Sea-kayak Fiji

Tropical Expeditions

Kadavu Island is a wild, unspoiled place on Fiji's southern frontier. Traditional villages and small resorts dot a coastline of white-sand beaches, turquoise lagoons and coral reefs.

Tamarillo Active Travel's founder Anthony Norris first visited Kadavu in 1995 and immediately knew he'd found a sea-kayaking paradise. After a couple of years of preparation, guide-training and trip development, tours began in 1998.

We're still the only sea-kayak company operating in this remote region, and the only sea-kayak company in all of Fiji offering no-camping tours. We overnight in small, close-to-nature resorts and sometimes village home-stays.

We use stable, ocean-going, sit-inside sea-kayaks. The Great Astrolabe Reef protects the lagoons and islands of the Kadavu group from the ocean swell. This creates an ideal environment for sea-kayaking.

Our guiding team includes indigenous Kadavu Islanders, each with a life-time of local environmental and cultural knowledge.


Kadavu Island is easy to get to - just 50 minutes' flight from Fiji's Nadi International Airport - but in many ways it feels far from the modern world. With no large towns, very few roads and a way of life largely unchanged from past generations, here you can truly encounter Pacific Island wilderness and traditional culture.

You choose the start-date: our trips are available year-round. You decide who to invite: the trip will be private for just your group. You'll have your own guides and travel at your own pace. The minimum group size required is just 2 people; the maximum: 14.

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All our Sea-kayak Fiji trips include:

  • World-class kayaking along Kadavu's sparsely-populated shores.
  • Stunning snorkeling within the coral lagoons of the surrounding reef.
  • Guided hiking through the rainforest-covered hills.
  • No camping! Private resort rooms, comfortable beds, en-suite bathrooms with flush-toilets and hot showers.
  • Healthy meals made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients.
  • A motor-boat in support, allowing you to do as much or as little sea-kayaking as you like.
  • Experienced, friendly, local guides throughout.
  • Visits to traditional Fijian villages, and overnight stays if you wish (recommencing 2024).
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Photo credits: Snorkeling/Village Explorer/Slice of Kadavu, all by Greg von Doersten.

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