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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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Breathtaking experience!!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 11, 2015
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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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Long Beach, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Whales in the wild is the way to go. This is a professional operator, with a great boat (easy to get in and out and safe) and an amazing crew - Sione and Masi. Phil is extremely friendly, kind, easy going and helpful and will do his utmost best to make your experience worth remembering. He respects the fact that... More 

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Woking, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Swimming with the whales was the highlight of our round the world trip and we can’t thank Whales in the Wild enough for making it such a memorable day. We had four guides on the boat due to it being the end of the season and they were all amazing at spotting the whales. We were lucky enough to swim... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

I was very impressed by the Whales in the Wild operations. I am a marine biologist myself and also an eco-tourist guide, so I know how challenging it is to find a fine balance between well-being of the animals and delivering the experience to the clients. Whales in the Wild team was very professional, well-organized, communicable and, most importantly, they... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

If there is a rating higher than 5 stars then I would be giving a better review. Fantastic experience, swam with whales many times and the crew were really conscious of being whale aware. Told us all about the experience to expect and how we would be able to swim and not impact on the whales. Great local knowledge, great... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

This operator is the real deal. Professional, respectful of the whales, and the rules but still manages to find whales for us to swim with. Get within an arm length off if they head your way. Phil and his team rock.. Seone is a great spotter too. Whales in the Wild was recommended to me from someone who had done... More 

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Address: Valomotu House Toula Vava'u, Neiafu, Tonga
Phone Number: +676 8494628
Location: South Pacific  >  Tonga  >  Vava'u Islands  >  Neiafu

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