Friendly Islands Kayak Company

Water Sports Company of the Year - Tonga / Luxury Travel Guide Asia & Australasia Awards 2017

Multi-day Tours

Vava'u 6-Day Superiorback
"Mandala Resort was spectacular. Ben and Lisa could not have been more helpful and engaging. Fans were available. It was very comfortable, They seemed ready for us." - John, Canada

Water Sports Company of the Year - Tonga / Luxury Travel Guide Asia & Australasia Awards 2017


Friendly Islands Kayak Company: Water Sports Company of the Year - Tonga / Luxury Travel Guide Awards 2017.


Package Components

  • Return airport transfers between Lupepau'u Airport (Vava'u) and accommodation property.
  • 5 nights accommodation (based on double occupancy).
  • 2 nights (Days 1 & 5) at the Tongan Beach Resort, ‘Utungake Island.
  • 3 nights (Days 2 - 4) at Mandala Resort, Fetoko Island.
  • A 45-minute orientation talk.
  • Quality double and single fibreglass kayaks and accessories.
  • 2-3 days guided kayaking.
  • A half-day sightseeing and snorkeling tour aboard Mandala’s boat including lunch.
  • All meals starting with dinner on Day 1 and ending with breakfast on Day 6.
  • A farewell dinner (Day 5).

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: Tongan Beach Resort, ‘Utungake Island.

Upon arrival at Lupepau'u Airport in Vava'u you will be transferred to your resort accommodation. Today is an opportunity to acclimatize and, for those travellers arriving from far-away places, to recover from jet lag. Relax on the beach and snorkel in the warm water just a few steps from your private fale. A 45-minute orientation talk at 4:00 p.m. is followed by a welcome dinner on the beach at sunset overlooking the picturesque Port of Refuge.

Day 2: DAY 1 of Kayaking

Meals: B, L, D.

Accommodation: Mandala Resort, Fetoko Island

Paddling Time: 2-3 hours.

At 8:45 a.m. you transfer by taxi to The Adventure Centre in Toula Village, 2.5 km southeast of Neiafu for a safety briefing before departing for the first day of kayaking. Skirting rocky shorelines and coral reefs, the group paddles eastward stopping along the way for a picnic lunch on a sandy beach and snorkelling. Our destination and base for the next 3 days is Mandala Resort, a luxury eco-resort situated atop private Fetoko Island. Dinner is at the resort's beachfront restaurant.

Day 3: Snorkelling / Sightseeing

Meals: B, L, D.

Accommodation: Mandala Resort, Fetoko Island

Excursion Time: 3-4 hours

Hop aboard Mandala’s private vessel for a half-day sightseeing boat tour of the scenic Vava'u Islands and snorkelling at Ben’s favourite spots. Between July and October you might be fortunate enough to see the humpback whales, which migrate from Antarctica annually to breed, give birth and nurse their newborn calves in Tonga's sheltered warm waters.  Today’s excursion includes opportunities to go ashore and explore one or more of the many outer islands. Arrive back at Mandala Resort in time for a nap, shower and cocktails at the beach bar.

Day 4: Lay Day

Meals: B, L, D.

Accommodation: Mandala Resort, Fetoko Island

Today, Sunday, is by Tongan law a day of rest and worship. Those who choose to attend a church service at neighbouring Ofu Village will be impressed by the splendour of the Tongan’s formal attire and harmonised singing. Tour operators are not permitted to offer guided physical activities anywhere within the Kingdom on a Sunday. However, resort guests may swim, snorkel, kayak and paddle board in the vicinity of Fetoko Island.

Day 5: Kayaking

Meals: B, L, D.

Accommodation: Tongan Beach Resort, ‘Utungake Island

Paddling Time: 2-3 hours.

Our journey ends back in the Port of Refuge, reputedly the most protected and beautiful harbour in the Pacific. Observe coastal village life and waving children from your kayak. Further down the harbour, weave amongst visiting yachts in the marina. Or paddle under the causeway where only shallow draft kayaks may venture. Arriving back at base, The Adventure Centre, you transfer to your resort for a shower and farewell dinner.

Day 6: Departure

Meals: B.

The trip concludes today with a transfer to Lupepau'u 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.