Humpback Whale Encounters

Vava'u, Tonga is considered to be the best place in the world to swim with humpback whales. Tongan waters are the birthing and mating grounds for a specific population of humpback whales, which means they are around for months each year (late July - early Nov). Even better, the islands that surround Vava'u provide protection from the winds, ensuring that our small groups can go out on the water almost every day.

The crystal-clear blue waters are another draw for many, as the water makes it much easier to get fantastic footage and photos of these gentle giants. Vava'u to be the very best place for up-close encounters with these magnificent marine mammals. These are snorkel trips, as it's nearly impossible to scuba dive with whales since they move so quickly. Participants should have snorkeling experience and understand that there is a lot of swimming involved on these tours.

We generally get in the water with whales almost everyday, it really comes down to the quality of those swims. We aim to get 1-2 quality swims on a 5 swim day trip, and 3-4 quality swims on a 8 swim day trip.  A high quality encounter to us is one that lasts over 10 minutes and is in close proximity to a set of whales. Besides the close encounters with whale, Tonga is an absolute paradise to discover - reefs, beaches and a rich and vibrant culture.

Please contact us for availability and rates of 5 and 8 day Tonga Whale Trips in Vava’u. Keep in mind that due to the limited season and small group size, trips sell out very quickly.

8-day trips start at $5400 per person (max group size 6) at Mystic Sands

Recommended Hotel: MYSTIC SANDS - 8 SWIM DAY TRIPS ONLY
Mystic Sands is one of the nicest resorts in Vava’u.The resort is on a private beach and has a pier for picking up guests for whale-watching trips. Surrounded by tropical gardens, Mystic Sands is a 10-minute drive from town and has a beachfront restaurant located next door. Guests can make their own meals, as all rooms include a kitchenette with fridge/freezer, microwave, toaster, coffee plunger and a two-burner stove. The resort is located right on the water, giving guests access to kayaking, SUPs, snorkeling and other water activities. Pick up for the whale swims happens right at the resort's dock, making things a bit easier.

At Mystic Sands, there are only 6 rooms so you will get great and personal service. The hotel can make any meals required, you can cook yourself or go out to restaurants, the options are all there to make your holiday with us special. We have great snorkeling right here, several Free double and single kayaks, Free Wifi, infinity pool and other games and activities are available.  Families are welcome and we are very kid friendly, we have cots, high chairs, roll-away extra beds and life-vests.

Please note: There are other small hotels and guest houses available for the 5 and 8 day trips.

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