to see the whales.

Mark took us out a few times to swim with whales. It was amazing. Our guide stayed with us in the water and made us feel very secure. I am someone who gets very sea sick, very easily, but his special boat just cut through the water and I never felt sick at all. I was grateful for that, because we went out with other operators and I was so sick, which was hard when you go out for 6 hours. Mark put his microphone in the water and we heard the whales, it was a moving experience. The other operators didn't have the equipment to listen to the whales either.

Thank you so much Mark and Veronica and your lovely staff. Our best memories of our trip to tonga were with you guys. You have a very special place, and a special place in our hearts. We shouldn't have left and gone to the other island. It was full of rats and a man who yelled a lot.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2011

What an amazing stay we had at Euaiki! Loved it!
Stunning place, both low-key and basic as well as a luxurious getaway out in the ocean. We happened to be the only guests to we felt very priviledged. Loved the interesting evening talks with Mark and Veronica. And the rest of the staff were also really friendly and concerned about us.
Activity-wise we were slightly restricted by strong winds a couple of days, but we never felt bored or regretted being out "alone" on the island. Just peaceful and no musts! Walk around the island, snorkel among fantastic coral and tonnes of fish, hike on neighbour island or just lie in a hammock and read. And being served lots of good food at regular intervals!
Want to go back in whale season!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2011

We had just the most fantastic time staying on Euaiki Island. It is a stunning place, beautiful white sand beaches and the most amazing snorkelling, with many types of fish and the most gorgeous coral I have seen. You can spend your days whale watching with one of the owners Mark, lazing around in a hammock with a book, swimming or taking a walk around the island and checking out some of the sea life in the rock pools.

The food was really great, the best we had while we were on Tonga, something different and tasty every single day. The staff were so friendly and nice, really contributing to our lovely stay. They even did a traditional dance performance for us on the last night.

The fales are very comfortable, though this is an eco-resort so environment friendly, it didn't feel overly rustic and we found it more comfortable than other places we stayed on our travels.

Our whale-watching trips with Mark were wonderful, even though we came a bit late in the season to swim with the whales, they were a beautiful experience. Mark has a hydrophone so you can listen to the whales, of which we saw quite a few and his trip was the most professional and safe that we went on while we were visiting Tonga. We also did a bit of fishing and saw some dolphins which came up and played with the boat. Mark's boat is wonderful, he designed it and made himself, which the whales are quite fond of and one came right up close to take a better look. Mark has lots of interesting stories to share about the history of Polynesian seafaring and we really enjoyed chatting to him and his wife Veronica in the evenings.

Other visitors have been able to see the whales straight from the beach of the resort, sometimes even swimming straight off the beach! We weren't so lucky this time but we would absolutely love to come back in the future for another try :)

We really had a great stay and would recommend the resort to anyone. It's a fantastic getaway, a truly relaxing paradise.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Eua'iki Island, Neiafu, Tonga
Location: Tonga > Vava'u Islands > Neiafu
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in Neiafu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 8
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