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 Lotu

Ofa and Uikelotu Loketi, Senior Guides

With names like Ofa (love) and Lotu (pray), these two brothers are good value on tour! Strong, fit young men, they shimmy up coconut trees with seeming effortlessness in a quest to quench their guests' thirst. Their local knowledge adds cultural flavour to the tour experience while ensuring their guests' safety and comfort. Ofa and Lotu's eagerness to provide for their guests and charming personalities are appreciated by all.


Glenis Miller, Reservations Consultant

After many years in the travel industry Glenis brings her experience and passion to FIKCO and looks forward to continuing to provide friendly customer service while helping clients fulfill their dreams of a kayak adventure in a tropical paradise.