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The Friendly Islander

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Outdoor pool
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Overview of The Friendly Islander

The Friendly Islander

2 out of 5

3.8/5 Good

Guests rated this property 3.7/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Business services
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Housekeeping
Vuna Road, Touliki, Tongatapu Island, Nuku'alofa

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationMapu'a 'a Vaca Blowholes19 min drive
  • Popular LocationHa'atafu Beach25 min drive
  • AirportNuku'alofa (TBU-Fua'amotu Intl.)32 min drive
  • Popular LocationHa'amonga a Maui41 min drive

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About this area


Located in Nuku'alofa, The Friendly Islander is in the suburbs and near the beach. Ancient Tonga and Interisland Ferry Terminal are worth checking out if an activity is on the agenda, while those wishing to experience the area's natural beauty can explore Halafuoleva Beach and Mapu'a 'a Vaca Blowholes.

What's nearby

  • Ancient Tonga - 11 min walk
  • Interisland Ferry Terminal - 14 min walk
  • Mapu'a 'a Vaca Blowholes - 19 min drive
  • Ha'atafu Beach - 25 min drive
  • Ha'amonga a Maui - 41 min drive


  • Korea House - 10 min walk
  • Billfish Bar - 11 min walk
  • Pot Luck Training Restaurant - 15 min walk
  • Evergreen Chinese Restaurant - 15 min walk
  • Waterfront - 17 min walk

Getting around

  • Nuku'alofa (TBU-Fua'amotu Intl.) - 32 min drive

About this property

The Friendly Islander

Suburban hotel with outdoor pool and bar/lounge
An outdoor pool, a bar/lounge and a meeting room are available at this smoke-free hotel. WiFi in public areas is free. Other amenities include dry cleaning, laundry facilities and tour/ticket assistance. All 26 rooms offer balconies or patios, electric kettles and safes. Guests will also find showers and free toiletries.
The Friendly Islander offers 26 forms of accommodation with a safe. Rooms open to balconies or patios. Bathrooms include a shower and complimentary toiletries. Housekeeping is provided on a daily basis.
Recreational amenities at the hotel include an outdoor pool.

Property amenities


  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and public transport

  • No on-site parking available
  • Return airport shuttle (surcharge) from 7 AM to midnight
  • Airport shuttle on request

Food and drink

  • 1 bar/lounge

Things to do

  • Outdoor pool

Family friendly

  • Laundry facilities
  • Outdoor pool

Guest services

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Dry-cleaning service
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Tour/ticket assistance

Languages spoken

  • English

Business services

  • Meeting rooms


  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Garden


  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Bed sheets


  • Free toiletries
  • Shower
  • Towels

Food and drink

  • Electric kettle

Outdoor space

  • Balcony or patio


  • Safe

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Check-in time starts at noon
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 10 AM

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 8 AM - 8 PM
If you are planning to arrive after 8 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
Cots (infant beds) are not available

Payment types

Important information


You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Cash Breakage deposit: USD 50 per stay

We have included all charges provided to us by the property.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at the time of service, check-in or check-out.

  • Airport shuttle fee: USD 20 per vehicle (one-way)

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
No on-site parking is available
This property accepts credit cards

We should mention

This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply); guests must contact the property with arrival details 24 hours prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation

Property is also known as

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Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 3 out of 15 reviews
5 - Excellent 20%
Rating 4 - Good. 8 out of 15 reviews
4 - Good 53%
Rating 3 - Okay. 3 out of 15 reviews
3 - Okay 20%
Rating 2 - Poor. 0 out of 15 reviews
2 - Poor 0%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 1 out of 15 reviews
1 - Terrible 7%




Staff & service


Property conditions & facilities

4/5 Good

Stayed 1 night in Aug 2019

4/5 Good

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Great for families
Nice to have the pool to cool down in after a day out sight seeing
Stayed 6 nights in Dec 2018

3/5 Okay

Stayed 6 nights in Sep 2018

4/5 Good

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service
The beds were to low and too soft and the hot hot water off and on...
Stayed 4 nights in Jul 2018

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Friendly and Accomadating
My adult daughter and I made a great decision in picking The Friendly Islander for our accommodation on Tongatapu. From the very start Papiloa’s team aimed to make your stay the very best possible. When we arrived over two hours early for check-in it was not a problem. When we wanted a really late check-out was not a problem. When we couldn’t get on tours, due to very short notice, it was not a problem – Papiloa took us on private tours to see tourist sights, many other places of interest and even the back streets, all while informatively answering our questions. All front-of-house staff are fluent in English and able to guide you in your selection of activities. Our up-graded accommodation was clean, air-conditioned, and comfortable. We felt safe thanks to the solid mosquito screening, on all windows and doors, plus the on-site security. Like everywhere, that is not home, a few things had us a bit out of our comfort zone, in particular trying different foods and wearing clothing that covered from upper-arms to below-knees when in public places, away from the resort. Honestly though, even if this made us a bit hotter it was appropriate to respect the people of Tonga. Also, as The Friendly Islander is self-catering accommodation, and there is a small supermarket just down the road, you don’t have to be too adventurous with food useless you want to be. Plus, you can always get a free ride to places you want to go to in the town.
Stayed 2 nights in May 2018