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Dates & Prices

What Dates Should You Choose?

The whales are in Tonga throughout July to the end of October. You are more than likely to get in the water with the whales through these months.

Why book a package?

- First, these are natural, unscripted encounters. Giving yourself only one or two days to swim with whales will lead to disappointment if you don't see any. It takes time to find the whales and, once we do, we must determine if they want to stay and play with us. Not all whales want to interact. Some are on the move, or maybe they just don't feel like it. So we leave these whales alone. This process can take all day.

 

- Second, we've got to account for the weather. It's winter in Tonga, which means it can sometimes be cold, rainy and windy. You don't want to come all this way and then find out that the two swim days you booked are rainy and windy. Bad weather could negatively affect the quality of your day. Especially if you want to grab photos or videos, then lighting can become an issue as well. Don't worry it's not cold. Water temp is roughly 25/26C throughout the season.

 

- Third, it's important to focus on the quality of the encounter. Yes, you can go for a day or two and get lucky with an amazing encounter. But at the end of the day, the longer you spend on the water, the more likely you will have some mind-blowing experiences.

 

- Finally, consider the quality of the operator. There are only 15-20 boats out there, so most of them get booked out by tour agents like us. This leaves very few boats for "day trippers." It is very hard to find a quality operator, as swimming with whales is an art. As the years progress, you will find it quite difficult to get a day booking with a quality, skilled, licensed operator in Vava'u.

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 four or six (Tongan law only allows four swimmers in the water at once)

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

Underwater photographer to help you improve your shots/videos 

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 (6 SPACES LEFT)

 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 in 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 - Rest Day: 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 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 (6 SPACES LEFT)
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 in Vava’u and relax for the day! Get your cameras set up and get a bite to eat.

July 22, 2018 - Rest Day: 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 

*SOLD OUT* 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 in 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: Sundays in Tonga are a day off for nearly everyone as it is illegal for businesses to operate, even the airports. 

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 (2 SPACES LEFT)
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 in 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- Rest Day: 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 in Vava’u and relax for the day! Get your cameras set up and get a bite to eat.

August 12, 2018 - Rest Day: 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 

 

* SOLD OUT* Group 6: August 22 - September 1, 2018 *6 PEOPLE MAX * SOLD OUT
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 in 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 - Rest Day: 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 *6 PEOPLE MAX | $4300 USD *Flying Annie Bed & Breakfast (3 SPACES LEFT)
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 in Vava’u and relax for the day! Get your cameras set up and get a bite to eat.

September 2, 2018 - Rest Day: 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 (2 Spaces Left)
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 in 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 - Rest Day: 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

 

 

 

 

*SOLD OUT* Group 9: September 22 - October 3, 2018 *SOLD OUT*
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 in Vava’u and relax for the day! Get your cameras set up and get a bite to eat.

September 23, 2018 - Rest Day: 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

*SOLD OUT* Group 10: September 22 - October 3, 2018 *8 PEOPLE MAX | $5500 USD* Mystic Sands Resort with Greg Lecoeur *SOLD OUT*
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 in Vava’u and relax for the day! Get your cameras set up and get a bite to eat.

September 23, 2018 - Rest Day: 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 (2 SPACES LEFT)
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 in 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 - Rest Day: 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* (2 Spaces Left)
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 in 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 - Rest Day: 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 (6 SPACES LEFT)
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 in Vava’u and relax for the day! Get your cameras set up and get a bite to eat.

October 14, 2018 - Rest Day: 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 (6 SPACES LEFT)

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 in Vava’u and relax for the day! Get your cameras set up and get a bite to eat.

October 14, 2018 - Rest Day: 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*PRICES ARE PER PERSON

GROUP A: AUGUST 4 - AUGUST 11, 2018 *6 PEOPLE MAX* (6 SPACES LEFT)
GROUP B: AUGUST 11 - AUGUST 18, 2018 *6 PEOPLE MAX* (1 SPACE LEFT)
GROUP C: AUGUST 18- AUGUST 25, 2018 *6 PEOPLE MAX* (6 SPACES LEFT)
GROUP D: AUGUST 25 - SEPTEMBER 1, 2018 *6 PEOPLE MAX* (6 SPACES LEFT)
GROUP E: SEPTEMBER 1 - SEPTEMBER 8, 2018 *6 PEOPLE MAX* (2 SPACES LEFT)
*SOLD OUT* GROUP F: SEPTEMBER 8 - SEPTEMBER 15, 2018 *SOLD OUT*
*SOLD OUT* GROUP G: SEPTEMBER 15 - SEPTEMBER 22, 2018 *SOLD OUT*
*SOLD OUT* GROUP H: SEPTEMBER 22 - 29, 2018 *SOLD OUT**
*SOLD OUT* GROUP I: SEPTEMBER 29 - OCTOBER 6, 2018 *SOLD OUT**
GROUP J: OCTOBER 6 - OCTOBER 13, 2018 *6 PEOPLE MAX* (6 SPACES LEFT)
GROUP K: OCTOBER 13 - 20, 2018 *6 PEOPLE MAX* (6 SPACES LEFT)

8 WATER DAYS | *MYSTIC SANDS* 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 17: September 28 - October 9, 2019
Trip 18: September 28 - October 9, 2019
Trip 20: October 9 -19, 2019
Trip 21: October 9 -19, 2019
Flying Annie Bed & Breakfast:
Trip 16 : September 25 - October 5th, 2019
Trip 19: October 5 - October 16, 2019
Trip 22: October 16- October 26, 2019

5 Water Days - *Vava'u Villas* PRICING TBA

GROUP A: July 6 - 13, 2019 *6 PEOPLE MAX*
GROUP B: July 13 - 20, 2019 *6 PEOPLE MAX*
GROUP C: July 20 - 27, 2019 *6 PEOPLE MAX*
GROUP D: July 27 - August 3, 2019 *6 PEOPLE MAX*
GROUP E: August 3- 10, 2019 *6 PEOPLE MAX*
GROUP F: August 10 - 17, 2019 *6 PEOPLE MAX*
GROUP G: August 17 - 24, 2019 *6 PEOPLE MAX*
GROUP H: August 24 - 31, 2019 *6 PEOPLE MAX*
GROUP I: August 31 - September 7,, 2019 *6 PEOPLE MAX*
GROUP J: September 7 - 14, 2019 *6 PEOPLE MAX*
GROUP K: September 14 - 21, 2019 *6 PEOPLE MAX*
GROUP L: September 21 - 28, 2019 *6 PEOPLE MAX*
GROUP M: September 28 - October 5, 2019 *6 PEOPLE MAX*
GROUP N: October 5 - 12, 2019 *6 PEOPLE MAX*
GROUP O: October 12 - 19, 2019 *6 PEOPLE MAX*
GROUP P: October 19 - 26, 2019 *6 PEOPLE MAX*

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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