About our treks
Located in the archipelago of « îles sous le vent » are the islands; Huahine, Raiatea,Tahaa, Bora Bora, and Maupiti located 220 km northwest of Tahiti. Raiatea and Tahaa islands which we will be circumnavigating, are sheltered by the same lagoon, offering us a perfect area for sea kayaking navigation.
Raiatea the "sacred island" was the cradle of Polynesian culture with its large Taputapuatea marae, where, according to oral tradition, the great migration began to Hawaii, Pâques island and New Zealand.
Here we are in the HEART OF POLYNESIA
The beaches are rare on Raiatea but the innumerable motus (islets) have beautiful white sand and offer a sumptuous seabed for snorkelling. We will explore Faaroa river, which is the only navigable river in Polynesia and runs in this area through the heart of lush vegetation.
Sharing the same lagoon as Raiatea Island is Tahaa Island, also known as "Vanilla island". It is the epitomy of the tropical paradise - a natural and wild jewel placed upon the translucent waters of it’s lagoon. This environment is inseparable from the sea kayak experience.
How we do it:
Our sea kayaks are unique in Polynesia. They are light and fast and designed for expedition kayaking with waterproof hatches and rudders. We can offer 3 x single and 3 x double sit on tops or sit in, with a maximum of 8 people per trip. The trips are four or seven days on the water and we transport all our food and camping equipment.
The total distance is approximately 140 km with each day ranging between 15 to 24 km, with an average of 4 to 6 hours a day of paddling plus a relaxed 2 hour lunch break to allow for swimming, snorkelling, or just chilling out
We camp out every night on the remote motus (small coral islands in the lagoon close to the reef barrier), except for the night before departure and the last night.
The camping areas have a variety of toilet facilities - two of the motus have no toilets or water, so we carry water to cover for this.
By late afternoon, once the camp is set up, there is time for everyone to pursue their own interests - reading, contemplation, photography, swimming, fishing etc.
Every evening we share a drink/appetizer and a generous hot gourmet dinner is prepared by your guide with the assistance of the group.
Energy breakfasts are served before our start in the morning. Snorkelling breaks and some snacks are provided before lunch. Lunch stops are also an occasion to visit interesting sites: marae, motus, gardens, as well as an opportunity to meet some of the local people.
Who are our Sea-Kayaking Treks for ?
Anybody with good physical condition (regular practice of a sport or outdoor activity) with ability to swim 25 meters and who are ready to leave behind the comforts of a hotel for an adventure which brings you closer to nature.
Paddling time is from 4 to 6 hours per day.
The trip is suitable for all levels of kayaker from beginner to advanced.
Previous experience in a sea kayak is entrance level
Group sizes are between 6 to 8 people and where possible we try to match kayakers of similar experience in the same group.
Our treks are participatory, and you can contribute to meal preparation etc where you feel comfortable.
For any group that requires a different level of experience, for example less paddling time, more comfort, travelling with children etc, we are happy to discuss your requirements and cater to your individual needs.
Please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss.