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Freediver Alice Forrest looking into the eye of a baby humpback whale underwater, photographed by Scott Portelli on tour with Swimming with Gentle Giants
Duration: 24th July-3rd Aug 2020, 10 nights (7 Days on the water with the whales)
Location: Vava'u, Tonga
Price: $6,450 AUD
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As the Humpbacks arrive in the warm tropical waters of Vava’u to breed and give birth, we spend 7 days exploring the northern most group of islands in the Kingdom of Tonga. The tour starts from your resort where we pick you up every morning for a day of swimming with the whales. We stop for lunch around coral reefs and stunning caves for some of the best snorkelling in the world.


24th  July – 3rd  August 2020


Includes; boat, crew and guide for 7 days on the water


AUD $1000 (This is non-refundable)
Note: All costs are in Australian Dollars

Total tour cost = $6,550 AUD per person


Maximum of 6 people to maximize your time in the water with the whales.

Tour Leaders

In 2020 our team of Professional award winning photographers and Marine Biologists will be the tours leaders/hosts on your tours. Alice Forrest, Angel Grimaldi, Grant Thomas, Laura Wells and Rita Kluge. Check out our team profiles for more information.

Tour includes

  • Boat, experienced crew and guide for 7 days on the water
  • 10 nights Accommodation
  • Lunch & snacks while onboard
  • Photography/Research advice and guidance in the water
  • Daily snorkelling on reefs and in caves
  • Airport transfers in Vava’u.


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Tour costs include 10 nights in the Waters Edge lodge shared accommodation next to beautiful Neiafu Harbour.  If you wish to extend your stay, or arrive early and depart later, we can organise additional accommodation for you.  Any dates outside the tour package will be charged accordingly.


Local Flights

Currently, Real Tonga is the only domestic airline operating in Tonga.
You can book directly with Real Tonga through their website: http://www.realtonga.to/index.html

Real Tonga Contact Details :

Real Tonga Airlines
Tungi Colonnade
Taufa’ahau Road
Phone : +676 23777 Mon – Fri ( 0830 – 1700 ) Sat ( 0830 – 1400 )
Email: booking@realtonga.to

Fiji Airways also fly 2 days a week to Tongatapu and Vavau
You can book directly with  Fiji Airways at https://www.fijiairways.com/

Important information

If you are unsure about anything please refer to our FAQ’s or contact us for more details.

Please review our Terms & Conditions and Cancellation policy

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