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#1 of 2 hotels in Foa Island
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4.9
Cleanliness
4.7
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4.8
Value
4.6
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
Beach
Bicycle rental
Babysitting
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Free airport transportation
Parking
Internet
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Special diet menus
Bicycles available
Boating
Canoeing
Diving
Hiking
Horseback riding
Snorkeling
Water sport equipment rentals
Windsurfing
Fishing
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Taxi service
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Shops
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Private check-in / check-out
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Housekeeping
Private balcony
Safe
Complimentary toiletries
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Family
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, Afrikaans and 2 more

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Foa Road Faleloa Tonga
Getting there
Salote Pilolevu Airport8 miSee all flights
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Marcellina W wrote a review Jan 2021
Sydney, Australia265 contributions44 helpful votes
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Spent xmas at Matafonua..food scrumptious .. try the daily specials accomodation clean and room & bedding better than expected with mosquito net. Hosts & their family are extremely friendly & accomodating to suit any type of holiday plans. Beachfront view is to die for & staff are delightful.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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beth16 wrote a review Nov 2019
6 contributions5 helpful votes
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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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Emily W wrote a review Sep 2019
Napier, New Zealand1 contribution1 helpful vote
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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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Catherine L wrote a review Sep 2019
31 contributions1 helpful vote
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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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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Tea-and-Sea wrote a review Aug 2019
Singapore, Singapore50 contributions21 helpful votes
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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Date of stay: August 2019
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Room Tip: Ask for a fale on the front row next to the beach
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Mark and Kathy wrote a review Mar 2019
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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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Date of stay: February 2019
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Rocio PJ wrote a review Dec 2018
Madrid, Spain7 contributions3 helpful votes
Simply amazing and beautiful place in Tonga, no hesitation to sing praises for Matafonua Lodge. Stay there and you will be very pleased. I would stay there again without question, and recommend to anyone wanting a high quality reasonably priced accommodation in Foa Island.
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Date of stay: October 2018
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michellevanhouts wrote a review Oct 2018
Havelock North, New Zealand3 contributions5 helpful votes
This was our third time back to Matafonua and we had an amazing time. The staff and owners were very helpful. Food was superb. Whale watching memorable. Our children had an absolute blast. Matafonua is perfect for children. The dog Ollie is very safe as long as everyone follows the rules and does not touch him while he is tied up at night with food. This is made clear to guests. We felt very safe at all times and have travelled extensively in the Sourh Pacific. Thanks again Nina and Darren and all the wonderful staff.
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Date of stay: October 2018Trip type: Traveled with family
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Vicki B wrote a review Oct 2018
Napier74 contributions12 helpful votes
Loved our stay, amazing people, food and company. Basic but beautifully simple lodgings. Communal shower was attractive and practical. Plenty to do or hammocks to relax. Great spot for water sports. Enjoyed the snorkeling, kayaking, supping and whale watching. The coral was amazing. Boy's enjoyed the kite surfing and girls the yoga and bar;) would recommend for a island escape.
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Date of stay: August 2018Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Chris W wrote a review Oct 2018
Sydney, Australia10 contributions14 helpful votes
I spent 3 nights at Matafonua during the humpback whale season. A perfect quiet location at the end of the island, on a secluded beach, with excellent swimming, snorkelling and diving. The individual lodge bungalows are very clean and a step away from the beach and lagoon. 80% of the guests were return customers, which confirms the attention to detail by the hosts Darren and Nina consistently provide. The food was excellent, with substantial portions, carefully prepared and presented...thank you. A must see and do destination.
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Date of stay: October 2018
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Trip type: Traveled solo
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LOCATION
TongaHa'apai IslandsFoa Island
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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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.
Does Matafonua Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Matafonua Lodge offers airport transportation 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.