Friendly Islands Kayak Company

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

Multi-day Tours

Ha'apai 7-Day Eco-Resortback
"Calling all non-campers! Escape 'phone, TV, cars. Paddle, hike, snorkel by day. Sleep to the sound of lapping waves just metres from your private fale by night."

Package Components

  • Return airport transfers between Salote Pilolevu (Ha'apai) and accommodation property. A transfer surcharge applies for upgrades to Matafonua Lodge and Sandy Beach Resort, Foa Island.
  • 6 nights' accommodation (based on double occupancy): 2 nights at Ha'apai Beach Resort or Evaloni's Guest House (subject to availability); 4 nights at Serenity Beaches Resort. Optional upgrade to Matafonua Lodge or Sandy Beach Resort.
  • A 45-minute orientation talk.
  • Quality double and single fibreglass kayaks and accessories.
  • 3 days kayaking with professional guides (guide:guest ratio = 1:6).
  • 1 day whale watching (July-October) or snorkeling (November-June).
  • Resort meals starting with dinner on Day 1 and ending with breakfast on Day 7.
  • A farewell dinner.

Itinerary Overview

Note that the following itinerary is a sample only and is subject to alterations and delays owing to weather, sea conditions and/or logistical considerations. B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

Day 1: Arrival / Orientation

Meals: D.

Accommodation: Ha'apai Beach Resort or Evaloni's Guest House (subject to availability).

A driver awaits your arrival at Salote Pilolevu Airport on Lifuka Island, Ha'apai and transfers you to your accommodation. Situated on the leeward beach of Lifuka Island, Ha'apai Beach Resort offers clean bungalows in a lush tropical garden setting overlooking a white sandy beach. Shortly after check-in, your guide welcomes you and confirms the time (normally 4:00pm) and venue for this afternoon's 45-minute orientation talk. It is important that all participants attend this informative talk.

Day 2: Kayaking

Meals: B, L, D.

Destination: Uoleva Island.

Paddling Time: 3-4 hours.

Transport departs early this morning (exact time is tide-dependent) from your accommodation property to our launching site north of Pangai township. Here, the guides give a safety briefing before launching our kayaks. Today we paddle along the leeward shores of Lifuka and Uoleva Islands, skirting pristine reefs and beaches. Our base for the next few days is Serenity Beaches Resort, a small island hideaway situated on a crescent white sand beach on the leeward side of Uoleva Island. An eco-resort, Serenity features fresh rain water, solar and wind generated electricity, natural foods and private showers open to the stars. In the event that Serenity is fully booked, our accommodation will be Talitali'anga Eco Resort featuring beachfront elevated luxury tents with private deck, hammock and an outdoor area with private bathroom, hot shower and composting toilet.

Day 3: Kayaking

Meals: B, L, D.

Destination: Luangahu Island.

Paddling Time: 2-3 hours.

Weather permitting, we paddle offshore to Luangahu, a tiny uninhabited island visited only by local fishermen and nesting sea snakes! Whilst paddling, we may be fortunate to sight turtles, dolphins, and humpback whales, the latter of which migrate annually (July through October) to Tonga's warm sheltered waters to breed and calve. After a picnic lunch, we circumnavigate the island on foot observing makeshift fishermen's shelters and octopus drying trees. Those with sharp eyes may find remnants of whalebone in the sand dunes from Tong's whaling days. After a refreshing swim and snorkel, we paddle back to our resort in time for happy hour.

Day 4: Whale Watching

Meals: B, L, D.

Destination: Lifuka Archipelago.

Excursion Time: 4-5 hours.

This morning we depart from our resort with a licensed whale watch operator in search of humpback whales! Their team of whale educators discuss 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. Outside the whale watch season, we enjoy a day of snorkelling, picnicking and sightseeing in the beautiful Lifuka Archipelago.

Day 5: Lay Day

Meals: B, L, D.

Destination: Uoleva Island.

Today, Sunday, is by Tongan law a day of rest and worship. Tour operators are not permitted to conduct guided physical activities anywhere within the Kingdom on a Sunday. Take advantage of today's more relaxed pace and explore Uoleva island. In the cool hours of the morning we stretch our legs with a stroll through low-lying bush to the windward side of Uoleva Island. Following lunch back at the resort, a short walk to the southern tip of Uoleva takes us to a reef drop-off at the edge of Auhangamea channel. Confident swimmers may drift snorkel along a spectacular coral wall. There are also lovely pockets of coral and reef fish closer to shore. Reading, eating and socializing are also pleasant diversions on this enforced lay day.

Day 6: Kayaking

Meals: B, L, D.

Destination: Lifuka Island.

Paddling Time: 1-2 hours.

On our final day of paddling, we paddle north along the leeward shores of Uoleva and Lifuka Islands back to Pangai township where we started our journey 5 days ago. From the kayaks we observe traditional village life including fish nets and traps; pandanus leaves soaking in the sea to soften and bleach in preparation for weaving mats; and colourful commuter boats piled high with baskets of market produce and cheerful locals returning to their villages. From Pangai, we transfer by taxi back to your accommodation and, later on enjoy a sumptuous farewell dinner!

Day 7: Departure

Meals: B.

The trip concludes today with transfers to Salote Pilolevu Airport.

* Tour Cost: FIKCO reserves the right to amend the tour cost to reflect significant increases in exchange rates, airport transfers, accommodation rates, meal charges and/or any other ground costs beyond our control. However, once we receive a tour deposit, the tour cost will not alter.

** Single Supplement: Applies to single participants if they prefer a private room or if we are unable to pair them with another participant.