When is the best time of year to surf at Ha’atafu Beach resort?
Generally the most consistent large swells coincide with the heaviest winter storm activity in both hemispheres. June to September in the Southern hemisphere and December to February in the Northern Hemisphere.
During the other months we periodically get large swells and have excellent surf. However each year seems to differ, occasionally the seasons start early and finish late with the mid-season usually the best.
See our Activities page
for more information about surfing in Tonga.
What boards should I bring?
We suggest that you bring the board that you are most comfortable surfing on. Most swells peak in the 6-10ft faces range (occasionally bigger) with smaller conditions (2-4ft faces) prevailing between swells.
What surfing equipment should I bring?
Wind-chill can be surprisingly cool at times so a short-john or short sleeved springsuit helps to both keep you warm as well as offering you good reef protection.
Surf boots are also advisable (if you're comfortable wearing them) and perhaps a surf helmet for those who feel intimidated by coral reefs. Please keep in mind that there are no surf shops in Tonga, so be sure to bring all your surfing accessories along ie. spare legrope, wax, sunscreen, hats, sunglasses etc.
Is the resort suitable for babies?
We regularly have families with babies and young children who happily stay with us, particularly during the school breaks.
Tonga, like most South Pacific islands, is relatively clean and free from diseases compared to tropical Asia, Africa and Central America.
The local water supply is artesian which is very clean and safe to drink. The water is known to be a little "hard" due to the mineral content. Our supermarkets and pharmacies in the local town are well stocked, so you can purchase most baby products. We suggest that you bring any special baby requirements or prescription medications with you as they may not be available here.
We also provide a babysitting service and if there’s one thing there’s never a shortage of in Tonga, it’s willing hands to take care of infants! Our family and staff will be happy to help with infants and babies when required. We usually don’t charge for babysitting as most visitors only need a hand occasionally and/or around mealtimes.
Is the beach safe for children?
Ha'atafu Beach is Tongatapu's premier recreational swimming and snorkelling beach!
We are located directly on the beachfront and the expansive lagoon provides safe swimming, snorkelling and kayaking conditions for children. Wave action on the shoreline can occasionally cause currents to develop in the lagoon if large swells occur and also during high tide.
Seasonal water and air temperatures?
Water temperature 26-28C
Air temperature 24-31C
Water temperature: 21-23C
Air temperature: 18-26C
What about power supply?
240 Volts. Standard Aust/NZ style 3-point plug.
Are there first aid and medical facilities available?
We have a well-stocked first aid kit on hand for minor injuries.
A health clinic is just 5 minutes away and full hospital facilities are 20 minutes by car.
How do I make a booking?
Go to our "Contact Us
" page for details and complete the online enquiry form and we will try get back to you the same day.
There is no longer any departure tax charged in Tonga. All taxes are included in the cost of your air ticket.
Do I require a visa ?
A 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.
Information on countries that require visas and Tonga consular, contact offices can be found at the Tonga Consulate
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.
Are inoculations necessary?
Tonga is relatively "disease free" compared to most tropical countries. While inoculations aren't normally advised, it is probably a good idea to consult your family doctor or Dept. of Foreign Affairs for further information.