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Swimming with Humpback Whales in Vava’u Tonga

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Swimming with Humpback Whales in Vava’u Tonga

Every year humpback whales migrate to Tonga to give birth in the tropical waters of Vava’u and Ha’apai.  The warm waters provide a safe environment for the new-born calves. Experienced guides and crew will help us locate and observe these gentle giants from our vessel and in the water.  We will also have the opportunity to explore coral reefs and limestone caves.  Read more about the experience under the Explorer’s Journal tab of our website.

We will stay in private lodgings by the water not far from Neiafu. You can choose to dine out at a number of local restaurants or cook for yourself if you prefer a quiet night in by the water.

What’s included:

  • Boat, experienced crew and guide for 7 days on the water
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Photography advice and guidance in the water
  • Daily snorkelling on reefs or caves (including Swallows Cave and Mariner’s Cave)
  • Airport transfers in Vava’u

What’s not included:

  • Flights to and from Vava’u and accommodation outside of your scheduled trips dates.

14-24 August 2024 or 24 August – 4 September 2024

Maximum of 6 people. US$7,900 per person

Must be a confident swimmer, able to snorkel in open ocean from a boat

Day 1

Transfer from Vava’u airport to our home for the duration of this adventure. Enjoy a group dinner at a local restaurant and settle in before heading out in search of Humpbacks the next day.

Days 2-9

We will have up to 7 hours a day on the water for seven days, with two spare days to explore the island and relax. Sunday is a rest day in Tonga and an opportunity to catch up on photo editing or attend a local church service and marvel at the remarkable harmonies of the local choirs.

Day 10

Check out and return to Vava’u airport for your homeward journey.

Read more about the experience here.

Read more about what to know before you go here.

Read more about capturing images and video of the whales here.

Here’s a little snippet to whet your appetite.


What to expect on your adventure!

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