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Ha’apai Islands



Ha’apai Islands

The island of Foa is one of the gemstones in the bracelet of beautiful atolls called Ha’apai, Tonga’s central group of islands. Ha’apai was home to Tonga’s traditional monarchs, the Tui’Tonga, who ruled the islands for a thousand years, and on Foa a German couple have built a holiday resort fit for a king or queen.

There are daily, 45 minute flights from Nuku’alofa. Nowhere so easily accessible could be so further removed from the modern day world of macro-tourism. Little has changed over the past century. Life moves at a “go slow” pace and one relaxed day just seems to flow into another. Ha’apai is a retreat – no pollution, no traffic, no discos, no hassles, no crowds, no hurries or headaches. Add one of the gentlest of climates and these islands are nothing short of being perfect.

Most of the 50 islands are low lying small coral atolls with exception the volcanic islands of Tofua and Kao to the West. Lifuka and Foa are linked by a causeway and are the two largest. Pangai, on Lifuka is the administrative center.

Getting There:

International flight on Fiji Airways from Nadi, Fiji to Vava’u – Twice weekly WED & SAT

Real Tonga the Domestic carrier operates flights daily except Sunday between Vava’u & Ha’apai

Or International flight on Fiji Airways, Air New Zealand of Virgin Australia into Tongatapu, and depending on arrival time (you may have to spend the night) then fly on Real Tonga to Ha’apai.

Nuku’alofa,  Ha’apai & Vava’u
7-nights Sample Land Package

  • Meet & Greet on arrival
  • 1 night Nuku’alofa or Vav’au
  • 6 nights  Sandy Beach Resort, Ha’apai – Superior fale
  • Breakfast and dinner daily at Sandy Beach Resort
  • Inter-island airfares
  • All transfers and baggage handling

Sandy Beach Resort

Tonga’s best kept secret, located in the unspoiled heart of Tonga, the Ha’apai Islands, where the traditions and culture of Tonga are still part of the island life. Daily air services every day (except SUNDAY) from/to Nuku’alofa and Vavau.

All Bungalows are situated in natural garden surrounding and built directly on the most beautiful beach in Tonga, allowing swimming and water sport activities at all tides.Fabulous reefs in swimming distance. Beautiful shells to collect from the beaches. Collection of any live animals/corals from the reefs is prohibited.

Our fully licensed Restaurant serves first class cuisine for House guests only and is specialized in serving freshest Fish and delicious Lobster dishes. Mainbuilding with Bar (house guests only),Terrace (enjoy the sunsets with classical music), multi-lingual library, small Boutique, Handicrafts, Internet/Phone/Fax facilities.

DO NOT HAVE: Public Bar, TV, Discotheque/Nightclub, Traffic noise etc. Children under 16 years are not catered to.

Courtesy: Snorkel / Masks (Fins to be rented at the Dive Shop if needed), Bicycles, Kayaks, Canoe, guided Bush and Reef Walks, guided Kayak Tours to nearby Islands, Shuttle to Pangai for Church Service and Sightseeing, Tongan Culture Show (dependent on availability of the Villagers), English and German Library, private Laundry, unlimited supply of Coffee, Tea, Milk, Sugar and safe Drinking Water in rooms.

Extra Fees: Scuba Diving (PADI Dive Base on the premises), Day Trips by Boat to other Islands, Horseback Riding (guided, with the Horses from nearby Village) and Whale Watch/Swim Trips from July to October.


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