Tonga Humpback Tours 2019

Join us to swim with Whales in Vava’u, Tonga in 2019!

We offer personally-escorted, all inclusive, small group ‘snorkelling with whales’ eco-tours tours, with longer days and more time in the water for you – there are NO hidden costs.
Our tours include 7 or 9 nights at beautiful, beach-side, luxury Glam-Tents (with timber floors & full ensuite bathrooms) or boutique-style accommodation, with friendly and welcoming hosts, delicious food, snorkelling on reefs and in caves, and definitely lots of fun! We also include airport transfers in Vava’u.
We have been operating our swim with whales tours in Vava’u, Tonga for 19 seasons and our dedicated and passionate crew know how to take care of every detail of your time with us, therefore offering a humpback whale experience you will never, ever forget!

Join us in Vava’u! We want to share this amazing WhaleSwim Adventure with you!

PLEASE NOTE: We DO NOT operate day-trips!

Click ‘2019’ to download Tour Schedule’  


2019: ‘Whales in Paradise’ Tours | 9-nights & 7 days on the water with the whales

Prices are per person:

Tour #9019A        1 – 10 August 2019             FULLY BOOKED
Tour #9019B        10 – 19 Sept 2019                Spaces available:  1

Double/Twin: Glam-tent + Beachside studio: AUD$5,975
Single: Glam-tent + Beachside studio AUD$6,730

Click Here for: Tour # 9019 'Whales in Paradise': Tour Inclusions & Itinerary

2019: ‘Humpback Heaven’ Tours | 7-nights & 5 days on the water with the whales

Tour #7019A         13 – 20 July 2019                     Spaces available: 3
Tour #7019AA      24 – 31 July 2019                     Spaces available: 1
Tour #7019B         13 – 20 August 2019                Spaces available: 3
Tour #7019C         21 Aug- 28 August 2019         FULLY BOOKED
Tour #7019D         25 Sept – 2 October 2019       FULLY BOOKED

Prices are per person:

Tour # 7019A         13 – 20 July 2019                 Spaces available: 3
Dble/Twin: Deluxe Beachside room with ensuite: AUD$5,160  Single: Deluxe Beachside room with ensuite: AUD$6,090
Triple: Apartment 2 bedroom AUD$4,890

Tour # 7019AA       24 – 31 July 2019               Spaces available: 1 (female share space available)
Solo Traveller Share: Deluxe Beachside room with ensuite: AUD$5,160   Single: Deluxe Beachside room with ensuite: AUD$6,090

Tour #7019B         13 – 20 August 2019               Spaces available: 3
Dble/Twin: Deluxe Beachside room with ensuite: AUD$5,160  Single: Deluxe Beachside room with ensuite: AUD$6,090
Triple: Apartment 2 bedroom AUD$4,890

Click Here for Tour # 7019 'Humpback Heaven': Tour Inclusions & Itinerary

2019: ‘Encounters with Gentle Giants | 7-nights & 5 days on the water with the whales

Prices are per person:

Double Room: King or Queen bed  AUD$4,700        Twin Room: 2 x large single beds  AUD$4,700
Single Room:   King or Queen bed  AUD$5,390        Triple Room: Large room with 1 x Queen + 1 single bed AUD$4,600

Tour #1049B         29 August – 5 September 2019       FULLY BOOKED
Tour #1049C            2 – 9 October 2019                          Spaces available: 1 space only (single room only)

Click Here for Tour #1049 'Encounters with Gentle Giants': Tour Inclusions & Itinerary

Your Tour Leader

Claire Hodgson


Meet Claire – our Tour Manager in Tonga. She is a Qualified/Certified WhaleSwim Guide who will be right there for your in-the-water experiences!

This will be Claire’s fourth season with the WhaleSwim team in Vava’u. She came on board with us in 2015 and discovered a deep love for the whales which is matched by her love for Vava’u and her ever deepening understanding of the local culture and appreciation of the magic of these beautiful islands.

Claire’s tours are renowned for being great fun, she has a wicked way with words and will lead you joyfully into your swimming with whales and ‘Tonga time’ experience.

About our Tours – to find the information for each title below – click the title (with light blue background) and the information will drop down! 

CLICK HERE for 'Why we do packaged tours and do not operate day-trips'

CLICK HERE for: 'What's NOT included in our tours'

CLICK HERE for: 'Our Terms & Conditions'

CLICK HERE for: 'Getting to Vava'u, Tonga'

CLICK HERE for: 'Accommodation in Tongatapu (the main island of Tonga)'

Accommodation in the Vava'u Islands

CLICK HERE for: 'Gear you will need to bring'

CLICK HERE for: 'Experience required'

CLICK HERE for: 'How many people in the group?'

CLICK HERE for: 'Why you will have longer time in the water on a WhaleSwim Adventure'

CLICK HERE for: 'Your days in Vava'u & on the water'

Your Accommodation

Tongan Beach Resort

Tongan Beach Resort spans 180 meters of beachfront with all 12 guest rooms enjoying views of the golden sand beach and crystal clear turquoise waters of the Port of Refuge Harbour and on some days the humpbacks are seen frolicking in the beautiful clear waters in from of the resort. Our boat picks you up at the jetty each morning and heads out to the whale mursery.

The resort is nestled on the beachfront of the island of ‘Utungake. There is safe swimming at all tides. There is a fully licensed restaurant with great food, in addition to our Sandpit Bar (that serves excellent cocktails as well as an extensive variety of wine and spirits.

There is a large library, a beach towel service, and a water taxi service to Neiafu and back. Just a 15 min drive to the main town and several great restaurants and cafes overlooking the beautiful harbour to experience  a fresh lobster, delicious Italian or Asian food, watch an international rugby during your meal and other interesting night-life events in Vava’u.

All rooms have top quality beds and 100% cotton bedding and towels and are only meters away from the water’s edge.  The rooms are fitted with electric ceiling fans with open entrances allowing for a natural sea breeze if desired. Each room has its own covered decked balcony with table and chairs to relax and watch the sun set.
Their experienced staff are very friendly and will make your time at the resort an easy and fun experience.




Vava’u Villa Hotel, Bar & Restaurant

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 with 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.

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

Vanessa is a foodie and her food is fresh and delicious (much of it from her on-site organic vegetable garden!) and full of local and international flavours.

You will enjoy the friendly bar too. They make excellent cocktails and have a good range of local and international beer as well as spirits and liqueurs.
They have an outdoor fire in the bar, perfect place to enjoy a drink and a chat on the cooler evenings. You will get to meet some of the locals here too.



A glimpse at how to watch humpback whales underwater: Doug Allan’s amazing whale encounters in Tonga
while filming for the incredible BBC ‘Blue Planet’ series.  

These Tonga tours – are owned and operated by The Tongan Beach Resort Ltd