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Friendly Islands Kayak Company - CLOSED

Neiafu, Tonga
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Mixed Feelings

My partner and I did two trips, back to back, with FIKC in Dec. 2016-Jan. 2017. First we did the 6... read more

Reviewed January 13, 2017
ShaunaRachel
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Santa Barbara, California
The only way to appreciate Vava'u

Loto, Io and Sharon were friendly, capable guides who shared this truly stunning archipelago with... read more

Reviewed July 17, 2016
Lou G
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Sydney, Australia
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Entering our 23rd season of operations in the Kingdom of Tonga, Friendly Islands Kayak Company is a model South Pacific eco-tourism operation committed to protecting the local culture and pristine natural environment. Our aim is to provide friendly, professional service in a safe, responsible manner. The Vava'u and Ha'apai Islands are not great paddling distances apart allowing time for snorkeling, whale watching and village visits. The hallmarks of our adventures are indigenous guides; a healthy balance between activity and relaxation; idyllic beach camps and fine food. Our resort based kayak trip features similar highlights, but without the sand between the sheets!
  • Excellent45%
  • Very good11%
  • Average11%
  • Poor22%
  • Terrible11%
Jan 12, 2017
“Mixed Feelings”
Jul 17, 2016
“The only way to appreciate Vava'u”
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Neiafu, Tonga
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Reviewed January 13, 2017

My partner and I did two trips, back to back, with FIKC in Dec. 2016-Jan. 2017. First we did the 6 day kayaking trip in Vava'u. Then we did an 11 day kayak and camping trip in Ha'apai. FIKC did an outstanding job of communicating...More

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FIKCO, General Manager at Friendly Islands Kayak Company, responded to this reviewResponded January 15, 2017

Thank you Shauna and Rachel for your measured review of FIKCo and your experience on tour. I too found it a pleasure corresponding by email and sharing your excitement leading up to your Tonga kayak adventure. As you say, our equipment is top notch and...More

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Reviewed July 17, 2016

Loto, Io and Sharon were friendly, capable guides who shared this truly stunning archipelago with us. I don't think you can appreciate the beauty of Vava'u without exploring it's vast waterways from a kayak. As with any tropical island, expect tropical weather. We had sun,...More

Thank Lou G
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FIKCO, Owner at Friendly Islands Kayak Company, responded to this reviewResponded August 2, 2016

Delighted that you enjoyed yourself on tour, Lou. You derived the utmost from your tropical adventure escape thanks to your flexibility and adaptability. It was great to have you on board. You gelled well with the Gold Coast outrigger club women (AKA the Mama Mia...More

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Reviewed January 30, 2016

My expectations were high for the 3 day kayak tour of Vava'u, largely due to the high cost. On the morning of the first day we had our first disappointment. The weather meant we had to stay on the main island rather than kayaking to...More

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FIKCO, General Manager at Friendly Islands Kayak Company, responded to this reviewResponded June 17, 2016

It is most unfortunate that your long-awaited South Pacific dream vacation was marred by strong wind and illness. My guides were in fact genuinely concerned when your partner advised the day before your trip was scheduled to depart that he was feeling unwell and equally...More

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Reviewed January 9, 2016

My sister and I returned to Ha'apai in Tonga this year, having first visited on an 11 day kayak adventure with FIKCO in 2011. I was reminded of what an amazing time we had on the kayak trip - paddling along side humpbacks - tramping...More

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FIKCO, Owner at Friendly Islands Kayak Company, responded to this reviewResponded January 11, 2016

It's great that you and your sister had the opportunity to return to the Ha'apai Island Group. Your description of its natural attractions certainly does them justice and travelling by kayak is certainly a fantastic way to experience all that Ha'apai has to offer. Thank...More

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Reviewed August 21, 2015 via mobile

This company makes you sign a waiver that you won't get a refund if the trip gets canceled because of weather. Luckily I was only on a day trip not a multi day. Sure they may need to cover expenses but they shouldn't expect to...More

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FIKCO, Managing Director at Friendly Islands Kayak Company, responded to this reviewResponded September 25, 2015

It's a shame that your kayak day trip had to be cancelled for safety reasons owing to the strong wind warning, It is standard practice in the tourism industry for waivers to include a non-refund clause if a trip is cancelled owing to weather or...More

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Reviewed August 18, 2015

Our family of 5 signed up for an ocean kayak tour of Ha'apai. The accommodation was great, but we were disappointed that one of our two full kayak days were cancelled due to concerns about the wind (apparently very common in that part of Tonga),...More

Thank miloconrad
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FIKCO, Managing Director at Friendly Islands Kayak Company, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2015

Your guide, reservations manager and I share your disappointment about the impact of the weather on your kayak trip. This exceptionally windy season in Tonga has unfortunately resulted in disrupted itineraries more often than usual. Your guide's difficult decision to delay departure on the first...More

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Reviewed October 3, 2013

When you go on the ocean, things don't always turn out as planned. Thus it was with out tour with the Friendly Island Kayak Co in Vava'u. For a start, disruption to the airline schedules meant that out group, which was supposed to start on...More

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FIKCO, Owner at Friendly Islands Kayak Company, responded to this reviewResponded January 11, 2016

Good on you, Bernard, for rolling with the unexpected! Your positive spirit and adaptability enabled you to derive maximum enjoyment from your Tonga adventure.

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Reviewed July 20, 2013

This is the most wonderful holiday I would recommend everyone do it. Even though it rained sometimes it was warm and a true experience of living on a deserted island, well as close as you can get! We were looked after by truly wonderful guides;...More

3  Thank Kim R
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FIKCO, Owner at Friendly Islands Kayak Company, responded to this reviewResponded January 11, 2016

Many thanks Kim for your favourable review. 'Epeli, Lotu and I are thrilled that you and your family enjoyed yourselves so much on tour in the Friendly Isles of Tonga. I agree that 'Epeli should consider opening a café, but it wouldn't have the fantastic...More

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Reviewed October 29, 2011

A kayak tour is the perfect way to visit and experience the beauty of the dozens of small islands in Vava'u, Tonga. Many of the islands are uninhabited and only accessible by water. A kayak trip gives the participant a leisurely pace to view the...More

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