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

There is so much to offer a paddler in terms of Vanuatu kayaking adventures 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 base at Peterson Bay (the Bay of Islands) and do a one way paddle through the lagoon, past Turtle Lodge north into Turtle Bay (about 6-7 km away).

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At the end of the bay there is an extensive river system that splits into two, with one 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 flow at the upper reaches of these rivers is quite strong, so it may also be an option (depending on the wind) to start at the top of the rivers and do the trip in reverse! Bushes River at Natawa Village is also an excellent option for SUP expeditions (start at top and finish halfway)!

Alternatively, kayakers can also do a loop around the outside of Oyster Island to Turtle Island (or Dany Island), where there is some fantastic snorkelling and also a surf break, then cut through the pass at the north end of the lagoon (only 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) you can do a number of Vanuatu kayaking adventures starting from Million Dollar Point or Paikulo Point or if the weather is bad, Suranda Bay.  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. This is about a 10 km paddle one way and only recommended for intermediate to experienced kayakers. You could also cross the channel and do a loop along the inside of the outer islands (Aesi and Mavea), stay the night on Mavea Island then visit Turtle Island/Dany island before returning to the ITK base at the Bay of Islands (a round trip of some 15.5 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)

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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 island adventures
vanuatu island adventures

Lonnoc Beach – Champagne Point – Elephant Island

Vanuatu Island Adventures

When we have larger groups or on request we conduct 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). 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.

An option the following day would be to paddle to nearby Elephant Island (approx. 4.2kms NE of Lonnoc Beach) to do some snorkelling from a small beach on the SE corner of the island. There are no facilities out on the island. Please note this is a deepwater channel crossing exposed to the SE winds and should only be attempted in good weather by experienced kayakers. A fantastic option for a Vanuatu Island Adventures.

 

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