2 Alexandra Close St.Ives Cornwall UK TR261ES.

Vwalkerphotography@icloud.com

(44)(0)7966080802 or (44)(0)1736438142

Respect

Our tours focus on respecting the whales

The whales have travelled over 6000km from Antartica to mate, give birth and nurse their young.

It is an unbelievable experience to see them and swim with them, not a right.

Each swim will be on the whales terms. If a swim is not possible with a specific whale/group of whales, we will not push it and we will go and look for another whale.

 

There are quite a few options when it comes to swimming with humpback whales in Tonga, but not all of them are great options. You've likely traveled a very long way to swim with these amazing creatures, and we feel that we've created the best experience for both the snorkelers interests and the whales.

We focus on small groups of seven people. The skipper and guides are extremely experienced at what they do. The accommodation is the best on the island, beachfront bungalows with your own sandy path down to the sea.

 

KEY BENEFITS OF OUR TOUR

  • Small groups: We take max 7 people. Some boats will take up to 12 people, which I feel is too many - as you are only allowed 4 people in the water with the whales at a time.

  • The last thing you want is to miss out on the best encounters because you have to wait for 8 more people to have their turn. We keep our groups very small, to optimize for quality water time.

  • Beachfront accommodation at a tropical resort, set alongside a beautiful private white sandy beach and surrounded by palm trees.

  • Breakfasts and Dinners are included.

  • Lunches included on the boat.

  • Domestic Flight from Nunuku'alofa airport included.

  • Underwater photographer Victoria Walker will help with improving your photography skills, both in and out of the water. If the weather conditions are suitable she will also run a astrophotography workshop one evening.

MIGRATION

These enormous migrations that the humpback whales take every year are an essential part to their very survival as a species. The Antarctic waters are too cold for small calves to survive, so pregnant females will take on the mammoth journey of over 6000km all the way to Tonga to give birth in the warm sheltered bays of the of the Tongan islands.​

There's very little to eat once they leave the Antarctic feeding grounds, so they'll feast on 2 tons of fish a day. This will then give them a nice thick layer of rich, fat blubber which sustains them through the winter months ahead.

 

Its estimated that humpback calves can consume up to 150 litres of milk a day from their mother, which allows them to gain weight quite quickly.

Once strong enough to make the long journey south, the mother starts educating the calf how to feed for itself.

On the journey south, and on the returning journey 6 months later is when the calf starts to learn the migratory path from the Antarctic to Tonga. It will then use this path for all of it's life.

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