Friendly Islands Kayak Company

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 Airport (Ha'apai) and package accommodation.
  • Transfers between accommodation and activities.
  • 6 nights' accommodation (based on double occupancy): 2 nights (Days 1 & 6) at Matafonua Lodge, Foa Island or Ha'apai Beach Resort, Lifuka Island (subject to availability). Optional upgrade to Sandy Beach Resort, Foa Island upon request.
  • 4 nights (Days 2-5) at Serenity Beaches Resort or Talitali'anga Eco Resort, Uoleva Island (subject to availability).
  • A 45-minute orientation talk.
  • Quality double and single fibreglass sea kayaks and accessories.
  • 4 days kayaking with professional guides (guide: guest ratio = 1:6).
  • 1 day whale watching (July-October) and/or snorkeling (November-June).
  • All meals except lunch and dinner on Day 1.
  • A farewell dinner (Day 6).

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

2017 itineraries coming soon. Email for details.

Day 1: Arrival

A driver is waiting at Salote Pilolevu Airport in Ha'apai to escort you to your accommodation. Please ensure that you send us your full flight itinerary so we may arrange transport. Your guides present a 45-minute orientation talk commencing 4:00pm at your accommodation property. It is important that all participants attend this informative talk.

Meals: On own.

Accommodation: Matafonua Lodge or Ha'apai Beach Resort (subject to availability). Situated on the northern tip of Foa Island overlooking Nukunamo Island, Matafonua Lodge offers one-room Tongan-style bungalows each with their own covered veranda. Clean bathrooms with hot showers are a short stroll from all bungalows. 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.

Day 2: Start Kayaking

Meals: B, L, D.

Destination: Uoleva Island.

Accommodation: 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 tonight is Talitali'anga Eco Resort featuring beach front elevated luxury tents with private deck and hammock and an outdoor area with private bathroom, hot shower and composting toilet.

Paddling Time: 3-4 hours.

Transport departs early this morning (exact time is tide-dependent) from your accommodation to our launching site near Pangai. Here, the guides give a safety briefing before we depart for the first of 4 days of kayaking. Today we paddle along the leeward shores of Lifuka and Uoleva Islands skirting villages, pristine reefs and expansive beaches. Hot showers, a home cooked meal and comfortable beds await us at our exclusive beach front eco-resort accommodation. Close by, at the southern tip of Uoleva Island, is a magnificent coral ledge smothered in soft corals - a snorkeller's dream.

Day 3: Kayaking

Meals: B, L, D.

Destination: Luangahu Island.

Accommodation: Serenity Beaches Resort or Talitali'anga Eco Resort (subject to availability).

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 / Snorkelling

Meals: B, L, D.

Destination: Lifuka Archipelago.

Accommodation: Serenity Beaches Resort or Talitali'anga Eco Resort (subject to availability).

Excursion Time: 5-6 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: Kayaking

Meals: B, L, D.

Destination: Uoleva Island (southern tip).

Accommodation: Serenity Beaches Resort or Talitali'anga Eco Resort (subject to availability).

Paddling Time: 1-1.5 hours.

Take advantage of today's more relaxed pace to explore Uoleva island or work up an appetite paddling, fishing, snorkelling and/or beachcombing for this evening's resort meal. In the cool hours of the morning we stretch our legs with a walk through low-lying bush to the windward side of Uoleva Island. Following lunch back at the resort, a short paddle to the southern tip of Uoleva takes us to a reef drop-off at the edge of Auhangamea channel. Confident swimmers may follow the guides on a drift snorkel along a spectacular coral wall. There are also lovely pockets of coral and reef fish closer to shore.

Day 6: Kayaking

Meals: B, L, D.

Destination: Lifuka Island.

Accommodation: Matafonua Lodge or Ha'apai Beach Resort (subject to availability).

Paddling Time: 3-4 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 and a warm farewell from your guides.

* 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.