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Duration: 1st – 12th September 2020, 11 nights (6 days in the water with the whales)
Location: Ha'apai, Tonga
Price: $6,150 AUD
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As the Humpbacks arrive in large numbers to breed and give birth, you will bear witness to natures great events. The crystal clear waters of Ha’apai are the perfect place for nurturing mothers teaching their calves how to be whales while groups of whales demonstrate their overwhelming presence. Your day is filled with excitement only stopping to explore the coral gardens and abundant marine life that inhabits Tonga.


1st  – 12th  September 2020


Includes boat, crew and guide for 6 days on the water


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

Total tour cost = $6,150 AUD per person (inclusive Accom, Workshop, 6 days on the water with the whales, breakfast, lunches, airport transfers)


Maximum of 7 people to maximize your time in the water with the whales.

Tour Leader

In 2020 Linda Beks, professional award winning photographer will be running a photography workshop. Along with our licensed Tongan guides and hosts, you will have the most experienced team to ensure the best encounters on the water with the whales. 

Check out our team profiles for more information.

Linda Beks Workshop

Originally from Holland, Linda Beks moved to Australia 14 years ago and has been working as a professional photographer with a great interest for nature, animals and marine life.

Take the opportunity to join one of our trips and pick the brain of Linda who has received the prestigious titles of NSW AIPP Professional Photographer of the year twice- in 2013 and 2016 and has been awarded nationally and internationally for many images created by her.

She is a Master of Photography within the Australian Institute of Professional Photography. Her studio is based in Port Stephens, surrounded by great marine life which she as an advanced diver absolutely enjoys.

If you are interested to capture some great images while you are experiencing this amazing opportunity to swim with the humpback whales this trip is the one to book. If you have never known how to use your camera properly, if you are a beginner or more advanced photographer or videographer or just someone with interest for photography this trip is for you.

During your trip you have the opportunity to learn how to expand your knowledge of digital underwater photography and join three workshop evenings where Linda will share her knowledge on topics like

  • The best GoPro setting for underwater shooting and tips
  • Underwater camera housing set up, protection and maintenance tips
  • Lens basics and camera settings
  • How to bring out the best in under water colours
  • Improving image sharpness
  • The secrets of proper image composition
  • Learn or refresh the photo technique fundamentals, applied to the underwater environment
  • How to approach whales to get the best photo and video results
  • Learn post-processing, workflow and image editing of whales that will guarantee your images rank at the top of your friends favourites.

During the rest of the trip Linda will be there to show you her photography, editing style and workflow so you are able to create the best images possible of your amazing experience with the whales.

What equipment do I need?

You can either watch and learn or get the best out of this workshop with your own camera! This might be a point and shoot camera / go pro or a compact camera or professional camera in a underwater housing.

NOTE: If you don’t have an underwater housing we may be able to provide this for you from our sponsors.

You also need a device for downloading and backing up images, and a device (other than the camera) suitable for viewing digital images. Ideally you will have a laptop with a card reader. Better still some form of image processing software that will allow you to enhance your images is ideal BUT not required.

Tour includes

6 days on the water with lunch; photography advice and guidance in the water; daily snorkeling on reefs; airport transfers in Haapai; accommodation at Matafonua resort.

Also included: continental breakfast, lunch on the boat, hire of kayaks, bicycles and snorkel gear as well as free WIFI in the main building.

  • Boat, experienced crew and guide for 6 days on the water
  • 11 nights Accommodation
  • Lunch & snacks while onboard
  • Photography workshop and guidance in the water
  • Daily snorkeling on reefs
  • Airport transfers in Ha’apai.


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Matafonua Resort inclusive package. Package costs are for 11 nights in shared accommodation. If you wish to extend your stay or arrive early and depart later, we can organise accommodation based on availability. Any dates outside the tour packaged 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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