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A humpback whale lying under the water, with a bubble trail from its pectoral fin, photographed by Scott Portelli for Swimming with Gentle Giants
Duration: 7 nights (5 days in the water with the whales)
Location: Haapai, Tonga
Price: $5,990 AUD
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 These gentle giants of the sea give birth in the tropical waters of Ha’apai 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.


20th – 27th September 2018


Includes; 7 nights Accommodation (shared fale), wifi at the resort, breakfast, lunches on the boat, 5 days with the whales, crew and licensed guide, snorkeling daily.


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

Total tour cost = $5,990 AUD per person


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

Trip Leader

Trip Leader & Photography Host

Tour includes

5 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 7 days on the water
  • 10 nights Accommodation
  • Lunch & snacks while onboard
  • Photography/Research advice and guidance in the water
  • Daily snorkelling on reefs
  • Airport transfers in Ha’apai.


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Matafonua Resort Inclusive Package (Shared fale). Package costs are for 7 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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