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A humpback whale over and under the water, spy-hopping, photographed by Scott Portelli
Duration: 15th – 24th Sept 2020, 9 nights (6 days in the water with the whales)
Location: Vava'u, Tonga
Price: $6,150 AUD
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These gentle giants of the sea give birth in the tropical waters of Vava’u to ensure the safety of their new born calves. You will be witness to the bond between mother and calf and the unique behaviour that can only be experienced by observing these amazing creatures in their natural environment. Your day is filled with excitement and admiration only stopping to explore the coral gardens and abundant marine life that inhabits Tonga.

Date

15th – 24th Sept 2020

Charter

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

Deposit

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)

Group

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 under water 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 and 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 image 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

  • Boat, experienced crew and guide for 6 days on the water
  • 9 nights Accommodation
  • Lunch & snacks while onboard
  • Photography advice and guidance in the water
  • Daily snorkeling on reefs and in caves
  • Airport transfers in Vava’u.

 

 

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Accommodation (Package)

Package costs are for 9 nights in a premium shared accommodation on the harbour. If you wish to extend your stay or arrive early and depart later, we can organise alternate accommodation. 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
Nuku’alofa
Tongatapu
TONGA
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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