Tongan airlines can be quite strict about excess baggage, and usually will weigh all your bags (including carry-on). The fee for excess baggage recently went up & they are now charging $10TOP per kg. There are a couple of options to ensure your extra bags arrive if you are concerned.
1) Buy extra seats to Vava’u to accommodate the extra bags, this way they will be less inclined to leave anything behind.
2) Send everything freight which usually goes same day or we can send it the day before where possible so it arrives earlier.
The humpback whales come to Tonga to calve, rest, and mate before returning to Antarctica (where they feed). This includes mothers, calves, males and sub-adult whales who are all resting and interacting in the waters around the Tonga islands. This means that while there may be some smaller calves earlier in the season, there are always a range of whales around and a variety of behaviours on display. You may experience singing males, heat runs, interactive calves and more at any time throughout the season.
We also make an effort to see reefs, caves and other marine wildlife (which could include manta rays, whale sharks or even sperm whales) when we can. In the rich waters of Tonga, anything is possible.
Sundays are rest days in Tonga so most things are closed however this is a good day to explore the island, go up the mountain, snorkel at a beach etc.
There is also one rest day during the week where we can organise scuba diving, fishing, sailing, kayaking, island tours etc. We can book these before you arrive, or things are pretty flexible in Tonga if you’d like to organise it once you arrive. Or you can just put your feet up – usually you will be ready for a break after lots of long days on the water.
Tonga is one of only a few places in the world you can swim with Humpback whales. And the regulations state clearly that only 4 people and a licensed guide can be in the water with the whales at any one time. We don’t scuba dive with the whales, only snorkel and practice a soft approach to interactions with these amazing mammals.