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Tongan Expeditions Dive & Whale Watching

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Neiafu, Tonga
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About Tongan Expeditions Dive & Whale Watching
We carry out whale swim eco-tours in the pristine waters around Vava'u where the majestic humpback whales come every year to mate and calf. Our tours are carried out under strict guidelines with fully qualified and certified personnel to ensure minimal impact on these beautiful mammals. We are also a fully licensed PADI dive resort offering daily dive trips and all levels of diver training.
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Hannah G. wrote a review Oct 2019
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We went out with Tongan Expeditions for 4 days and had an incredible experience! Our guide, Lome, did a great job! She was friendly, knowledgeable and put our safety and whales well-being first! Each day we had a great swims! We saw whales playing with dolphins, a pregnant female, the end of a heat run and several females and calves! It was breathtaking being in the water so close to such a large wild animal, words can’t describe it! Lome always checked to make sure the whales were interested in swimming with us and knew when it was best to leave them alone. I felt like the whales were respected and not over crowded. Lome should have her own GoPro!!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Worlds Okayest Freediver wrote a review Sep 2019
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We spent 5 days out on the water with these guys. Our guides were outstanding, balancing everyones desire for an incredible experience with the need to be respectful of the animals. A truly unique experience, a beautiful part of the world and a great crew of people to show it to you. What more could you want?
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Date of experience: August 2019
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KlugePhotography wrote a review Aug 2019
Titisee-Neustadt, Germany7 contributions1 helpful vote
What a amazing time we had!! Thanks to Tongan Expeditions and their team, we had the best of the best. As it wasn't my first time in Tonga, I can assure you how important it is to have the right people on board. The whale guide we had was so engaging with my friends and never too shy to hold them tight when they needed to be. She was also taking very good care of the whales and wouldn't push it in any case. Whale were always coming first which was in my high interest, even as a photographer. Our skipper made a wonderful team with our guide so we could have the most of the day. The communication was excellent. I also really enjoyed to be taken out by locals, that makes it even more special. Many thanks Gary, Tonga and Lomi!! Missing you already!!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Marjo v wrote a review Aug 2019
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Lucky us, we had seven days on the ocean with Tongan Expeditions. Captain Villi and guide Denny, did everything they could, to make sure we had beautiful encounters with humpback whales. Every day was unique and perfect. We also went snorkeling in Swalows cave and Mariners cave. We enjoyed every minute on the boat. If you go to Vava'u, we highly recommend Tongan Expeditions.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Mariana C wrote a review Jul 2019
Fairfax, California81 contributions5 helpful votes
We arrived to Vava'u to swim with whales after swimming with them in the much less touristed area of Ha'apai, where the whale swims were much less expensive, and much less "competition" for the whales. The first two days we went out with the same guides. Although they were helpful in some ways, and really tried to get us in the water with whales, they spoke little English and spoke very little to us. Whereas the owner of the business has many years of experience, our guide the first two days had only been doing it for 4 years. At the end of the second day, when they wanted to come in 2 hours early and only stayed out after I insisted, I asked to have our last day be with other guides. Our second guides spoke much better English, were much more caring about the guests, and although just a few years of experience, we felt cared about. There were a lot of safety issues too. For example, of of the caves they take you to to swim in is very hard to get into - there was a Japanese woman on our boat who spoke little English and didn't swim well, and they guides did not provide a clear sense of the danger and skill needed to get into the cave. Two days I had to communicate to the guides how to take care of her as they didn't know how to accommodate someone with little English. Having talked to many people who were with different guides, I think it is all about how deeply the guides love, care for, and are committed to the whales. The whales themselves, however, did not disappoint! Definitely try to go in August or September when whales are plentiful.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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