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Matafonua Lodge & Dive Resort

Hotel category
3 Star
PADI dive center
House reef

Resort Highlights

  • Matafonua Lodge is a boutique, family-run, resort
  • Sustainable ethos and authentic cabins with hot water and electricity
  • 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


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Once we receive your booking, we double check availability with the dive operator and reserve your spot. If there are any issues, we get back to you within 24 hours


If all is good, we send you an E-mail confirming that your booking is final


You then have 24 hours to take care of other travel arrangements. Your credit card will only be charged after that period

Payment terms

  • 50% of the total booking amount is due at the time of booking
  • 50% (balance) is due 44 days prior to arrival

Cancellation fee

  • 50% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 14 days prior to arrival
  • 100% will be charged if you cancel less than 14 days prior to arrival

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Resort Description

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 fales 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 fale 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.


Explore diving around the Matafonua Lodge & Dive Resort

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  • 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


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.

And with a 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. 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.


PADI Courses Available

  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba
  • Scuba Refresher
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver Certification
  • Divemaster
  • Free-Diving Course
  • Kids Courses

Adaptors & tanks

  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves
  • Din/Int Adapters
  • Filling Station

Diving Facilities

  • Beach Front Location
  • House Reef
  • Fish Id And Diving Books

For your safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • First Aid Kits
  • Vhf Radio

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Other

PADI membership level

  • Padi Dive Resort

Resort Amenities


  • Restaurant
  • Beach Front
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Equipment For Kids

Great for families

  • Kids Playground

Sports & Watersports

  • Snorkeling
  • Stand-Up Paddling
  • Windsurfing
  • Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Cycling


  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Cash (Local Currency)

Food & drink

  • Buffet
  • Snacks All Day

How to get there


  • 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


  • 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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