One'atea, Hunga Island, Vava'u. Travel by boat from Neiafu, transfers provided

Hunga Island, Vava/U, Tonga
Max Guests

About this Holiday House

CURRENTLY FOR SALE - HOUSE NZ $250,000, FOLAU LELEI NZ $180,000 Located in beautiful Vava'u, one hour's flight from Tongatapu. Beautifully presented, small holiday home, with boats included, set in tidy grounds/gardens, located right on a lovely private, safe, white sandy beach. Hunga island is a 30 minute boat ride from Neiafu in our motorboat Folau Lelei. An absolutely stunning location, all embracing, with consistently great feedback received from our adventurous guests. Just a few steps down from the deck of the house, the crystal clear, blue water welcomes you. The water is warm and very safe for swimming and snorkling. Turtles can often be seen bobbing cheekily in the water amongst schools of fish in front of our house. Whales are also often seen outside the lagoon (June to November). Explore the sheltered lagoon by kayak, optimist or Pep'e (3.8M aluminium coastal pontoon boat with 2 stroke 15hp engine, 25 litre tank, rod holders, portable VHF and anchor), and venture out to visit neighbouring islands. Paddle board on the lagoon (2 paddle boards available). Fish off the beach or take the boat out to catch a variety of fish for your dinner. Visit the local village or try local foods and crafts. This place is a fisherman's paradise. Hunga and the surrounding Vava'u area offers a dynamic mix of fishing options. fishing techniques and an array of different species to target. Inside the lagoon is great for lure fishing, including soft plastics, slow trolled bibbed lures, spinning lures and probably any other lure you try. There are many spots as yet unexplored for rock fishing. Use of Pep'e our pontoon boat with 15 HP motor is included free of charge, guests pay for petrol or you can book a day fishing or snorkling upon request. For an additional cost snorkelling, fishing and island hopping trips can be provided in Folau Lelei.

Details and amenities

Child friendly
No pets
Linen provided
Smoking outside only
No disabled access
Accessible Bathroom
Extra Bedding
Washing Machine
Boat parking
Tea, coffee, sugar etc
CD player
Cellphone coverage
Cleaning equipment
Cleaning supplies
Clothes line
Internet available
iPod Dock
Outdoor furniture

Bed layout

1 Double(s), 2 Single(s), 1 Settee(s)

Special Amenities

A delightful and comfortable, get-away holiday home with mosquito screens on opening windows and doors. Ceiling fan in main bedroom. All amenities provided, including pontoon boat, 2 paddle boards, on water platform, optimist, sail boat, 2 kayaks, snorkle/fishing gear, buoyancy aides, books, games, music, radio telephone, fan, safe for valuables, gas barbeque, first aid kit, all linen, soaps, toiletries, and well equipped kitchen with fridge/freezer. Comfortable beds. Internet connection is also available at 'One'atea. 'One'atea also can provide you (free of charge) with local hosts who will contact or visit you daily, to ensure you are having a wonderful stay. They will also be able to provide you with helpful local advice, organise provisions for the house, an umu/village visit, fishing and snorkling trips if desired and other cultural assistance. Boating excursions to outer islands available on fully equipped boat (new in December 2018). Internal flights to Vava'u - please contact

Special Attractions and Activities Nearby

Hunga island is accessed by boat, a short trip, from the township of Neiafu in Vava'u. Boat transfers to Hunga Island are provided in Falau Lelei - or arranged for you and these are an additional cost to guests. Young children travel free. Vava'u - the crown jewel of the Kingdom of Tonga (the Friendly islands) - where sailors from the world over, come to enjoy the placid water, so clear that you can see the bottom at 40 metres. Vava'u is unique in all of the island groups of the world, as it has a naturally protected island and reef system. Hunga Lagoon within the spectacular Vava'u island group of 60 beautiful islands, is very safe for swimming and boating, the snorkling is great. The 525-acre island of Hunga is a lush jungle of assorted tropical trees, with paths to its various cliffs, lookouts, coral reef gardens, white sandy beaches and the big blue deep water lagoon. The lagoon is completely protected from high winds and waves, with an access to the ocean, just outside the small harbour entrance. The tropical trade winds keep the island cool and fresh, year round. Hunga village sits high on the hill above the harbour. Vava’u attracts many humpback whales between June and November each year - as they head from Antarctica to the warm waters of Vava'u. Because of its deep water and its’ geographical location – Hunga island provides sheltered waters and bays which provide a welcome haven and resting place, especially for Humpbacks with calves. Vava'u's protected channels and coral reefs afford glorious opportunities for snorkling and diving - as well as whale watching. The islands figure in Tongan mythology as one of the few islands which were not overfished, and hence thrown down from heaven to land on earth. A destination for those who have the spirit for adventure !


Average Rating: 5
13 total reviews

We felt very lucky to stay in this incredible beach house perched as it is on the edge of this idyllic sheltered harbour. So much to do within walking distance of the house or if you prefer you can puddle about and explore the harbour in Mary and Chris' little flotilla of kayaks and sailing dinghys. A couple of hundred metres down the beach close to the 'false [harbour] entrance', you'll find an incredible semi-enclosed coral garden, home to endless species of tropical fish. We found a route up to the western lookout where we saw whales passing (pack your binoculars) and fruit bats fly from roosts behind the house out over the water at dusk. The prevailing trade wind in October is from the east and/or South-east so most nights we had sea breeze blowing into our rooms to cool things down. One'atea is pared back simple island living at its best and Mary and Chris can be relied upon to make your stay painless and memorable.
Response from Owner
We were very happy and pleased to accommodate Belinda, Matt, Hamish and Will. Our property manager Barry was delighted to host the them. A carefree, respectful family; really wonderful guests, who utilised all the amenities on offer at One'atea - exploring the local area. Malo; please visit us again soon at Hunga Haven :-)
Absolutely loved staying here while holidaying in Vava'u. A very secluded and peaceful spot with lush vegetation surrounding and ample options for exploring the lagoon. Mary was so helpful with organising boat transfers and general local knowledge. We had an Umu with a local family which was a great was to spend time chatting with locals from the island. Barry the neighbour across the lagoon/manager is an absolute gem. He welcomed us and showed us around. 5 days was not enough! thanks for having us :)
Response from Owner
Malo Pat and friends, really great guests who visited from the Daintree rain forest -), please return soon.
Paul & Felicity
had a great stay. magic spot with all the extras for enjoying the lagoon. well looked after with transfers. love to go back. thanks for sharing your patch of paradise.
Response from Owner
Malo for visiting One'atea - your voluntary veterinary work in Vava'u is really appreciated. :-)
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Date rangeRatesMinimum stay
All year$300 / Night for 2 guests5 Nights
All year$400 / Night for 4 guests5 Nights
All year
$300 / Night for 2 guests
Min. stay: 5 Nights
All year
$400 / Night for 4 guests
Min. stay: 5 Nights
PLEASE NOTE : One'atea is located in Vava'u, travel is provided either by local ferry, or by Lulutai Airlines, approximate flight time from Tongatapu of 1 hour. Air fare from Nuku’alofa to Vava’u is TOP$780.00 return. Boat transfers provided to Hunga in our boat Falau Lelei - 2 adults TOP $500 return, young children travel free. Additional adults TOP $50 each way.

Snorkelling, fishing, sight-seeing and other excursions available to any of the many outer islands. Please enquire.

Transfer rate includes airport pick up in Vava'u by our driver and assistance to shop for supplies. Approximate travel time from Neiafu to Hunga is 30 minutes by sea.

Accommodation rates are in NZ $

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NB: Fiji Air also flies into Vava'u. Please refer to their website. Travel by ferry, is an 18 hour trip, leaving on Tuesday evening from the wharf in Nukualofa, cost is approx TOP$ 99. There is now a faster ferry to Vava'u, it takes 6 - 8 hours. This departs Nukualofa each Wednesday morning - cost is TOP$150.




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