Turtle Kayak Day

Turtle Kayak Day

Paddle and snorkel among the wild turtles

Easy Daily on demand 197 NZD pp

Kayak within the lagoon to see turtles and mangroves

Take a fully guided kayak trip to see giant turtles in their natural open sea environment. Along the way explore the mangroves, and enjoy pristine deserted beaches. Finish the day with a late lunch at the unique village resort of Vai Villas.

Our kayak adventure begins at Vai Villas, a unique village based resort in Lotofaga and our base for the day. After a quick practice in the pond in the centre of the resort we paddle down a small mangrove lined stream. Along the way there is time to study the complex mangrove root systems and look out for the many varieties of orchids in this diverse environment.

Reaching the lagoon we paddle out to an area where we normally find a large bale (group) of turtles feeding on the sea grass. From here we paddle up the lagoon looking out for more turtles before we head into the beach for a snack and rest. There are often opportunities to snorkel from the kayaks.

By early afternoon the trade winds are usually picking up a bit or if the water is still, we will probably see another dozen or so mid size turtles grazing on the sea grass floor of the lagoon.

Arriving back at Vai Villas, there is time for a quick dip in the spring fed pool before a late lunch on the balcony, with its view of daily village life.

Experience Level : Participants should be confident in the water.

Lifejackets (PFDs) are supplied and must be worn. No kayak or snorkelling experience is required as this is a fully guided trip. We use conventional sit-in sea kayaks with spray decks with sit-on option also available. 

We use top quality, New Zealand made polyethylene kayaks from Q-Kayaks. Choose from either Southern Endeavour double kayaks and Shearwater single kayaks. Spray decks and PFDs (lifejackets) are from Day Two. Your guide carries full safety gear including tow line, first aide kit, split paddle, PLB and phone.

  • Kayak hire
  • Snorkel equipment
  • Kayak Guide
  • Lunch and Afternoon Tea
  • Entrance fees/Customary fees
  • Transport to/from resort
  • Filtered water
  • Sunhat, sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Kayak clothes – A light top (long sleeved if you are sun sensitive) and shorts/swimwear
  • Kayak footwear – reef shoes are nice, jandals are fine, bare feet acceptable
  • Swim wear and towel/sarong
  • Travel home clothes – if you came over in your kayak clothes
  • Camera/phone – in waterproof bag
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle

Pickups are available as follows:



Apia (any hotel)

8:30am (extra cost)

Sheraton Resort

8:00 am (included)

Le Vasa

8:15 am (included)


8:45am (included)

Trips depart every Wednesday (or on request for groups).

Tour starts at  Vai-Villas, Lotofaga-uta.    See map below.

325 Tala / 197NZD per person

Children 5-11 years old – half price (acceptance of children on trip subject to adequate safety ratios and experience of group).

Price includes pickup and return from selected resorts (see Resort Pickups for details).  Return is normally by 5:30pm.

Credit card (Visa, Mastercard) payments accepted.

To Book

Already in Samoa – call (685)45991 

When booking please advise if you would prefer a double or single kayak.

Still planning your trip – email us: [email protected]

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Tours every Wednesday - or on demand for groups of 4 or more.

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We had a great day with Tino, saw some amazing turtles swimming free and unrestricted. Had our own fun challenges getting up the creek on an outgoing tide had the stunning beauty and pleasure all to ourselves such luxury. Our meal was yum and relaxed all in all a great day. And then I got to mountain biking on Mt Fish with Tua which was great fun. Just keep an eye out for those hidden coconuts in the long grass.This is a great way to outback Samoa.
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