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.
Hotel: Mercure Nadi (or similar)
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.
This morning we will load our kayaks and paddle 15 km to Navotua, weather permitting. With favourable tides, out 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. As this is our first day paddling we ease into the activity by utilizing a local boat to carry our equipment. (Note: snorkelling equipment is not included.)
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.)
Today we paddle to uninhabited Vawa Island with its beautiful white sandy beaches. We have the afternoon to explore the island and enjoy its many snorkelling sites. We camp underneath coconut palms and can even try climbing some of the lower coconut trees to secure vital ingredients for a tropical punch!
A day of leisure to relax, explore nearby reefs and shorelines, climb the island peak or just laze on the beach.
Paddle back to Tavewa, exploring the many inlets and bays of Nathula Island 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.
We spend a relaxing morning on Tavewa Island 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 5.45pm. Accommodation on this night (and transfers to your hotel) are not included in the trip cost. 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 40 days prior to your trip departure date so we can change your boat reservation.