Ha'atafu Beach Resort
7 nights Garden Fale from $1,209pp
Includes: return flights, 7 nights accommodation, return transfers, daily breakfasts & dinners.
Ha'atafu Beach resort is run by Aussie, Steve Burling, and his Tongan wife, Sesika, and their family. It is a family-run operation with a low-key style. Ha'atafu Beach Resort offers 8 traditionally thatched roof fales (bungalows) set amongst landscaped tropical gardens right on the beach. All fales are simply and tastefully furnished with all linens, towels, and mosquito nets supplied. Guests share 2 centrally located amenities blocks with solar showers also available. Fales are serviced daily by friendly staff, and child-minding and laundry services are available.
Ha’atafu also offers premium beachfront Fales (located on the beach) and are the accommodation of choice for many of their guests and it's not difficult to see why. Step out of the fale and you'll be basking in the mesmerising view of the South Pacific Ocean. Equipped with a private ensuite, these fales feature a super-king double bed (or 2 x king size singles), a comfortable leather sofa, and are fully insect screened. To ensure that you have all the comforts of home, our Premium Fales also have: a TV/ video, refrigerator and overhead fans. Each fale has a covered veranda with outside furniture which extends onto an open timber deck area commanding a magnificent view overlooking the beach, lagoon and cobalt blue Pacific beyond.
In the winter months, the evenings are mild - take a sweatshirt. Meals are served in the dining fale. Breakfast can be taken at time that suits you and usually consists of fresh fruit with toast, eggs, coffee and/or tea as desired. Lunch is not included in the package. Lunch can be ordered when you want it and they primarily serve sandwiches at a very reasonable cost. Dinner is served at 7.30pm each night with the menu varying each day. Ample food is served with fresh bread, salads, fresh fish and chicken, etc. Drinking water is available on request. Beer and soft drinks can be purchased ($2.00/beer; $1.50 soft drinks).
Activities primarily revolve around surfing. There are a number of breaks immediately in front or a short walk from the resort and are a great intermediate option or for those having their first “surfing over reef experience”.
The Summer North swell Season (October – April): 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 at Ha'atafu 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. Resort boats are used to access these off-shore surfspots.
The Winter South Swell Season (April to October): inter lows in the Tasman Sea, around New Zealand and Antarctic lows generate strong, clean groundswells which sweep the Ha'atafu coast turning on 5 excellent lefts - "The Pass", "Motels", "Corners", "The Bowl" and "Fishtraps". South East tradewinds are directly off-shore at Ha'atafu and predominate during winter, brushing these waves to perfection. All surfspots are either directly in front of the Resort or within a short walking distance and 100 metre paddle across the lagoon.
Snorkelling is superb at the resort and taking your own gear is recommended. A number of other excursions are possible. Steve can arrange a private tour of the island to see the blow holes, flying foxes, current and historic sights. Local buses from the village nearby provide easy access to Nuku'alofa, about 40 minutes away. There is a good supermarket in town for all extra provisions. For other island excursions or diving, check with Steve. Fishing is another option. Steve runs a couple of boats on a small commercial fishing basis. It is very hard-core but they occasionally allow guests to enjoy the experience.
PRICES ARE IN NZ$. Please note most of these prices are ex Auckland and subject to currency fluctuations, flight availability and dates of travel. High season surcharges may apply.