FREE DIVING WITH HUMPBACK WHALES IN THE KINGDOM OF TONGA

A WONDERFUL EXPERT GUIDED MULTI-DAY OCEAN ADVENTURE TO TRACK AND FREE DIVE WITH MIGRATORY HUMPBACK WHALES STAYING ON AN IDYLLIC TROPICAL ISLAND

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Where
TONGA
When
JULY TO OCTOBER
How long
7 NIGHTS
How much
FROM £3,750 PP
why
MARINE WILDLIFE; PRISTINE TROPICAL ISLAND; BEAUTIFUL CORAL REEF; OFF THE BEATEN TRACK; OCEAN ADVENTURE; EXPERT WHALE DIVING GUIDES; OPPORTUNITY TO SCUBA DIVE
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RUSTIC BREEZY ‘FALE’ COTTAGES

THE KINGDOM OF TONGA; A COLLECTION OF STUNNING ISLANDS AND THE SEASONAL AQUATIC HOME TO MIGRATORY HUMPBACK WHALES AND THEIR YOUNG CALVES. VENTURE INTO THE BLUE IN THE COMPANY OF ONE OF THE WORLD’S TOP HUMPBACK WHALE EXPERT GUIDES IN SEARCH OF THIS MAGNIFICENT MAMMAL. WORLD CLASS AQUATIC WILDLIFE INTERACTIONS.

THIS 7-NIGHT ACTION-PACKED OCEAN ADVENTURE WILL TAKE YOU INTO A RARE AND BEAUTIFUL UNSPOILT TROPICAL ISLAND PARADISE TO DIVE AND SWIM WITH GIANTS. THIS TRIP IS IDEAL FOR ACTIVE FAMILIES (ages 7-70 years) WHO ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT EXPERIENCING TRUE TROPICAL ISLAND LIFE AND THE CHANCE TO SWIM WITH MIGRATORY HUMPBACK WHALES IN THEIR NATURAL HABITAT.

Arriving into the Tongan airport of Vavau you will be met by your hosts and transferred by speed boat to your tropical island home for the next 7 nights.

On arrival you will enjoy cool refreshment, a shower in your breezy fale cottage and a great dinner on the beach before a good night’s rest. The next morning after breakfast you will meet your expert free-diving guide and boat skipper and be given a full safety briefing before boarding your free-dive boat and venturing out onto the ocean in search of humpback whales.

Whales sing because they love the feel of the ocean against their skin.”

- Anthony T. Hincks

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Day 1

ARRIVAL INTO AIRPORT OF VAVAU

Transfer to tropical island accommodation, delicious dinner and a good night’s rest.

Day 2 - 7

INTO THE BLUE

After breakfast you will meet your expert whale diving team and be given a full safety briefing. You will spend three full days on the ocean, in search of whales. Once a whale is sighted your guide will enter the water and wearing fins and masks you will follow. You will then be permitted to calmly fin towards the whale and observe these magnificent mammals as they bask and patrol the deep blue waters.

Day 2 - 7

ISLAND LIFE

Each day holds new secrets. You will explore secret coves, spend relaxed afternoons exploring the jungle and the pristine coral reef of your island home or simply chill in a hammock with a cool cocktail.

Day 2 - 7

OFF-GRID IN TONGA

Across 7 days spent on the island we include 3 full days on the ocean. This timeframe maximises your chances of good whale sightings whilst giving you ample rest days on the island.

Island life is extremely relaxing. There is intermittent WIFI in the beach restaurant but aside from this you will be truly off-grid and able to relax with a good novel to the sound of the sea lapping on the white sand. Pure Heaven in Polynesia.

Day 8

HOMEWARD BOUND

Breakfast in beach bar followed by a calm morning exploring the reef. Departure to Vavau for onward flights.

A NOTE FROM OLLY

INSPIRATION & GROUND TRUTH

My friend Doug Allan, the BBC ‘Blue Planet’ underwater cameraman who guided and filmed me and Suzi diving with Leopard Seals in Antarctica, recommended this stunning tropical paradise as the perfect base from which to paint humpback whales. He was not wrong. Over the course of our time on the island our local whale guide team helped us with some extraordinary interactions with this beautiful and intelligent giant. We were permitted to approach the whales and draw and paint them at close range, an extraordinary wildlife encounter. Non-diving days were spent exploring the jungle and the reef surrounding our island home and our evenings were spent enjoying delicious home-cooked meals of freshly caught fish and drinking cold beers.

Just about the perfect adventure holiday for the whole family. Since our initial visit in 2007 we have sent couples, intrepid divers, underwater cameramen and friends with their young families in our footsteps. I cannot recommend this ocean adventure highly enough.

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