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WHY SHOULD GO AND DIVE TONGA?

Swimming with humpback whales is a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

The dream can come true in Tonga

If you have ever dreamed of a close encounter with whales, Tonga is the place you were looking for.

The archipelago of Tonga, 176 islands in the central South Pacific, white beaches fringed by palm trees, transparent waters, super friendly population and thousands of whales that arrive after a very long journey from Antarctica, in search of warm waters to give birth and feed the own little ones. The ideal season to see these large mammals is from June to October, the best month ever is September.

Can you snorkel and approach whales?

The answer is yes, in Tonga! It should be known that snorkeling can only be done if accompanied by an authorised local guide, who ensures the respect of the animals and the safety of customers. Diving is prohibited.

The Vava'u group of islands in northern Tonga is the best place, although humpback whales can be seen throughout the archipelago.

Best season for swimming with whales in Tonga

From July to October, in the season when humpback whales leave their habitat in Antarctica and embark on the long journey north in search of warm tropical waters to give birth to their young. Whales love the shallow, sheltered waters between the islands to feed and care for the baby whales.

A typical day in search of whales

We start in the morning, sailing slowly in search of the whales willing to participate in the close encounter, once the right subjects have been found, it is necessary to enter the water calmly, without fidgeting and making noise, otherwise the whales could move away. Then they expect humpback whales that usually make several laps around you to get to know you. Once the meeting that usually lasts a few electrifying minutes is over, you go back on the boat and start looking for other subjects. At the end of the long and busy day we stop on a paradise island for a few moments of relaxation on the fantastic Tongan beaches.

The most frequent encounters are with the curious baby whales and the mother, in some cases young solitary males are also encountered.

In Tonga you stay in a resort, usually located on a splendid beach of some small island, and you make day trips with the boats of the diving centers. It is also possible to base in Neiafu, the pretty capital town of the Vava'u and always make day trips.

RESERVE A TRIP IN TONGA

Humpback whale is approaching us
Humpback whale is approaching us © Photo by Paolo Colombo for Cruising Indonesia
Face-to-face encounter with a humpback whale
Face-to-face encounter with the humpback whale © Photo by Paolo Colombo for Cruising Indonesia
Humpback whale lapping around us
Humpback whale laps around us to get to know us © Photo by Paolo Colombo for Cruising Indonesia
Humpback whale is right underneath us
A Humpback whale is right underneath us © Photo by Paolo Colombo for Cruising Indonesia
Eye-to-eye experience with a humpback whale
Seeking ‘eye-to-eye’ experience with the giant humpback whales © Photo by Paolo Colombo for Cruising Indonesia
Giant humpback whale scanned us
The giant humpback whale scanned us with a glance © Photo by Paolo Colombo for Cruising Indonesia
Swimming with humpback whales in Tonga
Swimming with humpback whales in Tonga is an mesmerising experience © Photo by Paolo Colombo for Cruising Indonesia
Humpback whale moves fast
Photographing humpback whales in Tonga is challenging © Photo by Paolo Colombo for Cruising Indonesia
Humpback whale playing around us
Humpback whale now is playing around us © Photo by Paolo Colombo for Cruising Indonesia
Humpback whale in Tonga
Humpback whale still playing around us © Photo by Paolo Colombo for Cruising Indonesia
Resort in Tonga
Resort experience in Tonga © Photo by Cruising Indonesia
Palm beach in Tonga
Palm beach experience in Tonga © Photo by Cruising Indonesia
Boat house in Tonga
Colourful boat house in Tonga © Photo by Cruising Indonesia
Boat in Tonga
Colourful boat in Tonga © Photo by Cruising Indonesia
Suckling pig in Tonga
Suckling pig, a favourite of Tonga © Photo by Cruising Indonesia
Island in Tonga
Quintessential island experience in Tonga © Photo by Cruising Indonesia
A diver in the beach in Tonga
Diver in Tonga © Photo by Cruising Indonesia
Mapu 'A Vaea Blowholes
Mapu 'A Vaea Blowholes in Tonga © Photo by Cruising Indonesia
Vava'u
Aerial view Vava'u archipelago in Tonga © Photo by Cruising Indonesia
Tonga beautiful nature
The beauty of Tonga's nature © Photo by Cruising Indonesia
Neiafu Marine
Marine of Neiafu in Tonga © Photo by Cruising Indonesia

RESERVE A TRIP IN TONGA

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