Tonga Whale Encounters tour

Tonga Whale Encounters tour

Tour Experience

10-day Tonga tour featuring local island tours and swimming with humpback whales

Available

Selected small group departures from July to October

Location

Tongapatu, Ha'apai

This amazing Tonga tour gives you a once in a lifetime chance to swim with humpback whales as they visit these islands to breed, give birth and socialise in the beautiful clear waters. The tour includes 3 whale swimming safaris, a local island tour, and time to relax and snorkel on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

The whales visit Tonga during a specific season between July and October and we run several group departures during this period. We can also arrange private and tailor-made tours on request if our group dates or itinerary don't work for you.

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INCLUDED

  • Meals as stated in the itinerary
  • Domestic flight tickets
  • 2 nights accommodation at the 4-star Scenic Hotel or similar
  • 7 nights accommodation at the Ha’apai Beach Resort - in basic fales 
  • 3 boat trips to swim with the whales 
  • Wetsuits & snorkelling equipment
  • Island tours as stated in the itinerary
  • 24-hour return airport transfers

EXCLUDED

  • International flights (available on request)
  • Travel insurance (compulsory, available on request)
  • Meals not included in this Itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses
  • Any tips or gratuities for your tour leaders/guides
  • Any other items not mentioned above

PACKAGE DETAILS

Itinerary

DAY 1 Arrive in Tonga, transfer to hotel.

Upon arrival in the Kingdom of Tonga our driver will meet you at the airport to transfer you to a local hotel. The rest of the day is free.
OVERNIGHT:
Tongatapu hotel
MEALS:
N/A
EXTRAS:
Single room supplement (TOSGWS)

DAY 2 Fly to Ha'apai, free time.

In the afternoon you will be transferred to the domestic terminal for your scenic flight to the beautiful and remote islands of Ha’apai. The Resort team will be waiting at the Ha’apai airport to transfer you 1.3km to your beachfront fale, home for the next 7 nights. The rest of the day is free to relax and settle in, perhaps having a swim and snorkel over the house reef. A whale watching briefing is also held this afternoon to plan for your first whale safari tomorrow. In the evening, watch the sunset from the Ocean view restaurant and bar, just meters from the sand.
OVERNIGHT:
Ha’apai Beach Resort
MEALS:
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3 Swim with our Humpback whales.

After breakfast we board our traditional Tongan fishing vessel at 9am for a 6-hour trip on the water. Your professional guides are eager to introduce the majestic Tongan Humpback whales. Our aim is to take you into the water for memories that will last a lifetime. Lunch is served onboard and all equipment is provided. Arriving back at around 2.30 pm allows time to relax and look at your photos, take a walk along the beach and enjoy a cold drink from the bar. BBQ dinner served just after sunset.
OVERNIGHT:
Ha’apai Beach Resort
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 Day of rest and reflection in Tonga.

King George Tupou I pledged The Kingdom of Tonga and its people to heaven making Sunday a strict day of rest in the kingdom. It is actually illegal to work on the Sabbath. You can chose to begin your day by visiting a local church to hear the angelic voices of the choir or simply enjoy a day of your choice. The resort is open all day and swimming, snorkeling, cycling, kayaking, eating and drinking are all options for this restful day in Tonga. In the afternoon you will attend an informative whale briefing in preparation for your excursion tomorrow.
OVERNIGHT:
Ha’apai Beach Resort
MEALS:
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5 Swim with our Humpback whales.

After breakfast we head out for our second day into the crystal clear waters of Ha’apai to join the Humpback whales for further adventures and memories of a lifetime. Excellent food is provided in our ocean front restaurant as we share our experiences of the day.
OVERNIGHT:
Ha’apai Beach Resort
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 Swim with our Humpback whales.

After breakfast we head out for our final day into the crystal clear waters of Ha’apai to join the Humpback whales for further adventures and memories of a lifetime. Excellent food is provided in our ocean front restaurant and a farewell bonfire is lit as the Milky Way falls across the night sky.
OVERNIGHT:
Ha’apai Beach Resort
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 Guided Island Tour.

Enjoy a guided tour around the island with a local guide. Learn the whole truth about coconuts and their uses. Hear the local history of the island including Captain Cook, Mutiny on the Bounty and the Port of Prince. Visit historical and special spots around the Island. For the remainder of the day; ride a bike, hire a car and explore the island’s resorts, other snorkeling spots, beaches or the local cafe. Or you may simply relax at the resort – scuba diving, sea kayaks or snorkel the reef in front of the resort are options. Dinner tonight is enjoyed at the local Mariners Cafe.
OVERNIGHT:
Ha’apai Beach Resort
MEALS:
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8 Free day on Ha'apai.

Your time is free today to enjoy some final relaxation or activities on the island. We also build in this free day in case we have to reschedule one of our whale safaris from earlier in the tour due to bad weather or other issues.
OVERNIGHT:
Ha’apai Beach Resort
MEALS:
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9 Fly to Tongatapu. Island tour, Tongan feast.

After breakfast we fly back to the main island of Tongatapu. The afternoon is spent enjoying a guided tour of the island during which you’ll learn more about Tongan lifestyle, culture, heritage and traditions. The tour takes in the Royal Tombs where the late King George IV is laid to rest, along with the Royal Palace. From there we will head to the Eastern Side of Tonga to Captain Cook’s Landing then through to the Ancient Burial Tombs. We’ll also see the Ha’amonga Trilithon, a stone arch which was said to have been built in 1200AD, We’ll also visit the main market which is full of fruit, vegetable and produce stalls as well as local arts and crafts.
In the evening you will be taken to the renowned Ohelei Beach Resort for a final feast, cultural show and live music. Tongan feasts are an important part of local culture and this makes for a great end to your tour.
OVERNIGHT:
Tongatapu hotel
MEALS:
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10 Free day, transfer to airport.

Free time until transferring to the airport for your international departure flight. You may wish to revisit the market today which teems with Tongans from various different islands on Saturdays; a great place for a final taste of Tonga and some souvenirs.
OVERNIGHT:
N/A
MEALS:
Breakfast

DURATION

10 days

Price

A$4276

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