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  • 5/5 John B. 6 years ago on Google
    If you want to see humpback whales come here. Simple but comfy lodgings. Beautiful spot, great for our kids, with kids dining in a group at the table with excellent food. Lovely staff, Darren and Nina are awesome and there kids lovely. Nice food too. Fantastic spot.
    4 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 James R. 6 years ago on Google
    An amazingly beautiful part of the world, with great snorkling and diving just off the beach. The accommodation was good, and the food and service was great. A great memory that will stay with us for life.
    4 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Ryan G. 7 years ago on Google
    This place is AMAZING! Darren and Nina were great hosts. The best diving and snorkeling in world. Very relaxing. The food great with a variety to choose from. Thanks Darren & Nina
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Michelle M. 10 months ago on Google • 215 reviews
    We anchored outside the resort to swim in the pass. Best place to dive in Tonga. The resort owners are very nice and helpful to cruisers. They let us eat lunch in the restaurant and dinner if we call ahead. We love going here!

  • 5/5 Luciana A. 9 months ago on Google • 33 reviews
    The place is phenomenal. Right by the beach, you'll sleep to the sound of the sea and the reefs. The fales are simple, but full of character and very comfortable. The bathroom is shared, but also very comfortable. The staff and the owners are great, the food is delicious. We had the best holiday here and can't wait to come back. The best part was definitely swimming with whales.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Rongo mā Tāne - God of C. 1 year ago on Google
    Nina, Darren and their lovely local crew welcomed us warmly making us feel at home. I enjoyed the conversations and learning about their extraordinary journey and the origins of Matafonua Lodge. One thing that stood out was their high quality menu. They also went above and beyond once they realized I required Gluten free food. Making a gluten free pizza base from scratch and even baking a loaf of Gluten free bread! 🍕 Another bonus was Ollie the dog, a wolf / sheep dog and gentle giant 😁
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 P R. 3 years ago on Google
    Stunning spot. Add in some of the warmest and inspiring people you will ever find running the two resorts here. Add in snorkels and free dives with leopard sharks and beautiful coral reef. Even without the whales, this is one of the most special places on earth. If you find your way here you will be forever changed. Darren Nina JJ and staff, we Rosses will dream of the day we can return to your paradise.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Rhys F. 4 years ago on Google
    Showed up for a meal. Best to call ahead to check availability, but they were able to accommodate our small group. Very friendly staff with a strong family feeling environment. The food is a little on the expensive side, however you do get what you pay for and there was a remarkable amount of cheese on our pizza given how scarce cheese is in Tonga!
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Alfred S. 1 year ago on Google
    We visited this spot for sightseeing and stopped at the bar for a beer, coffee and chips. We couldn't order most of the lunch menus i.e pizzas etc as the power was down however they did advise us that they could do burgers. Love the atmosphere and ambiance at this tip of the island of Foa location. Very beautiful.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Yoyo T. 9 months ago on Google • 31 reviews
    My FAVORITE family vacation ever! Where can I start? Very nice family owns the resort, and they run it as eco friendly as possible, and also they care about the local Tongan people. I didn't see single use plastic. So fun to kitesurf (both foiling and twin tip)! On the same windy day, my kids could have fun at the opposite side of the beach which is just a few steps away. I'm a foodie and I really enjoyed every single meals and desserts there. They cook from scratch mostly local ingredients. So delicious! I also loved horse back riding. My first time riding without saddle. I actually liked more than with a saddle! We took a very nice family picture on the horses in the ocean. AND of course the highlight was swimming with the whales. I had many amazing encounters with multiple whales. The guides were very knowledgeable and fun. I'd recommend this resort to everyone from a solo traveler to family with small children. We're already thinking to go back again. Malo aupito!

  • 5/5 Bezoar 10 years ago on Google
    Our week at matafonua lodge is cherished. My photos of kayaking and snorkeling with my son are wonderful. We loved the rustic charm of beach side rooms. The owners and their children are lovely and truly treated our kids as their own. Our hopes are with them as they recover from Tongas recent cyclone

  • 5/5 Creigh B. 4 years ago on Google
    Surely the best hospitality in the South Pacific. The resort and surrounds are beautiful, but cooks are whipping up delicious from scratch food and Darren, Nina and crew go absolutely out of their way to help with anything you need. A lovely and much needed holiday. Thanks guys!

  • 5/5 Luca C. 8 months ago on Google • 4 reviews
    Great staff, awesome family that own it. In the most amazing location and plenty to do. Horse treks and snorkelling/diving are phenomenal. Highly recommend

  • 5/5 Tobias L. 1 year ago on Google
    Great food, reasonable prices, clean facilities and very good wifi. The resort is located at a beautiful lagoon which is great for snorkeling, kayaking and kitesurfing. Nina and Darren make this a very unique place to stay – the best for us in our 2.5 month world trip. Thank you!

  • 5/5 Riku E. 1 year ago on Google
    Great beaches, snorkeling, kayaking etc. Very tasty food and cozy rooms to sleep in. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Also boardgames available. Just a beautiful location.


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