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Swim With Whales

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Holiday makers are not the only ones to return to Tonga’s shores on a regular basis. After a long journey north from the icy krill-laden depths of Antarctica, southern humpback whales take shelter in the tropical reef-protected waters of Tonga to give birth to their young.

The arrival of the whales from July to October completes a remarkable cycle, as the new calves return to where they were conceived 11 months earlier.

The high number of whales visiting Tongan waters at this time of year means there are plenty of opportunities to see and swim with them.

Tonga is one of the few places in the world where you can still swim with the whales. As most of the whales are mothers with calves, our operators take great care not to intrude too heavily on these wild animals.

Please Note: When booking your whale watching and or swimming tours to use only Licensed Whale Operators here enlisted. As they have sustainable practices, fully trained tour guides and correct equipment.

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Swimming with Whales

Providers for swimming with whales:

Tongatapu

Blue Water Explorer

Welcome to the Kingdom of Tonga and the best place in the world to swim with Humpback whales! Blue Water Explorer Ltd is a Tongan based company that specialise in guided swims with Humpback whales from July through to October each year. We are very conveniently located in Nukualofa, Tonga tapu (the capital of the More Info »

Tonga Charters & South Seas Charters

South Seas Charters is the oldest and most experienced Boat charter operator in Nuku’alofa.  The skipper has +25 years experience in Tongan waters.  The boat “Moonshine” is a strong and good 9 meter Catamaran fiberglass boat. Powered with TWIN 2 x 200 hp outboard engines. Cruising at 25 knots and with a top speed of More Info »

Whale Swim, Fish & Dive Tours

Located at Faua Wharf in Nuku’alofa, Whale Swim & Dive is Tongatapu’s professional dive, fish and whale swim tour operator. As well as whale watching and swimming, diving and snorkeling tours to the outer islands and reefs, we also offer 1-day cave dive trips to Eua Island and game fishing charters. Our purpose built boat More Info »

Deep Blue Diving

With Deep Blue you can choose from a range of activities from the adventurous to the more leisurely. We offer diving, fishing, boat charters and land tours. Want an unforgettable dive experience? Dive with Deep Blue Tonga; we care for the experienced thrill seeker to the first time beginner diver. We are the only operators More Info »

Humpback Diving

Imagine yourself being up-close to a beautiful humpback whale in the azure waters of the Kingdom of Tonga. With over 23 years’ of experience throughout the Tongan islands and overseas, Humpback Diving offers a unique experience with the whales, plus the friendly Tongan skipper and crew will ensure that you’ll learn about Tongan customs and More Info »

Vava’u

Blue Lagoon Resort

      Located in the heart of the whale activity island group of  Vava’u. Blue Lagoon Resort is family owned and operated, we offer the only overwater fales in Tonga. All fales are designed to make our guests feel closer to nature, with wooden villas and cabanas with porches that open up to the sights More Info »

Dolphin Pacific Diving

Often stated as a ‘Life Changing’ experience, for many swimming and interacting with a whale has been a life long dream. Let us help deliver that dream. We can help you plan your trip or tour as much or as little as you would like. We have a wealth of Local Knowledge all freely offered. More Info »

Treasure Island Eu’eiki Eco Resort

Treasure Island Eueiki Eco Resort is located on the island of Eueiki, part of the Vava’u island group in the Kingdom of Tonga. The resort is situated in the heart of the South Pacific on a 48-acre, privately-owned island paradise. Relax on a beautiful white sand beach fringed with swaying palms, and explore the island’s More Info »

Whale Watch Vava’u

Whale Watch Vava’u pioneered swimming with the humpback whales obtaining the first licence from the Tongan Government in 1993. We had our first purpose designed boat, Phoenix , built in New Zealand and shipped to the Kingdom early that year. T he early days were a real learning curve as there was nowhere else in More Info »

C’scape Adventures

We at C’scape Adventures are committed to helping you to achieve safely the best possible whale swim experience while having a sympathetic approach to the humpback whales. Whale Watch Packages: C’Scape Adventures will organise all aspects of your tour for you from your arrival in beautiful Vava’u. Packages Include: •An itinerary before your arrival and More Info »

Endangered Encounters

“ce·ta·cean” A large aquatic mammal, for example, a whale or a dolphin, that has a streamlined body with forelimbs modified as flippers, no hind limbs, and a blowhole on the back. Order: Cetacea It is a surreal paradox in nature that the largest of mammals are the gentlest and most approachable in the animal kingdom.  More Info »

Melinda Sea Adventures

Our extensive experience exploring the Vava’u Island group has given us an intimate knowledge of every anchorage and snorkelling reef in the group. Vava’u waters are crystal clear with visibilty exceeding 100 feet. Most of the islands are uninhabited, some with white sand beaches, some with villages, a few have very small unique resorts. Eco-Friendly More Info »

Vava’u Game Fishing Charters

Kiwi Magic is a 34 foot sport fishing and whale watching vessel with all safety equipment, large cockpit with shade cover for protection from sun and rain, toilet. Holds current Government Survey Certificate and all necessary licences required to operate in Tonga. Kiwi Magic and skipper Keith McKee have been fishing the pristine waters of More Info »

Vaka Vave Charters

Welcome to the spectacular islands of  Vava’u in the Kingdom of Tonga.  Each year  our islands are visited  by magnificent Humpback whales that arrive in July to give birth and wean their young.  Come aboard our fast modern vessel and witness these goliaths as they attend their new born calves and perform spectacular breaching and More Info »

Beluga Diving

Great Rates Beluga Dive Vava’u offers the best prices for Dive Trips and Whale Watch trips with experienced instructors and boat operators. Experienced Divers Beluga Dive Vava’u has been owned and operated by the original owner for 20 years. Whale Watch Have an experience of a lifetime on a Whalewatch Dive Trips Beluga Diving offer More Info »

Whales in the Wild Ltd

Journey out for the day into the pristine waters of Tonga. Take the opportunity to swim with whales as well as many other marine species in and around coral reefs. June through October Whales in the Wild have been taking people out to find, watch and swim the the Humpback whales for 10 years now. More Info »

Tongan Expeditions Dive and Whale Watching

As a certified PADI Dive Resort in Vava’u, Tongan Expeditions can offer you the best in the water with outstanding safety and quality standards. We offer all PADI Dive Courses, plus several specialty courses. We can cater for large groups, private charters and families. With our highly trained and friendly staff we can show you the best More Info »

Vava’u Adventures

Kart Safaris The best way to see Vava’u from the land. Our regular tour is a 3 -4 hour guided excursion to stunning lookouts, remote beaches, quaint villages and awesome tracks through the bush. We also offer a full day tour beginning with the fist stop at ‘Ene’io Botanical Gardens.  You will be taken on More Info »

Mounu Island Resort

A family run resort like no other. Located in one of the most beautiful areas of Tonga, if not the World! Its a 6 ½ acre coral atoll surrounded by pristine white sand and beautiful clean clear water. Mounu is set and designed as an Eco Resort, so we have minimal impact on the environment. More Info »

Riki Tiki Tours

Welcome to Vava’u and Riki Tiki Tonga. Riki Tiki Tonga is the perfect way to compliment your Vava’u vacation by joining us for Scuba Diving and Snorkeling, by taking Diving Lessons or by chartering our Folk Boat Yacht. We are a small company offering extremely personalized service for singles and small groups up to six More Info »

Ha’apai

Matafonua Lodge

A well priced resort located on the spectacular Northern tip of Pangai, Ha’apai. 10 delightful Tongan-inspired fales with covered balconies, very comfortable bedding and mosquito nets. The shared bathrooms have solar hot showers and all towels are supplied. Safe swimming, incredible snorkelling and kite-surfing directly off beach, or simply relax in our bar/restaurant over looking More Info »

Whale Discoveries

Celebrate with Whale Discoveries the annual return of the Humpback Whales from Antarctica to their breeding and calving grounds in Tonga’s Ha’apai Island Group! Short-listed for the Responsible Tourism Award: Best for Conservation of Endangered Species. Join our informative whale watching excursions aboard our comfortable, 8.5 metre Protector RIB ‘Tropic Bird’. Or the specially designed sleek More Info »

Ha’apai Beach Resort

Nestled in a lush tropical garden overlooking the white sandy beach on Lifuka Island, Ha’apai Beach Resort is the perfect spot to relax, unwind and enjoy the true island experience. Located halfway between the airport and Pangai,  the resort offers a completely tranquil retreat with  the convenience of being close to town. Enjoy quiet days More Info »

Ha’apai Whale and Sail Ltd

Ha’apai Whale and Sail, based at Talitali’anga Eco Resort on Ha’apai’s Uoleva Island, have a wealth of knowledge of the island group which they are eager to share. Enjoy a day exploring neighbouring islands, snorkel in the crystal clear waters of a beautiful offshore reef, or swim with majestic Humpback Whales. While whale swimming only More Info »

’Eua

Whale Swim, Fish & Dive Tours

Located at Faua Wharf in Nuku’alofa, Whale Swim & Dive is Tongatapu’s professional dive, fish and whale swim tour operator. As well as whale watching and swimming, diving and snorkeling tours to the outer islands and reefs, we also offer 1-day cave dive trips to Eua Island and game fishing charters. Our purpose built boat More Info »

Deep Blue Diving

With Deep Blue you can choose from a range of activities from the adventurous to the more leisurely. We offer diving, fishing, boat charters and land tours. Want an unforgettable dive experience? Dive with Deep Blue Tonga; we care for the experienced thrill seeker to the first time beginner diver. We are the only operators More Info »

Tonga Charters & South Seas Charters

South Seas Charters is the oldest and most experienced Boat charter operator in Nuku’alofa.  The skipper has +25 years experience in Tongan waters.  The boat “Moonshine” is a strong and good 9 meter Catamaran fiberglass boat. Powered with TWIN 2 x 200 hp outboard engines. Cruising at 25 knots and with a top speed of More Info »

Where to See Whales:

Tongatapu

Blue Banana Beach House

Four fully self-contained, absolute beach-front bungalows in secluded garden settings – each with their own unique character. Best suited for two people however our newest fale “the lookout” is perfect for 2 couples or 4 people. Nestled in a tropical plantation of the Royal Estate at Kanokupolu, in the middle of the most beautiful beach on More Info »

Whale Swim Safaris

Small Group Luxury Cruising. Whale Swim Safaris welcomes only a few guests on board for an adventure of a lifetime. Our safaris run for 6 days and incorporate whale swimming, scuba diving, snorkelling, Tongan feasts etc. Departing from Nuku’alofa, we cruise around the islands group of Tongatapu on board our vessel “Spirit of Adventure”.

Captain Cook Apartments

Well presented units on Vuna Road opposite the seafront. Number of units: 6 Clean and comfortable, each unit has an ocean view. Located on the quiet side of the capital, Nuku’alofa, on the waterfront 2 minutes from the city center Two bedroom serviced units. Reserve your room via email. Families with children are welcome.   More Info »

The Royal Sunset Island Resort

Encompassing every aspect of natural beauty, the Royal Sunset Resort, ‘Atata Island, Tonga, is an untouched tropical paradise set in the pacific. Enjoy a relaxing tropical island holiday in Tonga at The Royal Sunset Island Resort either on the beach or by the pool. There is a range of fun adventure activities for those looking for More Info »

Vava’u

Mala Island Resort

The Vava’u Island group is known to be the prettiest island group in the Kingdom of Tonga, and Mala Island is considered to be the “Jewel of Vava’u” as a true private island paradise. Enjoy a truly beautiful island with white sandy beaches, world class snorkeling and a breathtaking view from our open air restaurant More Info »

Vava’u Holiday Homes

A Vava’u Holiday Home is your home away from home Our holiday homes are all situated on the picturesque Port of Refuge Harbour in beautiful Vava’u. Each home has its own dock for swimming and pick up for diving, fishing, whale swimming or just taking time out to relax in comfort and peace. Each holiday More Info »

Mafana Island Beach Backpackers Resort

Mafana Island has a tranquil beach and is situated on the quieter eastern side of the Vava’u island group. Mafana Island is only 15 minutes away by boat from the old harbour, Neiafu. We are a secluded eco-backpackers with exclusive bamboo tree fales on our island beach. Lower priced new beach fales are perfect for More Info »

The Beach House

The Beach House is a stunning self-contained holiday home with 2 large, airy bedrooms each with its own en-suite bathrooms. The views from the deck which runs across the entire front of the house are breathtaking. From July-October humpback whales can be seen and sometimes even heard as they cruise by. Located on the beautiful More Info »

Flying Annie Moa Bed & Breakfast

Flying Annie Moa Bed & Breakfast is conveniently located in the Capital of Vava’u, Neiafu close to whale watch and diving activities. Only a one minute walk from Beluga Dive shop, restaurants, nearby shops and banks. Children are welcome. We would be delighted to have you as our guest! We also run Beluga diving, offering More Info »

Vava’u Harbourview Resort

Fully self contained rooms each with its own kitchenette with fridge, cooking facilities and utensils, so guests can choose to eat in or visit one of the many popular restaurants in Vava’u. Vava’u Harbourview Resort has nine spacious bungalows plus an additional two bedroom unit. Two bungalows also have connecting door to allow for additional More Info »

Ha’apai

Evaloni’s Guest House

Travel time to airport 15 minutes Payment options Cash Languages spoken English Tongan Children welcome Yes Amenities Separate sitting area Ceiling fans Refrigerator Phone Airport transportation Bar Cold water Television Housekeeping Iron and ironing board Activities Whale watching Snorkelling

Sandy Beach Resort

This boutique style resort is nestled on a picture-perfect beach, amidst lush tropical gardens and it remains the Kingdom’s best kept secret for a relaxed, peaceful getaway. German family built, owned and operated Sandy Beach Resort offers 12 exclusive bungalows, located just footsteps from the most beautiful beach in Tonga. Every bungalow has a private More Info »

Serenity Beaches Resort

Serenity Beaches is a small resort, on a remote island, designed for those wishing to leave stress behind and find peace and tranquility. Stay in one of our five private ocean front fales. Three large fales feature a porch, sleeping area with queen sized bed, bathroom with garden shower and a loft. Two single room, More Info »

’Eua

‘Ovava Tree Lodge

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, ‘Ovava Tree Lodge features traditional Tongan-style accommodation with breakfast included. The property boasts a restaurant, bar and tour desk. The Deep Blue tour desk on site arranges boat charters, hiking trips, 4 wheel drive tours and deep-sea diving. Guests receive free continental-style buffet breakfast. Cooked breakfast is also available for an More Info »

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