Ha'atafu Beach Resort is located on the main island of Tongatapu, 21km west of the capital Nuku'alofa on the Hihifo Peninsula. Ha'atafu Beach is not only home to some of Tonga's best surfing waves, it is also Tongatapu's premier recreational swimming and snorkelling beach. The beach features safe all-tides swimming within the expansive lagoon area, which also provides sanctuary to an astounding variety of tropical fish and corals… a true snorkeler’s wonderland. The coastline here faces west-northwest, making the prevailing east-southeast trade winds directly offshore. It is also open to groundswells from winter storm activity in both hemispheres. This unique geographic positioning makes Ha'atafu one of the few surfing locations in the South Pacific to enjoy world class surfing conditions all year round. There are three or four peaks out front of the resort and a couple more within a short boat ride... too easy!
Tonga (Tongan for "south") is an independent archipelago in the Southern Pacific Ocean. It lies about a third of the way between New Zealand and Hawaii, south of Samoa and east of Fiji. The islands are also known as The Friendly Islands, the name given by Captain Cook because of the friendly reception he received. Tonga is the only monarchy among the island nations in the Pacific Ocean. Tonga's former king, Tupou IV, was once the heaviest monarch in the world, weighing in at over 200 kg (440 pounds) in his prime.
The holiday accommodation at Ha'atafu Beach Resort includes traditionally thatched roof fales (bungalows) set amongst landscaped tropical gardens right on the beach. All fales are simply and tastefully furnished with all bed linens ie. sheets, pillows/pillow cases, and doonas as well as bath towels and mosquito nets. The friendly staff will clean and service your fale daily with bed linens and bath towels being changed every second day.
Premium Beachfront Fales: The Premium Beachfront Fales have private en-suites, super king double beds (or 2 x king-size singles if twin accomm required), overhead fans, refrigerator, 32" LCD TV and video, comfy leather sofa and tea/coffee making facilities. Premium fales are fully insect screened and also have covered verandas with outside furniture which extend onto an open timber deck overlooking the beach and lagoon. Recliner chairs on deck.
Superior Beachfront Fales: The Superior Beachfront Fales have private en-suites, super king double beds (or 2 x king-size singles), plus double bunks (queen double on bottom and single above), overhead fans, refrigerator and tea/coffee making facilities. Superior fales are fully insect screened and also have covered verandas with outside furniture.
Standard Beachfront Fales: All 3 standard beachfront fales have queen-size double and/or king-size single beds, overhead fans, refrigerators, table and chairs, 240 volt lighting and power outlet (standard OZ / NZ style 3-point socket). The fales share a central amenities block (ladies and gents separate) which have hot showers and are cleaned several times daily. We aren't open to the general public so are able to keep our amenities very clean and tidy at all times. There is also 110 and 240 volt power outlets in the amenities block. Fales have a covered verandah with outside chairs.
Standard Garden Fales: All 4 standard garden fales have queen-size double and/or king-size single beds, overhead fans, table and chairs, 240 volt lighting and power outlet (standard OZ / NZ style 3-point socket). Standard garden fales share the same amenities block as standard beachfront fales. Fales have a covered verandah with outside chairs.
Steve and the gang at Ha'atafu pride themselves on keeping you well fed. Everyone raves about the food, with fresh fish daily and local specialties ... you won't lose weight here! Meals are one of the highlights of this surf resort with regular supplies of fresh fish guaranteed. Packages include full breakfast and buffet dinner. Breakfast features fresh fruit salad, choice of cereals and hot meals of eggs (fried, scrambled, poached), and your choice of savoury omelettes, pancakes or French toast. The nightly buffet dinner offers 2 main courses (one fresh fish dish each evening) served with gourmet potato or rice dishes, fresh garden salads and garlic bread. Polynesian dishes, marinated raw fish and regular beach BBQ's are also featured on the menu. A variety of lunchtime snacks including fresh wholemeal breads and rolls with salad fillings, jaffles, grilled open sandwiches, salad bowls, fresh fruit smoothies and ice cream desserts are available at an additional cost.
Tonga enjoys world class surfing year round with two very distinct seasons.
The Summer North Swell (November to March):
North Pacific winter swells (the same that hit Hawaii) as well as South Pacific tropical cyclones produce consistent swells during these months. There are 4 rights and 1 left at Ha'atafu as well as a chain of off-shore reefs which fire during this period. "E.T.'s", "Loonies", "Sharkies", Lighthouse", Pass Right", and "Razors" are just a few of the smorgasbord of surf-spots to choose from. Some can be mindlessly perfect. East to South East tradewinds prevail during the summer months but winds can be variable during passing storms (cyclone season). However, with such a selection of off-shore locations there is almost always one of the breaks offering clean, off-shore conditions. Resort boats are used to access these off-shore surfspots.
The Winter South Swell Season (April to October):
Winter lows in the Tasman Sea, around New Zealand and Antarctic lows generate strong, clean groundswells which sweep the Ha'atafu coast turning on 5 excellent lefts - "The Pass", "Motels", "Corners", "The Bowl" and "Fishtraps". South East tradewinds are directly off-shore at Ha'atafu and predominate during winter, brushing these waves to perfection. All surfspots are either directly in front of the Resort or within a short walking distance and 100 metre paddle across the lagoon.
"E.T.'s", "Loonies", "Sharkies", Lighthouse", Pass Right" and "Razors" are just a few of the smorgasbord of surf-spots to choose from. Some can be mindlessly perfect. East to South East trade winds prevail during the summer months but winds can be variable during passing storms (cyclone season). However, with such a selection of off-shore locations there is almost always one of the breaks offering clean, off-shore conditions. Resort boats are used to access off-shore surf spots. The Winter South Swell Season (April to October) Winter lows in the Tasman Sea and around New Zealand as well as Antarctic lows generate strong, clean groundswells which sweep the Ha'atafu coast turning on 5 excellent lefts - "The Pass", "Motels", "Corners", "The Bowl" and "Fishtraps". South East trade winds are directly off-shore at Ha'atafu and predominate during winter, brushing these waves to perfection. All surf spots are either directly in front of the Resort or within a short walking distance and 100 metre paddle across the lagoon.
No beach breaks in Tonga
All surf spots break over coral reefs, some are dangerously shallow, and for this reason we recommend that visiting surfers possess intermediate to advanced skill levels. There are reforms inside the lagoon which are ideal for supervised children or beginners.
Swell: North or Sth West
Wind: Any type of East for Ha'atafu breaks or West for Outer reefs
There are plenty non-surfing activities available at Ha'atafu Beach Resort which will keep you occupied. The following is a small list:
Tonga is home to some of the worlds' best sports fishing with all major species of tropical pelagics well represented. The "fathomless depths" directly offshore from Ha'atafu Beach Resort means you can be in the thick of the action within minutes of your fishing trip. Your chance to hook-up with a marlin, sailfish, mahi-mahi, wahoo or any of the varieties of dogtooth, yellow fin or skipjack tuna. The resort has two 23ft fibreglass runabouts available for both offshore "blue water" and inshore "spin casting" sports fishing trips. Guests are encouraged to bring their own fishing gear with an emphasis on "heavy tackle", lots of spare lures and a strong back!
The resort borders the Ha'atafu Beach Marine Reserve which is Tongatapu's only marine reserve accessible by road. The lagoon area encompassing the reserve is home to over 130 different species of tropical fish and the varieties of both soft and hard corals are outstanding. The lagoon averages a depth of 6-8ft at high tide and 3-4ft at low tide. Snorkelling outside of the lagoon, beyond the reef, is possible when the surf is small and opens up another realm of deep caverns, drop-offs and a wider variety of "open ocean" marine life. Snorkelling inside the lagoon is perfect for beginners and children but only strong swimmers or more experienced snorkelers should venture beyond the reef. While some snorkelling gear is available for resort guests we suggest that keen snorkelers bring their own equipment.
Whale Watching (July - November)
Winter and spring months bring an annual migration of Humpback whales to sojourn in the warm tropical waters of the Tonga archipelago. The deep leeward waters directly offshore from Ha'atafu offers perfect surface conditions for the whales to bask in the sun and frolic with their young. Guests have a perfect view from the resort of these spectacular displays and can also readily snorkel beyond the reef and swim with the whales. A truly unforgettable experience.
Ha’atafu Beach Resort offer both single and double sea kayaks for hire to resort guests. The lagoon area is perfect for enjoying a leisurely paddle with friends or family. However we recommend, for safety, that children have parental supervision at all times, as strong currents sometimes develop around the reef passes during larger swells.
Other activities also include:
Evening Cultural Tours
Daily courtesy shuttle to town
Sky TV / DVDs