Vava'u 8-Day Adventure - Sea Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Whale Watching & More in Tonga!

   
 

Vava'u 8-Day Adventure - Sea Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Whale Watching & More in Tonga!

BY FRIENDLY ISLANDS KAYAK COMPANY
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9 months ago

DURATION

9 Days/8 Nights

SEASON

Year Round

RATES

NZD 2,595.00 per person

EXPIRES

Dec 31, 2017
Vava'u 8-Day Adventure - Sea Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Whale Watching & More in Tonga!
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A popular package for those who prefer an activity-packed vacation including 4 days of sea kayaking plus one day each of whale watching, mountain biking and your choice of either diving or sailing. Suitable for the active traveller with physical stamina and a moderate degree of fitness. Includes 4 nights' accommodation pre/post kayak tour.

ADDITION RATE INFORMATION

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Rate is per person in New Zealand dollars and based on double occupancy. Single Supplement: $POA.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival / Orientation
Toula, Vava'u, Tonga
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Meals: On own.

Accommodation: Boathouse Apartments or Hilltop Hotel or Vava’u Harbour View Resort (subject to availability).

Upon arrival at Lupepau'u Airport in Vava'u you will be transferred to your accommodation. Please ensure that you send us your full flight itinerary so we may arrange transport appropriately. Your guides will phone you at your accommodation this morning to welcome you and discuss the schedule of events for the next few days. Your guides present a 45-minute orientation talk commencing 4:00 p.m. at The Adventure Centre in Toula Village, a two-minute taxi ride from your accommodation. It is important that all participants attend this informative talk. This is your last opportunity to visit the bank and purchase items for the trip.

Day 2: Day 1 Of Kayaking
Euakafa Island, Vava'u, Tonga
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Meals: L, D.

Destination: 'Euakafa Island (Base Camp).

Paddling Time: 3-4 hours.

A safety briefing commences 9:00 a.m. at The Adventure Centre before departing for the first of 4 days of kayaking. Our journey begins at the entrance to 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. Tonight's camp on uninhabited 'Euakafa Island has possibly the most stunning view in the Vava'u Group, and is well positioned to whale watch from land.

Day 3: Day 2 Of Kayaking
Euakafa Island, Vava'u, Tonga
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Meals: B, L, D.

Destination: 'Euakafa Island (Base Camp).

Paddling Time: 1-2 hours.

In the cool hours of the morning, a guided walk 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. This afternoon, we paddle to nearby 'Eueiki Island for some wall snorkelling and exploring an immense cave with Tarzan-like vines cascading down through a hole in the cave ceiling. 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.

Day 4: Day 3 Of Kayaking
Taunga Island, Vava'u, Tonga
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Meals: B, L, D.

Destination: Taunga Island (Base Camp).

Paddling Time: 1-2 hours.

A short paddle across the channel, and we reach the isthmus of Taunga Island. Snorkelling and exploring the inter-tidal zone of Taunga, Ngau and Pau Islands, connected to one another at low tide by a sand bar, are pleasant afternoon diversions. This evening, the villagers host an authentic Tongan feast consisting of roast suckling pork complemented by fresh root vegetables, octopus, reef fish, vegetarian dishes, and tropical fruits such as papaya in coconut milk, all steamed in an underground oven or 'umu. This gastronomic delight is followed by a traditional Polynesian song and dance performance.

Day 5: Day 4 Of Kayaking
Mala Island, Vava'u, Tonga
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Meals: B, L (D on own).

Destination: The Adventure Centre.

Accommodation: Boathouse Apartments or Hilltop Hotel or Vava’u Habour View Resort (subject to availability).

Paddling Time: 2-3 hours.

On this final day of paddling, the journey westward takes us back to the Port of Refuge via 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 we can snorkel to the entrancing Japanese Gardens before returning to The Adventure Centre. From here, we transfer by taxi to your accommodation property and hot showers!

Day 6: Diving Or Sailing
Neiafu, Vava'u, Tonga
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Meals: L provided (B, D on own).

Accommodation: Boathouse Apartments or Hilltop Hotel or Vava’u Habour View Resort (subject to availability).

Excursion Time: Diving 7:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; Sailing 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Join our preferred water sport operators for an active morning of scuba diving (two tanks) or a more leisurely day sailing. Vava'u is a marine playground for both activities.

Day 7: Whale Watching / Snorkelling
Vava'u, Tonga
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Meals: L provided (B, D on own).

Accommodation: Boathouse Apartments or Hilltop Hotel or Vava’u Habour View Resort (subject to availability).

Excursion Time: 7:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.

A team of whale educators discuss humpback whale migration, mating, surface activity and song. From July through October you can observe the impressive acrobatic displays of these magnificent mammals who migrate from Antarctica annually to breed, give birth and nurse their new-born calves in Tonga's sheltered, warm waters. Outside the whale watch season, enjoy a day of snorkelling, picnicking and sightseeing in the scenic Vava'u Islands.

Day 8: Departure
Vava'u, Tonga
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Meals: On own.

The trip concludes today with transfers to Lupepau'u Airport.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

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  • Return airport transfers between Lupepau'u Airport (Vava'u) and accommodation. A transfer surcharge applies to Tongan Beach Resort or Mystic Sands upgrades.
  • 4 nights' accommodation (based on double occupancy) at the Boathouse Apartments or Hilltop Hotel or Vava’u Harbour View Resort subject to availability. Optional upgrade to Tongan Beach Resort or Mystic Sands Resort subject to availability.
  • A 45-minute orientation talk.
  • Use of quality double and single fibreglass kayaks and accessories.
  • 4-day kayak tour of the islands with professional guides (guide:guest ratio = 1:6).
  • Snacks and 3 meals a day on the kayaking portion of the tour.
  • A day of whale watching (July-October) and/or snorkelling (November-June), including lunch.
  • A day of sailing or scuba diving (2 tanks) including lunch.
  • Camping equipment including tents and mattresses.
  • A traditional 'umu feast with Polynesian singing and dancing in an island village.
  • A farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

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