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A Tail in the air wins the Asferico International Nature Awards

We experienced some unique behaviour with this female Humpback last season and I managed to capture an interesting perspective showing the enormous tail and body above and below the surface. This image was awarded at the Asferico International Nature awards in the underwater category in 2018. We can learn so much from documenting unique behaviour from these majestic mammals. check out some of the talented photographers and their inspiring works of nature at the Asferico awards.

Aerial Views over Vava’u, Tonga

Check out some of the most amazing scenery in the south Pacific, truly a photographers paradise.

2018 Dates Released for Tonga

2017 dates are now fully booked but we have just released our dates for 2018,

Tour 1 – 26th July – 6th August (8 Day)

Tour 2 – 6th Aug – 15th August (8 Day)

Tour 3 – 17th Aug – 26th August (7 Day)

Tour 4 – 27th Aug – 5th Sept (8 Day)

Tour 5 – 7th Sept – 17th Sept (8 Day)

Tour 6 – 18th Sept – 27th Sept (8 Day)

Tour 7 – 28th Sept – 7th October (7 Day)


Underwater Encounters in Tonga

A little snippet of the amazing underwater encounters we have had this season in Tonga with the whales. very action packed, 2018 will be here before you know it, so check out the tour dates if you want to join us.

Aerial Views of Tonga and the Humpback whales

Some beautiful aerial footage of Tonga and the whales to entice those thinking of joining us next year. If you want to see this in 2018 join us for the chance to swim with the whales and see some amazing behaviour, not to mention stunning tropical islands.

Kicking off the season

As the season kicks off we are seeing some interesting behaviour from some young juvenile whales, this whale we had to nickname the crazy whale on account of it always making a B-line for us in the water. things can be unpredictable sometimes and we are dealing with wild animals with big bodies and big personalities. Lets hope the excitement continues this week.



Day Trips with Whales in the wild

We are now offering Day trips for people visiting us in Tonga for only a short period of time. The tours usually include 6 – 8 People and the team will take you out for a day whale watching, snorkeling including snorkeling, lunch and swimming with whales. to find out more fill in our enquiry form and we will get back to you with more details.



Tonga Photo Series

This week we are launching our new series of inspirational  photos of Tonga showcasing all that this beautiful South Pacific paradise has to offer.


Tonga Stars Milky way

Tongan people

Humpback Whales of Tonga

Coral Reefs in Tonga

Islands of Tonga

Light Beams in Caves

Mariners Cave, Tonga




Welcome to our new improved website

At Swimming with Gentle Giants, we strive to offer the best service possible and we think this should extend to our website and your experience from the first contact with us. so please let us know what you think of the new site. If there is anything missing you would like to see don’t hesitate to let us know.


Tonga 2014 Season collage whales caves light writing

Tonga never ceases to amaze

13 years in Tonga photographing the amazing Humpbacks and this was one of the best seasons yet. In August the water surprisingly cooler and there were a lot more whales closer inside the islands. On at least 3 occasions the whales were right insight the Harbour which happens rarely. Maybe once every 4-5 years. For anyone that has never visited the south Pacific, Tonga is one of those untouched places and still pristine in many respects, clear water, beautiful reefs, stunning caves and the added bonus of a multitude of friendly whales. This year we started the Tongan Fluke Collective, which encourages visiting photographers to donate Fluke shots to help ID the different individual whales that come to Tonga each year. You can find out more about the program here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/tonganflukecollective – Anyway we will be running a number of Photographic tours in the next year or so to various destinations, so stay tuned.