"Malo e Lelei" Welcome to The Friendly Islander (Papiloa's)

"Malo e Lelei" Welcome to The Friendly Islander (Papiloa's)

The Friendly Islander (Papiloa’s) was established in 1979 with the Units opened in 1980 and the Fales (bungalows) were available in early 1991.     

Our place has 26 rooms and it is family run, we cater for groups, families, couples, business people and those who just need an affordable break away.

Conveniently located on the waterfront just a short 15-30 minute walk to the main town center with local restaurants and bars as well as passing the local fish market and fresh fish restaurants along the way. We are also about a 30 minute drive from the airport.

We offer accommodation in self-catering 1 or 2 room cosy and private fales (bungalows) situated among our gardens.  Alternatively we have comfortable value units with a sea or pool view.  Some of our rooms also have kitchenette facilities.

We recommend stays in our separate fales where you can also appreciate and experience nature amongst its tranquil garden surrounding.

Papiloa and staff look forward to hosting you and are on hand with personal service to make your stay with us, as enjoyable and memorable as possible.

Our simple motto is, “arrive as a guest and leave as a friend."

Why stay with us?

We offer best value for your money in a relaxing home-away-from-home atmosphere.

What do we offer?

What do we offer?

The Friendly Islander offers affordable self-catering accommodation with the option of fales (bungalows) with garden views or our value units (with sea or pool views) in a 'home-away-from-home' atmosphere just outside the outskirts of Nuku'alofa (town).

Amenities available:

  • All  self-catering ooms with private shower/toilet, patio, fan, fridge, kettle (some rooms also have kitchen amenities and other room extras)
  • All self-catering fales with television and some fales with hardwood floors radio, flat screen, cable TV (on request), DVD Player (on request).
  • Lounge and bar (for guest use only)
  • Outside barbeque area (large fales area & pool area)
  • Small kids outdoor play area (near large fales area)
  • Freshwater swimming pool (for guest use only)
  • Sea pool across the road (within walking distance) 
  • Restaurant (for guest use only, meals available by prior arrangement)
  •  Complementary Guest Carpark (subject to availability)

Self-catering Fales and Value Units.

  • All accommodation is now self-catering  and a bond applies (fully refundable on check out; subject to conditions - details available upon check in).
  • No housekeeping service but towels and linen change provided as you require.

Services available:

  • General reception/office hours (8am-8pm)
  • Airport transfers (by prior arrangement 24hrs)
  • Courtesy late check out on Sundays (by 6pm)
  • Free wifi in lobby and some rooms with in-room or portable access (subject to availability)
  • Excellent set-up for groups and sports teams
  • Meeting room
  • Laundry Service (upon request)
  • Vehicle rental (subject to availabilty) 
  • Tours and taxis available (upon request)
  • Luggage storage (upon request)
  • Cultural talks and demonstration with Papiloa (by prior arrangement)
  • Management on site 24/7
  • Night duty security (as available)

Accepted methods of payment:

  • We offer the best rate for cash payment.
  • Major credit cards are accepted (plus a fee)

Are discounts offered?

  • For the best discount it is best to book direct (minimum 3 or more nights stay is required).