Vava'u 6-Day Superior Tour: All-Inclusive Resort Based Kayaking, Snorkeling & Whale Watching Adventure in Tonga

   
 

Vava'u 6-Day Superior Tour: All-Inclusive Resort Based Kayaking, Snorkeling & Whale Watching Adventure in Tonga

BY FRIENDLY ISLANDS KAYAK COMPANY
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2 months ago

DURATION

6 Days/5 Nights

SEASON

Year Round

RATES

NZD 3,795.00 per person

EXPIRES

Dec 31, 2017
Vava'u 6-Day Superior Tour: All-Inclusive Resort Based Kayaking, Snorkeling & Whale Watching  Adventure in Tonga
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Our all-inclusive 6-day tour is ideal for honeymooners, families and those who appreciate a hot shower, fine dining and a comfortable bed after an active day in the outdoors. Each of the three carefully selected resorts boasts unique features; harbour views and proximity to Neiafu township; idyllic “Treasure Island”; and luxurious Reef Resort overlooking the Japanese Coral Gardens. Experience the Vava’u Islands, Tonga’s jewel in the King’s crown. Kayak, snorkel and whale watch - all without sand between the sheets!

Situated approximately 240 kilometres north of Tongatapu, the Vava’u Island Group is a smattering of 50-odd islands covering an area 23 by 25 kilometres most of which is protected by a semi-circular reef. Although the islands are separated by reefs or open water, they are not great distances apart. In his book, The Happy Isles of Oceania: Paddling the Pacific, author Paul Theroux describes sea kayaking in Vava’u thus: “It was a perfect area for paddling a kayak - perhaps the best in the Pacific. There was a surfy side and a safe side to each island - the lee shores usually had the beaches - all were secluded, all were lovely.”

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.

ADDITION RATE INFORMATION

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

7-day package in 2016; 6-day package in 2017

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival / Acclimatisation
Vava'u, Tonga
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Meals: L, D.

Accommodation: Mystic Sands Resort subject to availability (or Vava'u Harbour View Resort).

Upon arrival at Lupepau'u Airport in Vava'u you transfer to your resort. Please ensure that you send us your full flight itinerary so we may arrange transport. Shortly after your arrival, your guide contacts you to welcome you and discuss the schedule of events for the next few days. Today is an opportunity to acclimatize and, for those travellers arriving from far-away places, to recover from jet lag. Relax on the beach and snorkel in the warm water just a few steps from your private fale. A 45-minute orientation talk at 5:00 p.m in the beach bar of the Tongan Beach Resort is followed by a welcome dinner with your guide on the beach at sunset overlooking the picturesque Port of Refuge.

Day 2: Kayaking / Walking / Snorkelling
Eueiki Island, Vava'u, Tonga
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Meals: B, L, D.

Accommodation: 'Eue'iki Island Resort (or Mounu Island Resort subject to availability).

Paddling Time: 3-4 hours.

At 8:45 a.m. you transfer by taxi to The Adventure Centre in Toula Village, 2.5 km south-east of Neiafu for a safety briefing before departing for the first day of kayaking. Skirting rocky shorelines and coral reefs, the group paddles eastward stopping for a picnic lunch on a sandy beach. Picture postcard Nuku Island is an easy swim across the channel, a veritable aquarium of colourful corals and reef fish. Our destination and base for the next two days is 'Eue'iki Island, otherwise known as "Treasure Island" (after the Survivor television series), inhabited only by a small eco-resort. The remainder of the day may be spent snorkelling a reef wall and exploring the inter-tidal zone. At low tide your guide leads you to an immense cave with Tarzan-like vines cascading down through a hole in the cave ceiling. Dinner is at the resort's open-air restaurant right on the beach facing the setting sun.

Day 3: Whale Watching / Snorkelling
Eueiki Island, Vava'u, Tonga
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Meals: B, L, D.

Accommodation: 'Eue'iki Island Resort (or Mounu Island Resort subject to availability).

Excursion Time: 5-6 hours

At 10:00 this morning our whale watch operator rendezvous outside our resort. Their team of whale educators discusses humpback whale migration, mating, surface activity and song. From July through October we 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. Today’s excursion includes opportunities to snorkel and to go ashore one of the many outer islands. Outside the whale watch season, enjoy a day of snorkelling, picnicking and sightseeing in the scenic Vava'u Islands.

Day 4: Kayaking / Snorkelling / Walking / Village Visit
Kapa Island, Vava'u, Tonga
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Meals: B, L, D provided.

Accommodation: Reef Resort (or The Tongan Beach Resort subject to availability).

Paddling Time: 2-3 hours.

Today we paddle westward across a wide channel to the luxurious Reef Resort near Otea Village on Kapa Island. En route, we pull ashore at Mala Island for a picnic lunch and snorkel at the stunning Japanese Coral Gardens. For a change of pace, this afternoon we walk overland to Kapa Island's sheltered western bay of Port Mourelle, the first landing site of Spaniard Don Francisco Antonio Mourelle. Nowadays Port Mourelle is a safe anchorage for modern yachts and a popular snorkelling site. Time permitting, we can hike along the spine of the island to Falevai ("house of water") village where Mourelle obtained spring water. Here we visit a church, school, weaving hall and the police station whose recidivist inmate is a pig!

Day 5: Kayaking / Snorkelling
Kapa Island, Vava'u, Tonga
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Meals: B, L, D provided.

Accommodation: Reef Resort (or The Tongan Beach Resort subject to availability).

Paddling Time: 2-3 hours.

Back in our kayaks, we skirt Kapa Island's rocky northern shoreline and float inside Swallows Cave. A misnomer since, in fact, the cave's inhabitants are swiftlets not swallows! Slipping over the side of our kayaks we marvel at schools of tiny reef fish and the magnificent underwater wall outside the cave's entrance. We then take a short paddle south to A'a Island, a favourite dive site, for some more wall snorkelling from our kayaks before a picnic lunch at picture postcard Nuku Island.

Day 6: Kayaking
Neiafu, Vava'u, Tonga
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Meals: B, L, D provided.

Accommodation: Hilltop Hotel (or Mystic Sands subject to availability).

Paddling Time: 2-3 hours.

Our journey ends in the Port of Refuge, reputedly the most protected and beautiful harbour in the Pacific. Weave between the many visiting yachts in the marina. Pull ashore back at our base, The Adventure Centre, from where you transfer to your resort. Tonight's farewell dinner is at Ovava Restaurant with its pleasant beer garden and fascinating blend of South Pacific and Japanese interior decor.

Day 7: Departure
Vava'u, Tonga
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Meals: B provided.

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

WHAT'S INCLUDED

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  • Return airport transfers between Lupepau'u Airport (Vava'u) and your accommodation.
  • Transfers between accommodation and activities.
  • 6 nights' accommodation (based on double occupancy).
  • A 45-minute orientation talk.
  • Quality double and single fibreglass kayaks and accessories.
  • 4 days kayaking; 1 day whale watching; snorkeling.
  • All meals starting with dinner on Day 1 and ending with breakfast on Day 7.
  • A farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

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