Our tours do not include any airfare.
Where do these trips take Place?
These trips take place in Vava’u, Tonga. Where is Tonga? It’s near Fiji! Go ahead and take a look on Google Maps!
Do your tours include flights?
Do you need to be a diver to come on the trip?
The humpback whale trips are snorkeling only; there is no diving allowed. There is also no need to dive, as the whales are at the surface most of the time.
How do I sign up for a trip?
Please email Nadia@SDLExpeditions.com or click on the “Book Now” button to reserve your space for a trip. Once we have received your non-refundable deposit, your space will be confirmed. All our trips offer payment plans.
How much is the deposit?
All trips require a non-refundable deposit of $1000 USD to confirm and reserve your spot on any trip. Each trip offers different due dates on payments leading up to the actual trip.
2018 Payment Plan:
1- $1000 USD Deposit
2- 50% of the balance is due on January 15, 2018
3- Final balance is due April 15, 2018
How can I pay?
You can pay using a credit card with a 3.5% processing fee or, if you live in the United States, you can pay via an online bank transfer for $25 USD.
What is your cancellation policy?
Ninety days or more: 20% of the trip cost + deposit
Less than 90 days: 100% cancellation fee
Are we guaranteed to see the whales?
Well, it’s the ocean, so you never know. However, most of our animal-specific trips are scheduled during the peak season to help optimize the chance of great encounters. We are quite confident that you will get in the water with the whales.
Can you help arrange my travel visas?
Visitors from most countries do not need a visa to enter Tonga (for a period of no longer than 31 days).
These include: Australia, Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Cook Islands, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Estonia, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Finland, France, French Polynesia (New Caledonia, Tahiti, Wallis & Futuna), Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kiribati, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Marshall Islands, Monaco, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niue, Norway, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russia, Samoa, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lusia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland, The Bahamas, Tokelau, Turkey, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Kingdom & Northern Ireland, United States of America, Vanuatu.
Please note, visitors from all other countries need visas prior to arrival. If you do require a visa, it is always best to make those enquiries with a travel agent or contact the Tongan Immigration Department at email@example.com or phone +676 26 696 or +676 26 970.
Tonga Visitors Bureau
Tel: +676 25 334
Fax: +676 23 507
What are the age restrictions on your tours?
To travel independently you must be at least 18 years old. There are no upper age limits for most of our tours. We suggest October tours for kids under 17 as the whales are much more settled, and it will be easier for your children.
I’m a single traveler. Will I be charged a single supplement?
A single supplements for your own room is available, but the price will vary based on which trip you choose. Please ask us. 🙂
Can I join a tour late or leave it early?
It is possible to leave a tour early but you will be responsible for your own arrangements from the moment you decide to leave the tour. You will also be responsible for all costs associated with joining a tour late or leaving early. If you feel this may be necessary, please contact us before you book your dive adventure. Your expedition cost will not change.
Are airport transfers included?
Airport transfers are included in the trip cost from VAV bot to and from our accommodations.
Is tipping included and if not, how much should I budget?
Tips are not included in the tour price and tipping is entirely at your discretion. We generally advise 5-10% of the trip price.