Although the owners were lovely the resort was run down and falling apart. The paths to the bungalows were super muddy and every walk resulted in muddy feet and shoes. Had to take a boat to the island in the absolute pouring rain and the boat they sent had no cover, so we were completely drenched by the time we got to the island, along with our luggage. The restaurant doesn’t offer you food choices. They serve what they have which is extremely limited. At no point did we see the prices, which we realised afterwards was expensive. For one night, dinner, breakfast and boat ride both ways for 2 ppl was $600 TOP, which we felt was way too much for the quality of stay, food and transportation. Would not recommend.
We stayed at Mala Island as a group of 10 - 2 families. We were not disappointed. The rooms were comfy and simple with amazing views. What was the best part was the hospitality - nothing was a problem. We had our meals included in our package and they were hearty and plenty of it. Fish was incredible.Thank you Nesha and Olivia for being such great hosts.
A small beautiful island with sand beach surrounded by corals and clean warm water where you can snorkel and kayak or just having relax time with a book on the beach. Takes 15 minutes to take a walk round the island on a path through the forest. Takes 30 minutes for circumnavigate the island when low tide. Chef cooks delicious meal every day. The owner is very generous and employees are so kind and friendly. They also perform a tongan fest, dancing traditional tongan dancing. Sunday evening meals are tongan traditional food cooked in earth oven. From the room I could hear the ocean and see the ocean. Water is so clear I could see fish swimming from the balcony of the dining hall. Free wifi works in dining hall. I stayed there for 2 weeks.
Want to say that our stay here the last 2 weeks was spectacular. Beautiful views and the small but attentive staff watched over our every need. Our water taxi was perfect. Rooms just fine for a small island. A fan in every room would be helpful. Tongan dancing was lovely. We enjoyed the simple comfort and quiet including snorkeling the Japanese garden
Mala is a lovely little offshore island conveniently situated within easy reach of the main centre, with other interesting places to explore nearby. More a home stay than a fancy resort, Neesha and Ollie are very accommodating and will do anything for you if you are prepared to ask. The fales are very spacious (we had two queen beds in ours) and nicely decorated inside with tapa and woven mats. The terrace where we ate was a great place to watch the comings and goings, Ollie and Neesha's three children playing on the beach, or watch the sunset. The snorkeling was interesting, and we took the free kayaks to Swallow's Cave - such a highlight that we got a local boatman to take us a second time (the weather was rougher and we didn't fancy kayaking the long distance back against the wind). The cave is well worth a visit and it is amazing to snorkel in the clear water and see the shoals of fish. We chose to cater for our own breakfast and lunches, but the food was simple, fresh and so plentiful that, after the first night, we asked Ollie if we could share a main meal between us for the following nights! The lobster was divine, and the fish so fresh and tasty we didn't want to eat anything else! A nice place for a complete rest, but with other activities like snorkeling, kayaking or exploring other islands if you so wish. Just remember you are in a relatively isolated and undeveloped part of Tonga, and the kind of tourist facilities that you might get somewhere like Fiji are not available here. Neesha and Ollie do a wonderful job with what is available.…