Tonga Humpback Tours

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

We offer personally escorted, small group tours, with longer swimming with whales days and more time in the water.

Our all inclusive packages have NO hidden costs. Tours include beautiful island and boutique-style accommodation, gourmet food, reef and caves snorkelling plus Vava’u airport transfers.

After 17 years of operating our swim with whales tours our dedicated and passionate crew know how to take care of every detail. We offer the best snorkelling with humpback whale experience in Tonga!


2017 Tour Schedule


2017: ‘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$6,650
Triple Share Bungalow: 2 adjoining rooms with 4 x Queen beds & 2 ensuite bathrooms AUD$5,780

#1017A 25 July - 3 August 2017 | 6 spaces available

#1017B 15 - 24 August 2017 | 2 spaces available

#1017C 24 August - 2 September 2017 | FULLY BOOKED

#1017D 14 - 23 September 2017 | 6 spaces available

#1017E 26 September - 5 October 2017 | Pending - please enquire.
(If possible, we try to fill spaces in August to mid-Sept first, then expanding into the weeks either side, this way we can guarantee minimum of 6 guests or full groups throughout the season.

#1017F 5 - 14 October 2017 |Pending - please enquire.
(If possible, we try to fill spaces in August to mid-Sept first, then expanding into the weeks either side, this way we can guarantee minimum of 6 guests or full groups throughout the season.

2017: ‘Whales in Paradise’ Tours | 8-nights & 6 days on the water with the whales

Prices per person:

Dble/Twin: Luxury Glam-Tent & King bed at Mala: AUD$5,250         Twin: Luxury Glam-Tent & 2 x Queen beds at Mala AUD$5,250
Single: Luxury Glam-Tent at Vava’u Villa & King Bed Mala: AUD$5,900

#1077A 3 - 11 August 2017 | Spaces available: 4

#1077B 5 - 13 September 2017 | Spaces available: 5

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$4,175                                 Twin Room: 2 x large single beds  AUD$4,175
Single Room:   King or Queen bed  AUD$4,730                                Triple Room: Large room with 3 beds AUD$4,120

#1047A 25 July - 1 August 2017 | Spaces available: 6

#1047B 1 - 8 August 2017 | Spaces available: 5

#1047C 10 - 17 August 2017 | Spaces available: 6

#1047D 17 - 24 August 2017 | Spaces available: 6

#1047E 29 - August - 5 September 2017 | Spaces available: 3

#1047F 7 - 14 September 2017 | Spaces available: 5

#1047G 21 - 28 August 2017 | Pending - please enquire
(If possible, we try to fill spaces in August to mid-Sept first, then expanding into the weeks either side, this way we can guarantee minimum of 6 guests or full groups throughout the season.

#1047H 3 - 10 October 2017 | Spaces available: 6


Your Tour Leaders

 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 is our Tours Manager in Tonga and your Tour Leader on our “Island Bliss” and “Whales in Paradise” tours. She is a Qualified/Certified WhaleSwim Guide and will be right there for your in-the-water experiences!

Claire Hodgson

Claire is Tour Leader and Qualified/Certified WhaleSwim Guide for our ‘Encounters with Gentle Giants’ tours.  She has a wonderul way with people and her sense of humour will endear you to her. Claire lives in Adelaide some of the year and the whale season in Vava’u.

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 Tonga

Tanoa_pool-185x150Tanoa International Dateline Hotel

Tanoa International Dateline Hotel has been fully renovated and offers a selection of superior accommodation. Located on the waterfront in the capital, Nuku’alofa, Tanoa International Dateline Hotel can be used as your hub to get around Tonga. With a range of dining options, and high-speed internet in every room, this is the place to be.
Ideal if you are saying on the main island for several days – it is 35 minutes drive from the airport.


Accommodation In the Vava’u Islands

VavVilla_hotel-185x130The Vava’u Villa Hotel, Bar & Restaurant 

Vava’u Villa is situated on the most breathtaking island group in the South Pacific. It offers a tranquil, comfortable and relaxing stay with panoramic views of the water. Relax in the cool ocean breeze or swim at Muikilekila Beach, a 2 minute stroll away from your room. The Vava’u Villa Hotel has two types of accommodation – ensuite rooms in the Villa and Luxury tents with timber floors and fully-functional ensuite bathrooms. All accommodation is very tastefully furnished and decorated,with a spacious and open living area, verandah’s to relax on with water-views from the Villa and wifi available. Enjoy the great restaurant with fresh tasty food and the popular verandah bar.


mala_aeriel1_185x155Mala Island Resort

Mala Island is an idyllic small and very picturesque island, with a white sand beach edging a turquoise lagoon snorkelling reefs just off the beach! It’s just a 8 min boat ride off the main island of Vava’u.  Mala Island Resort’s spacious Polynesian-style fales are well furnished, all have mosquito nets, are light and airy & overlook the water.   (This resort is being upgraded for 2017 season)


If you wish to stay a few extra days in Tongatapu or in Vava’u and try other accommodation, we are happy to provide recommendations and contact details for you to book with them directly: xxx



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

How best to swim with whales

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 reknown for her food and her personal service – nothing is too much trouble.

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

Vava’u Villa & Glam-Tent Hotel

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, 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, (most from her on-site organic vegetable garden!) full of local and international flavours. Fresh coconuts are always available!

You will enjoy the friendly bar too. The make excellent cocktails, have a good range of local and international beer as well as spirits and liquers.  They have an outdoor fire in the bar, perfect place to enjoy a drinl and a chat on the cooler evenings. This is where many of the locals hang-out too.

Our beautiful Glamping Tents have full en-suite bathrooms and will have timber floors before July 2017. It is a unique 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.





Rooms in the Villa with ensuite bathrooms