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This is a Big Animals Expedition in collaboration with Shark Warrior Adventures.

This 12 day humpback whale expedition is like nothing you’ve ever experienced. Of all whales, these gentle, playful giants are the most responsive to people. You will capture incredible images of mother and nearly-newborn humpbacks.

We choose the ideal time and place to encounter migrating humpback whales, when humpback mothers are nursing and raising newborn calves. Curious like toddlers, these two month-old calves will likely be willing to interact with you in the water.

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12 days 18+ age Tonga

WHALE PHOTOGRAPHY

This expedition is open to anyone who has swimming with whales on their bucket list. A professional underwater photographer will lead the expedition and help you to capture amazing images. There is no specific camera equipment requirement, nor level of experience. For these big animals, it’s all about wide-angle photography so leave your macro lens behind.

WATER TEMPERATURE & VIZ

Temperature
Water 78 – 84°F (25 – 28°C)
Land 82 – 90°F (27 – 32°C)

Visibility
80 – 100 feet (25 – 30 meters)

SNORKELLING

It’s all about snorkelling so a good set of snorkelling gear is required. Being swimming fit will be an asset.

Day 1:

  • Travel and snorkel with whales

Day 2:

  • Kayak, swim, test equipment

Day 3 & 8:

  • Snorkel with whales

Day 9:

  • Kayak and explore the island

Day 10-11:

  • Snorkel with whales

Day 12:

  • Pack and travel
DATES

2019
July 22 – August 3
August 1 – 14

2020
July 18 – 30
July 29 – August 10

COST

Fill in inquiry form below.

SPACES

4 spaces only

Our expedition happens before tourist season starts and ahead of crowds. Our host, Feleti, is a colorful storyteller and has been the King of Tonga’s chef.

The Kingdom of Tonga is a utopian archipelago in the South Pacific. Blue Lagoon resort is on a private island. It is as quiet and intimate as it is picturesque and romantic.

You’ll love the unique characteristics of a South Pacific island, surrounded by sandy beaches that face a protected tranquil lagoon. Since Blue Lagoon is far removed from the busy populated main island, it is a favorite spot for migrating whales.

INCLUDED
  • 12 days of travel
  • 8 days snorkeling with whales
  • All transportation from Tonga to the resort including water taxi to Blue Lagoon from Vava’u (60 minute ride)
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch box, and dinner)
  • Expedition leader
EXCLUDED
  • International and domestic flights
  • Alcohol and soft drinks (soda)
  • Hotel arrangement other than listed in lodging
  • Single occupancy
  • Unused part of the itinerary
  • Personal charges such as laundry, fishing, or telecommunication charges
  • Gratuities
  • Snorkeling gear
BOOKING & CANCELLATION POLICY

Booking

When we receive your deposit, we will send you a comprehensive and detailed trip preparation document about the experience and the destination. All trip costs are subject to change without prior notice until your reservation is confirmed. All trips require you carry trip, health, and dive (if applicable) insurance. This information as well as your passport photo will be requested after you place your deposit.

A deposit of 33% of the total trip price is required to secure space on the trip.

Cancellation

  • Must be made in writing.
  • More than 90 days before trip: Amount paid will be refunded less unrecoverable costs from promotional sales, administration costs, and processing fees.
  • 90 days or less before trip: No refund will be made unless space is sold, less unrecoverable costs from promotional sales, administration costs, and processing fees.
  • No refund is made for unused parts of the itinerary.

General

All diving is dictated by weather conditions and the itinerary is subject to change. There is no refund for no-dive days.

“What an incredible team at Shark Warrior! These guys are amazing! They offer a wonderful service at a great price!”

Pieter Schikkerling ,
South Africa

“Being highly knowledgeable about her passion, the ocean and sharks, Lesley ensured I had a holiday of a lifetime!”

Stephen Neild ,
United Kingdom

“Spending time with Lesley and seeing the world through her lens was a priviledge and very inspiring!”

David Rapley ,
Doha

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