Whales in Paradise
Departure Dates: 2017: (8 days/9 nights & 7 days on the water)
Island lovers, Snorkelers and Foodies who enjoy Humpback Whales, an adventures then a little bit of luxury!
Through the season, groups of boisterous males are seen marauding around the islands, flighting for the top-spot in the ‘gang’, searching out the females ready to mate. The beautiful haunting song can be heard throughout the whale nursery and when we drop you in the water above the singer, you will hear it in stereo sound and feel its vibration throughout your body! 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 between mother and calf and the unique behaviour that can only be experience by observing these amazing creatures in their natural environment. Your day is filled with excitement and admiration.
This Whales in Paradise Tour is very special as you spend every night out in the humpback whale nursery on two beautiful unspoilt island of Vava’u. The first 5 nights while staying at the exquisite boutique, Reef Resort, you certainly wont go hungry! The European chef will share his love of fresh, quality food with you while, Herwig is there to make your time with them very memorable. Beautiful elegant rooms and wonderful hospitality!
The next 5 nights, will be at the new resort Mandala Island Eco Resort on the beautiful little island of Fetoko! Ben & Lisa Newton have created a little paradise with unforgettable polynesian-style accommodation with indoor-outdoor bathrooms and intimate outdoor balcony areas, all with water views. The restaurant & bar area is beautifully hand-crafted and right on the beach. The sunsets are magnificent most nights – nothing like a cold beer or a glass of wine before dinner after a day on the water! Its a special place and you wont want to leave!
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 corral reefs teaming with tropical fish and hundreds of other marine life, time permitting.
We will be collecting I.D. data for the Tongan Fluke Collective. You can participate as much or as least as you chose. So any good clear photos of the underside of a humpback whales fluke (tail) you take will be appreciated to be added to the collective. We head back to the resort in time for a hot shower with plenty of time to relax and watch the sun set before dinner.
Itineraries: 2017 to come!