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Dolphin Pacific Diving and Whale Watching

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Neiafu, Tonga
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About Dolphin Pacific Diving and Whale Watching
We are experts in Whale watching and getting our guests swimming with whales, for a once in a lifetime experience. With 22 years of working in these waters, understanding whales and finding great dive sites, we know what it takes to offer you a truly unforgettable day! Hosts to the BBC, 60 minutes , Discover channel and IMAX Productions. Located in the Vava'u Island Group, the crystal clear waters offer superb diving, while the warm sheltered waters attract the annual migration of humpback whales.
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Chris E wrote a review Oct 2019
Walsall, United Kingdom14 contributions5 helpful votes
We went out three times in the DPD boats. Nicely sized boats for 4 - 8 people and more intimate discussions with Alistair and his teams. They have some great stories of Tonga and the whales. They will always go the extra nautical mile for you to gain the greatest views from the boats and in the water. We got the most fabulous photos of whales breaching and also while swimming with them. Unforgettable lifetime experience. We saw hump back, sperm and pilot whales. On a day when the weather was not so good for whale watching we did great reef and cave snorkeling. Also brilliant. If you want to see whales use DPD during August September and October.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Ros W wrote a review Oct 2019
Melbourne, Australia83 contributions35 helpful votes
We had three great days out on the water with Dolphin Pacific. We were treated to an amazing display of breaching by a mother and calf. It must have gone on for at least ten to fifteen minutes (you lose track of time when watching these amazing animals). We also saw and swam close to sperm whales which is very rare. So lucky to be a part of this rare sighting. Alistair and his crews were incredible. Very skilled and helpful and always doing their utmost to give you a wonderful experience. Connor, Michael and Ali were fantastic as was George, a lovely young guide, who regaled us with stories of Tonga and it’s culture. What a character he is. Thank you for a once in a lifetime experience!!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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taffy2001 wrote a review Oct 2019
Chicago73 contributions121 helpful votes
Communication with Al the owner was quick and professional. He didn’t take a deposit or prepayment but said to pay when we got on board. A nice thing over the other companies of sending credit card numbers through emails. He took cash or credit on board (credit is 5% fee). They crew picked us up from our resort right on time. The first day, it was just my husband and me so we got to spend as much time in the water as we wanted. They also offered us an option to visit the caves, but we declined as we much preferred to spend as much time with the whales. Day 2 was with two other people. But it still allowed for maximum time in the water as there can only be four guests plus the guide in the water at a time. Throughout our trips we saw two adults, a few singles, a singer and a mom with a calf. Absolutely amazing.  These guys tried to find their own whale and not pawn off others so that we didn’t have to share time in the water.  The captain and guide were definitely people persons and spent most of the trip talking with us. They felt more like friends than vendors. They also provided a decent lunch (sandwich, fruit, cookies and water). The Ninja is a small boat so no bathrooms on board, but it is quick and agile.  Suggestions: please feel comfortable snorkeling before you go on these trips. You don’t have to be a master swimmer, just don’t expect the guide to babysit you and teach you how to snorkel as this is not fair to everyone else.  Of the three companies we used, this one is first place, based solely on the boat, crew, service. What we saw has nothing to do with the rating as we know they cannot control nature. 
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Ian McGoldrick wrote a review Jul 2019
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We are a school ship that travels the world with university and gap year students who are looking to have an adventure of a lifetime. There are 24 of us on aboard and Dolphin Pacific Diving really went above and beyond for our students. We split the groups over 3 days and were worried that we would be unable to get in the water with the whales with all three groups. We got incredibly lucky and managed to swim with whales and dolphins on the first day, the first mother and calf of the season on the second, and on the final day we swam with a group of 3 humpback whales that kept coming up to check us out. It was incredible. The guides were so professional and their experience made the whole thing possible. I have no idea how they managed to spot some of the whales in very tough visibility. Ali and Cona were fantastic guides who really care about their profession and it shows. I can't thank this team enough.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Response from hobsTonga, Owner at Dolphin Pacific Diving and Whale Watching
Responded Jul 22, 2019
Thanks Guys , it was our pleasure to take you out . See you in a couple of years !! Al
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Brett Freliche wrote a review Jul 2019
California8 contributions1 helpful vote
We have gone with a total of 4 different whale swim companies in roughly 4 week's total time in Tonga, and Dolphin Pacific has always been the best. Their focus is equally split on their guests and care for the whales. If we are fortunate for another visit to Vava'u, it will only be with DP. I cannot say enough how much I love these guys!
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Date of experience: September 2018
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Response from hobsTonga, Owner at Dolphin Pacific Diving and Whale Watching
Responded Jul 13, 2019
Thanks Brett , always a pleasure !
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