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Below Fifita Guesthouse | Center of Pangai, Tonga
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Mariner's Cafe and Bar was the perfect end to our stay on Ha'apai Islands. Fantastic and friendly service, awesome food (the raw fish ceviche was spot on) and fantastic iced coffees (I tried one with and without coconut vodka - both were as delicious as each other). This is definitely the 'hub' of Pangai and somewhere you have to visit... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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52 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Its pretty tough to get good food in pangai. Maybe the market will have some carrots, maybe some bananas, maybe neither. The shops all stock the same thing. Tins of this and that. So its a welcome relief to stop by Mariner's every now and then for some incredible home made pasta, a pizza or just a cold beer. Prices... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2016

Ha'apai must rate as one of the most beautiful spots on the planet. But it is also one of the most remote. There is no ATM (although you can draw cash from your card after queuing in the Government owned bank), the 'supermarkets' only stock the most basic commodities. Mariner's is conveniently located (middle of Pangai, the 'CBD" island) but... More 

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Thank Abarao
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2015 via mobile

Yummy fish soup with noodle! Consider its 10 pa'anga it's a light meal. But it's totally worth it. Love the soup! I believed it's kind of soup you cooked with your heart and effort. I wish to try the other dishes next time (great aroma when other dishes are served to other customers). They even had plunger coffee, here.

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1 Thank Wanchyn C
Hemsedal, Norway
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81 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2015

I spent many evenings here during my stay in Haapai. The food is great with local traditional food mixed with some classic dishes. We got invited to a BBQ night here which was awesome, we all sat down together drinking local beer and ate the yummiest food! Big thanks to the friendliest staff, I will be back for sure :)

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1 Thank Lizaarvidsson
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109 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2015

We were here for about a week and we had most of our meals at Mariners and we were never disappointed, actually quite impressed with the quality but not the appearance! Internet was a plus!

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3 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2015

This place has the best brownie I have ever eaten in my entire life!!!! Yum!! The atmosphere and staff were all friendly and accommodating, lots of dogs but they were friendly too

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2014

A year ago this sland was ravished by a cyclone and unfortunately it looks like it happened more like a month or maybe two ago. As a visitor there are only two places to eat in town; a locally run chicken and rice place (delicious) and Mariner's cafe with its intersting menu. We ate two meals here and both were... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2014

We were staying about 20km away and cycled down to Pangai from Foa Is. We almost missed this place as it is on a side road with a sign behind growing foliage! We were in Pangai during the rebuild post cyclone Ian so it looked like this cafe had a bit of a monopoly. The menu is surprisingly extensive, even... More 

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Llanelli, United Kingdom
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7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2014

Ha'apai is thankfully of the tourist trail and has limited services, part of its charm I believe. Magda runs Mariner's cafe, which is full of excellent cuisine, friendly people and lashings of island charm. The menu offers a great variety of food, from great breakfast dishes, to light lunches and mouth watering dinner choices. All can be washed down with... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Cafe
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Lunch, Dinner
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Below Fifita Guesthouse | Center of Pangai, Tonga
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Tonga  >  Ha'apai Islands

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?