Matafonua Lodge

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Owners Darren and Nina Rice, originally from the UK, have spent a lifetime in the dive industry, and have run dive centers and liveaboards all over the world and prior to building Matafonua on Ha'Apai, spent15 years as underwater camera crew for feature films, documentaries and television. The onsite dive operation now offers daily dive excursions to the areas pristine dive sites as well as the amazing humpback whale experiences that Tonga is famous for every July through October.


Hotel Amenities

  • Bar(s) 1
  • Shore Dives
  • Rooms 10
  • Restaurant(s) 1
  • Beach
  • Oceanfront

Hotel Meal Plan

  • Breakfast Only Included Continental


  • Distance To Airport 6 miles
  • Nearest Airport Ha'Apai Airport
  • Specific Area Ha'Apai Islands

Season Info

  • Jul-Oct: Humpback Whale Season
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Matafonua Lodge

HA'APAI, TONGA - This family-owned and operated haven is located on the northern tip of Ha'Apai Island on an expanse of white sand beach and surrounded by a lagoon with crystal clear waters and coral reefs. The property offers 10 fale bungalows, all located beachfront, as well as a restaurant and bar serving 3 meals per day. Spectacular diving surrounds the resort and the onsite dive operation specializes in photo, video and during the season from July through October, in-water humpback whale encounters.
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