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Introductory to Moderate
Activities
  • 5 days kayaking
  • Snorkelling
Accommodation
  • 5 nights camping
  • 2 nights hotel
Meals
  • 6 Dinners
  • 6 Lunches
  • 5 Breakfasts

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8 Days$2370USD

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Guided group sizes are strictly limited to maximum 16 people, average of 8-10


 
 
Trip Code: TON

Trip highlights


  • Paddling amongst tropical islands and exploring coral reefs
  • Relaxing on white sandy beaches
  • Experience local hospitality and culture
  • Enjoy a traditional Polynesian 'umu feast

Why Book With Us

  • World Expeditions has been offering active adventures around the world for 45 years.
  • Experienced, highly trained guides mean you are in safe hands.
  • Full pre and post trip support from your local office to help with flight booking, travel insurance and any of those pre trip queries you might have.

Experience five memorable days of stunning kayaking and snorkelling in azure blue coral rich waters, visit remote island villages and enjoy camping in picturesque, tropical Tonga. On this adventure, we have time to paddle to Vaka'eitu and Nuapapu Islands on the western fringe of the Vava'u Island Group before exploring the more central islands. This relaxing kayaking adventure is complete with the pristine coral reefs, palm trees and sandy beaches of the South Pacific.


A driver is waiting at Lupepau'u Airport in Vava'u to escort you to your accommodation. Please ensure that you send us your full flight itinerary so we may arrange transport. Your guides will present a 45-minute orientation talk (normally commencing 4:00pm at The Adventure Centre in Toula Village, 2.5 km southeast of Neiafu). Your guide will advise on the time and location of this orientation talk. It is important that everyone attends this informative talk. Overnight: Boathouse Apartments or Pulekoleva Guesthouse (subject to availability).

Meals:  Nil

Transport is provided to Kayak Base for a safety briefing commences 9:00am at before departing for 5 nights of camping in the Vava’u Archipelago. Our journey begins in the Port of Refuge, reputedly the most protected and beautiful harbour in the Pacific. We paddle into renowned Swallows Cave, snorkel and picnic at Kapa Island and finish off the day by skirting several islands on the western side of the island group. Tonight's camp is on uninhabited Vaka'eitu Island facing Nuapapu Island. Paddling Time: 3-4 hours.

Meals:  L,D

Following a leisurely hot breakfast, we paddle across the lagoon to the village of Matamaka on nearby Nuapapu Island. Back at camp we snorkel amidst stag horn coral gardens teeming with reef fish. A short hike before dinner to the island's summit may be rewarded by a view of the setting sun and possibly humpback whales (July-October) in Pulepulekai channel. Paddling Time: 2 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

After breaking camp, we paddle northeast via Sisia Island towards the distinctive tabletop island of ‘Euakafa. En route we may be fortunate enough to sight turtles, dolphins or humpback whales. The latter migrate annually to Tonga's warm sheltered waters (July-October) to breed and calve. Following a picnic and snorkeling at an offshore reef we paddle on to inhabited Taunga Island. This evening, the villagers host an authentic Tongan feast consisting of fresh root vegetables, octopus, fish, vegetarian dishes, and tropical fruits such as papaya in coconut milk, all steamed in an underground oven or 'umu. Following this sumptuous feast, tasting kava, Tonga’s traditional ceremonial drink, and stories around the kava bowl provide an insight into the local culture. Paddling Time: 3-4 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

Today, Sunday, is by Tongan law a day of rest and worship. Those who choose to attend the morning church service in Taunga village will be impressed by the splendour of the Tongan people’s elaborate attire and harmonized singing. Tour operators are not permitted to offer guided physical activities anywhere within the Kingdom on a Sunday. However, as with guests staying at resorts, you may use the kayaks as transport to access recreational areas such as beaches and bays. Exploring on foot the inter-tidal zone of Taunga, Ngau and Pau Islands, interconnected by a sand bar at low tide, is a must. Bathing in the warm sea, reading, eating and socialising are also pleasant diversions on this enforced rest day. Overnight: Taunga Island camp

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we break camp and paddle across a wide deep channel to nearby Eueiki Island. Here we picnic, snorkel and, at low tide, explore an immense cave with Tarzan-like vines cascading down through a hole in the cave ceiling. Thirsty paddlers may order cold drinks at Treasure Island Eco-Resort, named after the television survivor reality show filmed on location a few years ago. Back in our kayaks we paddle across a channel to neighbouring uninhabited ‘Euakafa Island, tonight’s campsite. The afternoon is free for snorkeling, beachcombing and gathering dry coconut husks and fronds for this evening’s bonfire. Bring along marshmallows and chocolate for a sweet treat! Paddling Time: 1-2 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

In the cool hours of the morning, our local guide leads us through lush bush up the mount, explaining traditional Polynesian culinary and medicinal applications of diverse plants along the way. Reaching the site of a royal tomb within the fortress of a Tu'i Tonga king, our guide narrates the legend of how the queen met her fate. On our paddle westward back to the Port of Refuge we stop for a picnic lunch and snorkel at Mala Island. Once the home 8 of a cannibal demi-god who ate passing outrigger canoeists, Mala is now home to a friendly tourist resort! Confident swimmers can snorkel across a channel to the entrancing Japanese Gardens. Back at Kayak Base, transfer by taxi to your accommodation and hot showers in preparation for tonight’s farewell dinner. Overnight: Boathouse Apartments or Pulekoleva Guesthouse (subject to availability) Paddling Time: 3-4 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

The trip concludes today with a transfer to Lupepau'u Airport and a warm farewell from your guides.

Meals:  Nil


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.


Inclusions

  • 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners (includes a traditional ’umu feast)
  • 2 nights' accommodation (based on room only; double occupancy) at Boathouse Apartments or Pulekoleva Guesthouse (subject to availability). Optional upgrade subject to availability (additional cost applies).
  • Return airport transfers (on Days 1 and 8 only) between Lupepau'u Airport (Vava'u) and your accommodation. A transfer surcharge applies to upgraded accommodation.
  • Internal land transfers (not boat transfers)
  • Double sea kayaks (singles on request depending on group numbers and experience), paddles, PFD's (life jackets) and safety equipment
  • 2 person tents
  • Sleeping mats
  • Group camping equipment (excludes sleeping bags)
  • Professional guides
  • Group first aid kit

  • International and domestic flights
  • Arrival and departure transfers (other than Days 1 & 8)
  • Snorkelling gear
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, phone calls etc.
  • Meals and beverages not indicated in the itinerary
  • Bottled water, aerated and alcoholic drinks
  • Tips
  • Airport and departure taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa, passport and vaccination fees
  • Sleeping bags
  • Optional excursions
  • Excess baggage charges and emergency evacuation costs
  • International to domestic airport taxi fares in Tongatapu (approx. T$10 per person to be paid locally in Tongan pa'anga cash)

About Your Leader

A minimum of one Tongan professional guide accompanies all of our trips. Depending on the group size, there is an additional guide (guide: guest ratio = 1:6). The guides are first-aid trained, and responsible for coordinating logistics and activities, preparing meals as well as interpreting the natural and cultural features of Vava’u. Our guides lend invaluable local knowledge and cultural flavour to the experience.


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Notes

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6 day and 10 day trips are also available. Ask us for dates, rates and itineraries.
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Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Tonga Kayak Adventure trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


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