Encounters with Gentle Giants


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Departure Dates: 2017

  • 1047A      25 Jul – 1 August  2017              Spaces left: 5
  • 1047B       1 – 8   Aug 2017              Spaces left: 8
  • 1047C      10 – 17  Aug 2017              Spaces left: 8
  • 1047D    17 – 24 Aug 2017           Spaces left: 7 (1 x female solo traveller share room available – please enquire)
  • 1047 E     29 Aug – 5 September 2017        Spaces left: 5
  • 1047F     7 – 14 September 2017       Spaces left: 8
  • 1047G     21 – 28 September 2017      Spaces left: 8
  • 1047H    4 – 11 October 2017               Spaces Left: 8

July – October each year is an exciting time in Vava’u with lots of whales!  Join us in Vava’u and have 5 full days swimming with the whales! The opportunity to see many kinds of humpback behaviour! The beautiful cheeky calves, heat-runs (groups of marauding male humpbacks vying for supremacy in the group and looking for a buxom-beauty to mate with),  singing males and friendly mums and calves with escorts and challengers! The gentle female giants of the sea give birth in the tropical waters of Vava’u to ensure the safety of their new born calves.

You will be witness to the bond and the gentleness between mother and calf and the unique behaviour that can only be experience by observing these amazing creatures in their natural environment. Unspoilt by tourism, the Vava’u Islands are a hidden secret from the rest of the world! The local people are mostly untouched by tourism therefore you get to experience their natural friendliness & genuine hospitality.

Our whaleswim vessel is a 30ft power-cat, ‘Gladiator’  it’s fast, has a comfortable cabin – an enclosed marine toilet and easy access into the water.

The Vava’u Villa is a very special place to stay.  The owner/operators, Vanessa and Ian Jones, have taken great care in the renovation of the villa creating sophisticated simplicity with organic/natural materials in the decor and pure linen bedding in all the rooms.  They have 9 beautiful guest rooms with en-suite bathrooms,  a great terrace restaurant with a fully stocked bar. Vanessa is a foodie and a great cook, so look forward to delicious creative meals from fresh, natural ingredients. many of the locals hang-out here and come for brunch on a Sunday! Ian and Vanessa also operate the successful ‘Taste of Tonga’ – exporting organic coconut oil from an island-wide ‘coconut collective’ and recycling all the by-product of the coconuts (their piggies love it!) as well as assisting farmers in growing vanilla for export for Queen Vanilla in Australia.

Your days on the water vary, from looking for whales (that are happy to have you in their environment), hanging out with a mum and her cute calf, floating on the surface above a male humpback singing his lungs out, a bunch of marauding males vying for position next to a female to a lone juvenile looking for some fun, each day is different.

Most days we take a break to snorkel the wondrous caves or investigate the many coral reefs teaming with tropical fish and hundreds of other marine life, time permitting. We head back to your accommodation in time for a hot shower with time to relax and watch the sunset before dinner.

Itineraries: 2017 – to come

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Duration:6 days & 7 nights
Includes:5 days on the water with the humpback whales & 1 leisure day
Group: 8 people = 2 x groups of 4 people in the water with the whales – remember there is lots of swimming so this allows you to have lots of time with each whale encounter plus a short time on the boat having a different experience topside!
Accommodation:7 nights at the newly renovated Vava'u Villa with new modern ensuite bathrooms, luxurious linen bedding and large open living and dining area, bar and indoor/outdoor restaurant. Fresh, home-cooked meals by your host Vanessa, a 'foodie' and exquisite cook!
Boat: A comfortable (30ft) Grady White or (34ft power cat - licensed whaleswim boat has an enclosed cabin, easy access to the water and a private marine toilet.
Team/Crew: Your Tour Leader, Claire, together with our experienced qualified whale-whisperer skipper and WhaleSwim guide, Noa, will make your time with the whales the best experience in your life!
Tour includes: Welcome Dinner, 7 nights accommodation at the beautiful Vava’u Villa with breakfast every day and 5 evening meals (2 free evenings to explore the town and its restaurants or attend a traditional Tongan Feast), 5 days out with the whales with experienced crew/guide, scrumptious lunch, education & guidance in the water, daily snorkelling on reefs and in caves, boat & airport transfers in Vava'u.
Double/Twin ensuite: AUD$4,175 per person
Triple with ensuite: AUD$4,120 per person
Single with ensuite: AUD$4,730
Deposit:AUD$1500.00 per person

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