South Pacific & Asia
Fiji is an island nation comprised of 322 islands spread over 230,000 square kilometers. The Yasawa group is a chain of 16 islands located north-west of Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu. We spend our time in the Yasawas kayaking between islands, camping on isolated beaches, snorkelling the coral reefs and staying in small native villages getting to know the friendly locals. Southern Sea Ventures started paddling trips in the Yasawa Islands 25 years ago and they still remain one of our favourite destinations.
May, Aug, Sep, Oct
New Guinea is divided into two halves, Papua New Guinea in the east and West Papua, a region of Indonesia in the west. It’s on the north-west tip of West Papua that the approximately 1500 islands that make up Raja Ampat are situated. The area is untouched and unknown, abounding in pristine tropical beaches, sapphire seas, exotic bird life and one of the world’s most spectacular marine habitats. Using a traditional sailing vessel as our floating home base, we’ll explore the islands by kayak, visiting areas, quite possibly, where no others have paddled before.
November & January
On our Tonga sea kayak expeditions we strive for a healthy balance between relaxation and adventure. We generally paddle in the mornings, leaving the afternoons free for snorkeling amidst colourful coral or inside legendary marine caves, exploring lush tropical bush and observing the traditional village lifestyle. We spend our evenings on deserted beaches beneath waving palms and the Southern Cross, bathed by warm South Pacific breezes.
The Louisiade Archipelago is located between Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. Geographically isolated, it is part of Melanesia on the border of the Coral Sea and the Solomon sea. Forty-five island atolls make up the Calvados chain, each with its own unique coral reef and lagoon. This is a true kayak expedition to the outer edge where a subsistence trading culture prevails and travel by dugouts, sailing outriggers and kayaks is the norm. Exceptionally diverse marine ecosystems with vibrant coral reefs teeming with fish make up this remote paddling playground.
April & May, October & November