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Tonga

A small hidden gem in the south Pacific

A humpback whale in Tonga © Scott Portelli

Snorkeling with Humpback Whales in Tonga

The Kingdom of Tonga is a hidden gem in the South Pacific, a lush group of islands surround by thriving tropical reefs and clear blue water. Between August and October, large numbers of humpback whales come to the archipelago of Tonga to give birth and mate. This spectacle of epic proportions gives photographers the chance to observe humpback whale behaviour in their natural environment.

The warm crystal clear waters surrounding the islands of Tonga provide the perfect location for snorkeling with humpback whales. Humpback whales are curious creatures and underwater encounters are often quite close and unique. For anyone passionate about whales, this is a must see event that can be life changing for many people.

Besides snorkeling with humpback whales, there are numerous other activities to try in Tonga. There are some wonderful diving locations where you can observe the diverse marine life. You can also opt for sailing, kayaking, fishing and quad biking.

Our trips to Tonga

Signature Expedition

Swimming with Humpback Whales in Tonga

Land-based expedition with 7 days snorkeling

Travel duration: 11 days
Date: 27 Aug - 06 Sep 2025
Ship: n/a
Passengers: 6 passengers

From $ 7400 per person
Signature Expedition

Swimming with Humpback Whales in Tonga

Land-based expedition with 7 days snorkeling

Travel duration: 12 days
Date: 06 Sep - 17 Sep 2025
Ship: n/a
Passengers: 6 passengers

From $ 7750 per person

FAQ

Our snorkeling expeditions in Tonga take place from the island Vava’u. There are basically two ways to reach the island:

  • You can take a direct flight from from Nadi (Fiji) to Vava’u (Tonga) with Fiji Airways. In order to reach Nadi, there are direct flights from Los Angeles, San Fransisco, Vancouver, Hong Kong, Singapore and multiple cities in Australia and New Zealand.
  • You can also reach Vava’u by by flying into the main island which is called Tongatapu. The capital city is called Nukuʻalofa and the international airport is Fuaʻamotu International Airport. Nuku’alofa is accessible by flights via Australia (Virgin Australia), New Zealand (Air New Zealand) and Fiji (Fiji Airways). The local airline Lulutai Airlines offers domestic flights between the main island Tongatapu and Vava’u, where the snorkeling expeditions take place.

Please note, there are no flights to/from the islands of Tonga on Sundays. Keep this restriction in mind when making travel arragements.

In Tonga, Sunday is a day of rest. Almost everything is closed, except for some cafes, and very little activity happens. Therefor, no snorkeling tours will take place on Sundays and you will have a day off. You can still spend the day exploring the islands, snorkeling near your accommodation or just relaxing on a beach.