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A humpback whale calf, rolling on its back under the water, beside a group of swimmers on tour with Swimming with Gentle Giants
Duration: 6 - 13 Sep 2023, 7 nights (5 days in the water with the whales)
Location: Vava'u, Tonga
Price: $6,750
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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. Humpback males escort the mother and calves waiting for the opportunity to mate before heading back to the Antarctic waters to feed. Your day is filled with excitement and admiration, only stopping to explore the coral gardens and abundant marine life that inhabits Tonga.


6 – 13 Sep 2023


Includes; boat, crew and guide for 5 days on the water


$1000 (This is non-refundable)

Total tour cost = $6,750 per person


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

Tour Leaders

In 2023 our team of professional award winning photographers and Marine Biologists will be the tours leaders/hosts on your tours: Scott Portelli, Alice Forrest, Angel Grimaldi, Grant Thomas, Rosie Leaney, John Natoli, Pete McGee, Andre Joanisse and Alex Kydd.Check out our team profiles for more information.


Tour includes

  • Boat, experienced crew and guide for 5 days on the water
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Lunch & snacks while onboard
  • Photography/research advice and guidance in the water
  • Daily snorkeling on reefs and in caves
  • Airport transfers in Vava’u.


Tour costs include 7 nights in a premium shared accommodation on beautiful Neiafu Harbour.

How to get there

You can find travel and flight suggestions here.


Important information

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

Please review our Terms & Conditions and Cancellation policy

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