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Address: Valomotu House Toula Vava'u, Neiafu, Tonga
Phone Number: +676 8494628
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Description: Wildlife boat tours taking guests out to snorkel & swim with majestic...
Wildlife boat tours taking guests out to snorkel & swim with majestic humpback whales in the pristine waters of the Vava'u Island group in The Kingdom of Tonga.
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my husband Phil and i had 4 swims with the whales each day was different the first 2 days where very rough but Phil made sure we still had good swims we felt very safe. Our guide... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
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Thirroul, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

my husband Phil and i had 4 swims with the whales each day was different the first 2 days where very rough but Phil made sure we still had good swims we felt very safe. Our guide Masi was always looking out for us especially me cause he knew i was unsure about swimming with these huge animals. Our last... More 

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Warrnambool, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

There are few better experiences I've had in my life! Phil & Sione went out of their way to ensure we had the trip of a lifetime! It is so humbling to be amongst some of the biggest creatures in the world and I felt very safe and looked after all the while! I recommend to anyone! Everyone!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

The Whales in the Wild team ensured an enjoyable and unforgettable experience. We were very lucky in securing a last minute booking but were made feel very welcome. Phil even drove to collect us from our guesthouse due to our lateness in meeting for departure. Pila was a knowledgeable local boatman and Sione a talented local guide of many years... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

This was one of my all time favorite experiences. Put on some scuba gear and snorkel with the biggest animals you have ever imagined. I give this tour, and experience my highest recommendation! Read and see pictures from my experience here: http://www.nomadic-by-nature.com/the-deep-wise-eyes-of-the-humpback-whale/

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Others before me have already stated the obvious but nothing compares to being able to snorkel with these most magnificent mammals. Whales in the Wild provides you with this incredible opportunity in a friendly and professional manner. We spent 3 days with Phil and his team. Each day offered different whale moments and we were fortunate enough to swim with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

You can't begin to imagine how amazing it is to see these enormous, gentle animals up close and personal! Phil and sione have an amazing talent to spot the whales. Then you get up close and they know if they are settled enough to get in with them. These giant humpback whales really seem to enjoy the interaction. They slowly... More 

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phil s, Owner at Whales in the Wild, responded to this review

Thanks Jo, it was so nice meeting you & Mike and such a wonderful encounter to share with you. Looking forward to your return to Vava'u and we might even get Mike in the water this time. Malo Phil More 

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I have used whales in the wild since 2012 on multiple trips and they are amazing! Great guides, great knowledge of the animals and Phil and his team will do everything possible to ensure you have a great time

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phil s, Owner at Whales in the Wild, responded to this review

Thanks Jon. My staff & myself love hosting you & your groups and the images & film you create help to keep so many great memories from every season. Malo Phil More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

I have had many excellent, good, bad and indifferent experiences on my travels and TripAdvisor has now become my primary travel resource to hopefully bias experiences towards the positive end. However, I have never written a review as a result of what can only be described as laziness. It therefore had to be a truly exceptional experience for me to... More 

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phil s, Owner at Whales in the Wild, responded to this review

Thanks Sam, It was a pleasure to have you along and hear your stories about your 5 month "see the world tour". We too where very excited to get the first whale swims of the season (well it's not even the season yet) The best part of the business is to see & share the joy of our clients and... More 

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

I had a friend tell me about this and I didn’t think I’d be able to do it at the age of 87. But I love swimming in the ocean and thought what better way to do it than with humpbacks. I contacted Phil from Whales in the Wild as well as a few other companies with my concerns and... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

A weak swimmer the last thing I ever thought I’d be able to do is get into the ocean with humpback whales. I’d never even snorkeled before! I was nervous. The staff at Whales in the Wild were quick to put me at ease and with their extraordinary skill and kindness guided me to within metres of a mother and... More 

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