Whales Galore in Paradise!

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Departure Dates: (9 nights & 7 days on the water with the whales)

2017:

  • 1027A      15 – 24 August           Spaces left: 3
  • 1027B     24 Aug – 2 Sept          Spaces left: 1

If you are an Ocean lover, adventurer and love to stay 9 nights on tropical islands in the humpback whale nursery in Vava’u AND want to swim with Humpback Whales, then this is the adventure for you!

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 experienced by observing these amazing creatures in their natural environment. Being among all of this for 8 days and 9 nights, you will be filled with excitement and wonder.

2017 Tours: ‘Whales Galore in Paradise’ tours – you spend 5 nights at The Tongan Beach Resort & 4 nights at Mandala Island Eco-Resort on the beautiful island of Fetoko.

The Tongan Beach Resort have large beachfront rooms with an en-suite bathroom and verandah, they also have a 2 bedroom apartment. The apartment has two bedroom, one room 2 double beds, the other one has one double and one single. It has a kitchen and a very nice bathroom. All have a veranda with outdoor furniture to relax and watch the sunset! Their beachside restaurant and bar is a great place to meet and relax with a cocktail or a beer. Friendly staff will always be happy to make your time with them, fun and happy!

Mandala Island Eco-Resort has five hand-made Polynesian-style accommodation – there is a Treehouse Villa, a Beachside Villa, A Sunrise Bungalow and an Island Bungalow – all are double or twin with an indoor/outdoor en-suite bathroom and the Sunset Villa  has 2 bedrooms with one indoor/outdoor en-suite bathroom.There is a large beautifully hand-made spacious dining and lounge area and verandah – perfect to watch the sunset with a beer or a glass of wine! Their on-site chef will prepare scrumptious meals which will include: freshly caught fish (a lobster if you are lucky!), imported meats, delicious fresh tropical fruit and vegetables – mostly from their organic garden! Your wonderful hosts, Ben & Lisa Newton offer top-class customer service! Lisa is a fully qualified and experienced Reiki practitioner and offers yoga sessions on request. Ben will assist you with water activities – especially the trip to the nearby sand-cay and special snorkelling spots. They have kayaks available for you also. Mandala Island is a luxurious-Robinson Crusoe experience! The food is great, the hosts are wonderful, the villas are hand-made quirky Polynesian-style houses are very comfortable with all the mod-cons and quality linen and furnishings. Its an experience that you can only have at Mandala – and it will be unforgettable!

Your days on the water vary, from looking for whales, (who 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 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.

2017: Tour Itineraries – to come

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Duration:8 days & 9 nights
Includes:7 days on the water with the humpback whales & 1 leisure day
Group: 8 people - 4 people in the water at one time with the whales.
Accommodation:2017: 5 nights in Beachfront Studio ensuite at The Tongan Beach Resort - friendly staff and a beach-side restaurant and bar! and 4 nights at Mandala Island Eco-Resort in Polynesian-style villas & bungalows.
Boat: The comfortable 36' aluminium power cat 'Press Play licensed whaleswim boat with 250hp outboards, has an enclosed cabin, fly-bridge for spotting whales, plenty of seating, a duck-board for easy access to the water and a bathroom with a flush toilet.
Team/Crew: Whale Whispering Crew: Noa, your skipper and Annah Evington will be your Tour Leader and whale guide.
Tour includes: Welcome Dinner, 9 nights accommodation, most meals, 7 days out with the whales with experienced crew/guide, education & guidance in the water, daily snorkelling on reefs and in caves, boat & airport transfers in Vava'u.
Cost:Price is per person
2017: 9 nights:
Dble/Twin Studio/Bungalow: AUD$5,850 per person
Solo Traveller: Single ensuite: AUD$6,750
Solo Traveller: Own Studio at Tongan Beach/share 2 bdm Villa at Mandala: AUD$6,280
Triple - large studio at Tongan beach and 2 bedrm villa at Mandala: AUD$5,710 per person
Deposit:AUD$2,000.00 per person


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