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Mystic Sands (8 Water Days)

Mystic Sands is one of the nicest resorts in Vava’u — just check out their amazing reviews on Trip Advisor. The resort is on a private beach and has a pier for picking up guests for whale-watching trips.

Surrounded by tropical gardens, Mystic Sands is a 10-minute drive from town, with a beachfront restaurant located next door. Guests can make their own meals, as all rooms include a kitchenette with fridge/freezer, microwave, toaster, coffee plunger and a two-burner stove. Hot breakfast is 25 TOP per person.

Packages

Prices are per-person, and vary based on accommodations. The whales arrive end of June. Pricing is based on double occupancy.

Group 1

Sept 3 – Sept 14

6 Spaces Left

Per Person Cost, From

$5500 USD

6900 USD

Sale

Group 2

Sept 14 – Sept 24

6 Spaces Left

Per Person Cost, From

$5500 USD

6900 USD

Sale

Group 3

Sept 24 – Oct 5

6 Spaces Left

Per Person Cost, From

$5500 USD

6900 USD

Sale

Group 4

Oct 5 – Oct 15

4 Spaces Left

Per Person Cost, From

$5500 USD

6900 USD

Sale

Group 5

Oct 15 – Oct 26

0 Space Left

Per Person Cost, From

$5500 USD

6900 USD

Sale

Group 5A

Oct 15 – Oct 26

6 Space Left

Per Person Cost, From

$5500 USD

6900 USD

Sale

Included In All Trips

Accommodation

Accredited whale guides

Hot breakfast

Return transport from VAV airport

Boat & skipper

Lunches on whale water days

Itinerary Example

The first and last day of your trip dates are the arrival and departure dates. Every other day is a whale swim day, except Sundays. Boats leave at 7:30am and are allowed to be out for 7 hours, which is dictated by whale swim regulations in Tonga.

  • Wednesday
    Arrival Day – The first day of the trip is an arrival day into Vava’u, Tonga
  • Thursday – Saturday
    Water Days – Typically we like to leave the dock at 7:30 am.
  • Sunday
    Sunday is a day of rest. No business is allowed to operate and flights are not allowed in or out of Tonga.
  • Monday – Friday
    Water Days
  • Saturday
    Departure Day – this is the departure day of the trip. Check out is 10am

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!