We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Brilliant except for the ghekkos”
Review of Fafa Island Resort

Best prices for -
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 8 more sites!
Fafa Island Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Fafa Island
Certificate of Excellence
Woolacombe
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Brilliant except for the ghekkos”
Reviewed June 26, 2008

This resort was the most interesting place we stayed on our round the world trip. The Fale's are very romantic and right on the beach. The snorkelling was fantastic - much better than the Barrier reef.
We went as a group of 3, myself, my husband and my sister.
I cannot agree with another reviewer who did not like the food. I really enjoyed it. There was a little choice and it was well cooked. I would have liked to see more variety of fish but I thought they did very well.
The only negative I have is the ghekkos - I don't like them. Before I went to Fafa I thought they were sweet but now I think yuk! They were everywhere. I tried to kid myself they were keeping down the mosquitoes but we could have made do with just one or two to do that job.
Try Fafa you will never forget it.

  • Liked — the snorkelling
  • Disliked — the ghekkos
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank WoolacombeArol
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

416 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    289
    92
    21
    7
    7
See reviews for
62
260
12
4
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (97)
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Aus
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed June 12, 2008

Fa fa island is a beautiful and relaxing place to stay. We spent two nights in a beautiful beach front fale. The massage by Sim is a must do. The restaurant is overpriced but overall its a great place. If you are in Tonga do spend some time on the other islands though because as beatiful as Fafa island is, it is not a complete Tongan experience. A day tour is a great way to get an idea of what else there is to see on the island Tongatapu.

  • Liked — Privacy
  • Disliked — Price
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
    • Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank melj23
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
briang
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed April 15, 2008

Fafa island was an amazing relaxing time away. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants some time away. We stayed 4 nights @ a surf resort on the main island then went to Fafa. The facilities seemed fantastic, however this may have been due to being substantially more upmarket than our previous lodgings.

All in all the staff were fantastic, amazing place if you wish to go relax. If you want a holiday with alot of activites I would not recommened Tonga as a whole but as a place to relax if was FANTASTIC!

  • Liked — Rooms & Service (pretty much everything)
  • Disliked — Power aka fans turned off around 10pm (So hot!)
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
3 Thank briangnz
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
New Zealand
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed February 24, 2008

I am baffled why some reviewers would take children to an isalnd resort that does not 'encourage' children. There is a reason for this, being a parent myself, children can also annoy other guests. I found my 3 nights 4 days on Fafa island the most relaxing time of my life, I became so relaxed i couldn't even be bothered holding up my book. We did not buy either meal plan, we took some food that can be eaten cold and ordered from the menu, we came in well under budget and paid alot less than had we taken a meal plan. I suggest one would only get the best of the meal plan if they at 2 courses for lunch and 3 courses for dinner everyday, and this is not something my wife and I do. throw into the mix the very small menu then there is a good chance you won't even want or like what the entree or dessert is. Just remeber your booze goes on top, that can be very expensive, particularly the cocktails and average wine and expensive prices per bottle.

I found the staff very friendly and discreet, they contributed enormously to the relaxing stay. I would reccomend you take some of your favorite instant coffee or teas as a hot flask of water is dropped off to your outside table at 6.30am every monring for you to make coffee or tea from box provided in the fale. While it may not be your idea to get up at this hour it is very relaxing sitting on the deck of you private fale while the sun comes up drinking coffee but the coffee provided in the fale is poor and not up with the prices you pay for staying, so take your own. Afterwards you can go straight back to bed or onto breakfast at 8.00am. Everynight one of the staff will deliver a gas lantern and get your very substantial mosquito net over the bed ready.

As some of the other reviewers have said, you often feel like you are the only people there, often only seeing people from a distance or at the restaurant.

One night the staff put on a traditional Tongan floorshow accompanied with a smorgasboard bbq. This also proved a good choice not to be part of the meal plan. The floor show was lame and sadly a slight on the staff, they looked bored and exploited and apart from that we did not find traditional Tongan dance particularly riveting, although we accept some people may(particularly from the northern hemisphere)

All in all, we loved it and would be very disapppointed if we never went back, if you are looking for a quiet relaxing holiday with no one around in quality traditonal island fales then this is the place.

  • Liked — the complete realxation atmosphere
  • Disliked — cost maybe a bit too much
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
    • Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
5 Thank rowie55
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Sydney
Level 2 Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed January 24, 2008

My first trip to Tonga was April 2006. I stayed 4 days in Nuku'alofa and 7 days on Fafa Island.

Fafa Island was absolutley gorgeous. The island, the architecture, the staff the memories!

After my 4 day stay in town I got on the yacht for my transfer to the island and 30 minutes later I was on a 7 acre piece of heaven. I was greeted by one of the owners and walked through the island to my fale (house) which was called Niu (coconut). The building was traditional and beatifully built with lots of detail. It was very clean and had views of the water yet surrounded by tropical plants, coconut palms for privacy.

There was a hammock and sun lounges outside. Each fale has an open air shower which was great and the bed was huge with the most perfect mosquito net over the top.

The website was a true account of what you get at Fafa and I did not feel let down in anyway.

Staff members were the friendliest people and were only to happy to assist me with anything I needed. The meals were the nicest I have had in Tonga and in true Tongan style, very filling!Compliments and respect to the chefs!

I would highly recommend Fafa Island to anyone who needs a break from big cities, honeymooners, families and friends

Relax swim snorkel eat spend time with yourself or others read a book watch a sunset take an Island tour take a paddle on a kayak. Take advantage of the boat ride into town and back (just cause its free-besides... is this something you do everyday?)

If you are thinking of going or you are going to Tonga book a few days at Fafa!

  • Liked — Traditional accomodation beaches and staff
  • Disliked — Having to leave!
  • Stayed April 2006, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Island_dreemer
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Brisbane, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed January 18, 2008

Fafa is a lovely place for about three days, unless you just want to laze and read, then its good for longer. We are an active couple so we would get a bit bored longer stay. It is really a wonderful place with wonderful staff. The only negative is the food which is very average, yet still at top Tongan prices. As there is nowhere else to eat, you have to bear it. The meals for two days without wine (wine list is appalling) was higher than the accomodation, and the meals really were simple but ok. It doesnt have to be like this in Tonga, there are other upmarket resorts with excellent cuisine and wines. However, would highly recommend a Fafa experience if you stay in south of Tonga, you will meet lovely cotravellers and you will totally relax. Dont recommend the massage, as its more of a therapy session than a resort relaxation massage.The staff did a concert whilst we were there and it was fabulous with lovely local flavour, and the guys around the kava bowl were really cool. Stunning snorkelling right at the front of our fale, and we have snorkelled the worlds best which this surpasses. Fafa island is also kept very very clean which is lovely. highly recommended for a short stay, or a longer stay for readers and writers. Highlights for us were also arriving at 0300 in darkness with torches, and departing under sail for airport transfer; like WOW!

  • Liked — the relaxed atmosphere, we didnt wear shoes ever
  • Disliked — food
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
    • Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
4 Thank Ruatara
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Auckland
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed November 26, 2007

This was a gorgeous place to stay. Me and my sister went and stayed there for one night (as it was fully booked out every other night). When we turned up every thing was fantastic about the place. We were given a free cocktail on arrival and our bags were brought around to us.

Our fale was in a great position as we were not able to see anyone else. It felt like a private island.

One query was about the sheets being too short to fit the big bed. Not sure if this was because of the netting or what that was about. Although we never got much sleep as we got a bit paranoid about the geckos that were in the room. hehe. I suggest if you are scared of geckos or those kinda creatures - this would not be the best place to stay.

Overall, a great experience. I would definitely go back there again if I was ever in Tonga.

  • Stayed July 2007
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
4 Thank loved1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Fafa Island
4.1 mi away
Tanoa International Dateline Hotel
4.2 mi away
Seaview Lodge
Seaview Lodge
#1 of 13 in Nuku'alofa
172 reviews
10.6 mi away
Scenic Hotel Tonga
Scenic Hotel Tonga
#1 of 1 in Fua'amotu
172 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
4.3 mi away
Little Italy Hotel
Little Italy Hotel
#4 of 13 in Nuku'alofa
239 reviews
6.7 mi away
Royal Sunset Island Resort
Royal Sunset Island Resort
#1 of 1 in Atata Island
159 reviews
12.0 mi away
Liku'alofa Beach Resort
Liku'alofa Beach Resort
#1 of 1 in Kanokupolu
271 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Fafa Island Resort? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Fafa Island Resort

Property: Fafa Island Resort
Address: | PO Box 1444, Fafa Island, Tonga
Location: Tonga > Fafa Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Fafa Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Fafa Island Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 13
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Booking.com, Hotels.com, Priceline, Travelocity, Agoda, Hotwire, TripOnline SA, Cheap Tickets and Cancelon so you can book your Fafa Island Resort reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Fafa Island Hotel Fafa Island

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing