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Where to stay in Tonga ?

by richarda17 Online Now Oct 12, 2008 at 3:44 AM

I am hoping you can give me some advice/tips on where to stay in Tonga please ?

Basically we have flights ( courtesy of frequent flyer pts to use up before expiry ) to Tongatapu in Feb. next year for a 7 night stay and am now trying to work out where would be best to spend our time.

We are keen on snorkelling ....... is there any coral and/or plenty of fish life to view near the shore off the main island of Tongatapu or would we need to head to an offshore island ?

Also Tongatapu seems to offer more places of interest to visit than an offshore island :

e.g.

• The Royal Palace and the Royal Tombs
• Ancient Capital of Mu’a
• Ha’amonga
• Blowholes


Thanks for any advice anyone can offer.

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  • Re: Where to stay in Tonga ?

    by takeyama Online Now Feb 25, 2009 at 8:47 AM

    When I looked for hotels for my Tongan trip, my attention was arrested by the Nerima Lodge, which was not really beautiful, but at least cheap. The owner is too kind, but it was suspicious that she keeps the address of the motel in secret and doesn’t even show a map of it. I looked after it what is this Nerima Lodge and Naoko actually. I found the following comments on www.tripadvisor.com


    2008-08-22 (Wellingtonkiwi)
    We stayed in Nuku'alofa for one night - thank god! The Nerima Lodge was dramatically different from their website. The double room with ensuite we were given did not seem to have been cleaned from the previous guests. The bathroom was disgusting. The shower was not clean, with grime and gross hairs on the walls and basin. The rubbish bin was full and there were other guest's empty toiletries bottles on the floor. The common area was also the host's own kitchen area (& smoking room) and was over cluttered, very dirty and also included the cat's overflowing litter tray. The Host's pets roamed in and out of the house including eating off the tables. We were asked to take our shoes off when we entered the common areas which by the end our stay our feet were filthy with dirt and dog hair. The lodge does not seem to be in a peaceful end of town, as we were constantly kept awake with every noise you can imagine. From pigs, to roosters, alley cats, dogs barking and also the continual noise from a water pump. The host's chain smoking filled the lodge with the smell. We woke up to the smell creeping up the stairs. Asthmatics beware!

    The only positive I can say was that the host was the most friendliest person, who made an effort to make us feel welcome.

    My suggestions to the host would be to clean up the common areas, ensure the rooms have been serviced before new guests arrive, provide earplugs and maybe smoke outside? or in the private part of the house.

    2008-09-29 (rottiefans)
    Unfortunately Nerima Lodge is located in a suburban neighbourhood which means insomnia is a high possibility due to the sounds of the local panelbeating shop along with dogs, pigs, and roosters from the early hours. Nonsmokers beware as the host smokes downstairs and smoking is permitted on the upstairs verandah which means it will permeate the guest rooms. This is all a bit unfortunate as Naoko was a friendly, helpful host offering spotlessly clean rooms with comfortable futons.


    Reading these, I also became nauseated and I didn’t want to stay there.
    I suggest the ingenuous clean Japanese be aware since it often occurs that even if they book an other cheap accomodation,
    they will be sent here.

    Yamada Takeshi

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  • Re: Where to stay in Tonga ?

    by takeyama Online Now Feb 25, 2009 at 8:51 AM

    以前トンガ旅行を計画したことがある。
    そのとき気づいたことを日本の皆さんにも知って貰いたいと思って、この文章を書いた。
    僕は宿を探していて、Nerimaロッジというあまり綺麗じゃない宿を見つけた。
    きれいではないけども、ともかく安いことは安い。
    だけど宿の住所が公開されてないし、地図も載せてないだなんて、Nerimaロッジ
    の持ち主は親切すぎるってものじゃないかな。おかしいぞと思った僕は、注意してこの宿と
    持ち主のNaokoについて調べてみた。そしたらhttp://www.tripadvisor.comにこんなコメント
    があるのを見つけたんだ。

    2008年8月22日 (Wellingtonkiwi)
    ヌクアロファに一泊しました。一泊でよかった。Nerimaロッジはウェブで見たのと大違いでした。
    私たちの泊まったダブルの部屋は前の客が泊まったままで掃除もしてませんでした。
    お風呂なんかはもううんざりするほどひどかった。
    シャワーは清潔じゃないし、壁や流しには垢やら積もった髪の毛やらが。
    ゴミ箱は満杯で、床には他の客が捨てていった化粧品の空き瓶が放り投げられていました。
    宿泊客の共用場所はNerimaロッジ主人の台所と兼用(しかもタバコ部屋になっていた)で、
    ひどく散らかっていたうえ、とても汚く、猫のトイレがあふれた状態で置いてありました。
    Nerimaロッジ主人というのはペットを飼っていてそいつらが建物の中を外を、こっちが
    食事をしているときもそのテーブルの周りを、うろうろしていて汚い。
    共用場所に入るときには靴を脱げと言われていたんですが、滞在の終わりのころまでに
    私たちの足の裏はすっかり土や犬の毛で汚くなってました。
    さらに、このNerimaロッジは街の安全な側じゃないほうに位置していたみたいな感じで、
    豚はブーブー、鶏はコケコッコー、野良猫もいるし、犬は吠えてるし、さらには
    水汲み用のポンプがずーっと音を立てているとか、もう考えられるありとあらゆる種類の
    騒音で、ずっと眠れないままでした。
    Nerimaロッジ主人はチェーンスモーカーなので、タバコの臭いが充満していました。
    朝、階下から漂ってくるタバコの臭いの中で目覚めるんですよ。
    喘息の人は要注意です!

    唯一の良かった点をあげるならば、Nerimaロッジ主人がとにかくは親切心あふれる人物だったと
    いうことで、ともかくは私たちを歓迎しようとはしていたようだったということです。

    これはNerimaロッジ主人への今更なアドバイスなんだけど、共用場所はきれいにしておいたほう
    がいいです。宿の各部屋はお客さんごとに毎回きちんと掃除してベッドメイクや片付け
    をきちんと(お客さんの到着前に)済ませておくべきです。あと耳栓を置いておくことと、
    それから、タバコは外で吸うってことかな?それか自分専用の部屋で吸うか。今更だけど。

    この二つのコメントを見て、僕は嫌悪感をおぼえた。こんなところには泊まりたくない。
    聡明で清潔な日本の人たちよ、注意したほうがいいよ、と僕は思う。なんでかというと
    ときには別の安宿を予約していたとしても、そういう安宿は客をNerimaロッジに
    回すことがあるからだ。

    山田 岳

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