Vanuatu Kayaking Adventures

DIY Kayak & SUP Expeditions

Vanuatu kayaking adventures

Island Time Kayaking offers a range of Vanuatu Kayaking Adventures, including guided tours and DIY kayak and SUP expeditions on and around Espiritu Santo. We are located at the Bay of Islands (Peterson Bay), without doubt one of the best paddling destinations in all of Vanuatu,

In fact, the entire east coast of Espiritu Santo is an undiscovered wonderland of islands, lagoons, crystal rivers, hidden blue holes, secret beaches and pristine coral reefs. Paddling heaven! For more information on our guided half day tours click HERE.

We can organise overnight or extended guided tours, however these are by request only. Alternatively, if you are an experienced paddler or part of a paddling club, we can hire our kayaks and SUPs on an hourly, daily or weekly basis, We can also provide logistical support (pick ups/drop offs, expert advice, maps, contacts for custom owners etc) and help you design your DIY expedition using local knowledge and experience. See below for some suggested DIY routes for your Vanuatu Island adventures and Espiritu Santo paddling expeditions.

Heading North from the Bay Of Islands 

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vanuatu island adventures
vanuatu island adventures

Some of the best Vanuatu kayaking adventures can be found in this area, from isolated reefs and islands to mangrove estuaries, amazing river systems and spectacular blue holes. Given that the predominant winds in the area are SE, it makes the most sense to start from our kayak base at Peterson Bay (the Bay of Islands) and do a one way paddle through the lagoon, past Dany Island and into Turtle Bay (about 6-7 km away). It is only possible to do the paddle up the river at the end of Turtle Bay on the incoming. higher tide so check your tide table. From our kayak base, the safest passage out of the lagoon is to follow the north end of Oyster Island out into the channel.

vanuatu kayaking adventuresIt’s worth stopping off at Dany Island along the way (there is a 1000vt pp entry fee here) for some amazing snorkelling. From Dany Island its a straight run down into Turtle Bay. The entrance to the river is very shallow and can only be accessed at higher tides. The  river system here splits into two, with the left river leading up to Thar Blue Hole and Jackie’s Blue Hole (approx 3-4km) and the other leading up to Natawa Village (approx. 6-7 kms). The right hand river is usually blocked by water lillies and vines about 2-3 km up. The flow at the upper reaches of blue hole river is quite strong, so you must only attempt it on an incoming tide. It may also be an option (depending on the wind) to start at the blue holes and do the trip in reverse! 

Alternatively, kayakers can also do a loop around the south end of Oyster Island to Dany Island,  then cut through the pass at the north end of the lagoon (only accessible at mid-tide or higher), sneak in for a cold drink/snack at Turtle Lodge Resort before following the inside of the lagoon back to our base opposite Oyster Island (a round trip of approx. 7 km). This is a more laid back option in terms of our Vanuatu kayaking Adventures on offer.

vanuatu island adventures
vanuatu island adventures

Heading South from the Bay of Islands

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This beautiful stretch of Espirtu Santo, known as the “coral coast” is partially protected by the outer islands of Aesi (Ice) and Mavea and by Palikulo Point to the south. Depending on weather conditions (mainly S/SE winds) we recommend you start at Paikulo Point.  The aim being to paddle north to our base at the Bay of Islands (Peterson Bay) hugging the coast line and running with the prevalent winds.

There are tiny islets and reef to explore and lots of hidden beaches along the way. This is about a 10 km paddle one way and only recommended for intermediate to experienced kayakers. You could also do a paddle from Palikulo Point along the outer islands (Aesi and Mavea), and then cross over to the ITK base at the Bay of Islands (a round trip of some 13-15 kms). Some great options for our custom guided or DIY Vanuatu Kayaking Adventures.

 

vanuatu kayaking adventures
vanuatu kayaking adventures
vanuatu kayaking adventures

Heading East from the Bay of Islands (Peterson Bay)

Vanuatu Kayaking Adventures

vanuatu kayaking Adventures

Just to the east of the Bay of Islands (Peterson Bay) is the large island of Mavea. Some options for Vanuatu kayaking adventures here include a day or overnight kayak across the 3km deepwater channel crossing to the island from our kayak base. This should only be attempted in good weather conditions by experienced kayakers. Alternatively you can paddle one way and have our boat pick you up for the return trip.

Mavea Island is about 3km long by 2 km wide and has a local population of about 200 people. There are no resorts or tourist facilities on the island but there is a beautiful white sand beach with deepwater access (and bordered by extensive coral reef) on the NE corner of the island. This is where we recommend kayakers head for the day. Take time out to meet the local villagers, go on bushwalks and swim and snorkel on the extensive fringing reef.  Visit native flying fox colonies and WW2 plane wrecks. An overnight stay can be arranged with the local villagers in basic accommodation. One of our more popular Vanuatu kayaking adventures.

vanuatu kayaking adventures
vanuatu kayaking adventures

Lonnoc – Champagne – Port Olry

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We often do a half day Espiritu Santo kayaking tour from Lonnoc Beach across to nearby Champagne Beach and Champagne Point. It’s possible to join us on the kayaking adventure to Champagne and then do an extended paddle east to Champagne Point hugging the coastline (approx. 7 kms return from Lonnoc). Alternatively we can arrange to drop your group off with our kayak trailer/4WD. There are small isolated beaches with some excellent coral reef along the way. You can then return to Lonnoc Beach for lunch or an overnight stay.

Another option would be to paddle from Lonnoc Beach to nearby Elephant Island (approx. 4.2kms NE of Lonnoc Beach) to do some snorkelling from any of the small beaches on the SE corner of the island. There are no facilities out on the island but the coral is amazing. Permission must be obtained from the custom owner to visit this island. Entry fees may apply. Please note this is a deepwater channel crossing exposed to the SE winds and should only be attempted in good weather by experienced kayakers. Alternatively you could paddle north from Lonnoc Beach to Port Olry, hugging the coast along the way and stopping in at Hideaway paradise bungalows for lunch or an overnight stay. Once in Port Olry there are plenty of islands and secluded bays to explore, as well as bungalows to stay at overnight. A fantastic option for a Vanuatu Island Adventures.

 

vanuatu island adventures
vanuatu island adventures
vanuatu island adventures
vanuatu island adventures
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