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Friendly Islands Kayak Company, Tonga

South Pacific
South Pacific

Friendly Islands Kayak Company, Tonga

story by: Inspire South Pacific

The lush tropical islands of Vava’u and Ha’apai are home to Friendly Islands Kayak Company. Whilst the islands are separated by reefs or open water, they are not great paddling distances apart so there’s plenty of time to kayak the warm waters, snorkel amidst colourful coral and inside legendary marine caves, and observe the traditional way of life of the Tongan people. Your most difficult choice will be deciding on which kayak tour to do. Vava’u’s hilly terrain is perhaps more interesting and scenic but if it’s white sand beaches you’re after, there’s no shortage of these in Ha’apai. Snorkelling’s superb in both island groups, but soft corals and sizeable fish are more abundant in Ha’apai waters. On the other hand Vava’u’s relatively sheltered waters are conducive to more reliable whale sightings between July and October.

Vava’u Islands – 3 day starter package (3 days kayaking)
21 departures from Vava’u, January – December 2012
This no frills kayak tour is designed for families with young children who are time constrained and offers an affordable way to experience the beautiful Vava’u Islands. Transfers and accommodation (pre/post kayak tour) are not included, but can be arranged.

Vava’u Islands – 6 day classic package (4 days kayaking)
26 departures from Vava’u, January – December 2012
During this tour you’ll visit those islands in the middle of the Vava’u Island Group. You’ll have time aplenty to snorkel and experience the Tongan culture (village visits and local feast). Includes transfers and 2 nights accommodation pre/post kayak tour.

Vava’u Islands – 10 day classic package (8 days kayaking)
23 departures from Vava’u, January – December 2012
This kayak tour is ideal for those wanting to truly unwind and gain a deeper experience of Vava’u’s tropical paradise and it’s friendly locals. Includes transfers and 2 nights accommodation pre/post kayak tour.

Ha’apai Islands – 12 day classic package (9 days kayaking)
23 departures from Ha’apai, January – December 2012
The longest of the kayak tours, you’ll paddle the length of the Lifuka Archipelago and experience area’s as remote as one can get in Tonga. Includes transfers and 3 nights accommodation pre/post kayak tour.

INCLUSIONS: A 45 minute orientation talk and guided kayak tour with all meals included on the kayaking days. A moderate level of fitness is required. The paddling in Ha’apai is slightly more challenging than Vava’u due to longer stretches and stronger currents.

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