Shell Garden offers everything you’re looking for from a tropical island holiday. From the special encounter of swimming with whales, world-class fishing, stunning snorkeling, onsite massage, personal cultural experiences – all on a secluded, pristine island in your own, unique accommodation.

Located in the stunning Vava’u island group in the Kingdom of Tonga.

As featured in Kevin McCloud’s new series Escape to the Wild



Accommodation »

Choose from Coral Cottage – a 2 person waterfront fale, the Beach House – a 4 person beachfront holiday home or Happy ‘api – a unique 8 person log-home set within tropical gardens. We are family friendly!

Whale Watching in Tonga

Swimming with whales »

From July-October each year, join us on an exclusive opportunity to swim with humpback whales!


Boat Charter »

Whether your passion is snorkeling; game-fishing with a tournament pro; underwater photography or free-diving, Lavinuella is your perfect boat to explore all waters of Vava’u.

Take nothing but memories, leave nothing but footprints



I have been fortunate to stay at some of the best hotels (mainstream and remote) around this world and The Beach House rates as one of the best and one of my all time favorites.



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