Active Adventure

The concept of sea kayaking is still new to many people who may have visions of paddling in small unstable kayaks typically used on river trips. In contrast, we use stable, seaworthy double kayaks (Necky Tofino) especially suited to novices and the ocean environment. No previous kayaking experience is required, but a moderate level of fitness is necessary. Single kayaks are available for experienced paddlers. Non-swimmers are welcome since everyone is required to wear a life vest.

A moderate level of physical fitness and a sense of adventure are important. The guides endeavour to balance the group by pairing slower paddlers with stronger, more experienced paddlers. However, the slower paddlers always dictate the pace.

Base camps offer the luxury of paddling empty kayaks or a lay day for exploring and relaxing. Paddling into a trade wind of 13-18 knots requires extra effort and can make the distance we travel feel longer. Those who engage in regular exercise such as walking, cycling or swimming tend to derive more enjoyment from their adventure. Physical conditioning exercises and camping experience are recommended.

Lead Guide 'Epeli AKA Tongan Cowboy

Typical Day

On our Tonga sea kayaking expeditions we strive for a healthy balance between relaxation and adventure. A typical day entails two to three hours of paddling interspersed with rest stops. 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 Tonga is slow and relaxed - much like it was a century ago. We spend our evenings on deserted beaches beneath swaying palm trees and the Southern Cross bathed by a warm South Pacific breeze.

Long Tom for Dinner Anyone?

Age range, type of group

Our trips attract adventurers from all over the globe so one is likely to encounter a variety of nationalities on tour. We cater to all ages from children to seniors. Exclusive family trips are our specialty. Children of all ages are accepted provided they feel comfortable on the water. In fact, Vava'u, with its sheltered waterways and favourable climate, is the ideal place for young people to develop their paddling skills.

Swallows Cave, Vava'u

Sleeping and meals

The majority of our packages include 2 - 5 nights accommodation at guest houses, lodges and resorts. Tents and mattresses are included for the camping portion of the tour. All tours include snacks and 3 meals a day. Camp cuisine has an international theme (Thai, Indonesian, Italian, Mexican and Polynesian). The meals are predominantly vegetarian supplemented with fresh fish. We try to make extensive use of the delicious tropical fruits and vegetables and fresh seafood caught by our Tongan guides. We also try our best to please every palate. Please let us know well in advance of the tour of any food and/or drink allergies and/or dislikes. Our resort based kayak tour include accommodation at an eco-resort and predominantly restaurant meals.

The Old & the New 'Popao' (Canoes)


Participants must possess a moderate level of fitness and full limb mobility.

Single Kayaks Available

Other Information

The climate of Tonga is very pleasant, being slightly cooler and less humid than most tropical areas. From June to November temperatures range from 22˚ to 30˚C the mean humidity hovers around 74%; and, the trade winds blow an average of 13-18 knots - often perfect weather for paddling and adventuring.

During the wetter summer months (December to May) the weather is hotter (25-32 degrees C), more humid and changeable with a slightly increased risk of tropical cyclones. However most cyclones either brush past Tonga leaving little or no damage or miss Tonga altogether

Sheltered Aqua Waterways
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USD $598.93 per trip pp
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