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, tropical island 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 17 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!


2018: ‘Island Bliss’ Tours | 9-nights & 7 days on the water with the whales

Prices per person:

Double Bungalow: with king-size bed: AUD$5,950                  Twin Bungalow: with 2 x Queen beds: AUD$5,950
Single Bungalow: with king-size bed:  AUD$6,520
Triple Share Bungalow: 2 adjoining rooms with 4 x Queen beds & 2 ensuite bathrooms AUD$5,895

#9018A 2 - 11 August 2018 | Spaces available: 8 | Click Here for details

#9018B 30 August - 8 September 2018| Spaces available: 7 | Click Here for details

#9018C 20 - 29 September 2018| Spaces available: 8 | Click Here for details

#9018D 10 - 18 October 2018| Spaces available: 8 | Click Here for details

2018: ‘Whales in Paradise’ Tours | 7-nights & 5 days on the water with the whales

Prices per person:

Dble/Twin: King bed with ensuite: AUD$5,250         Twin: Bungalow with 2 x Queen beds ensuite: AUD$5,250
Single: Bungalow with King Bed with ensuite: AUD$5,900

#7078A 11 - 18 August 2018| Spaces available: 8 | Click Here for details

#7078B 8 - 15 September 2018| Spaces available: 8 | Click Here for details


2017: ‘Encounters with Gentle Giants | 7-nights & 5 days on the water with the whales

Prices per person:

Double Room: King or Queen bed  AUD$4,460                                Twin Room: 2 x large single beds  AUD$4,460
Single Room:   King or Queen bed  AUD$5,040                                Triple Room: Large room with 3 beds AUD$4,390


#1048A 25 July - 1 August 2018 | Spaces available: 5 | Click Here for details

#1048B 22 - 29 August 2018 | Spaces available: 8 | Click Here for details

#1048C 3 - 10 October 2018| Spaces available: 8 | Click Here for details

#1048D 28 August - 4 September 2018 | Spaces available: 8 | Click Here for details

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

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

What's not included in our tours

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

Mala Island Resort

Mala Island Resort is a perfect paradise island in the middle of the humpback whale ‘nursery’, with a snorkelling reef just off the beautiful white sandy beach.

Enjoy lovely Polynesian-style fales (bungalows) some with king beds and others with 2 x Queen beds – all with ensuite bathrooms and verandah. All bungalows are being upgraded with new furniture, beautiful 100% cotton bedding and towels – all overlooking the fabulous beach and turquoise lagoon.

Fresh delicious meals prepared by manager/chef Teresa James (ex-owner of Reef Resort) who is renown for her food and her personal service – nothing is too much trouble.

Your time there will include: great food, a bonfire on the beach with Tongan music, fresh coconuts, kayaks, beach games and more.

(Below) Mala Island Resort – bungalow deck – a beautiful view out over the whale nursery

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.

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!

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.






Terrace restaurant, Terrace Bar, Luxury Glam-tent and 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.