Encounters with Gentle Giants
Departure Dates: 2017
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