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Travel in Tonga – Budget Accommodation in Tonga


Here are the best budget accommodation in Tonga in Tongatapu for the budget traveller:

Tonga’s main island, Tongatapu, provides a good choice of budget accommodation options.

1) Tonga Holiday Villa

This large family-run, two-storey guesthouse has three breezy, spacious rooms upstairs for guests to reserve. Rooms are clean and comfortable, and the staff that look after the property are fantastic.

Bathroom facilities are shared, and you have access to a full kitchen below to cook your meals which is a significant bonus for saving money and travelling in Tonga on a budget.

Check out Tonga Holiday Villa for the latest prices and availability.

Tonga Holiday Villa

2) Paea’s Guesthouse 

Just next door to Tonga Holiday Villa, these properties are owned by the same family and have glowing reviews from past guests, too.

In my opinion, this is a great option for budget accommodation in Tonga. View price & availability here.

3) The Village Backpackers

Offers 4 or 6-bed dorms for budget-conscious travellers.

View Village Backpackers here for the latest prices and availability.

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Best budget accommodation in Tonga – Make sure you visit Otuhaka beach in Tongatapu


This island is a paradise for those who love hiking, nature and the great outdoors. This is perfect for backpackers or budget travellers as accommodation prices are reasonably cheap.

Here is the best budget accommodation in Tonga if you are visiting Eua.

1) Seta Homestay

Get an entire Tongan house to yourself for about $30 per night! The host, Tupou, is a super host on Airbnb, which means they’re rated in high demand and get fantastic reviews from past guests every time.

You’ll have your own bathroom, lounge and fully-equipped kitchen, and it’s only a 3-minute walk to the beach.

Check out Seta Homestay on Airbnb

2) Alakoka Tahi Moana Guest House

A guest house located in a quiet village. The host, Kiko, offers whale swimming tours, guided hikes and 4WD tours. Rooms are clean and basic, with access to hot showers and laundry facilities.

There is a restaurant on site where you can order meals and use the guest kitchen to cook for yourself. Groceries can be purchased in town.

Things to note: This place has no A/C or wifi, but you’ll have a very authentic Tongan experience.


Ha’apai is where you’ll find quiet lagoons, white sand beaches and small islands topped with palm trees swaying in the breeze.

Most of Ha’apai’s budget accommodation options are around the Uoleva and Lifuka islands. How convenient that both of these have epic snorkelling opportunities and gorgeous beaches. Here is the best budget accommodation in Tonga if you travel to Ha’apai.

1) Lindsay’s Guesthouse

A large guesthouse, only a 10 min walk from the town centre and has 12 small, reasonable rooms. eight with shared facilities and four with private facilities. Double rooms from TOP$40, singles from TOP$30. Showers are cold water only.

Mosquito nets and fans are available on request. Breakfast is included, lunch costs T$8.

There’s a communal kitchen, which is free to use for guests. The bakery next door is handy.

Telephone: (676) 60107 or 60667. Located on the corner of Loto Kolo and Tuita Rds 

2) Taiana’s Resort

Enjoy a beautiful beach setting at Taiana’s Resort on Uoleva Island. The resort has five Tongan-style fales (bungalows) which are basic, but comfortable. Shower and toilet facilities are shared and located in a separate building nearby.

Camping is an option here too. Airport/ferry transfers to the island are also offered.

Phone +67 68831722 or [email protected]. Bookings can be confirmed on the phone or by email.

3) Matafonua Lodge

OK, this one isn’t really for budget travellers – but it’s worth mentioning because it’s beautiful. It’s THE place to stay if you want beachfront accommodation and are interested in diving and whale-watching tours.

This place comes with a fantastic breakfast and rave reviews from past guests.

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Choose from family-run guesthouses or maybe a bungalow on the beach – it’s up to you. Tonga has all kinds of budget accommodations if you are heading to Vava’u. 

1) Fifita Guesthouse

A friendly family home in Ha’akio village, only a 10-minute drive from Neiafu. You’ll get an authentic Tongan experience living in a village with a family of four. Fifita is a super host, providing an excellent experience for her guests.

You’ll have access to the family kitchen to cook your meals, and laundry facilities are available

Check out Fifita Guesthouse on Airbnb. 

2) Maria’s Holiday House

The house is only 8 minutes from the main town and the heart of Vava’u: very clean, fresh, large rooms and fantastic hospitality.

The kitchen has everything you need to cater for yourself. The mini supermarket next to the house is super handy.

Check out Maria’s Holiday House on Airbnb 

3) Elim Hotel

Rooms have air conditioning and free wifi. A self-service kitchen is available for guests – a bonus to keep costs down in Tonga.

And that’s our quick guide on how to travel in Tonga and where to find the best budget accommodation in Tonga. 

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