Friendly Islands Kayak Company

Corporate Insider's Business Excellence 2019 Winner Corporate Insider's Business Excellence 2018 Winner Water Sports Company of the Year - Tonga / Luxury Travel Guide Asia & Australasia Awards 2017

Our Staff

The Team

Doug Sharon

Doug and Sharon Spence, Directors

Originally from Vancouver Island, Canada, the travel itch led Sharon and Doug to explore the South Pacific by sea kayak in 1989. Captivated by Tonga's natural beauty and friendly natives, the couple was inspired to establish a sea kayak business in situ. Together with their two Chinese adopted daughters, they spend southern hemisphere winters in the tropical Kingdom and summers in New Zealand's South Island with occasional visits with extended family in Victoria, British Columbia in-between.

'Epeli Valeti

'Epeli and Valeti Lavaki, Directors

Natives of Vava'u, Tonga, 'Epeli and Valeti have been company shareholders since its inception in 1991. 'Epeli's charisma, sense of humour, and intimate knowledge of his homeland never fail to win his guests' hearts. Valeti manages the Company's Tonga office in her typically calm, reliable way, ever ready to assist.


Ofa Loketi 26 May 1982 - 20 February 2018 Rest in Peace

Ofa was a stellar guide and man of integrity with many talents, in particular his contribution to Tonga's rugby and eco-tourism. Many from around the world will miss Ofa's friendly, cheerful manner and wit. Ofa atu.


Glenis Miller, Reservations Consultant

When Sharon's on tour, capable Glenis continues FIKCo's friendly customer service helping our guests fulfill their dreams of a kayak adventure in a tropical paradise.


'Ioane Fifita, Senior Guide

'Ioane's playfulness and infectious laugh are great value on tour. Beneath his mischievous exterior is an intelligent, resourceful young man who is always ready to assist his guests. In fact, his nickname, 'Io means "yes"!


Siaosi Taufa, Junior Guide

George grew up in a small outer island village in Vava'u where he learned diverse practical skills on both land and sea. His seamanship and local knowledge are great assets on our kayak tours.