Paddle with humpback whales and snorkel over pristine reefs by day—relax in your private eco-resort by night
Join MTS for the pleasure and privilege of kayaking through the Ha’apai Islands, a rarely visited, stunningly beautiful conservation area in the heart of Polynesia. For four days, you’ll paddle around the Lifuka and Uoleva archipelago, a virgin paradise of low-lying atolls, expansive white sand beaches, towering volcanoes and colorful lagoons teeming with tropical fish. Humpbacks migrate through Tonga’s waters every year from July-November, so you’ll have excellent chances to kayak and even snorkel with them—the experience of a lifetime!
This trip aims for the perfect balance between relaxation and adventure. Paddling happens mostly in the mornings, leaving the afternoons free for snorkeling over magnificent coral reefs, exploring lush tropical forests, and interacting with the friendly local villagers—papalangis, or foreigners, are rare here, so you’ll be welcomed with open arms! In the evening, you’ll return to your eco-resort, a tranquil hideaway where you can kick back under waving palms and enjoy spectacular sunsets and fine cuisine in true Polynesian style. No prior kayaking experience is necessary for this excursion—just a love of nature, beauty and serenity.
4 days easy to moderate sea kayaking
- Discover the pristine Ha’apai Islands by sea kayak—no prior sea kayaking experience necessary!
- Snorkel over brilliant, rainbow-colored coral reefs teeming with tropical fish
- Relax each night at your tranquil, charmingly rustic eco-resort on an uninhabited island
- Visit remote islands, explore lush tropical forest, and learn about the traditional Tongan way of life
- Kayak with humpback whales—the thrill of a lifetime—and spend a morning with a team of whale educators unraveling the mysteries of these gentle giants!
Duration: 7 days Start Location: Ha'apai End Location: Ha'apaiDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Welcome to the Kingdom of Tonga
Arrive in Ha'apai, Tonga. Spend the afternoon relaxing around the resort before a trip orientation in the late afternooon.
Day 2 : Let the Paddling Begin
Today we start off with a safety briefing before we depart for the first of 4 days of kayaking. We will paddle along the leeward
shores of Lifuka and Uoleva Islands. Paddling Time: 3-4 hours
Day 3 : Uninhabited Island
Today we paddle offshore to Luangahu, a tiny uninhabited island. After a picnic lunch, we circumnavigate the island on foot. Take a refreshing swim and snorkel before we paddle back to our resort. Paddling Time: 2-3 hours
Day 4 : Coral reefs and Whale Watching
Today we leave the kayaks behind and board a boat for a day of whale watching or outside the whale watch season we will spend the day snorkeling, picnicking and sightseeing in the beautiful Lifuka Archipelago.
Day 5 : Uoleva Island
Today you will stretch your legs with a walk through low-lying bush to the windward side of Uoleva Island. Take a short paddle to the southern tip of Uoleva. Here you may follow the guides on a drift snorkel along a spectacular coral wall. There are also lovely pockets of coral and reef fish closer to shore.
Day 6 : Lifuka Islands
Today is the final day of paddling. We paddle north along the leeward shores of Uoleva and Lifuka Islands back to Pangai township. Return to Matafonua Lodge in time for a celebratory meal. Paddling Time:3-4 hours
Day 7 : Goodbye Paradise
A warm farewell from your guides before transferring to Salote Pilolevu Airport to catch your homeward-bound flights.
DATES: Best time to go: July - September Departures: Jul 22 - 28, 2013 Aug 13 - 19, 2013 Sep 10 - 16, 2013
$3,495 (4-12 members)
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