Swimming with whales. . . .  .

Swimming with all species of whales is a great privilege, not a right.
From that respectful perspective, you will have the best encounters possible with the whales in whatever location you chose to join us and our local crew.
Our passionate team have the experience and knowledge of these magnificent animals. Being able to read how comfortable they are and giving them space when they need it, helps to ensure long, safe and fun encounters for our guests and the whales.
Our Tour Leaders as well as our local guides are Certified Whale Guides in Tonga and our experienced skippers in Vava’u and Moorea are locals and are great ocean-lovers, with years with being on and in the water experience around their local islands and highly respected in their local community.
There are special ways to snorkel with whales and we will show you ‘ how’ on Day 1 of your tour.  The key to a good encounter is to stay close to each other and your Guide in the water. That’s always the best viewing spot and the whales are not spooked by swimmers all around them! Our goal is always, not cause them stress, but be still, to be respectful and follow your guides instructions.
These encounters are very initmate and when we work as a group and we stay close to one another in the water,  long and safe encouters can be experienced. Every encounter is different, and some whales will be much more interactive than others.

How it all started...

Meet our Passionate WhaleSwim Adventures Team

Our Responsible Eco-tours

How we Contribute in Vava'u Tonga

‘Getaway’ TV Travel Show

Australia’s top TV travel program ‘Getaway’ joined us in Tonga!  We were voted the as one of their “Top 10” adventure experiences in 24 years of Getaway!

The Humpback Whale Nursery – Vava’u Islands, Tonga

The Vava’u Islands lay north of the main island of Tonga – a 55 minute flight away.
Neiafu is the capital of the Vava’u Island group and is nestled next to the the natural deep water harbour – the Port of Refuge.  There are banks with ATM’s, a post office, internet cafes, handicrafts stores, cafes, restaurants and bars, a Tongan Visitors Bureau and the local market in Neiafu that sells fruit and vegetables as well as a variety of traditional handicraft.
Vava’u consists of 50 islands, all surrounded by very deep water. In some areas, over 100m deep. As you can see in the photo on the left, its is a large area and absolutely perfect for a humpback nursery. Sheltered areas in between and sheer drop-offs surround these ancient limestone islands and the visibility is sometimes up to 40m.  You will be touched by the beauty of the islands and its people and will leave with memories of floating in warm azure sea with magnificent the gentle giants, brilliant sunsets reflected in calm lagoons, the sound of beautiful singing in village churches drifting across the water each morning as the sun pops over the horizon.

The Humpback Whale Nursery – Moorea, Tahiti French Polynesia

A few minutes from the island of Tahiti by plane, and only thirty minutes by high-speed catamaran, Moorea soars magically out of the ocean in an explosion of green velvet – what you would imagine a South Seas island to be.

A wide, shallow lagoon surrounds the island’s vertical mountains where poetic threads of waterfalls tumble down fern-softened cliffs. Peaceful meadows flanked by pinnacles of green will fill your senses and renew your belief in the majesty of nature. Pastel-painted houses surrounded by gardens of hibiscus and birds of paradise, circle the island in a fantasy of happy, yet simple villages.