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Another year with the lovely Bucketlist Family

One of my favourite times of year in Tonga is when Garrett and his family turn up for their annual pilgrimage to swim with the whales. I love the enthusiasm and connection they have with the whales. their latest v-blog really captures the essence of their last trip here with  us in Tonga. Can’t wait to see you guys again next season. I love this video!!

2020 Just released! Already taking bookings

Looking towards 2020, we have just released our new dates for the upcoming 2020 season, if you missed out this year and are looking to book next year or the year after, here is what we have on offer:

Tour 1 – 13th -21st July (7 Days)
Tour 2 – 24th – 31st July (7 Days)
Tour 3 – 3rd -11th August (7 Days)
Tour 4 – 12th – 20th August (8 Days)
Tour 5 – 24th Aug -1st Sept (8 Days)
Tour 6 – 4th Sept – 13th Sept (7 Days)
Tour 7 – 12th – 22nd Sept (8 Days)
Tour 8 – 25th Sept – 3rd Oct (8 Days)
Tour 9 – 5th – 13th October (7 Days)
Tour 10 – 14th – 23rd October (8 Days)

Tour 6 H – 1-Sep – 12-Sept (7 Days)
Tour 7H – 12th – 20th Sept (6 Days)
Tour 8H – 22nd – 30th Sept (7 Days)

Contact us for more details or to book your 2020 tours.

Michaela Skovranova with humpback whales in Tonga Vava'u. Don Silcock


Aerial Views over Vava’u, Tonga

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

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.

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.

New Born Humpback whale calf

Scott awarded 2nd Place in the General Category at Beneath the Sea 2014

We had this amazing moment with a new born mother and calf last year in Tonga that words cannot describe, this calf was less than a day old, no scratches, marks and still remnants of umbilical cord. it was such a special moment. It is one of thje images showcased at the Beneath the Sea awards this year.

Tonga 2013 whale season collage

The 2013 season has come to an End, but check out what we got up to in the last few months

We had an amazing season in Tonga this year filled with a multitude of mothers and calves and encounters with a number of creatures that were an unexpected surprise. whether we were swimming with Whales, Manta Rays, Blue Marlin, Leopard sharks and even a 15 metre long creature from the deep. Some amazing days on the water and spectacular evenings with all our guests.

We are already looking forward to next season!

Planet Whale Awards Logo

Swimming with Gentle Giants Shortlisted for the 2013 Planet Whale awards

We have been shortlisted for the 2013 Responsible Whale Watch Awards. This is a great honour and we are proud to be recognised for our responsible operation with these amazing creatures.

Check out our testimonials on planet whale here: http://www.planetwhale.com