Mounu Island Resort....... just to write the words brings a feeling of peace and tranquillity, love and sheer joy. I have stayed now three years running on this wonderful island, always in Sept/October from 2004 to 2006 inclusive. You know, in this life you get back what you are prepared to put in. Treat the owners as friends with myriads of interesting stories to tell of life in Tonga with the wonderful Tongan people, and you will have long evenings of such fun and humour and laughter. Stay naked near your fale and they will leave you alone to chill and do your own thing.
Other reviews indicate the incredible beauty of this island, and the snorkeling, swimming and kayaking from its shore. All wonderful. Ask Allan to organise you a trip to Church.... an outstanding highlight for me on my second year there. My purpose in being there is to experience something which marks me out from anyone else I know, certainly in the UK. I have been each year swimming with the magnificent humpback whales which breed and give birth in these waters. Allan and his funloving but caring and concerned staff will ensure that you have a wonderful, safe and happy experience.
Accommodation? For goodness sake this is a tiny island in the South Pacific. Their ecological sewerage systems put to shame many seen in other parts of the world. Facilities are basic, but are scrupulously clean and are infinitely better than the one other experience I have had of a few days on another island..... where three of us shared a room with a visible loo!!
Food? Breakfast - superb, and often made to order, whether you want full English, pancakes or whatever. Accompanied by all the usual hotel trimmings, you couldn't wish for better. Dinner - varied usually, one year rather too much fish for my taste, but varied in presentation and accompaning ingredients. Always plenty of fruit, fresh ingredients and well cooked, well presented and ample portions. Lunch for me usually consisted of a packed meal on the boat - welcome after a few hours whale hunting and swimming!
I just can't wait to get back.
Oh, and just a "by the way". Last year I came home via New York on the Queen Mary II. Now if you REALLY want a scare story!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mounu Island Resort is a small Eco Resort situated on a 6.5 acre private Island. Owned and Managed by the Bowe Family who also pioneered swimming with the whales in the Kingdom of Tonga. Accommodation consists of 4 fales (accommodation units) all spread around the Island with your own piece of private beach. Fales include ensuites with califonts for hot shower water, minimal flush composting toilets, sun lounges, mosquito nets and fans and comfortable kingsize beds. High Season is July - Oct when the Humpback Whales are here. Other months are perfect for Kiteboarding, SUP boarding, Fishing, Diving, Snorkeling and Bird watching. Local organic food is prepared in our kitchen and we specialize in local seafood. Perfect for Honeymooners, Adventure seekers, Family and Friend getaways, Private Parties or those wanting to escape the hum ding of day to day life. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mounu Island Hotel Mounu Island