MATAFONUA LODGE & DIVE RESORT I 7 NIGHTS + 5 DIVING DAYS I FOA ISLAND I TONGA

MATAFONUA LODGE & DIVE RESORT I 7 NIGHTS + 5 DIVING DAYS I FOA ISLAND I TONGA
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Matafonua Lodge overlooks a lagoon on the very tip of Foa Island, part of Haʻapai, a group of islands, reefs and shoals situated in the central part of Tonga. This is a small, family-run boutique resort with only 10 traditional bungalows on site. These are thatched from local materials and decorated with local flowers, including red-blossomed heilala, plus frangipani and hibiscus. The grounds combine Tongan white sand trails between grassy patches and palm trees. Each bungalows is equipped with electricity and hot water and the on-site restaurant serves a variety of international and local cuisine. The small island is packed with activities, including kayaking, paddle boarding, bush and reef walks, free diving, fishing and cycling. At the southern end of the eastern beach, you'll find stunning petroglyphs to study. The house reef stretches for 400m and is locatged steps from the beach, while the clear, nutrient heavy waters provide good conditions for marine life to thrive.



HIGHLIGHTS

  • 7 nights + 10 dives, non divers and famlies welcome
  • Matafonua Lodge is a boutique, family-run, resort
  • Sustainable ethos and authentic cabins with hot water and electricity
  • Authentically thatched bungalows have 1 or two rooms and can be made up as a king bed or/and 2 singles, 2 king beds or 4 singles.
  • Bathrooms are located in the center of the resort and are impeccably clean and with hot water. Each room has electric lights, power points and fantastic Tongan views.
  • Access to biodiverse, uninhabited islands and stunning beaches
  • Swim with humpback whales in the waters surrounding Ha’apai
  • Warm waters (24-28C) and fantastic visibility (30m) year-round
  • Drop-offs, coral gardens, swim-throughs and caves available to divers
  • Matafonua has its own PADI Scuba Diving Centre onsite, and runs dive trips from the resort on a daily basis.
  • Many dive sites are situated nearby, including coral gardens, swim-throughs, pinnacles, tunnels and more. 
  • Our remodelled dive boat now has new engines and bigger fuel tanks to allow access to sites further afield.
  • Maximum capacity of 24 at the resort, the house reef and various dive sites won't feel busy.
  • Divers get the chance to spot sharks, dolphins, turtles and mantas as well as macro-critters like nudibranch and shrimp. 
  • Matafonua Lodge offers one of two places in the world to reliably swim with humpback whales
  • Dive right from the resort beach on the 400m reef
  • Emphasis on sustainability and marine conservation
  • Experienced dive guides and boat captains
  • Great visibility, warm seas and high levels of biodiversity
  • You can also snorkel with humpback whales, who return to the waters around Ha'apai yearly to mate. Boats stop around 200m from these gentle giants, guided by our experienced captains.

INCLUDED

  • Family Tongan-Style Fales for 7 nights breakfast
  • 10 boat dives per diver
  • Weight Belt/Weights/Tank(s)
  • Free WiFi (public areas)
  • Free drinking water

NOT INCLUDED

  • Transfer from/to Ha'apai (round-trip) - add one per PERSON: USD 45 (per person)
  • Full scuba set: USD 35 (per diving day/person)(see more)
  • Wetsuit: USD 15 (per diving day/person)
  • BCD: USD 15 (per diving day/person)
  • Regulator: USD 15 (per diving day/person)
  • Whale Swimming
  • Kiteboarding
  • Bush and Reef Walk
  • Horse and Bicycle Riding
  • Houmale'eia Petroglyphs Tour
  • Whale watching swimming (includes snorkel hire, lunch and refreshments): USD 175 (per activity/person)
  • Note: all listed prices are per person

Payment schedule

  • After booking confirmation: 30% downpayment non refundable
  • 60 days before trip start: 100% (balance)

Cancellation fees

  • 30% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel 
  • 100% will be charged if you cancel less than 38 days prior to arrival

HOW TO GET THERE

Arrival

  • The closet airport is Pilolevu Domestic Airport - Ha'apai (HPA)
  • Three international airlines fly to the capital, Nuku’alofa, on Tongatapu Island
  • A domestic flight is required between Nuku’alofa and Ha’apai with the domestic airline Real Tonga (40 minutes). Flights normally operate twice daily in each direction. No services operate on Sundays
  • There is short taxi ride from the international to the domestic terminal. It would be advisable to have some local currency to hand
  • The resort staff are happy to arrange the taxi for you (for an additional charge)
  • All guests are personally met at Ha’apai Airport on arrival and transferred to the resort
  • Check in time is at 13:00

Departure

  • Check out time is at 10:00
  • Once you have checked out at reception you will be transferred to the domestic airport
  • Early check-in / late check-out available by prior arrangement
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