Freediving with
Humpback Whales

A wonderful expert-guided multi-day ocean adventure to track and free dive with migratory humpback whales

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About Humpback Whale Freediving

Tonga is the destination for an epic whale migration and one of the few places in the world where you can swim with these remarkable animals.

Each year as sea temperatures around the Antarctic drop, one of the world’s greatest migrations begins. Humpback whales start their 6,000km journey to give birth in the warm waters around the Kingdom of Tonga. 

Having gorged themselves on krill that thrive in the Antarctic waters during the summer, the whales make their way along the east coast of New Zealand to the sheltered waters of Tonga. Here calves are born and raised between July and October in preparation for the return journey to Antarctic waters.

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WHY WE LOVE FREEDIVING WITHHUMPBACK WHALES

Tonga is one of the few places in the world where you are allowed to swim with these whales, always in the company of licensed local guides.

To be in close proximity to these majestic beasts in clear tropical waters is the stuff of dreams.

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BEST TIME TO GO FREEDIVINGWITH HUMPBACK WHALE

July to October is prime time to visit this tropical island setting so you are there when humpback whales arrive from the Antarctic and give birth to their calves. 

At this time of year, you will be free diving and snorkelling in open waters with these magnificent animals.

BEST TIME TO GO FREEDIVINGWITH HUMPBACK WHALE

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“This is just about the perfect adventure holiday for the whole family. Since our visit, we have sent couples, intrepid divers, underwater camera men and friends with families in our footsteps. I cannot recommend this ocean adventure highly enough
– Olly Williams

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Diving with Whales (FAQs) Need to Know

Do I need to be a strong swimmer to dive with humpback whales?

Yes – you will be swimming and snorkelling in the open ocean and so you do need to be a confident swimmer.

Is freediving with humpback whales suitable for families?

Yes absolutely – the tropical island location offers a great deal for families over and above the whale watching and swimming experience. Holidays can also include diving, kiteboarding, fishing and much more. Due to the remote location, the resort welcomes children over the age of 12.

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