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Whales in the Wild

Neiafu, Tonga
00676 70872
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Ranked #4 of 20 attractions in Neiafu
Type: Boat Tours
Fee: Yes
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Thank you Renata and Sione for a wonderful experience. "Whales in the Wild" are a very professional operation who strive to give you a safe and memorable experience whilst not interfering with the whales to any great extent. On our trip we saw a number of whales that were on the move and swam with a humpback whale with a... More

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Makati, Philippines
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We just had a great time with Whales in the Wild. Phil, Renate, and their boat driver Siony (the whale whisperer) run a very professional outfit. We were picked up on July 4 at 8am at Reef Resort, where we were staying, and were kitted with a shortie wetsuit, mask, snorkel and full foot fins and we were off. They... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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1,026 reviews 1,026 reviews
862 attraction reviews
341 helpful votes 341 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Whales in the Wild are one of the top Whale watch operators in Neiafu and it would be wise to book as early as you can. My Whale watch trip was spoilt by bad weather and trips can get cancelled last minute. You are out for 6 hours, Wetsuits, masks and snorkels are all provided. There is also a toilet... More

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McCarthy, Alaska
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Went with a couple different outfits, and Whales in the Wild gets the gold star. Owner Phil and staff were really invested in making our experience great - they really take it to heart - and his Tongan guides were tops - amazing at spotting whales and understanding their behaviors to maximize your chance of a great encounter. In the... More

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Sydney, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

I went out 3 days in a row with the Whales in the Wild crew. I found them to be a professional group. Always on time with the boat pick-up in the morning as well as organising rides to and from the airport and to a local Sunday Feast. On all three days on the boat we would be split... More

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Hong Kong, China
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Tardy in writing this but wanted to review our 3 days with Phil who owns Whales in the Wild. Out of the 3 companies we went with in Tonga, this one is definately the best. Phil is a really nice man and does his absolute best to give you the most memorable experience, and his Tongan guide Sione is unbelievably... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

Phil and Langi took us out for a day swimming with whales. Needless to say the whale swimming experience was amazing, something I could not put into words. We were very conscious that we wanted to choose a company that respected the whales in their environment and to swim on their terms. Phil and Langi were respectful of this at... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

We did 1 whale swim with Sione and had a great time. If Water and towels were supplied it would make this experience `Excellent`. The lunch was wonderful and compared to the 4 dives and 1 whale swim we did with Dolphin Pacific, I would use Whlaes in the Wild without hesitation next time. Thank you for a great experience.

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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

After spending a week at Vava'u I couldn't recommend Whales in the Wild enough. If you are after a truly unique experience with an incredible tour company then Whales in the Wild is for you. Phil the owner of the tour company is a very layback and knowledgeable man. During my time with Whales in the Wild I saw Phil... More

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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

We had 4 days with Phil Smith and guide Sione. It was fantastic, we saw individual whales, mothers and calves, plus a mother and calf with an escort, it was an unbelievable experience. We were also taken to beautiful water caves and coral reefs The masks, fins and wetsuits were all new and of great quality, a great lunch and... More

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