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Dates & Prices

What Dates Should You Choose?

July and August feature mating whales 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 four people in the water at at time. Our photo boats take a maximum of four guests, allowing every guest to get in the water on every drop. Our regular boats take six 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.

 

Other operators tend to take out 8-12 people, but we try to optimize in water time for guests. We are also one of the only boats that stays out past 2 p.m., again in an attempt to maximize guests' time with the whales.

 

What's Included?

-Accommodation

-Hot Breakfast

- Boat, skipper, accredited whale guides, lunches on whale water days

-Return transport from VAV airport to your accommodations

- Photo & Video advice from Nadia Aly

- Smiles & Fun!

Why Us?

- Small groups of 6 or 4 (Tongan law only allows 4 swimmers in the water at a time)

- No time limits (Other operators limit their tours to 6 hours)

Underwater Photographer to help you improve your shots/videos, take photos of you

2017 Dates - 8 Water Days | $4000 USD Per Person

Group 4: September 9 - 20, 2017 | *6 People Max | $4000 USD* (3 spots 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!

8 WATER DAYS | PRICES VARY BASED ON ACCOMMODATIONS - PRICES ARE PER PERSON

Group 1: July 18 - July 28, 2018 *6 PEOPLE MAX | $4800 USD*Mystic Sands Resort

 Group 1: July 18 - July 28, 2018

Water days: July 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31 and August 1
Rest days: July 22
Accommodation: Mystic Sands Resort

 

 

July 18, 2018 - Arrival Date: Arrive into Vava’u and relax for the day! Get your cameras set up and get a bite to eat.

July 19, 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 a.m.

July 20, 2018 - Water Day 2

July 21, 2018 - Water Day 3

July 22, 2018 - Sunday Rest Day

July 23, 2018 - Water Day 4

July 24, 2018 - Water Day 5

July 25, 2018 - Water Day 6

July 26, 2018 - Water Day 7

July 27, 2018 -  Water Day 8 

July 28, 2018 - Departure Day 

 

Group 2: July 21 - August 2, 2018 *6 PEOPLE MAX | $4300 USD * Flying Annie Bed & Breakfast*
Group 2: July 21 - August 2
Water days: July 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31 and August 1
Rest days: July 22, 26 and 29 

 
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 a.m.

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 - Sunday Rest Day

July 30, 2018 -  Water Day 6 

July 31, 2018 - Water Day 7

August 1, 2018 - Water Day 8

August 2, 2018 - Departure Day 

Group 3: August 1 - August 13, 2018 | *SOLD OUT*
Group 3 :  August 1 - 13
Water days: August 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10 and 11

Rest days: August 5, 9 and 12 

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 a.m.

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 - Rest Day

August 10, 2018 -  Water Day 7 

August 11, 2018 - Water Day 8

August 12, 2018 -  Sunday Rest Day *There are no flights in or out on Sundays* 

August 13, 2018 - Departure Day 

Group 4: August 1 - August 11, 2018 *6 PEOPLE MAX | $4800 USD* Mystic Sands Resort
Group 4: August 1 - 11
Water days: August 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10 , 11
Rest days: August 5, 9 and 12

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 a.m.

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 - Rest Day

August 10, 2018 -  Water Day 7 

August 11, 2018 - Water Day 8

August 12, 2018 - Sunday Rest Day *There are no flights in or out on Sundays* 

August 13, 2018 - Departure Day 

Group 5: August 11 - August 22, 2018 *6 PEOPLE MAX | $4800 USD* Mystic Sands Resort (4 Spaces Left)
Group 5: August 11 - 22
Water days: August 13, 14, 15, 16, 17,18, 20 and 21
Rest days: August 12 and 19   

 

August 11, 2018 - Arrival Date: Arrive into Vava’u and relax for the day! Get your cameras set up and get a bite to eat.

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. 

August 13, 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 a.m.

August 14, 2018 - Water Day 2

August 15, 2018- Water Day 3

August 16, 2018 - Water Day 4

August 17, 2018- Water Day 5

August 18, 2018- Water Day 6 

August 19, 2018 - Sunday Rest Day

August 20, 2018 -  Water Day 7

August 21, 2018 - Water Day 8

August 22, 2018 - Departure Day 

 

Group 6: August 22 - September 1, 2018 *6 PEOPLE MAX | $4300 USD* * Flying Annie Bed & Breakfast*
Group 6: August 22 - September 1
Water days: August 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 

Rest day: August 26 

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

August 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 a.m.

August 24, 2018 -Water Day 2

August 25, 2018 - Water Day 3

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 4

August 28, 2018- Water Day 5

August 29, 2018- Water Day 6

August 30, 2018- Water Day 7

August 31, 2018- Water Day 8

September 1, 2018 - Departure Day 

 

Group 7: September 1 - September 12, 2018 *PHOTO BOAT | 4 PEOPLE MAX | $6000 USD PP* * Flying Annie Bed & Breakfast*
Group 7: September 1 - September 12
Water days: September 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10 and 11
Rest days: September 2 and 9  

 

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

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 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 a.m.

September 4, 2018 - Water Day 2

September 5, 2018- Water Day 3

September 6, 2018 - Water Day 4

September 7, 2018- Water Day 5

September 8, 2018- Water Day 6 

September 9, 2018 - Sunday Rest Day

September 10 2018 -  Water Day 7

September 11, 2018 - Water Day 8

September 12, 2018 - Departure Day

 

Group 8: September 12 - September 22, 2018 * *PHOTO BOAT | 4 PEOPLE MAX | $6500 USD PP* Mystic Sands Resort
Group 8: September 12 - September 22
Water days: September 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21
Rest Day: September 16

September 12, 2018 - Arrival Date: Arrive into Vava’u and relax for the day! Get your cameras set up and get a bite to eat.

September 13, 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 a.m.

September 14, 2018 - Water Day 2

September 15, 2018 - Water Day 3

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 4

September 18, 2018 - Water Day 5

September 19, 2018 - Water Day 6

September 20, 2018 - Water Day 7

September 21, 2018 - Water Day 8

September 22, 2018 - Departure Day

 

 

 

 

Group 9: September 22 - October 3, 2018 *6 PEOPLE MAX | $4800 USD* Mystic Sands Resort
Group 9: September 22 - October 4
Water Days: September 24, 25, 26, 28, 29 and October 1, 2 and 3
Rest Days: September 23, 27 and 30

 

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 a.m.

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 - Sunday Rest Day 

October 1, 2018 - Water Day 6

October 2, 2018 - Water Day 7

October 3, 2018 - Water Day 8

October 4, 2018 - Departure Day

Group 10: September 22 - October 3, 2018 *6 PEOPLE MAX | $4800 USD* Mystic Sands Resort
Group 10: September 22 - October 4 
Water Days: September 24, 25, 26, 28, 29 and October 1, 2 and 3

Rest Days: September 23, 27, 30 

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 a.m.

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 - Sunday Rest Day

October 1, 2018 - Water Day 6

October 2, 2018 - Water Day 7

October 3, 2018 - Water Day 8

October 4, 2018 - Departure Day

Group 11: October 3 - October 13, 2018 *6 PEOPLE MAX | $4800 USD* Mystic Sands Resort
Group 11: October 3 - October 15
Water days: October 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12 and 13
Rest days: October 7, 11 and 14 
 

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 a.m.

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 - Sunday Rest Day *There are no flights in or out on Sundays*

October 15, 2018 - Departure Day

 

Group 12: October 3 - October 13, 2018 *6 PEOPLE MAX | $4300 USD* * Flying Annie Bed & Breakfast*
Group 12: October 3 - October 15
Water Days: October 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12 and 13
Rest days: October 7, 11 and 14 
 

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 a.m.

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 - Sunday Rest Day *There are no flights in or out on Sundays*

October 15, 2018 -  Departure Day

 

Group 13: October 13 - October 24, 2018 *6 PEOPLE MAX |$4800 USD* Mystic Sands Resort
Group 13: October 13 - 24
Water days: October 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 22 and 23
Rest days: October 14 and 21

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: 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 a.m.

October 16, 2018 - Water Day 2

October 17, 2018 - Water Day 3

October 18, 2018  - Water Day 4

October 19, 2018 - Water Day 5

October 20, 2018 - Water Day 6

October 21, 2018 - Sunday Rest Day

October 22, 2018 - Water Day 7

October 23, 2018 - Water Day 8

October 24, 2018 - Departure Day

 

Group 14: October 13 - October 24, 2018 *6 PEOPLE MAX |$4800 USD* Mystic Sands Resort

Group 14 : October 13 - 24
Water days: October 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 22 and 23
Rest days: October 14 and 21

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: 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 a.m.

October 16, 2018 - Water Day 2

October 17, 2018 - Water Day 3

October 18, 2018  - Water Day 4

October 19, 2018 - Water Day 5

October 20, 2018 - Water Day 6

October 21, 2018 - Sunday Rest Day

October 22, 2018 - Water Day 7

October 23, 2018 - Water Day 8

October 24, 2018 - Departure Day

 

7 Nights/ 5 Water Days - $3200 USD PP *Vava'u Villas*

GROUP A: AUGUST 4 - AUGUST 11, 2018 *6 PEOPLE MAX*
GROUP B: AUGUST 11 - AUGUST 18, 2018 *6 PEOPLE MAX*
GROUP C: AUGUST 18- AUGUST 25, 2018 *6 PEOPLE MAX*
GROUP D: AUGUST 25 - SEPTEMBER 1, 2018 *6 PEOPLE MAX*
GROUP E: SEPTEMBER 1 - SEPTEMBER 8, 2018 *6 PEOPLE MAX*
GROUP F: SEPTEMBER 8 - SEPTEMBER 15, 2018 *6 PEOPLE MAX*
GROUP G: SEPTEMBER 15 - SEPTEMBER 22, 2018 *6 PEOPLE MAX*
GROUP H: SEPTEMBER 22 - 29, 2018 *6 PEOPLE MAX*
GROUP I: SEPTEMBER 29 - OCTOBER 6, 2018 *6 PEOPLE MAX*
GROUP J: OCTOBER 6 - OCTOBER 13, 2018 *6 PEOPLE MAX*
GROUP K: OCTOBER 13 - 20, 2018 *6 PEOPLE MAX*

2019 DATES - 8 WATER DAYS | PRICING TBA

Trip 1: July 6- July 17, 2019
Trip 2: July 17-27, 2019
Trip 3: July 17-27, 2019
Trip 4: July 27 - August 7, 2019
Trip 5: July 27 - August 7, 2019
Trip 6: August 7 - 17, 2019
Trip 7: August 7 - 17, 2019
Trip 8: August 17 - 28, 2019
Trip 9: August 17 - 28, 2019
Trip 10: August 28 - September 7, 2019
Trip 11: August 28 - September 7, 2019
Trip 12: September 7 - 18, 2019
Trip 13: September 7 - 18, 2019
Trip 14: September 18 - 28, 2019
Trip 15: September 18 - 28, 2019
Trip 16: September 28 - October 9, 2019
Trip 17: September 28 - October 9, 2019
Trip 18: October 9 -19, 2019
Trip 19: October 9 -19, 2019
Trip 20 : September 25 - October 5th, 2019
Trip 21: October 5 - October 16, 2019
Trip 22: October 16- October 26, 2019

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, and it's hard to keep up with whales on SCUBA. 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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