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Visiting Ha'apai - Stay & Play With Matafonua

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A Selection Of Ha'apai Video By Darren Rice of Liquid Images & Matafonua Lodge

Matafonua Lodge - Beach Front Foa Island

Ha’apai is the way the South Pacific used to be, the peace and tranquility of a deserted beach, bush trails and uninhabited islands to explore, with some of the best beaches in the South Pacific.


Matafonua Hosts: Darren & Nina Rice

Matafonua Lodge is the jewel in the Ha’apai crown. 10 Tongan style beachfront bungalows with a great laid back atmosphere and delicious food. For the thrill seeker we offer lots of activities or alternatively relax in a hammock with a book, nothing is too much trouble for us so you have the holiday of a lifetime.

Come share the beauty that is Matafonua Lodge Resort.

Matafonua Hosts: Darren & Nina Rice 
Beach front, Foa Island
Mail: P.O. Box 61, Pangai, Ha'apai, Kingdom of Tonga | Phone +676 69766
Web: | Phone: (+ 676) 88 70 141 / 13 261




Darren & Nina RiceSoft corals discovered in Ha'apai Dec 2010

Darren and Nina Rice are accomplished underwater videographers and photographers.  

Darren also runs Liquid Image productions

Check out their video and photos (ps a great deal of the photography on this website has been courtesy of Darren)


Matafonua Lodge Can Assist You With The Following Activities

  • Accommodation
  • Great restaurant - outside bookings are welcome 
  • Cultural trip to the Island of Ha'ano - school, Tongan feast, demonstrations, craft, snorkeling (see the flyer on their activities page)
  • Dive Centre (Darren and Nina are both world-class leaders underwater)  
  • Whale watching and swimming in season (Whales can turn up as early as the end of June and can stay until November however for guaranteed sightings stick to the months August through October)
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaks and paddle boards are available  to paddle to uninhabited nearby islands or go explore the large lagoon in front of your fale.
  • Bicycle rental
  • WiFi and ipads available in the restaurant.
  • Bush Walks - trails start from our beach and lead through the islands plantations to hidden beaches on the east side of the island
  • Volcano Visit - Advance bookings are recommended  to avoid appointment
  • Kite Boarding - for the experienced and instruction for beginners. You should allow several days for kite board instruction as you will not learn this skill in one afternoon.


Kingdom Airpass help you see more of Tonga.  Hibicus are in abundance
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Swim with whales in the Vava'u and Ha'apai Tonga. Image by Darren Rice

Life changing. Tonga is only one of three places in the world where you can swim with whales.  Watch the video and see why you must experience Tonga.


most exciting discovery of a soft coral reef off Haapai by Darren Rice of Liquid Image Productions & Happy Haapai Divers, Kingdom Of Tonga
Great new dive spot with gorgeous soft coral reef discovered by Darren Rice Discover Ha'apai and the soft coral collection


Lionfish - photography by Fins n Flukes of Ha'apai
Ship wrecks, mutinys, worldclass underwater adventure. Fins 'n' Flukes share their passion for Ha'apai with you with this gorgeous 2011 collection

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