Adrenaline Tour

Adrenaline Tour

A coastering, climbing, kayaking and cycling challenge

Play hard for 5 days on tropical islands. Kayak to Manono Island, conquer Falelatai saddle by bike, swim amongst the giant clams and complete a jungle and coastal challenge that includes cliff climbs and wading through the surf.

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A 5 Day tour with biking, kayaking, coastering, tramping and canyoning Fales
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A 5 Day tour with biking, kayaking, coastering, tramping and canyoning
Cycling
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Comfort
Fales
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Adventure
Culture

The trip begins with a kayak to the very traditional island of Manono. On the way there are usually opportunities to paddle outside the reef where large turtles can be surprised snoozing on the surface.  Manono provides opportunities to observe and participate in daily village life from preparing a traditional umu lunch to basket making, school visits and hiking to the star mound.

After a night on Manono you paddle back to our base and swap the kayaks for bikes.  After a gentle ride through coastal villages where the biggest challenge is the constant waving to the kids you get to climb the Falelatai saddle which ascends 200m in 2kms.  The views from the top are well worth a stop before swooping down the mostly gravel road to Le Faga Bay.

The coastal adventure begins the next day with a short hike through the jungle to a deserted beach where the real challenge begins.  As you make your way along the coast the difficulties increase as the tide meets the cliff face.  Some bits we climb around, some we wade through.  On the last beach there is time for a swim to wash off the mud and sweat before hacking a route through the jungle around the last headland on the way back to civilisation.

Swimming with the giant clams is more awe inspiring than challenging as these molluscs are over 70cms long (big enough and fast enough grab and hold a leg without effort).  Their bright colours are stunning and most people only leave the bed when they are too wrinkled to stay in the water any longer.

If you need more challenge add a half day canyoning exercise, heading up a steep steam with a series of bigger and bigger waterfalls to test your head for heights.

Finish your trip with a ride back over the Falelatai saddle back to our base where we are developing a mountain bike trail or continue to ride and kayak down the south coast.

 

The following is a sample tour.  We will customise your trip to fit with your flights and interests.

Arrival Day

Fly in in the afternoon or evening, get met at the airport and get transferred on a 10 minute taxi ride to our base at Airport Lodge.  

Day 1 - Paddle to Manono Island

After a briefing and fitting of kayaks, paddle to ManonoIsland.  If the weather and tide permit, paddle outside the reef for the best chance of seeing the large turtles.  It’s about 6kms to the island and another 4kms around it to your base at Sunset View Fales.   Note: Experienced kayakers can do this as a freedom hire.  Otherwise we will provide guides.

If you haven’t already stopped for a snorkel over the coral on the way, ask the resort to take you out to the reef in their boat to snorkel by the reef (no extra charge).  

Day 2 - Explore Manono

Paddle out to Nuulopa Island to see the flying foxes return at dawn (if you have the energy).  After breakfast take the 2 hour walk around the island (local guide available for very small fee). Walk up to the ancient star mound, kayak or boat out for snorkelling or relax and swim by the resort.  

Day 3 - Umus, bikes and Church

If you are here on Sunday, begin the day helping with umu preparation early in the morning. Marvel at just how much work goes into making palusami, the delicious blend of coconut cream, onions and taro leaves that is baked on the hot rocks.  On this small island there are 

three villages and seven churches, so if you wish to enjoy the legendary Samoan singing and observe the locals in their finest white Sunday outfits head to the service of your choice before sitting down to enjoy the umu lunch.

After lunch paddle back to the mainland and exchange kayaks for bikes.  The gentle ride beside the lagoon is a great window into village life, while the grind over the Falelatai saddle will more than work off lunch.

Day 4 - Coastal Adventure Challenge

A big day today on the coastal adventure.  A short van ride is followed by a trek over the hill and down to a remote beach.  From here you make your way around the increasingly challenging coast, potentially wading through the waves and climbing a cliff face.  After a stop at the last beach it’s a bash through the jungle and usually a big surprise or two  before you emerge back at the road.

Day 5 - Giant Clams

Begin the day with an early morning snorkel out to see the giant clams.  These molluscs are 60cms long and must weigh at least 60kg each.  The bed of about 150 of them is only 50 m offshore in very sheltered and safe water and with their bright coloured flesh they are an unforgettable sight.

If you are feeling super energetic there is time to ride out to the stunning black rock, white sand and clear water beach of Matareva.  But most probably the 20km ride back to Airport Lodge will be quite enough.  Relax and enjoy dinner at either Aggies or Airport Lodge before heading off for your return to New Zealand late in the evening.

Pricing

The above trip for 8 people including 1 night at Airport Lodge and 4 nights of fale accommodation, 5 breakfasts, 4 dinners, 4 lunches, the adventures, bike and kayak hire was NZD 800 pp. Kayak quiding extra.

Note: Minimum 6 people  for Coastal Adventure.

 

 

The following is a sample tour.  We will customise your trip to fit with your flights and interests.

Arrival Day

Fly in in the afternoon or evening, get met at the airport and get transferred on a 10 minute taxi ride to our base at Airport Lodge.  

Day 1 - Paddle to Manono Island

After a briefing and fitting of kayaks, paddle to ManonoIsland.  If the weather and tide permit, paddle outside the reef for the best chance of seeing the large turtles.  It’s about 6kms to the island and another 4kms around it to your base at Sunset View Fales.   Note: Experienced kayakers can do this as a freedom hire.  Otherwise we will provide guides.

If you haven’t already stopped for a snorkel over the coral on the way, ask the resort to take you out to the reef in their boat to snorkel by the reef (no extra charge).  

Day 2 - Explore Manono

Paddle out to Nuulopa Island to see the flying foxes return at dawn (if you have the energy).  After breakfast take the 2 hour walk around the island (local guide available for very small fee). Walk up to the ancient star mound, kayak or boat out for snorkelling or relax and swim by the resort.  

Day 3 - Umus, bikes and Church

If you are here on Sunday, begin the day helping with umu preparation early in the morning. Marvel at just how much work goes into making palusami, the delicious blend of coconut cream, onions and taro leaves that is baked on the hot rocks.  On this small island there are 

three villages and seven churches, so if you wish to enjoy the legendary Samoan singing and observe the locals in their finest white Sunday outfits head to the service of your choice before sitting down to enjoy the umu lunch.

After lunch paddle back to the mainland and exchange kayaks for bikes.  The gentle ride beside the lagoon is a great window into village life, while the grind over the Falelatai saddle will more than work off lunch.

Day 4 - Coastal Adventure Challenge

A big day today on the coastal adventure.  A short van ride is followed by a trek over the hill and down to a remote beach.  From here you make your way around the increasingly challenging coast, potentially wading through the waves and climbing a cliff face.  After a stop at the last beach it’s a bash through the jungle and usually a big surprise or two  before you emerge back at the road.

Day 5 - Giant Clams

Begin the day with an early morning snorkel out to see the giant clams.  These molluscs are 60cms long and must weigh at least 60kg each.  The bed of about 150 of them is only 50 m offshore in very sheltered and safe water and with their bright coloured flesh they are an unforgettable sight.

If you are feeling super energetic there is time to ride out to the stunning black rock, white sand and clear water beach of Matareva.  But most probably the 20km ride back to Airport Lodge will be quite enough.  Relax and enjoy dinner at either Aggies or Airport Lodge before heading off for your return to New Zealand late in the evening.

Pricing

The above trip for 8 people including 1 night at Airport Lodge and 4 nights of fale accommodation, 5 breakfasts, 4 dinners, 4 lunches, the adventures, bike and kayak hire was NZD 800 pp. Kayak quiding extra.

Note: Minimum 6 people  for Coastal Adventure.

 

 

Giant Clams

Clams Close up

Kayaking near Manono

Giant Clams

Coastal Adventure

Time to climb

Sunset from Airport Lodge

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