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Whales in the Wild

Valomotu House Toula Vava'u, Neiafu, Tonga
+676 8494628
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Ranked #3 of 20 Attractions in Neiafu
Type: Boat Tours
Fee: Yes
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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English first
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

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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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This was a great experience. Phil and his crew were professional, friendly and very knowledgeable. We were lucky enough to swim with the whales multiple times, and we even had time to go snorkeling and check out both Mariner's Cave and Swallows Cave on the way back. The equipment was good quality and the food, drinks and snacks were great... More

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Noosaville, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

I did not think it possible, yet in every respect this second trip was even better than my trip of the previous year . Phil and his team run a very relaxed and smooth operation and a second boat gives him some flexibility in the event of the unexpected eg late requests for another trip. This time I took five... More

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Wollongong
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71 reviews 71 reviews
14 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Only had 1 day to do the whale swim and unfortunately even though we saw a number of whales none of them were travelling slow enough to allow a swim. The crew travelled us far and wide over the day to get us a swim but whales are "in the wild" and it didn't work for us. A lovely lunch... More

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melbourne
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

After 4 days of commuting from Melb to Aukland to Tonga and then finally Vava'u (wondering are we sure this is worth it ) we had our first whale dive today. Set out at 7.30 am and the first group of 4 (only 4 allowed in at a time ) went in for 1/2 hr then when it was our... More

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Sydney, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Phil, Renata, Sione, Masi and the rest of the team are brilliant. We had the most amazing experiences with these giants of sea. We also had a chance to snorkel around some beautiful coral reefs and swim in a couple of the caves around the area. Not only does Phil supplies snacks, lunch and drinks on the boat which is... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

The best experiences of my life so far. Amazing caring staff who assist in anything required. Spent 3 days and each day was absolutely perfect. Packed lunch and food on board, stopped to swim with whales many times each day as well as swimming in beautiful caves, and snorkelling over coral reefs. Would 100% go back again in a heartbeat... More

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Los Angeles, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 via mobile

This was a life-changing experience! Whales in the wild staff are professional, kind and really cared about the quality of our experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

My sister & I spent 3unforgettable days with Whales in the Wild.Phil&Renata are genuine,honest people who treat their staff with the utmost respect. sione was an incredible guide who found us some mindblowing whale experiences! Sione was considerate and really made me feel comfortable in the water when I was not confident with the snorkel.unlike other operators, we had full... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 via mobile

Whales in the Wild provided a unique and unforgettable experience! Phil and Renata made it easy by looking after all our travel and accommodation logistics. We took their full package which made travel and connections easy, and accomodation of your choice organised. The whale swimming was superb! On day 1 swimming with our first whale 45 minutes after being picked... More

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