Yasawa Islands Sea Kayaking - Fiji

Yasawa Islands Sea Kayaking - Fiji

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Yasawa Islands Sea Kayaking - Fiji

7 Days Starting in Nadi and ending in

Visiting: Fiji

Tour operator:

World Expeditions

Tour code:

YSK

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 12

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Tour Overview

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.

Highlights

  • Paddle among tropical islands complete with sparkling azure waters and white sandy beaches

  • Experience the warmth of Fijian hospitality

  • Go with the flow on an itinerary dictated by the winds and the tides

  • Soak up the island ambiance from our beach side camps

  • Snorkel on coral reefs and relax in the shade of a palm when not in the kayak

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrive Nadi And Trip Briefing

On arrival in Nadi, a free airport to hotel transfer will be provided by the hotel. Upon leaving customs, a Fiji Visitors Bureau agent will show you where the transfer shuttle bus is waiting. The group trip briefing with your guide will be held at 8:00pm in the hotel. If your flight arrives after this, please advise our office so we can arrange an alternate briefing for you. The trip briefng will last for approximately an hour, so it’s a good idea to eat dinner prior to the meeting. Dinner tonight is not included in the trip cost. Overnight hotel: Tanoa International Hotel Nadi (or similar).

Day 2 : Tavewa Island
Meals Included: L, D

We have an early start to the day in order to meet our boat transfer at Denarau marina for the 8.45am boat to the islands. The Yasawa Flyer, the boat servicing the Yasawas, is a 267-passenger catamaran. All luggage can be taken with you on the boat, but please do keep your valuables on your person during the journey. It’s a good idea to bring some snacks and reading matter for the boat transfer. The Flyer transports us approximately 72 kms to Tavewa Island and the Blue Lagoon, arriving at approximately 1.45 pm. From the Yasawa Flyer, we will transfer to our base on Tavewa Island by small island boat. The combination of reefs, close island grouping and shallow waters create the stunning aqua colours for which this area is famous. Our base camp has a dining bure (hut) and grassy campsites to pitch your tent. Your guide will issue watertight bags to carry your personal gear during the kayak trip. The bags are 20 litres in volume (about 2/3 the size of a pillow case). Luggage not wanted while kayaking can be stored in our shed on the island. After customising the kayaks and getting acquainted with the expedition gear, there will be an instructional paddling session before a short excursion in the lagoon. Watching the sunset from the beach, followed by a delicious tropical dinner, is a great way to end the first day in the islands. Overnight camping.

Day 3 : Paddle To Matacawalevu Island, Return To Tavewa Island (Approx. 15Km)
Meals Included: B, L, D

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.

Day 4 : Paddle To Navotua, On Nacula Island (Approx. 15Km)
Meals Included: B, L, D

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 pitch the tents on our grassy campsite and experience island-village life. Overnight camping.

Day 5 : Paddle To Sawa-I-Lau (Approx. 6-8Km)
Meals Included: B, L, D

We paddle to Sawa-I-Lau, a scenic island with sharp limestone peaks and salt water caves that make for fascinating exploring. After the return paddle 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 non-alcoholic drink with mild, numbing effects). Overnight camping.

Day 6 : Paddle Back To Tavewa (Approx. 15Km)
Meals Included: B, L, D

Paddle back to Tavewa, exploring the many inlets and bays of Nacula en route. If time permits, we can snorkel at the back of the island. Tonight we enjoy our last tropical dinner together, savouring the flavours of the South Pacific beneath rustling coconut palms and reflecting on our adventures. Overnight camping.

Day 7 : Transfer To Nadi, Trip Concludes
Meals Included: B, L

We spend a relaxing morning on Tavewa Island before departing on the Yasawa Flyer at 1.45 pm. 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 7, 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 prior to your trip departure date so we can change your boat reservation (note - boat surcharge may be applicable).

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    5 nights camping

  • 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners

  • Hotel accommodation on a twin share basis

  • Internal boat transfers

  • Double sea kayaks (singles on request depending on group numbers and experience), paddles, PFD's (life jackets) and safety equipment

  • 2 person tents

  • Sleeping mats

  • Watertight bags for personal gear

  • Professional guides

  • Group first aid kit

What's Not Included

  • International flights

  • Arrival and departure transfers

  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, phone calls etc.

  • Snorkelling equipment

  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary

  • Aerated and alcoholic drinks

  • Tips

  • Airport and departure taxes

  • Travel insurance

  • Visas

Grading

Please note that you will be required to complete a general kayak experience form when booking this trip. The activity of paddling could be compared to brisk walking or cycling. The degree of difficulty of the trip will depend on the weather we encounter. The sea and weather conditions in the Yasawas are predominantly stable but some days may require a full days paddling due to prevailing winds. An "average" paddling day will range from 3-5 hours and we mix in rest days and snorkelling for relaxation and exploration. The fitter you are generally, the more you will enjoy the paddling and the greater your resistance to illness. It is a good idea to begin some form of regular exercise well before the trip. Walking, jogging, cycling, aerobics and swimming are all worthwhile methods for achieving a reasonable level of fitness. For paddling, the best exercise is paddling or swimming for developing upper body strength. If you can manage a half-day paddling a kayak on your local harbour or lake, albeit with stops along the way, you will cope with a moderate graded trip. Speed is not the essence; stamina, confidence and continuity are. To prepare for a paddling holiday we recommend you take every opportunity to hire/borrow a kayak and head out for a paddle on your local harbour. If you are unable to do any paddling, any upper body training such as swimming is highly recommended.

Accommodation

5 nights camping
Our group hotel, Tanoa International Hotel Nadi, is comfortable and clean. Rooms are based on twin share although single supplements may be requested for an additional charge. Note: for single travellers, you will be matched with another person of the same gender. However if we can not match you up a compulsory single supplement will be applicable. A single supplement is available for the hotel nights in Nadi only. For the camping nights, a single tent can be provided for solo travellers at no extra charge (book in advance).

What You Carry

In your deckbag you will need to carry a light rainjacket, a warm jacket or thermal top, water bottle, camera gear, valuables and personal items such as sunscreen, lip balm etc.

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  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    We have offices on three continents which means your travelling companions will be just that – international and wonderfully eclectic. Part of small group travel means that although travellers come from various locations and backgrounds, you will be travelling with like-minded companions who, like you, are keen to share the experience and forge lifelong friendships.

  • What about environmental impact?

    We believe that adventure travel revolves around establishing a strong relationship with the people and environments in which we operate. Our responsible travel policies have been carefully developed to ensure that we minimise the impact of our presence and help to protect the regions we visit while contributing positively to the local community.

  • What should I pack?

    Your pre-departure documents include a detailed packing list with items that you need to bring. While most of the equipment for daily activities is included in your tour cost, some items like helmets and hiking boots are best brought from home. The pre-departure documents also include information on layering and recommended brands for various items to ensure you are fully prepared for your trip.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Yes. World Expeditions does not require single travellers to pay a surcharge for travelling alone on the vast majority of our trips. Our holidays are primarily on a twin share basis, so if you are joining the group as a solo traveller, we will match you with someone of your own gender. The choice is yours however; if you prefer not to share, we do offer single supplements for private occupancy.

  • Are tips included in my trip price?

    Tips are not included in the tour cost. Tipping is a personal thing, do not worry about how much, or when, to tip. Tipping guidelines are provided for certain destinations in our pre departure information upon booking, however the best advice will be provided by your tour leader.

  • Am I suited to small-group travel?

    We recognise that many of our travellers have not been on a ‘group trip’ before. Yet what our departures provide is both structure and flexibility, allowing you plenty of freedom within the framework of the itinerary. You’ll find that with our maximum group size at 16, you’ll travel in a minimal impact style with a great group of like-minded travellers.

  • Can you advise which vaccinations are recommended?

    While our pre-departure kit provides information on vaccinations, we suggest that you consult your doctor, local government inoculation centre or a travel medical specialist in order to get the most current advice regarding vaccination requirements.

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

Russell Whitewood(Palmerston, NSW Australia)  

Yasawa Islands Sea Kayaking - Fiji

7 Nov 2023

This was a great, great trip in sooo many ways .. very well organised .. scenically superb .. a great physical challenge .. a lovely introduction to the local cultural milieu ..

Sandra Evans(Christchurch, New Zealand)  

Yasawa Islands Sea Kayaking - Fiji

4 Jul 2023

Very well organised. Good fantastic. I had a wonderful time

Louise Davis(Toowong, QLD Australia)  

Yasawa Islands Sea Kayaking - Fiji

4 Jul 2023

Our guide Elijah was absolutely wonderful. Everything about the trip was great. Fijian assistant Amporosa (?) provided good support to the group.

B. Crook(Tauranga, New Zealand)  

Yasawa Islands Sea Kayaking - Fiji

08 Oct 2018

Daniel is an outstanding guide with an abundance of experience and knowledge of kayaking, the galaxy, history and sealife. He always went over and above our expectations with his superb cooking and little surprises . We could all see his passion and enjoyment, complimenting our enjoyment. The Yasawas is an extraordinary treasure of the pacific and I appreciated so much the opportunity to experience to kayak the ming blue waters, observe and swim with the prolific sea life, camp on the palm fringed beaches and meet the people who live there. Its a unique experience that will be treasured always. The great group of active individuals who participated in this adventure within this paradise made this trip unforgettable.

H. Mading(Elwood, VIC)  

Yasawa Islands Sea Kayaking - Fiji

05 Oct 2018

Excellent group with 4 different nationalities. Very warm welcome in the village we stayed on Nacula Island, Cave diving on Sawa I Lou was a highlight. Sleeping on remote beaches under the stars was great. My highlight was that I was able to hire a kayak after the tour for 2 days and used the local guide to explore the near by islands.

Lesley Barron(Cardiff Heights, NSW)  

Yasawa Islands Sea Kayaking - Fiji

13 Sep 2022

Incredible trip. Fantastic guides, very well organized. Great food, lots of fresh fruit and vegetable and all dietary restrictions catered for. A good variety especially given camping.

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