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Whales in the Wild

#2 of 17 Tours in Neiafu
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Address: Valomotu House Toula Vava'u, Neiafu, Tonga
Phone Number: +676 849 4628
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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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swimming with humpback whales

phil from whales in wild was awesome to deal with as we organized the excursions via email from nz, nothing was a problem ,quick to reply and he even organized our scuba diving... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Napier, New Zealand
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Napier, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

phil from whales in wild was awesome to deal with as we organized the excursions via email from nz, nothing was a problem ,quick to reply and he even organized our scuba diving day through his contacts and was a great dive.excellent boat and setup ,great lunches and snorkelling at the end ,gopro a must on a trip like this,fantastic

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Hilo, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016 via mobile

Phil and the guys are absolutely amazing! We spent the entire day chasing whales and enjoying the beautiful Vavau waters! They make everyone feel so comfortable and at ease! The lunch they provided too was great! Highly recommend them for your whale swimming needs!!!

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Sydney
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

...but we have been on another vessel and always came last. NO WHALES . Talking to people coming back from a day with the whales it was all ..we had a great day / it was fantastic / we almost touched them / etc. To be fair I must say that we have been there at the end of the... More 

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Noosaville, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

This was my third trip in the Sept/Oct period. My expectations were high but they were far exceeded. Phil's team is now a multiskilled team with the capacity to relate and quickly have their clients at ease......add to this the newest and FIrst Lady who brings with her a special gift of joy and you have a great team of... More 

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Portland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2016

Swimming with the whales was a bucket list item for us for many years. Having heard great thing's about Whales in the Wild, I communicated with Phil about good times to come (July - September) and options for places to stay on Vava'u. It's a very long flight from the states, and timing the international flights and local island flights... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016

A truly beautiful experience. Swimming with humpbacks was humbling and heart melting. The waters are crystal clear and there are plenty of caves and beaches to explore. But what made the trip so special, most of all, was the crew. Masii and Vili have a sixth sense for the whales and did everything they could to ensure we had the... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

Swimming with the humpbacks had been on my husband's wishlist for a long time. This trip was booked more than a year ago (and now I think you need to book even earlier than that). We came as a group of 7 which was great because we booked the boat out (max 8 pax + 2 crew). Whales in the... More 

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Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016 via mobile

A trip here is a day worth of whales! While most company finish early , these guys stayed out. Spent 4 days and finished up mostly 15.30-16.30. The guides , and skippers are good in what they do. Quality gear and quality swims. They sell out fast.

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Gross-Gerau, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016

I was told that Whales in the Wild are one of the top Whale watch operators in Neiafu and we booked two trips with them. You should book early in advance to get a place on board. The first trip was great as we saw a female with a baby and they where very calm and not moving and we... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016 via mobile

Fantastic experience and excellent company. The whales sell themselves, but the guides, boats, and experience that Whales in the Wild offers is the best on the island. No need to shop around, just reserve your spot ASAP, they go fast!

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