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BEAUTIFUL white sand beaches, relaxed South Seas island ambience plus endless vistas of coral islands, blue seas and coconut palms. This is Ha'apai. Accommodation in the Ha'apai Islands of Tonga ranges from cheap guest houses to budget beach fales (Tongan cottages). There is also resort offering the top accommodation for couples seeking a comfortable place to stay with quality bungalows, restaurant, bar, free use of kayaks and snorkel gear and wireless Internet.
Ha'apai is a top vacation spot for travellers who are looking for a beach vacation. Whilst there is no 5-star accommodation in Ha'apai, the Sandy Beach Resort is the top place to stay. Its European owners ensure quality comfort, service and dining. For backpackers, budget travellers and families, the nearby Matafonua Lodge (owned by a couple from New Zealand) offers good beach fales, cafe, Internet access and has share bathroom facilities. Other places to stay can be found on the adjoining main island of Lifuka as well as the next two islands in the Ha'apai group, notably Uoleva and 'Uiha. These are budget beach fales and guest house accommodation.
Accommodation in Ha'apai Tonga
Ha'apai Islands is a short distance by air from Tonga's main island to the south. Chathams Pacific - the Friendly Islands Airline - offers regular flights.
- Sandy Beach Resort - 12 bungalow style fale offers top resort accommodation in Ha'apai for couples seeking a tranquil vacation.
- Matafonua Lodge - beach fales with share bathroom facilities for backpackers and budget travellers.
Tranquillity and an astounding location in the South Pacific are the key features of Ha'apai. Forget shopping malls, traffic, hustle and bustle, noisy speedboats, nightclubs and casinos. In Ha'apai you will feel as though time has stopped still. Stroll through the quiet streets of the main town of Pangai (pahng-eye) and it feels as though you have been transported back in time. The Tongans are religious people who retain much of their Polynesian culture and traditions. They warmly accept you, with smiles of welcome and without making you feel strangers in their midst. Captain Cook, famous English navigator of the 18th Century, dubbed Tonga the Friendly Isles and it is easy to see why.
The word for foreigner is 'palangi' (pah-lahng-ee) - the Tongan word for white cloud. This is because their first foreign visitors arrived by sailing ships, whose white sails resembled clouds on the horizon.
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