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Foa Island

Matafonua Lodge

Foa Road Faleloa Tonga
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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.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Bar / lounge
Breakfast buffet
Special diet menus
Bicycles available
Horseback riding
Water sport equipment rentals
Shuttle bus service
Taxi service
Fax / photocopying
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Private check-in / check-out
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Room features
Private balcony
Complimentary toiletries
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Hidden Gem
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, Afrikaans and 2 more


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Foa Road Faleloa Tonga
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Ha'apai Lifuka Island Airport8 miSee all flights
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Beautiful property. The fales were exactly what you’d imagine on the paradise beach where it is located, the shared bathrooms were maintained well and the decor was modern and stylish while maintaining the paradise island theme. Beaches and views were breathtaking and made full use of free activities which include snorkel and fin hire, kayaks and bike hire. On site restaurant provided delicious, albeit slightly overpriced, food all day (we found no other option for food so bought from the restaurant for our entire stay, this is an added expense - higher costs may be due to import costs?). We did not receive a welcome talk (we arrived at 1am) while other guests did, this would have been helpful to know what was available/best times to do the activities etc. We ended up asking the owner, who was always on site, questions which would have been covered in the welcome talk. Amazing wildlife to see, leopard (zebra) sharks, eagle rays and a large variety of fish on your doorstep. Overall a delightful stay and would highly recommend for all groups; couples, friends and families.
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First time visiting Matafouna and we loved it. Nina and Darren are very welcoming and there is a very relaxed atmosphere, everything runs like clockwork. The staff take fantastic care of you and there is always laughter heard. The food is always fresh and tastes amazing. The beaches are beautiful, but most of all the whale swim. Incredible. You get the chance to meet some lovely people and share some amazing stories. Would highly recommend a visit to Matafouna.
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This is by far one of the most magical place on earth we've been! The fales are perfect, clean and comfortable. The beach is stunning. You are far from everywhere and can feel the calm and peacefulness. At night, the sky gets alive. What a show! Darren and hiws familly are really friendly and will help us anytime we had a question. They have been there for 10 years and are happy to share their passion of the underwater. The food is good and you have pretty good vegetarian options. We went to swim with the whales twice with Simon and we don't even have the words to describe the magnificence of it. Memotirs we will cherrish in our heart for the rest of our lives! Thank you so much for your hospitality and for all the joy you bring to this tiny island! You made our dream possible!! :) Catherine & Michaëlle
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Matafonua Lodge is a little slice of heaven. We spent a wonderfully relaxing week there whale watching and diving. The fales are basic but clean and comfortable and you soon get used to a communal bathroom again. As there are only 9 fales, you soon get to know all the other guests who tend to be like-minded as they have all made the journey for similar reasons. This led to excellent camaraderie out on the boats and round the breakfast or dinner table discussing the day's adventures. Nina and Darren really care about this place, the staff and the ocean; they go out of their way to make you feel at home and their kids are a credit too (even if JJ couldn't find the leopard sharks;)). Our final night at the Tongan Feast, dancing with the local staff summarised the friendly, laid back atmosphere. Oh - and swimming with the Humpbacks is out of this world. We added a third day on - it's so addictive - and the guides and boat captains choreograph the day in such a way that the interactions are entirely on the whales' terms, the perfect example of sustainable, respectful tourism.
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We spent 18 nights with the Matafonua people and had an excellent time. We tend to value the off seasons in the South Pacific, and this year was one of our best adventures there. The snorkeling was outstanding, the beaches clean and great to roam, rooms were excellent and safe, the staff were all friendly but not bothersome, and the management was eager to please. Food was excellent. The value of the off season rates made our stay outstanding as well. We didn't participate in many other activities there, choosing to snorkel and relax, but observed those that did and found all to be safe and pleasant. Managers Ruth and Duncan were the ultimate as gracious hosts, and owners Darin and Nina now own both Matafonua and Sandy Beach Resort, and run the complimentary businesses well. When you go, ask to see Darin's underwater photos and videos. Many are featured on their websites for both properties. Overall, an excelent stay.
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$99 - $115 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Matafonua Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Matafonua Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Matafonua Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Matafonua Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Does Matafonua Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Matafonua Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Matafonua Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Afrikaans.
Does Matafonua Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.