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Otuhaka Beach Resort
Ranked #21 of 21 Hotels in Tongatapu Island
Prague, Czech Republic
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Leisure holidays”
Reviewed 25 February 2012

We stayed in this resort for 20 days with our friends and we had a very good time. As already written, this resort is not suitable for families, but for young, active people.

It is the cheapest option directly by the sea and the beach is really beautiful there. We stayed in one of the bungalows with toilet and shower. If was not particularly fancy, but it was definitely worth the price.

Dan is a cool guy, he will arrange everything for you like the traditional food umu, or taxi, roundtrip etc..

If I would visit Tonga again, this resort would be the first option for me.

David and Linda

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2011

We booked not expecting too much as we had taken the budget option (where else can you stay on the beach at that price?), but even so the state of the amenities could have been a lot better.

The beach was awesome and there was a pool table, ping pong table, volleyball net, basketball net, but the beach chairs need repairing - the protruding rusty nails were dangerous for children.

Dan, the owner, was very obliging when we asked for something specific, but it felt like we inhabited a bit of a ghost resort. We didn’t really see anyone else the entire time we were there – staff or other guests.

The friends with whom we were travelling stayed in the apartment (two bedrooms, bathroom, living room, kitchen, and hot and cold running water), which was a good option as we were self-catering but the oven did not work and everything needed a good clean.

Our superior room (one main room, bathroom, cold water only, no kitchen) had obviously been shut up for a while and took a while for the musty smell to clear. The lino was ripped and the shower was in dire need of a clean. We did bring our own sheets and towels.so that helped.. The cold showers didn't worry us but one night there was no water at all.

The apartment was only available for half our stay so in the end we decamped to another resort, as it would have been too difficult to self-cater without the apartment.

The resort did have a restraint/bar and the prices seemed reasonable. We ordered a couple drinks but we didn’t order any food because we were self catering.

Overall, being disappointed it is a shame, as the location is fantastic and the resort has such potential if given a bit of an overhaul and some enthusiastic staff. Best suited to backpackers, it was tricky with small children.

It’s easy to get from there to Nuku’alofa on the bus and there several are other resorts just a short walk down the beach – the Vakaloa has a really decent cultural dinner show on Friday so definitely do that. None of the other resorts on that beach offer the option for self-catering except the Ha'atafu Guest House.

P.S. Tutu the dog was healthy and happy.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2011

I brushed aside the bad reviews on tripadvisor and went anyway too, thinking maybe it had improved....or people were being picky...

Was not expecting much at the price we paid but in my opinion there is a clear difference between rustic and clean. Booked a beach hut 3 months in advance, got all the confirmations, turned up and found there were no huts available and were sharing a "deluxe " cabin(unlockable adjoining door) with another couple and their kids. The hut was infested with ants, who were all through my backpack by morning, there were pubes on the soap and the beds were rock hard. And while I realise animal noises cant really be controlled, be aware of the insomniac rooster who crows every 30 minutes through the night...you have been warned!

The guy taking dinner orders really really needs to develop some people skills and if he wants to take out his anger at the world by kicking dogs around he shouldnt really do it in front of guests.....

Dont be fooled by the website/s they make this place look/sound a lot better than it is.....

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 25 April 2011

I liked Otuhaka, but it wasn't perfect and I wasn't expecting it to be. I backpacked with two other friends and when we arrived we were the only ones there. We got the large apartment that is above the family home and the room was great. It had character! The kettle sparked and died when we plugged it in, the oven didn't work and the toilet got blocked up, but it was all part of the fun. The surf was great, the beach was good for Tongatapu, although if you want the fine sandy beaches I recommend the little visted Ha'apai Island group.

All in all I wouldn't take mishaps too seriously and settle into the relaxed atmosphere that is Tonga.

Dan, the propriator, took us on a really cool tour around Tongatapu aswell. We got to see a lot of cool stuff and he didn't have the same cynical tone that alot of the expats had concerning Tonga. Cool guy. I wouldn't recommend this for families, but groups of friends and younger people sure - just don't set expectations too high and enjoy the experience.

p.s. the fish burgers are really good.

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  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with friends
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Auckland
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Reviewed 27 October 2009

My husband and I stayed at Otuhaka for a surf trip with friends. The rooms aren't flash but are all you need for a relaxed trip to Tonga. The resort is managed by a wonderful family, who made our stay so enjoyable. The food was delicious- the fish burgers were our favourite. Beautiful beach! Good waves! Very relaxing!

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Auckland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2009

We read all 33 reviews that ere on here prior to making our decision, they were so up & down we decided to go anyway, we had a great time. Awesome location great beach surf was a bit small but got bigger on the day we were leaving. In Tonga a resort is pretty much any accommodation they are not like resorts in Fiji Hawaii etc you wont get cocktails at Otuhaka. Otuhaka is more like a campground without the tents & no communal kitchen. We went prepared took all our own food however we stayed in the 2 bed apartment with its own kitchen & bathroom with hot water. We also took our own sheets pillow cases , sharp knives & flyspray. Meal times in the restaurant are 8-10, 12-2 & 6-8 you won’t get any food outside these hours & possibly no t even a drink. We never ate at the restaurant at all but the food others were eating looked ok nothing flash. There are dairy’s at the end of the drive way 10mins walk. There are resorts nearby which apparently have better food. If you go prepared you won’t be disappointed the resort could use a few more activity items like Kayaks. Tonga is noticeably colder than Fiji you will need a sweat shirt & maybe long pants at night if its windy. You wont see the owners very often but if you need anything just ask & they will sort you out. Go on an Island tour with Dan the owner $50 well worth it you will have trouble finding the places on your own. We also got an airport transfer with him $100 for 5 of us this was the same as a tour company we used to get there. Of course there are bugs, lizards etc if you can't handle these then don't go
Go prepared & you will enjoy it.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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Wellington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 August 2009

This was the ideal place for us. 'Otuhaka provided great value for money, the setting was beautiful, an ideal place to relax and unwind. The owners (Dan & his wife) are really friendly and happy to help, so don't be shy to ask if you need anything.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank islandparadise11
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Property: Otuhaka Beach Resort
Address: Kanokupolu, Tongatapu Island, Tonga
Region: Tonga > Tongatapu Island
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Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Airport Transportation
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#8 Top resorts Hotel in Tongatapu Island
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Tongatapu Island
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Number of rooms: 18
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