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Come relax South Pacifc style! Kitesurf Tonga on Uoleva is the ultimate kitesurfing destination in the South Pacific. Wake up in the morning with the warm Tongan trade winds rustling through the coconut trees. Our Pacific style en-suite fales and all inclusive rates make this a kiting destination to be envied! NO wind? Other activities - SUPs, kayaks, whale watching, SCUBA-diving, pristine snorkeling & hammock time!
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SaffronNorris wrote a review Oct 2022
Auckland Central, New Zealand1 contribution
From start to finish, the whole experience was exceptionally fantastic. Karen and Glen were the BEST Hosts, so caring, humorous, knowledgable and just lovely yet professional. Food was amazing, accommodation was awesome with the most comfortable bed, and sustainable given it's on a remote island. Great use of natural resources and they truly care about the environment and Tonga. Speaking of which, if you want an escape from a busy lifestyle yet still have comfort and be sure to have a great time with many fun activities, i would wholeheartedly recommend this place. Definitely a Paradise on its own. Thanks so much Karen & Duncan and staff. We had the best of times and we will surely be back.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Chris P wrote a review Sep 2022
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Tonga has its own unique rustic appeal. Karen and Glen provide a great place to stay and experience a special part of Tonga and the pacific islands. The fale and food were very good as far as one gets when staying in Tonga. They are excellent hosts and I would certainly enjoy the chance to stay again at Kitesurf and Whale Discovery. The whale experiences were the best that I have had after three trips to each of the three island groups.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Response from Kitesurf Tonga, Owner at Fanifo Lofa
Responded Sep 6, 2022
Thankyou so much Chris, we loved having you as a guest and glad you enjoyed your whale encounters!
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Steve wrote a review Sep 2021
Wellington, New Zealand7 contributions
What an amazing piece of heaven both Karen and Glen have created on Ouleva. They are amazing hosts who have adapted to the elements and island life way of living. Nothing was a problem for them and made our stay stress free, outstanding couple. The fales were clean, spacious with their own ensuites. The beds were comfortable and close to the ocean to hear the waves made for a relaxed sleep. Each fale views the ocean and we would occasionally see whales breaching or mother and calf close by along with night-time sky's were an added bonus. The meals were superb and was a regular talking point ( thank you karen) in a relaxed communal setting. The relaxed tuition from Glen for paddle boarding (no wind for kitesurfing unfortunately) had everyone upright in a short time and enjoying themselves topped off a wonderful 4 days. Great for singles, couples.and families. Will definitely visit again... to learn how to kitesurf...with the group again. Thank you both and much 🙌 Steve and Debra Pasene.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Blaise S wrote a review Sep 2019
Wellington, New Zealand11 contributions1 helpful vote
Summary: Amazing hosts, fantastic food and some of the best reef kiting in the world. I traveled to Fanifo Lofa with Ozone New Zealand as part of a group of 10. As soon as we arrived in Ha'Apai, our kitesurftonga experience started with Glen meeting us at the airport, arranging for all transit to the boat and bringing us a case of beer :) That set the stage for the most welcoming, friendly kite trip I've ever been on (I've been to Aitutaki, Fiji, Rarotonga, Samoa before this as well as traveling throughout New Zealand for kite adventures) Throughout the week, we were fed a variety of excellent meals prepared by the on site cook, who, despite being on a literal island with no groceries, managed to turn around some of the best meals I've had in the last few years, full stop. The Tuna steaks, the roast pork belly and the Thai green curry (prepped by the owner Karen) were outstanding. Excellent meals were also made for our Gluten Free and two Vegan friends on our trip (I opted for the vegan option a few times and was very happy) The facilities are as described. Self sustaining, solar powered and off grid. The composting toilets were the thing that took the longest to get used to (No smell, but paper has to go into a separate receptacle and not in the toilet). Everything was clean, well maintained and up to standards of any other kitesurf holiday i've been on. I personally found the mattresses to be on the firm side, but Karen and Glen arranged for additional cushioning and I slept very well. The kiting was the obvious highlight. The kite point works on any wind direction, we were lucky and despite the forecast looking dire, we got kiting 6 out of the 7 days we were there. Smooth flat water, reefs to explore, downwinders were all on offer. Lunch was a packed affair we could bring with us to the kite point. We had anywhere between 1 - 3 sessions a day, walking to the point (8-10 minutes) and back to the fales as required. I was on my bigger kites (12m) for most of the holiday, but the trip previous to us had had 25knots of wind. Look at the forecast a couple of days before and pack accordingly. The hosts are outstanding. Gracious, generous and friendly. The dogs deserve a special mention as well, friendly and well trained, it was nice to have them around as I was missing my pooch. Honestly, the best value and the best holiday I've had.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Room Tip: You can see breaching whales from the rooms!
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Response from Kitesurf_Tonga, Owner at Fanifo Lofa
Responded Sep 3, 2019
Thanks for your feedback Blaise, we would love to see you again 🤗
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Oleg Z wrote a review Aug 2019
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Karen and Glen are amazing hosts who created and hand crafted incredible resort! Luterally hand crafted in the magical undisturbed small island. Boris and i had great fun kite surfing, relaxing with wales and snorkeling, definately will try to get back to relive this magic again!!!
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from Kitesurf_Tonga, Owner at Fanifo Lofa
Responded Aug 9, 2019
You two were a pleasure to meet and have stay with us! We hope you guys come back. Thankyou for the lovely review. Kaz & Glen
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GoldenFuture wrote a review May 2019
Nelson, New Zealand15 contributions
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We found these guys on the internet after about 5 minutes looking for kitesurfing spots in the Pacific. The reviews are all bang on! Karen, Glen and the team are the real deal. Passionate kitesurfers that have created a dream resort from nothing in a truly remote setting. The communication, welcome and service were all A+, and we felt like part of the family for our whole week's stay. The staff were brilliant and the food was delicious and definitely more than what we eat normally at home. We went in mid May and the winds blew around 13 - 18 kts every day. We are beginner kiters, and Dan the watersports manager gave us lots of good tips, and my wife had a lesson on the third day, which set her up for the rest of the trip. You can't kite 2 hrs either side of low tide, which is a perfect opportunity to just chill, snorkel the reefs or paddle around the island on one of the free kayaks (10kms, took us about 3 hours). All in all this was one of the best holidays I've ever had, and the location, the people, the kiting, it was all magic! Kaz and Glen are real characters and the dinnertime conversation was always great! We learned heaps about the ecology, politics and culture of the island. As fellow tourism operators, we appreciate the hard work that goes into this sort of thing, and these guys thoughtfullness, passion and skill is apparent in everything here, as it is all made from scratch, or recycled materials sourced over a couple of years in NZ and transported to the Island. All building, mechanics, engineering, kite repairing etc. etc. is all done in house. So inspiring! We will definitely be back. We would advise giving yourself a day on either side of your trip, as the RealTonga flights often get changed or cancelled. We missed our onward flight to NZ on the way home during a storm. So we had an extra 2 days unplanned holiday, but it was a bit stressful. Saying that though, they only decided to cancel when we were at the airport, Glen was super onto knowing when it was scheduled to take off before that, so no reflection on those guys at all. You could take the kids, but trust me it's way more fun without them :) Thanks so much! Will definitely be back.
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Date of stay: May 2019
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Response from Kitesurf_Tonga, Owner at Fanifo Lofa
Responded May 28, 2019
We loved having you both stay with us recently. Your stories over dinner were fantastic and we just loved your company overall. We are so happy to have met you and would love to see you again. Xxxxx
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Bakes1975 wrote a review Apr 2019
Christchurch, New Zealand7 contributions2 helpful votes
Fantastic location and team to have a kiting adventure with! Karen, Glen & Dan were great hosts. Great food and accommodation for a remote location. A brilliant place to unwind from the busy world. The lagoon was amazing and a huge area to play in. We had very consistent wind for all 6 days.
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Date of stay: April 2019
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Room Tip: All the fales were in good locations and offered nice views and close proximity to the main...
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Response from Kitesurf_Tonga, Owner at Fanifo Lofa
Responded May 1, 2019
So great you had an amazing week with us! We look forward to seeing you both again.
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Jason C wrote a review Sep 2018
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What an amazing place. Awesome base to go whale watching (and see them from the beach) kite surfing, swim and just relax. The hosts, Karen and Glenn were fantastic! Really friendly, helpful and great to hang out with. Great food, dinners were delicious and a lovely space to relax with common area and bean bags or at your own Fale. Fale's were a really good size, plenty of space for gear, comfortable beds and great view out to the water. So pleased we stayed and look forward to heading back in the future.
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Date of stay: September 2018Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Kitesurf_Tonga, Owner at Fanifo Lofa
Responded Sep 23, 2018
Thanks Jason!! It was great to have you both stay with us. We look forward to your return visit!!
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Mohsen S wrote a review Sep 2018
Melbourne, Australia6 contributions1 helpful vote
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Whether kitesurfing,whale watching snorkeling or simply after a romantic getaway this place is the right place. We loved how secluded it was, a 5millions star resort at night. The house reef was so vibrant with a wide range of reef fish and the beautiful songs of humpbacks echoing in the background. The hosts (Karen and Glen) were amazing going out of their way to ensure we had a great time. When we booked this eco lodge we were willing to sacrifice on comfort but were blown away how comfortable this place was. The chef was outstanding and we had some of the freshest and best meals we had in a long time. Couldn't recommend it enough to those who love nature and looking for a get away from hustle and bustle of society. We'll definitely go back soon.
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Date of stay: August 2018Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Kitesurf_Tonga, Owner at Fanifo Lofa
Responded Sep 18, 2018
We loved having you both stay with us. Was great to meet you both and we look forward to your next visit! Thanks for the nice review 😁😁😁😁
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RikStaheli wrote a review Jul 2018
Hamilton, New Zealand1 contribution
From the Airport pick-up to the short walk up to the launch spot everyday, everything was too easy. Karen and Glen are such fantastic hosts and nothing was too much trouble. Glen shot back to the airport with the boat, two hours after our pick up and arrival at the resort, to get our bags after they were offloaded to make room for the Tongan King's kit. The unique Crystal clear 12km2 lagoon is easily the most kiter friendly lagoon I've seen in the Pacific from the 6 islands I've visited. The two purpose built boats they run provide rapid connections to the main island/airport and outer islands and provide support for kiters if required. Had an even mix of surfboard days and foiling, and had some great foiling inside the lagoon too on a 700mm mast. Loved the "swimming pool" area which was deep and sand bottom. Kited 10 from 12 possible and could of got 11, with most sessions on 8m or 6m. Food was always great with restaurant quality evening meals every night, cheers Dinesh and Karen. Great to get some sessions in with Glen and Karen on the outer reef. Looking forward to seeing you guys next year! Cheers 😀😀
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Date of stay: June 2018Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from Kitesurf_Tonga, Owner at Fanifo Lofa
Responded Jul 27, 2018
Awwww thanks Rik....hey you forgot to mention the burning kite hahahaha we shall save another and try again next time 🤣🤣 Thanks for your kind words and see you soon!!
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What are some of the property amenities at Fanifo Lofa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a lounge, and airport transportation.
What food & drink options are available at Fanifo Lofa?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a lounge during their stay.
Does Fanifo Lofa have airport transportation?
Yes, Fanifo Lofa offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Fanifo Lofa located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.9 miles away from the center of Uoleva Island.