In-the-know Pacific travellers aren’t the only ones to return to Tonga’s shores on a regular basis. After a long journey north from the icy krill-laden depths of Antarctica, southern humpback whales take shelter in the tropical reef-protected waters of Tonga to give birth to their young. The arrival of the whales from June to November completes a remarkable cycle, as the new calves return to where they were conceived 11 months earlier. Seen from a boat, the 40-ton whales combine grace and power, breaching out of the cobalt waters or effortlessly submerging with a final, languid flick of their tail flukes. Immersed with them in their own environment, their immense size is magnified, even a sleek two-metre calf tucked carefully beside its much larger mother. The shallow and warm waters of the Kingdom of Tonga provide the perfect viewing platform, with excellent visibility in the crystalline reefs surrounding the islands of the Vava’u group. The occasional ‘singing’ soundtrack of courting male humpbacks – a natural symphony of low notes that can carry 100km through the open ocean – segues with the excited breathing of snorkelling visitors, amazed they’re floating gently above a nursing humpback and her calf. By November, the young humpbacks’ development is well-advanced, and the magnificent creatures depart the nurturing sanctuary of Tonga’s protected reefs for the southern migration back to Antarctica. For visitors lucky enough to swim alongside the giant cetaceans, it’s the kind of indelible experience that makes them immediate advocates of the South Pacific’s only Kingdom.
Whale Watch Vava'u
Whale Watch Vava'u pioneered swimming with the humpback whales obtaining the first licence from the Tongan Government in 1993.
We had our first purpose designed boat, Phoenix , built in New Zealand...
Whales in the Wild Ltd
June thru October
Whales in the Wild have been taking people out to find, watch and swim the the Humpback whales for 10 years now.
We have 2 comfortable but different boats being Maris King, a ...
Vava'u Adventures Kart Safaris & Booking Agent
Vava’u Adventures is the home of the Kart Safaris. Vava'u Adventures is your premier booking specialist for island tours, adventure activities and relaxing accommodations in Vava'u.
Kart Safaris is a...
Vavaú Game Fishing Charters
Kiwi Magic is a 34 foot sport fishing and whale watching vessel with all safety equipment, large cockpit with shade cover for protection from sun and rain, toilet. Holds current Government Survey Cert...
Celebrate with Whale Discoveries the annual return of the Humpback Whales from Antarctica to their breeding and calving grounds in Tonga’s Vava’u Island Group! Short-listed for the Responsible Tourism...
Endangered Encounters Ltd
COME with us for the ultimate Whale Watch adventure! "Proteus" the most modern, comfortable, and capable charter vessel in Vava’u. Fast, stable we can go to beautiful isolated locations where you can ...
Melinda Sea Adventures SAILING CHARTERS
Melinda Sea Adventures offers skippered/catered sailing charters around the pristine islands of Vava’u. The Islands of Vava'u with their safe anchorages and secluded coves offer one of the world's fin...
Ika Lahi Lodge - whale watching, fishing & diving
Ika Lahi offers a gateway to world class fishing, whale watching & diving. Our private beach offers safe swimming, snorkelling , kayaking and exploring the lagoon and fish life is hard to beat.
Tropo is a full service booking agent, rental management and information service on Tonga
Dolphin Pacific Diving
Hosts to the BBC and Getaway TV , we are the company of choice for tourists and trusted by professionals.
As a PADI resort ,we deliver the high quality experience you would expect on either our Whale...
FINS 'N' FLUKES
Fins 'n' Flukes all year round offering Scuba Diving, PADI dive courses, Whale Watching (July to November), Snorkeling, Island trips, Kayaking, Bicycle Hire, Internet and Tourist Information in Ha'apa...
SEA STAR YACHT CHARTER
The Sea Star is a classic CT 54’ centre cockpit Ketch designed for ocean sailing, offering the maximum safety and comfort, making you feel at home while cruising through the pristine blue waters of th...
Whale Watching and Fishing Charter Services with a difference.
At Tongan Expeditions we aim to provide you with a complete Vava'u Experience. We offer Popper Fishing, Game Fishing, Bottom Fishing, Wh...
Ha'apai Whale and Sail Ltd
"Join us for an unforgettable day with the humpbacks in uncrowded Ha'apai aboard our fully surveyed 7,5 metre RIB, Nauti Gal. Please see www.uoleva.com/haapaiwhaleandsail.htm for f...
Deep Blue Diving
In the last five years, an increasing number of humpback whales have been found to mate and give birth in Tongatapu and 'Eua waters. The calm and shallow waters here is safe grounds for their newborn...
Vaka Vave Charters
We offer whale watching and whale swimming charters in Vava’u, Tonga. Don’t waste time travelling to the grounds, come aboard our modern high speed vessel and maximise your time with the whales of V...
Melinda Sea Adventures Whale Watching
Live-aboard whale-watching/swimming tours July-October
Sailing yachts: 44 ft catamaran or 52 ft classic cutter
Melinda Sea Adventures offers live-aboard, guided, whale watching tours on comfortable...