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“The experience of a lifetime”

Beluga Diving Vava'u
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“The experience of a lifetime”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

Words can't describe how fantastic our day out on the water with beluga was! We were lucky enough to spend an amazing few hours with the whales. The visibility is great and our local guides Dateline and Conner were skillful made us feel very safe in the water. After a beautiful morning of whaleswimming the boys took us to three of the best local snorkelling spots. All in all it was a fantastic day and well worth the price (its at least T$90 more to do in vava'u than ha'apai). Do take a seasick tablet before though - it can be very rolly out there!

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“Whale Watching in Vava'u”
Reviewed September 27, 2009

This is a must do in Tonga. Not only because the experience is truly amazing but also because the more revenu the Whale Watching business generates the higher a priority we hope the government will give to whale conservation. Japan in particular is alway putting pressure on poor countries like Tonga to vote in favour of resuming commercial whaling by offering money or aids.
We had a great day with Beluga who took a great deal of effort to show us the elusive whales. Whale watching mostly happen during winter so you will need warm clothes if the weather is overcast or windy. Most operators currently charge TOG250 per person for the day which includes a snack and a wetsuit. You will most likely need it!
Most importantly try to go on small boat as you will get more opportunities to swim with the whales. Theoretically you can't put more than 4 people in the water with a whale at anytime. So the more people on a boat the more you wait for your turn. In my opinion the business is run by a few greedy foreign operators who tend to load up 12 people or more per boat. Also the activity is vastly overpriced, we found that only 2-3 years ago the going price was TOG180...We went a second time with Whales in the Wild and that was a waste of time! 8 people on board never went in the water, spend the all day getting cold and wet on an overloaded boat with a crew of a couple of Tongans who didn't say much and kept missing whales when other boats seem to get more lucky. We had to borrow wetsuits from another shop, a two slice snack was TOG20. Sure whales and weather are both unpredictable and therefore not garanted but what a bad start when you hit one of those unscrupulous operators!

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