On our Tonga sea kayaking expeditions we strive for a healthy balance between relaxation and adventure. We generally paddle in the mornings, leaving the afternoons free for snorkelling amidst colourful coral and inside legendary marine caves; exploring lush tropical bush; and observing the traditional village lifestyle. The pace of life in Vava'u is slow and relaxed - much like it was a century ago. We spend our evenings on deserted beaches beneath waving palms and the Southern Cross bathed by warm South Pacific breezes.
Note that the following itinerary is subject to alterations and delays owing to weather, sea conditions and/or logistical considerations. B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Day 1: Kayaking. Meals: L, D. Destination: Kapa Island. Paddling Time: 3-4 hours. An orientation and safety briefing commences 9:00 a.m. at The Adventure Centre in Toula Village before departing for the first of 3 days of kayaking. Please call us to reconfirm the time and venue. It is important that all participants attend this informative talk. Our journey begins in the Port of Refuge, reputedly the most protected and beautiful harbour in the Pacific. We paddle into renowned Swallows Cave, past Port Maurelle southward to Mui Houma point on inhabited Kapa Island. Tonight's campsite faces picture postcard Nuku Island, a short swim or paddle across a narrow channel. The snorkelling in these shallow aqua waters is superb owing to the sandy bottom and mild current creating an aquarium of colourful coral and diverse fish life. For those interested in how the outer islanders live, Falevai Village is a 5-minute stroll along the beach. Finish the day in quiet contemplation watching the sun set on one of the best views in the Vava'u Group.
Day 2: Kayaking. Meals: B, L, D. Destination: 'Euakafa Island. Paddling Time: 2-3 hours. On today's paddle our Tongan guide leads us south eastward through reef-strewn turquoise waters and across a wide deep channel to uninhabited 'Euakafa Island. While paddling we may be fortunate enough to sight turtles, dolphins, and humpback whales, the latter of which migrate annually to Tonga's warm sheltered waters (July-October) to breed and calve. This afternoon is free for snorkelling exquisite reefs and combing expansive beaches.
Day 3: Kayaking. Meals: B, L. Destination: The Adventure Centre. Paddling Time: 2-3 hours. In the cool hours of the morning, a guided walk through tropical bush to 'Euakafa’s distinctive tabletop summit takes us to the site of a legendary royal tomb within the fortress of a Tu'i Tonga king. On this final day of paddling, our journey back to the Port of Refuge is broken with a picnic lunch at Mala Island. Once the home of a cannibal demi-god who ate passing outrigger canoeists, Mala is now home to a friendly tourist resort! From the beach or kayaks we snorkel the entrancing Japanese Gardens before returning to The Adventure Centre.
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