What it was like swimming with whales in Tonga, 2017... Footage is ours, edited by Chris Ivin, and original music written and performed by James Ellercamp.
Tuesday, July 17-Wednesday, July 25
Tuesday, July 24-Wednesday, August 1
Tuesday, July 31-Wednesday, August 8
In 2018, we have places available on three oceanswimsafaris to Tonga in July and August. Tonga is one of the few places in the world where “swimming with whales” is allowed. Regulations state that swimmers can come as close as 5m to whales, which (who?) migrate to the islands to breed in the winter. In other places, you’re restricted to observing from a boat and from a much greater distance. And while some licences now operate to swim with whales in Australia, conditions attaching to them mean it's difficult to get up close and personal, as you can in Tonga.
We have space available at this stage on all three of our oceanswimsafaris, but be warned that we have already taken a number of bookings and one or more of these oceanswimsafaris are close to booking out.
In 2018, we have increased the whale swimming day excursions to three from two along with two days of swim excursions (down from three) around the Vava'U island group. We stay at accommodation billed as "the best in Neiafu", Vava'U's main town.
The Vava’U group is myriad islands, lagoons, channels and reefs. Many years ago, when we first ran a report about “swim cruising in the Pacific”, it was about Tonga. All our oceanswimsafaris stem from the image that that report conjured in our minds.
It will be much fun.
- 1 night, Nadi (Fiji, en route)
- 7 nights accommodation, Port Wine Guest House, Vava’U
- Breakfasts, Tongan feast on final night
- Two days swim excursions around the Vava’U island group
- Three days Whale Swimming Tours
- oceanswimsafaris.com swim cap and t-shirt
- Airport transfers in Nadi and Vava'U
- Package cost from $A3,210 pp twin/double share or $A3,340 single. (Actual package cost depends on standard of accommodation chosen.)
(NB: Rates are kept under review in view of fluctuations in exchange rates.)
There are three categories of accommodation available - stand alone fales (1 available per group), guesthouse rooms with own facilities (four available), and older guesthouse rooms with shared facilities (four available). Most rooms can be configured for single, double or twin. Our guesthouse currently is renewing its older rooms and it may be that, by the time we visit in 2018, new rooms will be available in place of the older guesthouse rooms.
This oceanswimsafari takes place within the humpback whale breeding season in Tonga, which is June/July through November. However, please understand that we cannot guarantee the presence of whales. That's up to nature, weather, etc.
Note that we are travelling to Vava'U in Tonga via Fiji, with an overnight in Nadi en route. Return involves no overnight, unless you'd like to stop off. Airfares are not included in the package above, but we are happy to advise. You can get to Nadi any way you like (on any flight you like), but you need to be on particular flights between Nadi and Vava'U and back to Nadi.
oceanswimsafari is led by oceanswims.com and Mrs Sparkle.
Enquiries and bookings
oceanswimsafaris.com/oceanswims.com are your tour operators handling all your bookings in association with this tour, apart from your flights.
When you wish to make enquiries, please first lodge an Enquiry Form to give us basic information to allow us to advise you accurately... Click here
When you're ready to book, please first check terms and conditions... Click here
When you've checked our Terms and Conditions, you will be ready to lodge your Booking Form... Click here
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If you'd like to see how our first inaugural Tonga oceanswimsafari went in 2015... Click here
Our staff photographer, Glistening Dave, came with us in 2015 and later published a book with his best images. Have a geek at Dave's book... Click here