We staid at the Royal Sunset Island Resort for four nights in June 2012. The resort offered a lot of leisure activities (snorkeling, table tennis, volleyball) which was great. The island itself has a neat little community that can be explored, with two churches. We went to one service on a Sunday and were stunned by the singing and sense of community. The beaches on the island were serene and much better than on the main island. The food was good, with a good selection of vegetarian food (which is rare on Togatapu). Very friendly and accommodating staff + cute dogs to pet.
I was blessed to visit Royal Sunset Island early in January. We were treated to the highest quality of service from all staff at the resort and felt like we had slipped away to paradise for a couple of days. This is a resort that is based on an island which also has locals living on it so you can also see a real slice of Tonga. The resort is an excellent way to remove yourself from all of your hassles, stress and pressure of everyday life to a simple environment with a heart of gold. The manager/owner Luisa is a fantastic host and will ensure your every need is taken care of. Luisa is working hard on supporting the local villagers by employing only from them and upskilling them as much as possible, this is not just a resort but an investment in culture and history of the Tongan people. You can have a peaceful rest in paradise but also know that you are supporting a local community who like any community in a 3rd world country can only benefit from that!
Atata Island is a slice of paradise. With only 250 residents (all friendly beautiful Tongans!), it is truely the real Tonga.
You can snorkel the reef, surf the outer reefs, attend church and listen to the incredible voices of the church choir, spend all day swimming. The food is spectacular, with genuine Tongan delicacies on offer such as octopus (that tastes like Lobster) and Ota Ika (raw fish in coconut milk), and Pina Coladas served in the pineapple- it is a foodies paradise too.
We were serenaded every night by a host of amazing local singers, and woke every morning to the gentle lapping of the almost bath temperature water just metres from our (room).
Half an hours boat ride from the mainland, you really feel isolated in the best possible way, and the sensation is relaxing, revitalising and exhilarating.
My husband and I were looking for a few days break from the main land and were not disappointed. A stunning island with warm crystal blue water right at our door step, great snorkeling just meters swimming out from our accommodation or there is a boat which will take you out. Best sunsets I have ever seen, great food and very relaxing. There is a small village on the island and it was a wonderful experience being welcomed by them into their church for Easter Sunday and being invited for the feast afterwards. We will definitely be back. Lorraine and Jeff