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Ha'atafu Beach

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Best snorkelling and surfing

Beautiful beach to spend time on relaxing and doing nothing! Magic sunsets and crystal clear water. Snorkelling was our favourite past time with a huge variety of fish and a great... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Christchurch, New Zealand
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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368 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beautiful beach to spend time on relaxing and doing nothing! Magic sunsets and crystal clear water. Snorkelling was our favourite past time with a huge variety of fish and a great reef drop off to get to.

Thank Buckoinchch
Sydney, Australia
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were lucky enough to stay at Ha'atafu Beach Resort which, as the name suggests is right on this beach. Nothing like waking in the morning and in just a few steps you can be swimming in this safe, perfect lagoon. Also a great spot for snorkelling. While we were there the surf on the other side of the reef... More 

Thank dinkidi411
Dunedin, New Zealand
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45 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went here on a cruise Sunday afternoon to chill for a bit. It was a beautiful and sunny day. The water is warm, like the rest of Tonga, with a nice sandy beach. There is a reef much further out be the swells were large breaking over it. There were still some fish and smaller amounts of coral in... More 

Thank Gibbsy31
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 December 2016

Stayed at Holty's Hideaway just a minute from the beach great place to stay. Snorkelling is best at high tide and 3 or so hours either side enjoy the brilliant colours of the variety of fish, starfish, sea snakes, morey eels and sea urchins good coral but not great beautiful warm water. Best beach on the mainland.

Thank Karen M
Nelson, New Zealand
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308 reviews
155 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

We stopped here as part of say tour around the island. Even though it was not the best weather we could definitely see that this was the best beach on the mainland. If you cannot get out to ouster islands this is where I would stay next time.

Thank owlesey
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104 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2016

dont bother with the town there isnt much. if you want an island holiday stay in this area. I recommend heilala lodge or holtys

Thank mamboveepee
Carrum, Victoria, Australia
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24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2016

Went snorkelling here about 6 times. You need to pick your times around high tide and about 3 hours either side. That gives you 6 hours to play with. Lovely coral, you look for the brilliant stuff, lots of fish, sea stars, starfish, sea snakes, morey eels, sea urchins. Water lovely and warm but take a rash vest to protect... More 

Thank Tracy B
Tom Price, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Great place to unwind....or not...lots of water based activities...catch the local bus into the capital!

Thank ross v
Hanoi, Vietnam
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15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2016

Lovely beach and sunsets - great snorkelling. Surfing is good on the reef - heaps of tropical fish. Not happy about the locals leaving rubbish everywhere though. Whales can be seen regularly outside of the reef between July to November

Thank traceypellett
Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 October 2016

We have stayed at other resorts and hotels in Tonga and this place wins hands down for the best hospitality, food, clean rooms, and if you are fortunate like we were, you'll be treated with free whale watching!!! In our most recent trip in Oct 2016, we witnessed a pod of whales from the shore, it was an amazing experience.... More 

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