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Vava’u 6 day Superior

Dates:

19-24 Jan

16-21 Feb

09-14 Mar

13-18 Apr

18-23 May

15-20 Jun

13-18 Jul

10-15 Aug

07-12 Sep

19-24 Oct

16-21 Nov

14-19 Dec

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

Day 1: Arrival / Orientation

Meals: L, D.

Accommodation: Mystic Sands Resort or Tongan Beach Resort, ‘Utungake Island (subject to availability).

Upon arrival at Lupepau’u Airport in Vava’u you transfer to your resort. Please ensure that you send us your full flight itinerary so we may arrange transport. Today is an opportunity to acclimatize and, for those travellers arriving from far-away places, to recover from jet lag. Relax beside the pool or snorkel just steps from your beachfront room. A 45-minute orientation talk at 5:00 p.m in the beach bar of the Tongan Beach Resort is followed by dinner on the beach at sunset overlooking the picturesque Port of Refuge.

Day 2: Kayaking / Snorkelling / Walking

Meals: B, L, D.

Destination: Eue’iki Island or Mounu Island

Accommodation: Eue’iki Island Resort or Mounu Island Resort (subject to availability).

Paddling Time: 3-4 hours.

At 8:45 a.m. transfer by taxi to The Adventure Centre in Toula Village, 2.5 km south-east of Neiafu, for a safety briefing before departing for the first day of kayaking. We paddle the fjord-like Port of Refuge, across a channel to Kapa Island’s rocky shorelines eventually arriving at Swallows Cave. A misnomer since, in fact, the cave’s inhabitants are swiftlets not swallows! Slipping over the side of the kayak, marvel at schools of tiny zebra fish and the magnificent underwater wall outside the cave’s entrance. We carry on to the eastern end of Kapa Island opposite picturesque Nuku Island for a picnic lunch and snorkelling. The channel, a veritable aquarium of colourful corals and reef fish, offers superb snorkelling. Our destination and base for the next two days is Eue’iki Island, otherwise known as “Treasure Island” (after the Survivor television series), inhabited only by a small eco-resort with traditional thatched beach fales. At low tide, your guide leads you on foot to an immense cathedral-like cave with Tarzan-like vines cascading down through a hole in the cave ceiling. Mounu, also an eco-resort, is set on a private 6.5 acre coral atoll surrounded by white sand and clear water. The fales are a modern version of the traditional Tongan fale combining coconut pole structure with a shingle roof. The remainder of the day may be spent snorkelling and exploring the inter-tidal zone. Dinner is at the resort’s open-air restaurant right on the beach facing the setting sun.

Day 3: Whale Watching / Snorkelling

Meals: B, L, D.

Destination: Vava’u Island Group

Accommodation: Eue’iki Island Resort or Mounu Island Resort (subject to availability)

Excursion Time: 5-6 hours

At 8:00 am you and your guide depart the resort on a motorized vessel for an exciting day of whale watching and/or snorkelling. Your skipper and guide discuss humpback whale migration, mating, surface activity and song. From July through October, 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, enjoy a day of snorkelling, picnicking and sightseeing in the scenic Vava’u Islands. Today’s excursion includes opportunities to snorkel and go ashore on one of the many outer islands with white sand beaches.

Day 4: Kayaking / Snorkelling

Meals: B, L, D.

Destination: Fetoko Island or Kapa Island

Accommodation: Mandala Resort or Reef Resort (subject to availability).

Paddling Time: 3-4 hours.

Today we paddle eastward across a wide channel to Tapana Island inhabited only by a Spanish couple who dropped anchor there in the early 90’s and established the rustic La Paella restaurant. After a picnic lunch and snorkel, we push on to Fetoko Island, home to Mandala, a private island tree house and beach resort. Alternatively, if accommodation tonight is the Reef Resort, we paddle westward to Kapa Island, pulling ashore at Mala Island en route for a picnic lunch and snorkel at the stunning Japanese Coral Gardens. Enjoy a well deserved shower, delicious restaurant meal and comfortable bed after a full day of exercise and fresh air.

Day 5: Kayaking / Snorkelling / Village Visit

Meals: B, L, D.

Destination: Ofu Island or Kapa Island

Accommodation: Mandala Resort or Reef Resort (subject to availability).

Paddling Time: 2-3 hours.

This morning we set off in the kayaks across shallow turquoise waters to adjacent Ofu Island, home to a picturesque fishing village adorned with traditional fishing nets along the foreshore. Following a village visit, we paddle to a beach facing the scenic eastern chain of islands of Kenutu and Umuna. Here we enjoy a picnic lunch and some snorkelling time. If staying at Reef Resort, we paddle around to Kapa Island’s sheltered western bay of Port Mourelle, the first landing site of Spaniard Don Francisco Antonio Mourelle. Nowadays Port Mourelle is a safe anchorage for modern yachts and a popular snorkelling site. Time permitting, we can hike along the spine of the island to Falevai (“house of water”) village where Mourelle obtained spring water. Here we visit a church, school, weaving hall and the police station whose recidivist inmate is a pig!

Day 6: Kayaking

Meals: B, L, D.

Destination: ‘Utungake Island

Accommodation: Mystic Sands Resort or Tongan Beach Resort (subject to availability).

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. If paddling from Mandala Resort, it is possible to float under a causeway at medium to high tide. Arriving back at base, The Adventure Centre, you transfer to your resort for a shower. Your guide will accompany join you in celebrating your farewell dinner at Mango restaurant in Neiafu on the water’s edge at sunset.

Day 7: Departure

Meals: B.

The trip concludes today with a transfer to Lupepau’u Airport and warm farewell from your guides.

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