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Swimming with Gentle Giants

The crystal clear waters of Vava’u are the perfect place for snorkellers to witness nurturing mothers teaching their calves how to be whales.

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Swimming with Gentle Giants in Tonga

As the Humpbacks arrive to Tonga in large numbers to breed and give birth, you will bear witness to one of nature’s great events. During summer, the crystal clear waters of Vava’u are the perfect place for nurturing mothers teaching their calves how to be whales. The curious calves explore their environment and seek out interactions with the new world they have entered.

Humpback Whales Expedition

This is a land-based expedition where you stay in a hotel or resort and go out for daily expeditions on the water. These tours, with a small group of maximum 6 guests, and extremely experienced crew, give you the best chance to interact with the humpback calves and mothers in the crystal clear water around the Islands. We keep a safe distance of the animals and will only go in the water with a few people at a time to make sure we don't disturb the whales.

Every morning we embark at 7:00am for a full day of swimming with Humpback whales, stopping only for lunch or to admire this marine sanctuary and snorkel pristine coral reefs. You will encounter boisterous males, nurturing females and energetic calves. With a bit of luck you might also see large groups of pursuant males on a heat run, or experience the eery beauty of a singing male.

These gentle giants of the sea give birth in the tropical waters of Vava’u to ensure the safety of their new born calves. You will witness the bond between mother and calf and the unique behaviour that can only be experienced by observing these amazing creatures in their natural environment.

Award-winning photographer on board

Award-winning photographer Scott Portelli will share what he has learnt during his 15 years experience of photographing these amazing animals, and the best secret spots to visit. Your day is filled with excitement and admiration only stopping to explore the coral gardens, impressive caves and abundant marine life that inhabits Tonga.

Note:
All itineraries are subject to change, due to weather and other conditions.
All times indicated are approximate, and are also subject to change.

  • Day 1 - 3

    Early pickup from your resort for a day of whale watching & snorkelling.
    We embark every day from your resort for a full day of swimming with Humpback whales, stopping only for lunch and to admire this marine sanctuary and snorkel pristine coral reefs. You will encounter boisterous males, nurturing females and energetic calves, and may be lucky enough to join large groups of pursuant males on a heat run, or experience the eery beauty of a singing male. We jump in with those we think will be approachable and interactive. Lunch depends on the whales, but we try and stop in a number of snorkelling spots each day.
    In the afternoon you will return to your resort for a warm shower before you venture out for dinner in Neiafu.

  • Day 4

    Leisure Day – Spend the day exploring the islands, snorkelling, diving, quad bike riding or just relaxing on a beach. There are plenty of activities to keep you entertained.

  • Day 5 - 6

    Another early pickup from your resort for a day of whale watching & snorkelling.
    Anytime – More whale swims, and a chance to experience some of the varieties of behaviour found in Tonga – large groups in a heat run, curious calves, or singing males. Lunch again depends on the whales, but will probably also involve a visit to the legendary Swallow’s cave, or breath-taking Mariners cave.
    In the afternoon you will return to your resort for a warm shower before you venture out for dinner in Neiafu.

  • Day 7

    Leisure day – Sunday’s are a time for rest in Tonga and most places are closed except for the café’s. You can still spend the day exploring the islands, snorkelling near your resort or just relaxing on a beach.

  • Day 8 - 10

    Early pickup from your resort for a day of whale watching & snorkelling.
    Anytime – Humpback whales, and also the opportunity to jump in with other wildlife if we spot anything. On previous trips we have encountered everything from Sperm whales, to Manta rays, to Whale sharks, to Pilot whales. When we’re ready for a break, we’ll have lunch before snorkelling pristine coral reefs.
    In the afternoon you will return to your resort for a warm shower before you venture out for dinner in Neiafu.

Resorts

Tonga has a variety of accommodation types to suit all needs and budgets. Below is a list of some of the better quality places to stay.


 The Tongan Beach Resort


The Tongan Beach resort is situated on the water’s edge on the island of Utungake, accessible by causeway from mainland Vava’u. Accommodation is provided in beachfront bungalows, which include private bathrooms with hot water, fans, fridges and tea & coffee making facilities. There are 12 bungalows, offering double, twin or triple bed configuration. Facilities include a fully licensed restaurant and outdoor bar and laundry service.


Port Wine Guest House


The Port Wine Guest House (or in Tongan, Pota Uaine Fale) is named after King George II’s favourite drink, Port. The King’s old residence is situated only one block away from the guest house. The King’s land, called Veitatalo, is now vacant but the government still looks after the land and cuts the grass.


Mystic Sands


Our relaxed motel style accommodation is the perfect place to come and enjoy the tropical sun, sand and amazing clear blue waters that Tonga has to offer. All our units have at least 3 beds and can be made up as singles if wanted. Our ‘family unit’ has 4 beds.


Flying Annie Moa


We are hosting a Bed & Breakfast and supporting the facilities of diving, whale watching and even swimming with the Humpback whales. For years we are running Beluga Diving, and now we have opened our brand new Bed & Breakfast accommodation – Flying Annie Moa. We would be delighted to have you as one of our guests, and we make sure you will have a pleasant stay in Flying Annie Moa!

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Please note: prices may vary depending on the preferred accommodation during your stay at Vava'u

Dates & Rates

  • Tonga Swimming with gentle giants

    Dates
    • 3rd Aug - 11th Aug 2020
    • Embark: Vava'u
    • Disembark: Vava'u
    Prices from
    Double Room
    USD 4,500
  • Tonga Swimming with gentle giants

    Dates
    • 11th Aug - 19th Aug 2020
    • Embark: Vava'u
    • Disembark: Vava'u
    Prices from
    Double Room
    USD 4,500
  • Tonga Swimming with gentle giants

    Dates
    • 25th Sep - 3rd Oct 2020
    • Embark: Vava'u
    • Disembark: Vava'u
    Prices from
    Double Room
    USD 4,500
  • Tonga Swimming with gentle giants

    Dates
    • 29th Sep - 7th Oct 2020
    • Embark: Vava'u
    • Disembark: Vava'u
    Prices from
    Double Room
    USD 4,500
  • Tonga Swimming with gentle giants

    Dates
    • 5th Oct - 13th Oct 2020
    • Embark: Vava'u
    • Disembark: Vava'u
    Prices from
    Double Room
    USD 4,500
  • Tonga Swimming with gentle giants

    Dates
    • 7th Oct - 15th Oct 2020
    • Embark: Vava'u
    • Disembark: Vava'u
    Prices from
    Double Room
    USD 4,500
  • Tonga Swimming with gentle giants

    Dates
    • 14th Oct - 23rd Oct 2020
    • Embark: Vava'u
    • Disembark: Vava'u
    Prices from
    Double Room
    USD 4,500