Yasawas Ultimate Sea Kayak Expedition

Starting From

$2,590/person

Number of days

11

Start Location

Fiji

Group Size

5-9

Operated by

World Expeditions

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An extended sea kayaking adventure paddling the entire length of the Yasawas Island chain of Fiji

Operated by:

World Expeditions

World Expeditions is an adventure travel and ecotourism company that offers guided small group trekking and adventure holidays.

Itinerary

Join Nadi, Fiji, overnight hotel

On arrival in Nadi, if arriving by an international flight today the group hotel will provide a complimentary airport to hotel transfer. There is 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: Mercure Nadi (or similar)

Boat to Yasawa Islands, commence sea kayaking

We have an early start to the day in order to meet our boat transfer at 8:30am. After an early light breakfast at the hotel we have a transfer to the Denarau marina and 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 and we arrive at approximately 1:30pm. It is a good idea to bring some snacks and reading material for the boat trip. 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 at their island home, providing a dining bure (hut) and grassy campsite. After adjusting our kayaks and getting acquainted with our expedition gear there will be an orientation paddling session and snorkel in the lagoon. Watching the sunset from the beach in front of our tents is a great way to end the day followed by a wholesome tropical dinner. Overnight camping.

Paddle to Navotua (approx 15 km)

This morning we will load our kayaks and paddle 15 km to Navotua. With favourable tides, out lunch spot will occur en route where fringing reefs run directly off the beach. After rounding the point of Nacula Island we head for the small village of Navotua. The villagers here are particularly friendly, exuding a special warmth and offering an unforgettable reception. We will have time for a snorkel in the reefs off shore and explore the surrounds before settling in for the evening. (Note: snorkelling equipment is not included). Overnight camping.

Paddle to Sawa-I-Lau (approx 11 km)

We paddle to the caves at Sawa-I-Lau, a scenic island with sharp limestone peaks and salt water caves that make for fascinating exploring. We will then carry on to an uninhabited island with delightful snorkeling before returning to Navotua village. (paddle distance approx. 11 kms). 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 non-alcoholic drink with mild, numbing effects). Overnight camping.

Paddle back to Tavewa (approx 23 km)

Today we paddle back to Tavewa, exploring the many inlets and bays of Nacula Island en route. Overnight camping.

Paddle to Matacawalevu (approx 15 km)

After breakfast, we’ll pack our snorkelling gear and picnic lunch and head off to explore the inner reaches of the Blue Lagoon, just off 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, we repack for the southern leg of the journey. Overnight camping.

Paddle to Naviti Island (approx 23 km)

We’ll aim for a dawn start as we have a long paddling day. We round Matacawalevu, paddle along the length of Yaqueta Island and on to the large island of Naviti. On crossing Bligh Strait there is a great opportunity to troll and catch a fresh fish dinner! Paddling distance approximately 23 kms. Overnight camping.

Paddle length of Naviti Island (approx 20 km)

We paddle the length of Naviti Island and choose our evening campsite depending on the wind direction. Paddling distance approximately 20kms. Overnight camping.

Open water crossing to Wayalevu village (approx 14 km)

We cruise through several small islands before setting off on our second open water crossing to Waya island, hoping to land at Wayalevu village. There is an opportunity for a short hike for superb views of our paddling route. Overnight camping.

Paddle coast of Waya (approx 21 km)

We paddle the rugged coast of Waya and then along Wayaslailai and Kuata before reaching our final stay at simple resort. We will have our celebratory dinner together, savouring the flavours of the South Pacific! It is a great time to reflect on our adventures.

Morning snorkel, boat to Nadi, trip concludes

We spend a relaxing morning snorkeling and cleaning up before departing on the catamaran at 3:45 pm for the journey back to Nadi. The trip concludes on arrival at Denarau Marina in Nadi at approximately 6:00pm. Accommodation on this night (and transfers to your hotel) are not included in the trip cost. If departing Fiji the evening of Day 11, we recommend not booking a flight that departs before 10.00pm. 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).

Additional Information

The Yasawa Islands are a superb playground for sea kayakers. A region of sparkling azure waters and white sandy beaches fringed by pristine coral reefs, the chain of sixteen islands are located north-west of Fiji's main island, Viti Levu. For nine days we paddle in modern expedition-style kayaks through this remote paradise. We follow an itinerary dictated by the winds and the tides. During the trip we will stop at uninhabited beaches to enjoy picnic lunches, snorkel in the clear South Pacific water and undertake several open water crossings. We will kayak for five to six hours each day, leaving plenty of opportunity for swimming, visiting nearby traditional villages or exploring secluded coves. Camp each night will be on a pristine beach or near a traditional Fijian village where the friendly local people are always happy to share their culture, traditions and history.

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