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Dates & Prices

What Dates Should You Choose?

July and August feature whales that are mating and heat runs, along with newer calves and their moms. September and October feature more mothers and interactive calves.
What's a Photo Boat? *Price is based on twin sharing *

A photo boat is for photographers, videographers or people who really love Whales.

Tonga law only allows 4 people in the water at at time. Our photo boats take max 4 guests, allowing every guest to get in the water on every drop. Our regular boats take 6 people, which is usually fine for all sorts of guests.

 

Being on a regular boat, you are of course still allowed to take photos and videos, it's more about group size.

 

Most boats take out 8-12 people, we try to optimize in water time for guests. We are also one of the only boats that stay out past 2pm, again optimizing guests time for great encounters. 

2017 Dates - 8 Water Days | $4000 USD or Photo Boat: $6000 USD PP

Group 1: August 2 - 12, 2017 *6 People Max | $4000 USD* (3 spots left)

GROUP 1: AUGUST 2 - 12, 2017

August 2, 2017- Arrival Date: Arrive into Vava’u and relax for the day! Get your cameras set up and get a bite to eat.

August 3, 2017 - Water Day 1. We work as a group to be the first ones on the water and last ones out, if the group agrees. Typically we like to leave the dock at 7 am

August 4, 2017 -Water Day 2

August 5, 2017 - Water Day 3

August 6, 2017 - Day off: Sundays in Tonga are a day off for nearly everyone as it is illegal for businesses to operate, even the airports. 

August 7, 2017 - Water Day 4

August 8, 2017 - Water Day 5

August 9, 2017 - Water Day 6

August 10, 2017 - Water Day 7

August 11, 2017 -  Water Day 8

 

August 12, 2017  -Departure day. Hope you had a great time and see you next year!

Group 2a: August 12 - 23, 2017 | 6 People Max | $4000 USD pp* (1 spot left)

GROUP 2a: August 12 - 23, 2017 

August 12, 2017 - Arrival Date: Arrive into Vava’u and relax for the day! Get your cameras set up and get a bite to eat. 

August 13, 2017-  Day off: Sundays in Tonga are a day off for nearly everyone as it is illegal for businesses to operate, even the airports. This is why you arrive on the 1st, ready to go on September 9th.

August 14, 2017 - Water Day 1 - We work as a group to be the first ones on the water and last ones out, if the group agrees. Typically we like to leave the dock at 7 am.

August 15, 2017 - Water Day 2

August 16, 2017  - Water Day 3

August 17, 2017 - Water Day 4

August 18 2017 - Water Day 5

August 19, 2017- Water Day 6

August 20, 2017 -Sundays in Tonga are a day off for nearly everyone as it is illegal for businesses to operate, even the airports.

August 21, 2017  -  Water Day 7

August 22, 2017 -  Water Day 8

 August 23, 2017 -Departure day. Hope you had a great time and see you next year!

Group 2b: August 12 - 23, 2017 *Photo Boat | 4 People Max | $6000 USD pp* with Greg Lecoeur

GROUP 2b: August 12 - 23, 2017 with Greg Lecoeur

** Photographers boat - 4 people max*

August 12, 2017 - Arrival Date: Arrive into Vava’u and relax for the day! Get your cameras set up and get a bite to eat. 

August 13, 2017-  Day off: Sundays in Tonga are a day off for nearly everyone as it is illegal for businesses to operate, even the airports. This is why you arrive on the 1st, ready to go on September 9th.

August 14, 2017 - Water Day 1 - We work as a group to be the first ones on the water and last ones out, if the group agrees. Typically we like to leave the dock at 7 am.

August 15, 2017 - Water Day 2

August 16, 2017  - Water Day 3

August 17, 2017 - Water Day 4

August 18 2017 - Water Day 5

August 19, 2017- Water Day 6

August 20, 2017 -Sundays in Tonga are a day off for nearly everyone as it is illegal for businesses to operate, even the airports.

August 21, 2017  -  Water Day 7

August 22, 2017 -  Water Day 8

 

August 23, 2017 -Departure day. Hope you had a great time and see you next year!

Group 3a: August 23- September 2, 2017 | $4000 USD* (4 spots left)

GROUP 3a: August 23- September 2, 2017 

August 23, 2017 - Arrival Date: Arrive into Vava’u and relax for the day! Get your cameras set up and get a bite to eat. 

August 24, 2017 -  Water Day 1 - We work as a group to be the first ones on the water and last ones out, if the group agrees. Typically we like to leave the dock at 7 am.

August 25, 2017 -  Water Day 2

August 26, 2017 - Water Day 3

August 27, 2017 - Sundays in Tonga are a day off for nearly everyone as it is illegal for businesses to operate, even the airports.

August 28, 2017 - Water Day 4

August 29, 2017 - Water Day 5

August 30, 2017 - Water Day 6

August 31, 2017 - Water Day 7

September 1, 2017 - Water Day 8

 

September 2, 2017 -  Departure day. Hope you had a great time and see you next year!

Group 3b: August 23- September 2, 2017 *Photo Boat | 4 People Max |$6000 USD pp* with Greg Lecoeur

GROUP 3b: August 23- September 2, 2017 with Greg Lecoeur

** Photographers boat - 4 people max*

August 23, 2017 - Arrival Date: Arrive into Vava’u and relax for the day! Get your cameras set up and get a bite to eat. 

August 24, 2017 -  Water Day 1 - We work as a group to be the first ones on the water and last ones out, if the group agrees. Typically we like to leave the dock at 7 am.

August 25, 2017 -  Water Day 2

August 26, 2017 - Water Day 3

August 27, 2017 - Sundays in Tonga are a day off for nearly everyone as it is illegal for businesses to operate, even the airports.

August 28, 2017 - Water Day 4

August 29, 2017 - Water Day 5

August 30, 2017 - Water Day 6

August 31, 2017 - Water Day 7

September 1, 2017 - Water Day 8

 

September 2, 2017 -  Departure day. Hope you had a great time and see you next year!

Group 4: September 9 - 20, 2017 *6 People Max | $4000 USD* (1 Spot Left)

GROUP 4 : september 9 - 20, 2017

September 9, 2017 - Arrival Date: Arrive into Vava’u and relax for the day! Get your cameras set up and get a bite to eat. 

September 10, 2017-  Day off: Sundays in Tonga are a day off for nearly everyone as it is illegal for businesses to operate, even the airports. This is why you arrive on the 1st, ready to go on September 9th.

September 11, 2017 - Water Day 1 - We work as a group to be the first ones on the water and last ones out, if the group agrees. Typically we like to leave the dock at 7 am.

September 12, 2017 - Water Day 2

September 13, 2017  - Water Day 3

September 14, 2017 - Water Day 4

September 15, 2017 - Water Day 5

September 16, 2017- Water Day 6

September 17, 2017 -Sundays in Tonga are a day off for nearly everyone as it is illegal for businesses to operate, even the airports.

September 18, 2017  -  Water Day 7

September 19, 2017 -  Water Day 8

 

September 20, 2017 -Departure day. Hope you had a great time and see you next year!

Group 5: September 20 - 30, 2017 *SOLD OUT*

GROUP 5: September 20 - 30, 2017

September 20, 2017 - Arrival Date: Arrive into Vava’u and relax for the day! Get your cameras set up and get a bite to eat. 

September 21, 2017 -  Water Day 1 - We work as a group to be the first ones on the water and last ones out, if the group agrees. Typically we like to leave the dock at 7 am.

September 22, 2017 -  Water Day 2

September 23, 2017 - Water Day 3

September 24, 2017 - Sundays in Tonga are a day off for nearly everyone as it is illegal for businesses to operate, even the airports.

September 25, 2016 - Water Day 4

September 26 2016 - Water Day 5

September 27, 2016 - Water Day 6

September 28, 2016 - Water Day 7

September 29, 2016 - Water Day 8

 

September 30 2016 -  Departure day. Hope you had a great time and see you next year!

Group 6: September 30 - October 11, 2017 *SOLD OUT*

GROUP 6: September 30 - Ocotber 11, 2017

September 30, 2017 - Arrival Date: Arrive into Vava’u and relax for the day! Get your cameras set up and get a bite to eat. 

October 1, 2017 - Day off: Sundays in Tonga are a day off for nearly everyone as it is illegal for businesses to operate, even the airports. This is why you arrive on the 1st, ready to go on October 3!

October 2, 2017 - Water Day 1: We work as a group to be the first ones on the water and last ones out, if the group agrees. Typically we like to leave the dock at 7 am.

October 3, 2017 - Water Day 2

October 4, 2017 - Water Day 3

October 5, 2017 - Water Day 4

October 6, 2017 - Water Day 5

October 7, 2017 - Water Day 6

October 8, 2017 - Day off: Sunday offers another chance to relax at a resort. 

October 9, 2017 - Water Day 7

October 10, 2017 - Water Day 8

 

October 11, 2017 - Departure day. Hope you had a great time and see you next year!

Group 7: October 11- 21 2017 *6 People Max | $4000 USD* (2 Spots Left)

GROUP 7: October 11- 21 2017

October 11,  2017 - Arrival Date: Arrive into Vava’u and relax for the day! Get your cameras set up and get a bite to eat. 

October 12, 2017 - Water Day 1: We work as a group to be the first ones on the water and last ones out, if the group agrees. Typically we like to leave the dock at 7 am.

October 13, 2017 - Water Day 2

October 14, 2017 - Water Day 3

October 15, 2017 - Day off: Sunday offers another chance to relax at a resort. 

October 16, 2017 - Water Day 4

October 17, 2017 - Water Day 5

October 18, 2017 - Water Day 6

October 19, 2017 - Water Day 7

October 20, 2017 - Water Day 8

October 21, 2017 - Departure day. Hope you had a great time and see you next year!

2018 DATES - 8 WATER DAYS | $4200 USD OR PHOTO BOAT: $6000 USD PP

Group 1 :July 21 - August 2, 2018 *6 PEOPLE MAX | $4200 USD*

GROUP 1: July 21 - August 2, 2018 

July 21, 2018- Arrival Date: Arrive into Vava’u and relax for the day! Get your cameras set up and get a bite to eat.

July 22, 2018 - Day off: Sundays in Tonga are a day off for nearly everyone as it is illegal for businesses to operate, even the airports. 

July 23, 2018 -Water Day 1. We work as a group to be the first ones on the water and last ones out, if the group agrees. Typically we like to leave the dock at 7 am

July 24, 2018 - Water Day 2

July 25, 2018 - Water Day 3

July 26, 2018 - Rest Day 

July 27, 2018 - Water Day 4

July 28, 2018 - Water Day 5

July 29, 2018 - Day off: Sundays in Tonga are a day off for nearly everyone as it is illegal for businesses to operate, even the airports. 

July 30, 2018 -  Water Day 6 

July 31, 2018 - Water Day 7

August 1, 2018 - Water Day 8

August 2, 2018 - Departure Day 

Group 2: August 1 - 13, 2018 *SOLD OUT*

Group 2: August 1 - 13, 2018

August 1, 2018- Arrival Date: Arrive into Vava’u and relax for the day! Get your cameras set up and get a bite to eat.

August 2, 2018 - Water Day 1. We work as a group to be the first ones on the water and last ones out, if the group agrees. Typically we like to leave the dock at 7 am

August 3, 2018 -Water Day 2

August 4, 2018 - Water Day 3

August 5, 2018- Day off: Sundays in Tonga are a day off for nearly everyone as it is illegal for businesses to operate, even the airports. 

August 6, 2018 - Water Day 4

August 7, 2018- Water Day 5

August 8, 2018- Water Day 6 

August 9, 2018 - Break Day

August 10, 2018 -  Water Day 7 

August 11, 2018 - Water Day 8

August 12, 2018 -  Day off: Sundays in Tonga are a day off for nearly everyone as it is illegal for businesses to operate, even the airports. * There are no flights in or out on Sundays* 

August 13, 2018- Departure Day 

Group 3: August 15- 25, 2018 *6 PEOPLE MAX | $4200 USD*

Group 3: August 15- 25, 2018

August 15, 2018- Arrival Date: Arrive into Vava’u and relax for the day! Get your cameras set up and get a bite to eat.

August 16, 2018 - Water Day 1. We work as a group to be the first ones on the water and last ones out, if the group agrees. Typically we like to leave the dock at 7 am

August 17, 2018 -Water Day 2

August 18, 2018 - Water Day 3

August 19, 2018- Day off: Sundays in Tonga are a day off for nearly everyone as it is illegal for businesses to operate, even the airports. 

August 20, 2018 - Water Day 4

August 21, 2018- Water Day 5

August 22, 2018- Water Day 6 

August 23, 2018 - Water Day 7

August 24, 2018 -  Water Day 8 

August 25, 2018 - Departure Day 

 

Group 4: August 25- September 5, 2018 *6 PEOPLE MAX | $4200 USD*

Group 4: August 25-  September 5, 2018, 2018

August 25, 2018- Arrival Date: Arrive into Vava’u and relax for the day! Get your cameras set up and get a bite to eat.

August 26, 2018 - Day off: Sundays in Tonga are a day off for nearly everyone as it is illegal for businesses to operate, even the airports. 

August 27, 2018 -Water Day 1. We work as a group to be the first ones on the water and last ones out, if the group agrees. Typically we like to leave the dock at 7 am

August 28, 2018 - Water Day 2

August 29, 2018- Water Day 3

August 30, 2018 - Water Day 4

August 31, 2018- Water Day 5

September 1, 2018- Water Day 6 

September 2, 2018 - Day off: Sundays in Tonga are a day off for nearly everyone as it is illegal for businesses to operate, even the airports. 

September 3 2018 -  Water Day 7

September 4, 2018 - Water Day 8

September 5, 2018 - Departure Day 

 

Group 5: September 5 - 15 , 2018 *PHOTO BOAT | 4 PEOPLE MAX |$6000 USD PP*

Group 5: September 5 - 15 , 2018

September 5, 2018- Arrival Date: Arrive into Vava’u and relax for the day! Get your cameras set up and get a bite to eat.

September 6, 2018 -Water Day 1

September 7, 2018 -Water Day 2

September 8, 2018 - Water Day 3

September 9, 2018- Day off: Sundays in Tonga are a day off for nearly everyone as it is illegal for businesses to operate, even the airports. 

September 10, 2018 - Water Day 4

September 11, 2018- Water Day 5

September 12, 2018- Water Day 6 

September 13, 2018 - Water Day 7

September 14 2018 -  Water Day 8

September 15, 2018 - Departure Day

 

Group 6: September 15 - 22 ** 5 Water Days ONLY** Price: TBA

Group 5:  September 15 - 22 , 2018

September 15, 2018- Arrival Date: Arrive into Vava’u and relax for the day! Get your cameras set up and get a bite to eat.

September 16, 2018 -Day off: Sundays in Tonga are a day off for nearly everyone as it is illegal for businesses to operate, even the airports. 

September 17, 2018 -Water Day 1 - We work as a group to be the first ones on the water and last ones out, if the group agrees. Typically we like to leave the dock at 7 am.

September 18, 2018 - Water Day 2

September 19, 2018- Water Day 3

September 20, 2018 - Water Day 4

September 21, 2018- Water Day 5

September 22, 2018- Departure Day

 

 

 

 

Group 7: September 22 - October 4, 2018 *6 PEOPLE MAX | $4200 USD*

Group 7:  September 22 - October 4, , 2018

September 22, 2018- Arrival Date: Arrive into Vava’u and relax for the day! Get your cameras set up and get a bite to eat.

September 23, 2018 -Day off: Sundays in Tonga are a day off for nearly everyone as it is illegal for businesses to operate, even the airports. 

September 24, 2018 -Water Day 1 - We work as a group to be the first ones on the water and last ones out, if the group agrees. Typically we like to leave the dock at 7 am.

September 25, 2018 - Water Day 2

September 26, 2018- Water Day 3

September 27, 2018 - Rest Day

September 28, 2018- Water Day 4

September 29, 2018- Water Day 5

September 30, 2018 - Day off: Sundays in Tonga are a day off for nearly everyone as it is illegal for businesses to operate, even the airports. 

October 1, 2018 - Water Day 6

October 2, 2018 - Water Day 7

October 3, 2018 - Water Day 8

October 4, 2018 - Departure Day

Group 8: October 3 - October 15, 2018 *6 PEOPLE MAX | $4200 USD*

Group 8:  October 3 - October 15, , 2018

October 3, 2018 - Arrival Date: Arrive into Vava’u and relax for the day! Get your cameras set up and get a bite to eat.

October 4, 2018  -Water Day 1 - We work as a group to be the first ones on the water and last ones out, if the group agrees. Typically we like to leave the dock at 7 am.

October 5, 2018- Water Day 2

October 6, 2018 - Water Day 3

October 7, 2018 - Day off: Sundays in Tonga are a day off for nearly everyone as it is illegal for businesses to operate, even the airports. 

October 8, 2018  - Water Day 4

October 9, 2018 - Water Day 5

October 10, 2018 - Water Day 6

October 11, 2018 - Rest Day

October 12, 2018 - Water Day 7

October 13, 2018 - Water Day 8

October 14, 2018 -  Day off: Sundays in Tonga are a day off for nearly everyone as it is illegal for businesses to operate, even the airports. *There are no flights in or out on Sundays*

October 15, 2018 - Departure Day

Group 9: October 13- 25, 2018 *6 PEOPLE MAX | $4200 USD*

Group 9:  October 13- 25 , 2018

October 13, 2018 - Arrival Date: Arrive into Vava’u and relax for the day! Get your cameras set up and get a bite to eat.

October 14, 2018  -Day off: Sundays in Tonga are a day off for nearly everyone as it is illegal for businesses to operate, even the airports. 

October 15, 2018- Water Day 1

October 16, 2018 - Water Day 2

October 17, 2018 - Water Day 3

October 18, 2018  - Rest Day

October 19, 2018 - Water Day 4

October 20, 2018 - Water Day 5

October 21, 2018 - Day off: Sundays in Tonga are a day off for nearly everyone as it is illegal for businesses to operate, even the airports. 

October 22, 2018 - Water Day 6

October 23, 2018 - Water Day 7

October 24, 2018 -  Water Day 8

October 25, 2018 - Departure Day

Information:

Whale season in Vava'u is mid-July through October. Some days are sunny; some days are cloudy. The weather is warm, but you'll want to bring a wind jacket to keep you comfortable on the boat. Water temperature is around 77 F (25 C). 

 

Vava'u, in our opinion, is the best place in the world for in-water encounters with humpback whales. Only snorkeling is allowed with the whales as they don't like divers' bubbles. A special permit is required to dive with them. The topography of the islands allows us to work in most conditions, excluding intense weather days of course.

 

We will go out and swim with the whales in most conditions, the weather and seas don't seem to affect the whales at all. We search for the whales in calm, sheltered bays, open sea — pretty much wherever the day takes us!

 

 

 

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