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Yasawa Islands Sea Kayaking Fiji


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An unrivalled sea kayaking adventure through the remote Yasawas Island chain of Fiji


Arrive Nadi and trip briefing

On arrival in Nadi, please make your own way to the group hotel. There will be a group briefing at 8:00pm at the hotel. If your flight arrives after this time, please advise flight details so we can arrange an alternate briefing for you. Your guides will be preparing for the trip during the day but will leave a phone number at the front desk if you need to contact them. Overnight hotel: Tanoa International Hotel Nadi (or similar).

Tavewa Island

We have an early start to the day in order to meet our boat transfer at 8:30am. We are transported by high speed catamaran to Tavewa Island and the Blue Lagoon in the Yasawa Island Chain, approximately 72kms from mainland Fiji. Several stops may be made along the way as the catamaran also services many island resorts. The combination of reefs, close island grouping, and shallow waters create the stunning aqua colours for which this area is famous. On arrival at Tavewa Island, our Fijian hosts will make us comfortable, providing a dining bure (hut) and grassy campsite. After adjusting our kayaks and getting acquainted with our expedition gear there will be an instructional paddling session before a short excursion in the lagoon. Watching the sunset from the beach in front of our tents is a great way to end the day. This evening we enjoy a tropical dinner with our hosts. Overnight camping.

Paddle to Matacawalevu Island, return to Tavewa Island (approx. 15km)

After breakfast, we’ll pack our snorkelling gear and picnic lunch and head off to circumnavigate nearby Matacawalevu Island. We seek out the best coral reefs, explore a delightful maze of sandbars and time permitting, visit the local primary school. Paddling distance today is approximately 15kms. Tonight, weather dependent, we’ll enjoy an island BBQ back at our Tavewa base. (Note: snorkelling equipment is not included). Overnight camping.

Paddle to Navotua, on Nacula Island (approx. 15km)

This morning we will load our kayaks and paddle 15 km to Navotua, weather permitting. With favourable tides, our lunch spot will occur en route where fringing reefs run directly off the beach. After a refreshing snorkelling session we paddle some more to round the point of Nacula Island and head for the small village of Navotua. The villagers here are particularly friendly, exuding a special warmth and offering an unforgettable reception. Personal escorts will show us through nearby plantations and the village, where we can observe the making of mats and perhaps the building of a Fijian bure. If the winds are too strong today we will only paddle what is comfortable and then transfer to an accompanying boat to cover the remaining distance to Navotua. We round out the day with afternoon entertainment provided by the village and an invitation to join the chief for a social kava party in the evening (kava is a nonalcoholic drink with mild numbing effects). Overnight camping.

Paddle to Sawa-I-Lau (approx. 6 - 8 km)

We paddle to Sawa-I-Lau, a scenic island with sharp limestone peaks and salt water caves that make for fascinating exploring. We continue paddling along Nacula Island to our uninhabited beach campsite. The afternoon can be spent snorkelling, beach combing or just taking it easy. Overnight camping.

Paddle back to Tavewa (approx. 10km), transfer to Nadi, trip concludes

An early morning start as we continue our journey south, exploring the Nacula coastline and nearby islands. We return to our base on Tavewa Island in time for a clean up, pack up and lunch; before departing on the catamaran at 1.30 pm for the journey back to Nadi. The trip concludes on arrival at Denarau Marina in Nadi at approximately 6.00 pm. Accommodation on this night (and transfers to your hotel) are not included in the trip cost. If departing Fiji the evening of Day 6, we recommend not booking a flight that departs before 10.00 pm. Please ask your consultant for accommodation suggestions in Nadi or you may like to extend your stay in the Yasawas at one of the resorts and return to the mainland on a later day. If you would like to stay longer on the islands, please let us know at least 6 weeks days prior to your trip departure date so we can change your boat reservation (note - boat surcharge may be applicable).

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The Yasawa Islands are a sea kayaker's delight; a region of sparkling azure waters and white sandy beaches fringed by coral reefs. For five days we paddle through the beautiful, remote islands following an itinerary dictated by the tides and the sun. We kayak for three to four hours each day, leaving plenty of time to enjoy snorkeling an underwater paradise, visiting traditional villages and relaxing on palm fringed beaches.

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