This 7 day kayaking expedition is packed with adventure and the unknown. Most nights will be spent in small resorts that are sprinkled about the north west end of the island, while one night will be spent in a traditional village as a guest of its Chief.
We will paddle in two person kayaks and be guided by 2 to 3 trained guides from New Zealand and Fiji. While you do not need to be a kayaker, you will need to be physically fit for this expedition. The Kadavu extreme is boat supported so most of our gear is transported for us to our next destination.
You don’t have to be an elite athlete, but you should be in good shape, and ready to pack your week full of action. Our guides will be pouring on the options. Pre-breakfast hikes, sea-kayaking side-trips, snorkeling instead of siestas, fishing, surfing, coconut tree climbing workshops, epic beach volleyball matches, extended kava sessions, paddling under the moon and stars...
For those hungry for adventure, this is a tropical feast.
Day 1: After our 11 am rendezvous at Fiji’s Nadi International Airport we fly to Kadavu aboard Sun Air, and travel onto Jona’s Paradise by boat. After settling in to our accommodation there’ll be a chance for sea-kayaking, snorkeling, volleyball or trekking, all before dinner.
Day 2: Sunrise diving or fishing trip anyone? After breakfast we’ll sea-kayak out to the Great Astrolabe Reef, and enter a marine reserve for an unforgettable snorkeling experience. More kayaking after lunch, with extra tuition in sea-kayaking skills available. For experienced sea-kayakers it can be a chance to brush up on rolling and rescue techniques, and maybe learn some new tricks from the guides. Time for another beach-volleyball session back at the resort, or a hike up the hill to view the sunset.
Day 3: Another opportunity for scuba-diving and fishing before breakfast, then a great day’s sea-kayaking and snorkeling as we make our way around Ono Island to Naqara village. A detour out around some desert islands can be made by the fit ones in the group, while the others rest up before the village visit. At Naqara we’ll socialize with the villagers, sing and dance the night away, or maybe run around over the moonlit tidal flats catching the biggest crabs you’ve ever seen. You can even sleep.
Day 4: A fond farewell to the people of Naqara – perhaps you’ve been up since 5am with them catching fish, visiting the plantations, or baking bread. We kayak on around Ono, more snorkeling and a picnic along the way, and eventually complete the circumnavigation of the island. Back at Jona’s Paradise there's time for a cold beer or a game of volleyball in the sunset, before a well-earned dinner.
Day 5: Scuba divers and surfers can get out to the Great Astrolabe Reef this morning; the rest of us will breakfast, then kayak across the channel between Ono and Kadavu. Those feeling strong can hug the shore and follow the contours of the land; the others can paddle the short-cuts, across the bays from point to point. More fantastic snorkeling, a picnic on a lovely beach, a paddle through a passage in the reef and beyond into the deep blue sea if conditions permit, before arriving at Matava Resort, a welcome sight at the end of a huge day.
Day 6: Today we take the best parts of the preceding five days and roll them all into one. Kayak across turquoise lagoons, snorkel where we often see turtles, enjoy a village feast for lunch, trek through the rain-forest, swim beneath a spectacular waterfall, then let our guides surprise you with what they have prepared for the final evening on expedition.
Day 7: You’ll be forgiven for sleeping in, but for those still keen, after breakfast, in the company of one of the guides, you can sea-kayak towards Kadavu airport. You’ll never get there, but the amazing scenery along the way will make the effort worthwhile. Around mid-day the support boat, with your bags and the fellow expedition members you left back at the resort, will pick you up wherever you’ve got to, and take you the rest of the way to the airport. Farewell to the guides, and onto the plane. Mission accomplished!
Any expedition worthy of the name includes changeable elements. The weather and marine conditions, resort and village events, adjusted airline schedules, acts of God and other local deities, and other events beyond our control, may from time to time inspire a change of itinerary.
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