Tonga Humpback Tours 2018

Join us to swim with Whales in Vava’u, Tonga in 2018!

We offer personally-escorted, all inclusive, small group ‘snorkelling with whales’ eco-tours tours, with longer days and more time in the water for you – there are NO hidden costs.
Our tours include 7 or 9 nights at beautiful, beach-side, Glam-Tents (with ensuite bathrooms) or boutique-style accommodation, with friendly and welcoming hosts, delicious food, snorkelling on reefs and in caves, and definitely lots of fun! We also include airport transfers in Vava’u.
We have been operating our swim with whales tours in Vava’u, Tonga for 18 years and our dedicated and passionate crew know how to take care of every detail of your time with us, therefore offering a humpback whale experience your will never, ever forget!

Join us in Vava’u! We want to share this amazing WhaleSwim Adventure with you!

PLEASE NOTE: We DO NOT operate day-trips!

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2018: ‘Whales in Paradise’ Tours | 9-nights & 7 days on the water with the whales

Tour #9018A        2 – 11 August 2018              Spaces available:  6
Tour #9018B        21 – 30 Aug 2018                Spaces available:  7
Tour #9018C       11 – 20 September 2018    Spaces available:  3

Prices per person:

Double/Twin GlamTent/Beachside room with ensuite: AUD$5,700
Double/Twin GlamTent/Deluxe Beach-side room with ensuite AUD$5,780
Single GlamTent/Beachside room with ensuite:  AUD$6,730
Single GlamTent/Deluxe Beachside room with ensuite:  AUD$6,860
Triple: Glam-tent (Queen+sgle bed) Apartment 1 Queen + 2 sgles):  AUD$5,500
Triple: Glam-tent (Queen+sgle bed) Deluxe Beachside (1 Queen + 2 sgles):  AUD$5,490

Tour Inclusions:

  • 4 nights at Vava’u Villa Hotel, Bar & Restaurant in Glam/Tent with full ensuite bathroom & 5 nights Beachside accommodation at the Tongan Beach Resort with ensuite bathrooms, on the edge of the whale nursery
  • Full breakfast each day | delicious lunches abaord the boat | 7 evening meals – great food! | 2 free evenings to experience Traditional Tongan food night or a choice of cafes & restaurants.
  • 7 full days on the water with the whales guided by certified/experienced/passionate Guides | education/research data collection
  • Opportunities to snorkel on coral reefs | in spectacular caves | beach-comb on uninhabited islands
  • Airport & boat transfers in Vava’u
  • Snorkelling reef offshore at resort | kayaks available. Lots of fun!

Itinerary:

Arrival Day: We meet you at Vava’u airport | transfer to Vava’u Villa | Welcome dinner.
Day 1: Breakfast | transfer to whaleswim boat at jetty | boat briefing | ‘how to swim with whales’ training (how to have great encounters!) | out with the whales & lunch | lots of fun | return jetty around 4.30pm | dinner or free evening.
Day 2 – 3: Breakfast | transfer to whaleswim boat | out with the whales & lunch | return to jetty  around 4.30pm | dinner or free evening.
Day 4:  Pack bags – leave at reception we arrange bags to be delivered to the Tonga Beach Resort | Breakfast | checkout | transfer to whaleswim boat | out with the whales & lunch | arrive resort around 4.30pm | dinner.
Day 5 & 8: Breakfast | pickup by whaleswim boat from resort jetty | out with the whales & lunch | return to resort around 4.30pm | dinner (Farewell dinner last night).
Day 9: Breakfast | End of tour | transfer to the airport
Sundays are a compulsory holiday in Tonga. A day to go kayaking, snorkelling, enjoy the beautiful beach or just relax and read a book.

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2018: ‘Humpback Heaven’ Tours | 7-nights & 5 days on the water with the whales

Tour #7078A         14 – 21 July 2018                   Spaces available: 7
Tour #7078B         3 – 10 October 2018              Spaces available: 8

Prices per person:

Dble/Twin: Beachside room with ensuite: AUD$5,050  Single: Beachside room with ensuite: AUD$5,680
Dble/Twin: Deluxe Beachside room with ensuite: AUD$5,160  Single: Deluxe Beachside room with ensuite: AUD$6,090
Triple: Apartment 2 bedroom AUD$4,850

Tour Inclusions:

  • 7 nights in Beachside rooms at the Tongan Beach Resort with ensuite bathrooms – a fabulous resort on the edge of whale nursery
  • Breakfast and 5 evening meals | great food and beachside bar | 2 free evenings to experience Traditional Tongan food night or a restaurant in town |delicious lunches on the boat each day.
  • 5 full days on the water with the whales guided by certified/experienced/passionate Guides | education/research data collection
  • 1 leisure day (Sunday is a compulsory holiday ion Tonga)
  • Opportunities to snorkel in coral reefs | in underwater caves | beach-comb on uninhabited islands
  • Airport & boat transfers in Vava’u
  • Snorkelling reef just of the beach, kayaks available! Lots of fun!

Itinerary:

Arrival Day: We meet you at Vava’u airport | transfer to the Tongan Beach Resort | Welcome Dinner
Day 1: Breakfast | board whaleswim boat at the resort jetty | boat briefing | how to swim with whales training (how to have great encounters!) | out with the whales & lunch | lots of fun | return to jetty around 4.30pm | transfer to hotel | dinner.
Day 2 – 7: Breakfast | board whaleswim boat at the resort jetty | out with the whales & lunch | lots of fun | return to resort jetty around 4.30pm | dinner or free evening to go into town for dinner. (Farewell dinner last night).
Sunday’s are a compulsory holiday in Tonga. A day to go kayaking, snorkelling, enjoy the beautiful beach or just relax and read a book.
Day 8: Breakfast | End of tour | transfer to the airport.

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2018: ‘Encounters with Gentle Giants | 7-nights & 5 days on the water with the whales

Prices per person:

Double Room: King or Queen bed  AUD$4,700                    Twin Room: 2 x large single beds  AUD$4,700
Single Room:   King or Queen bed  AUD$5,390                    Triple Room: Large room with 1 x Queen + 1  single beds AUD$4,600

Tour #1048A            25 July – 1 August 2018                  Spaces available: 5
Tour #1048B            14 – 21 August 2018                          Spaces available: 8
Tour #1048C            30 Aug – 6 Sept 2018                    Spaces available: 8
Tour #1048D            28 Sept – 3 Oct 2018                     Spaces available: 8

Tour Inclusions:

  • 7 nights in boutique villa/hotel with ensuite bathrooms.
  • All meals except 2 evening meals – free nights to experience some local restaurants or a traditional Tongan feast |  great food at the villa and fun indoor/outdoor bar.
  • 5 full days on the water with the whales guided by our certified/experienced/passionate Guides | education/research data collection.
  • Opportunities to snorkel in coral reefs | in underwater caves | beachcomb on uninhabited islands.
  • Airport & boat transfers in Vava’u.
  • Lots of fun!

Itinerary:

Arrival Day: We meet you at Vava’u airport | transfer to hotel | Welcome Dinner
Day 1: Breakfast | transfer to jetty board whaleswim boat |boat briefing | ‘how to swim with whales’ training (how to have great encounters!) | out with the whales & lunch | lots of fun | return to jetty around 4.30pm | transfer to hotel | dinner.
Day 2 – 4 : Breakfast |transfer to jetty – board whaleswim boat|out with the whales & lunch | lots of fun | return to jetty around 4.30pm | transfer to hotel | dinner (you have 3 free evenings during your tour to experience the restaurants in town or attend a traditional Tonga feast)
Day 5: Sunday’s are a compulsory holiday in Tonga. A day to go kayaking, snorkelling, enjoy a beautiful beach or just relax and read a book.
Day 6: Breakfast | transfer to jetty – board whaleswim boat |out with the whales & lunch |arrive island resort around 4.30 | Farewell dinner.
Day 7: Breakfast | End of tour | transfer to the airport

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Your Tour Leader

 

Annah Evington

Annah is a valued, long time member of the WhaleSwim team.  She is passionate about sharing her deep love of all things ocean and Pacific with you.
Annah joined us as a guest in Tonga in 2002 and her first experience in the water with a female humpback and her calf was so profound, that it changed her life forever.
Annah joined our team in 2003 as a Tour Guide until 2007, when she took a break and we welcomed her back into the team in 2015!
Annah is our Tour Manager in Tonga. She is a Qualified/Certified WhaleSwim Guide and will be right there for your in-the-water experiences!

About our Tours –

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Why we do packaged tours and do not operate day-trips

What's not included in our tours

Our Terms & Conditions

Getting to Vava'u, Tonga

Accommodation in Tongatapu (the main island of Tonga)

Accommodation in the Vava'u Islands

Gear you will need to bring

Experience required

How many people in the group?

Why you will have longer time in the water on a WhaleSwim Adventure

Your days in Vava'u & on the water

Your Accommodation

Tongan Beach Resort

Tongan Beach Resort spans 180 meters of beachfront with all 12 guest rooms enjoying views of the golden sand beach and crystal clear turquoise waters of the Port of Refuge Harbour and on some days the humpbacks are seen frolicking in the beautiful clear waters in from of the resort. Our boat picks you up at the jetty each morning and heads out to the whale mursery.

The resort is nestled on the beachfront of the island of ‘Utungake. There is safe swimming at all tides. There is a fully licensed restaurant with great food, in addition to our Sandpit Bar (that serves excellent cocktails as well as an extensive variety of wine and spirits.

There is a large library, a beach towel service, and a water taxi service to Neiafu and back. Just a 15 min drive to the main town and several great restaurants and cafes overlooking the beautiful harbour to experience  a fresh lobster, delicious Italian or Asian food, watch an international rugby during your meal and other interesting night-life events in Vava’u.

All rooms have top quality beds and 100% cotton bedding and towels and are only meters away from the water’s edge.  The rooms are fitted with electric ceiling fans with open entrances allowing for a natural sea breeze if desired. Each room has its own covered decked balcony with table and chairs to relax and watch the sun set.
Their experienced staff are very friendly and will make your time at the resort an easy and fun experience.

 

 

 

 

Vava’u Villa Hotel, Bar & Restaurant

Your hosts Ian and Vanessa Jones are fun people and have created an amazing adjoining business with sustainability in mind with their coconut & vanilla production. Along with their team, they will make you very welcome and make sure your stay with them is as memorable as your encounters with the whales!

The rooms in the villa are light and airy with a distinctively Tongan motif and comfortable beds provide you with a quiet and relaxing refuge. The sheets are made from 100% high quality linen fabric and you have a choice of pillows for extreme comfort.  Personal Wifi is available in your room.

The beautiful Glamping Tents have full en-suite bathrooms and will have timber floors before July 2017. It is a unique glam-camping experience – with all the comforts of a standard hotel room, but in a tent. Temperatures July – October are typically 19C – 22C at night and 24C – 26C during the day.

Vava’u Villa and Glam-Tent Hotel sits amidst a tropical paradise with cool ocean breezes and a cozy home away from home atmosphere. It is the very best place to rest your mind and soul.

Vanessa is a foodie and her food is fresh and delicious (much of it from her on-site organic vegetable garden!) and full of local and international flavours.

You will enjoy the friendly bar too. They make excellent cocktails and have a good range of local and international beer as well as spirits and liqueurs.  They have an outdoor fire in the bar, perfect place to enjoy a drink and a chat on the cooler evenings. You will get to meet some of the locals here too!

 

 

 

 

 

Terrace restaurant, Terrace Bar, rooms in the Villa – all with ensuite bathrooms and fresh delicious food!

 

 


 

A glimpse at how to watch humpback whales underwater: Doug Allan’s amazing whale encounters in Tonga
while filming for the incredible BBC ‘Blue Planet’ series.