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Sandy Beach Hotel & Resort

Hotel category
3 Star
PADI dive center
House reef

Resort Highlights

  • Swim with humpback whales in their natural habitat!
  • Uncrowded white sand beaches
  • Huge house reef with reef fish, macro life
  • Remote island with electricity and hot water
  • Beautiful gardens, palm trees, tropical foliage, vibrant flowers
  • 24hr room service and fine dining restaurant serving fresh fish and lobster
  • Activities above and below the waves, plus ancient petroglyphs
  • Robinson Crusoe experience on nearby uninhabited island


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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

  • 20% of the total booking amount is due at the time of booking
  • 80% (balance) is due 37 days prior to arrival

Cancellation fee

  • 0% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 67 days prior to arrival
  • 50% will be charged if you cancel between 67 and 21 days prior to arrival
  • 100% will be charged if you cancel less than 21 days prior to arrival

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Resort Description

Sandy Beach Hotel is located on Foa Island in Ha’apai, a hidden paradise in the South Pacific.  

White sand beaches, uninhabited islands, rich local culture and barely another tourist in sight. Local marine environment is full of healthy coral and colorful fish – including rare ghost coral found in only two locations worldwide.

Humpback whales migrate to the sanctuary of Ha’apai every year for a 4 month period to mate, affording you the remarkable opportunity to swim with these impressive mammals. 

Sandy Beach Resort is surrounded by turquoise water, tropical foliage, native flowers and palm trees. 12 bungalows boast private verandas with ocean views. Facilities include free WiFi, restaurant with 24hr room service, free luggage storage and a fitness room.

Partake in bush or reef walks, go horseback riding, freediving, cycling, fishing, kayaking or cultural tour.

Dont miss the ancient petroglyphs at the southern end of the eastern beach. These are estimated to have been carved into the rock around 1200.AD! 

Explore diving around the Sandy Beach Hotel & Resort

Dive Center


  • One of two places in the world to swim with humpback whales (July to October)
  • Top-notch visibility (~30m), warm seas (~28°c) 
  • Dive with dolphins, turtles, sharks, rays, reef fish, macro critters
  • Swim-throughs, drop-offs, coral gardens and rarely dived on sea pinnacles
  • Custom built, newly refurbished dive boat with brand new engine, large fuel tank
  • Knowledgeable dive guides and boat captains
  • Sustainable practices and marine conservation 


Sandy Beach’s Dive Center is a fantastic base from which to explore remote, healthy dive sites around Ha'apai.

Enjoy swim-throughs, coral gardens, sea pinnacles, tunnels and more. The waters here are warm (~28°c) and crystal clear (~30m). You will have the chance to dive with dolphins, turtles, sharks, rays and all manner of reef fish and macro critters

Dive from the beach, or take a trip on the newly refurbished dive boat. It is possible to visit rarely dived sea pinnacles on a longer day trip.

The dive team are experienced and knowledgeable when it comes to local conditions and marine life, including the humpback whales.

Discover Scuba, Open Water and Advanced courses are offered, and dive gear is available to rent. 


PADI Courses Available

  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba
  • 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

PADI membership level

  • Padi Dive Resort

Resort Amenities

Food & drink

  • A La Carte
  • Snacks All Day
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food
  • Gluten Free Food

Wellness & Relaxation

  • Yoga


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

Great for families

  • Board Games
  • Babysitting/Child Services


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Sports & Watersports

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

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 on hand).
  • The Resort staff is 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 and from the property.
  • Check in time is at 13:00pm.


  • Check out time is at 10:00am.
  • Once you have checked out at reception you will be transferred at the domestic airport.
  • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out available by arrangement.


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