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'Otuhaka Beach Surf Resort - Kanakupolu, Western Tongatapu. Tonga

INTRODUCTION

'Otuhaka Beach Surf Resort - Kanakupolu, Western Tongatapu Guests overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 5 reviews.
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Tonga Surf Resort sits on the west coast of Tongatapu, fringed with palm trees, surrounded by a lush tropical garden and sits along a stretch of white sandy beaches. Most of the guests take a walk along the beach when they first arrive.

 

The resort is based 20 minutes from the capital Nuku’alofa and only 35 minutes from the airport. Just of the beach is an aqua colored lagoon for swimming and snorkeling.

 

Separating the lagoon from the deep blue sea is a reef with ten surf breaks, and beyond the reef, just a few hundred meters from the resort, mother whales and their babies swim past (mostly during whale season). 

 

Tonga enjoys world class surfing year round with 2 very distinct seasons. There are no sand-bottom beach breaks anywhere in Tonga. All surfspots throughout the Kingdom break over coral reefs and most surf spots require intermediate to advanced skill levels. There are reforms inside the lagoon which are ideal for supervised children or beginners.

 

Staying at the resort makes you feel closer to the ocean than the other local resorts. The bar & restaurant sit’s on the ocean edge and like most of resorts’ accommodation provides a gorgeous ocean view.

 

Experience the Tongan Kava circle ceremony on a beachfront setting during the BBQ night, while enjoying the village’s string band serenade you with traditional Tongan songs.

 

Malo e’ lelei & Welcome, and hope to meet you soon.

THE ACCOMMODATION

Tonga Beach Resort sits on the west coast of Tongatapu, fringed with palm trees, surrounded by a lush tropical garden and sits along a stretch of white sandy beaches. Most of the guests take a walk along the beach when they first arrive.

 

Staying at the resort makes you feel closer to the ocean than the other local resorts. The bar & restaurant sit’s on the ocean edge and like most of resorts’ accommodation provides a gorgeous ocean view.

 

Elevated 6 Metres above sea-level, our restaurant faces the western ocean, during the day you can witness whales frolicking in the deep as they pass by, in the evening amazing sunset views.

 

Ocean-view Single room


Beach front accommodation with a queen bed. A rollaway extra bed can be added.

 

Includes:

 

✔ Breakfast
✔ Private balcony
✔ Sea view
✔ Free Wi-Fi ( reception area )
✔ Mini-Bar
✔ Private Bathroom

✔ Coffee Pot

✔ Ceiling fan

✔ TV/DVD Player

Ocean-view Shared Room

Are beach front accommodations with a queen bed and a rollaway single bed. Fitting for couple who won’t mind sharing with another child or adult.

 

Includes:

✔ Breakfast
✔ Private balcony
✔ Sea view
✔ Free Wi-Fi ( reception area )
✔ Mini-Bar
✔ Private Bathroom

✔ Coffee Pot

✔ Ceiling fan

✔ TV/DVD Player

Garden-view Single Room

Can still have ocean view, but set back in our tropical garden. Comes with a queen bed. An extra rollaway bed can be added

 

Includes:

✔ Breakfast
✔ Private balcony
✔ Sea view
✔ Free Wi-Fi ( reception area )
✔ Mini-Bar
✔ Private Bathroom

✔ Coffee Pot

✔ Ceiling fan

✔ TV/DVD Player

Family Double Room Cottage

Duplex cottage consist of two rooms with inter-connecting doors and a shared porch. Rooms consist of a queen-sized bed. Extra rollaway bed can be added. Fitting families who would like share.

 

Includes:

✔ Breakfast
✔ Private balcony
✔ Sea view
✔ Free Wi-Fi ( reception area )
✔ Mini-Bar
✔ Private Bathroom

 

Honeymoon Fale - (limited avail)

Beach front rooms with a queen bed & Air-conditioning unit. Includes a complementary wine bottle on arrival.

 

Includes:

✔ Breakfast
✔ Private balcony
✔ Sea view
✔ Free Wi-Fi ( reception area )
✔ Mini-Bar
✔ Private Bathroom

✔ Coffee Pot

✔ Ceiling fan

✔ TV/DVD Player

A Business Class room- limited Availability

Beach front accommodations with a queen bed. Air-conditioning unit.

 

Includes:

✔ Breakfast
✔ Private balcony
✔ Sea view
✔ Free Wi-Fi ( reception area )
✔ Mini-Bar
✔ Private Bathroom

✔ Coffee Pot

✔ Ceiling fan

✔ TV/DVD Player

THE ACTIVITIES

Surfing in Tonga

Tonga enjoys world class surfing year round with 2 very distinct seasons. There are no sand-bottom beachbreaks anywhere in Tonga. All surfspots throughout the Kingdom break over coral reefs and most surfspots require intermediate to advanced skill levels. There are reforms inside the lagoon which are ideal for supervised children or beginners

 

Beginners

 

Beginner surf spots are safest at around two hours either side of high tide and only on days of small swells (up to I metre wave height). Best beginners surfspots are “Motels”, as well as “Pass Lefts”, “Pass Rights” and “Leftovers” . Again, it must be emphasized that all the beginner surf spots are only safe on small days as dangerous strong currents can quickly develop around reef passes once wave size increases beyond one metre. Additionally, it is strongly recommended that all children have experienced adult supervision at all times.

 

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 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

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 coast turning on 5 excellent lefts – “The Pass”, “Motels”, “Corners”, “The Bowl” and “Fishtraps”. South East tradewinds are directly off-shore and predominate during winter, brushing these waves to perfection

 

*Check out the spot map in the Photo Gallery

** Bring your surf quiver

West Tongatapu Surf Spots

Corners

 

“Corners” breaks in both winter south swell season as well as during summer north swell season. However the waves character changes dramatically with the two swell directions. In winter its a very fickle wave and likes a strong clean south swell to really fire. When its on its a favourite with goofyfooters …… a thick intense barrel rifles across the reef into a distinct channel. Any west in the swell tends to shut it down near the end section but still popular in these conditions with bodyboarders. Length of ride 40+ metres. Wear some rubber. Winter is best for intermediate to advanced surfers. Summer is a different story. Much more of a fun wave. A hollow take-off section barrels for 20+ metres before slowing and offering 30+ metres of fun hotdogging through to an inside (mellow) closeout. A fun wave for all skill levels, even beginners. “Corners” is surfable for 3 hours either side of high tide year round.

 

Fishtraps

 

A long reeling lefthander which is best from head-high and bigger. At 8ft+ (faces) average wavelength is 100 meters but 200metre rides are common. This wave has a bit of everything in terms of barrels, long walls, racy sections and fun hotdogging. Can be surfed at any tide however low tide is dangerous on the inside section. Best for intermediate to advanced surfers.

 

Kamikaze’s

 

A very fickle south swell set-up about 150 metres north of “Motels”. Breaks off a distinct peak that can peel perfectly for about 50 metres on good days. A fine line between a great barrel and a closeout pasteing on the very shallow reef. You’ll need a go-for-it “kamikaze” attitude, good barrel riding skills, reef protection (wetsuit, boots, helmet) and also suggest travel insurance if you take this wave on. Best for experienced surfers and rideable for 3 hours either side of high tide.

 

Lighthouse

 

Lighthouse comprises two separate breaks ie “Outside Lighthouse” and “Inside Lighthouse”. They are both on the same reef and are separated by a long close-out section. Outside Lighthouse is a fast barrelling right with some super hollow sections. Wave length is about 50 metres. It’s surfable at all tides and is often best on low tide …. particularly when small. However caution is advised at low tide as one mistake in timing can be very dramatic!!! Inside Lighthouse is best on mid to high tides and is an intense barrelling wave. A heaving / pitching peak take-off runs into a warping tube that runs into a defined channel. Wavelength is about 30 metres. Both spots for intermediate to advanced surfers.

 

Motels

 

Motels is one of the more consistent surf spots in the area. It has a fast barreling take-off section that slows after about 30mtrs ….. enough time for a cutback ……. then hits the inside section and barrels again for another 30 – 40m before finishing as a (usually) mellow closeout. Motels is mostly a “fun” wave and holds good shape up to 12ft (faces) ……. but gets heavy at that size. Surfable for 3hrs+ either side of high tide.

 

Pass Lefts

 

“Pass Lefts” is a south swell set-up and is an “easy” wave to surf. Very popular with learners and those who like mellow waves. It rarely holds bigger than head-high and peels slowly around the reef into a defined channel. It can be hollow but isn’t dangerous and far less challenging than other surfspots along the coast. Once the swell gets overhead all the wave’s energy focuses on a wide peak next to the channel that breaks into a fat shoulder. Rideable for 3 hours either side of high tide.

 

Pass Rights

 

This is a summer north swell righthander right across the channel from “Pass Lefts”. Its a fun wave popular with beginners and those who prefer mellow, less intense waves. It has a barreling take-off section that runs for 15 – 20 metres before hitting a channel. The rest of the ride (30 metres) is a mellow shoulder which is great for beginners (up to shoulder high) as it has an easy take-off, a soft-breaking sloping face and is also quite deep so its not dangerous at all. There is a slight current sweeping into the channel through the inside of the break but its not strong on small – medium sized days and easy to escape if you paddle across the rip towards the main break. It gets a little more serious once overhead and is unsuitable for beginners as current in the pass intensifies. This spot needs a straight north swell to break well. Any west in the swell and it hits too square onto the shelf and mostly closes-out. Its definitely worth a paddle most days and is one of the more consistent summer surf spots. Surfable 3 hours either side of high tide.

 

The Bowl

 

This is a serious wave. Short, intense and a perfect barrel when conditions come together. Deep tubes the norm. Its a fickle surfspot requiring a strong south swell to break at its best. Any west in the swell and all the energy focuses to the end section ……. only half the usual length of ride. A favourite with bodyboarders. Can be ridden across low tide but best at mid – high. Good to wear some rubber here especially at low tide.

 

The Peak

 

The Peak is a summertime north swell righthander that breaks off the same peak as Kamikazes (winter left). Its a super fun small wave set-up that rarely holds bigger than head-high and peels perfectly for 40 metres+ along the reef ending in a key-hole channel close-out (great for reos and boosting airs). A popular spot with local groms. Surfable for 3 hours either side of high tide.

*Check out the spot map in the Photo Gallery

Resort Activities and Entertainment

The resort offers a variety of services to make your holiday uniquely Tongan, from a cultural experience with the locals over the Kava bowl or just sun bathing, there’s always something to do.

 

Well known for the Best Buffet Dinner and Cultural entertainment with a great variety of Tongan & Western dishes to feast from every Wednesdays and Fridays.

 

Experience the Tongan Kava circle ceremony on a beachfront setting during the BBQ night, while enjoying the village’s string band serenade you with traditional Tongan songs.

 

Tropical lagoon offers a beautiful snorkeling experience and the resort can provide you with the snorkeling equipment.  

LOCATION & GETTING HERE

Location

Tongatapu – ‘Sacred South’ – is the sleepy southern starting point for visitors exploring the authentic Polynesian vibe of the Kingdom of Tonga.

 

The resort is located 35 min drive from Fuaʻamotu International Airport. Expect a warm welcome at one of the world’s most easy-going international airports before journeying north across the island to the Tongan capital of Nuku’alofa.

 

The harbourside town is the centre of Tongan commerce and government, and also the residence of the Royal Family in the South Pacific’s only monarchy.

 

Around 70,000 people live on Tongatapu, and Nuku’alofa – ‘Abode of Love’ – is a raffish and vibrant introduction to the Kingdom. Nuku’alofa’s Talamahu market is a proudly local affair, selling pyramids of fresh tropical produce and authentic Tongan arts and crafts.

 

On Sundays, the churches of Tongatapu glow with soaring harmonies and a warm welcome to visitors. Ancient Tongan history includes the fascinating 11th century AD Ha’amonga ‘a Maui trilithon and the ancient Langi (terraced tombs) of the Tongan kings.

 

More recent are the Tongatapu landing sites of Abel Tasman and Captain James Cook, and on Nuku’alofa’s waterfront you’ll find the elegant Royal Palace. Offshore island resorts effortlessly combine the rustic with the romantic, and the ‘Anahulu Cave and the Mapua ‘a Vaea blowholes present Tongatapu’s more rugged natural beauty

 

 

Visa

Visitors visa is not required if you are a citizen of a commonwealth country, EU countries, the USA and most SE Asian countries. A 30 day visitors visa will be issued on arrival in Tonga if you hold a passport from any of these countries.

Check visa requirements for your country here: https://tonga.visahq.com/. 

As per most countries the Tonga government requires that you have at least 6 months validity on your passport to be allowed entry into the country. Be sure to check your passport expiry date as well as passports of those travelling with you or you will not be allowed to board your flight to Tonga.

Vaccinations and Insurance

Note: Zika outbreaks have been reported in Brazil. Because of the risk of birth defects in babies born to women who were infected with Zika while pregnant, women who are pregnant should not travel to Brazil.

 

Get travel vaccines and medicines because there is a risk of these diseases:

Hepatitis A
Typhoid

 

It is highly recommended to get a health travel insurance

 

Getting Here

Air New Zealand

www.airnewzealand.com

 

From Australia: Daily flights to and from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne to Tonga.

From New Zealand: Five flights per week to Tonga.

From UK/Europ: Daily flights from London to Auckland via Los Angeles, alternatively connecting flights via Hong Kong to Auckland connecting to Tonga five times per week.

From USA: Daily flights from Los Angeles to Auckland connecting to Tonga five times a week.

 

Virgin Australia

www.virginaustralia.com

 

From Australia: Two flights per week from Sydney to Tonga (Tuesday & Thursday).

From New Zealand: Two flights per week from Auckland to Tonga (Tuesday & Thursday).

 

Fiji Airways

www.fijiairways.com

 

From Australia: Two flights per week from both Brisbane and Sydney to Nadi with connecting flights to Tonga (Tuesday & Thursday).

From USA to Fiji: Three flights a week from LA and Honolulu to Fiji.

From Fiji to Tonga: Four flights per week to Tonga.

 

*Airport pick ups available at additional fee

 

PRICES & PACKAGES

Ocean-view Single room

150 USD/room/night 
A rollaway extra bed can be added for an extra AUD$25/pers

 

Ocean-view Shared Room

150 USD/room/night

 

Garden-view Single Room

150 USD/room/night

An extra rollaway bed can be added for an extra AUD$25/pers

 

Family Double Room Cottage

240 USD/room/night

Extra rollaway bed comes with an extra AUD$25.

 

Honeymoon Fale – (limited avail)

150 USD/room/night

Includes a complementary wine bottle on arrival.

 

A Business Class room- limited Availability

150 USD/room/night

 

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