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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 M1

Jul 20 – Jul 31

6 Spaces Left

Per Person Cost, From

$6300 USD

6900 USD

Sale

Group M2

Jul 31 – Aug 10

6 Spaces Left 

Per Person Cost, From

$6300 USD

6900 USD

Sale

Group M3

Aug 10 – Aug 21

6 Spaces Left

Per Person Cost, From

$6300 USD

6900 USD

Sale

Group M4

Aug 21 – Aug 31

6 Spaces Left

Per Person Cost, From

$6300 USD

6900 USD

Sale

Group M5

Aug 31 – Sep 11

6 Spaces Left

Per Person Cost, From

$6300 USD

3000 USD

Sale

Group M6

Sep 11 – Sep 21

6 Spaces Left

Per Person Cost, From

$6300 USD

6900 USD

Sale

Group M7

Sep 21 – Oct 2

6 Spaces Left

Per Person Cost, From

$6300 USD

6900 USD

Sale

Group M8

Oct 2 – Oct 12

6 Space Left 

Per Person Cost, From

$6300 USD

6900 USD

Sale

Group M9

Oct 12 – Oct 23

6 Spaces Left

Per Person Cost, From

$6300 USD

3000 USD

Sale

Group M10

Oct 23 – Nov 2

6 Spaces Left

Per Person Cost, From

$6300 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!