SWIM WITH WHALES
Get Up Close with Gentle Giants
SWIM WITH WHALES
Get Up Close with Gentle Giants
THE WHALES ARE CALLING…
Our expedition to freedive and with humpback whales in Tonga is like nothing you’ve ever experienced. You can get close, as long as you are as gentle as these giants are. The whales will be watching you! We will be freediving on this trip because it allows you to capture incredible images of mother and baby humpbacks.
Our expedition is limited to 5 guests plus an experience and charismatic expedition leader. We prefer small groups out of respect to the whale’s well-being. It also improves filming opportunities and enhances animal interactions. You will be traveling to Tonga during the most optimal time of year. This is when the migrating Humpback whales are nursing and raising their calves. Curious like a toddler, these two month-old calves will likely be willing to interact with you in the water.
There are three possible exciting encounters on this trip that will delight your heart. First, the remarkable sight of 40 ton, 45 feet long a humpback whale breaching. This is the mother whale teaching her calf to leap out of the water. They do this for communication, playfulness or warning.
Second, you may also be lucky enough to hear a male singing to attract an available female. This underwater symphony is so powerful it will vibrate with you for years to come.
The last type of encounter takes place from on board the vessel. We will have a chance to witness the dynamic efforts of several male humpback whales fighting for the love of one female partner. Many whales will try, but only one will be victorious.
Please join us on this adventure. Don’t wait! Make your reservations today for 2018! Contact us now to apply.
9-Days Whale Swim in Tonga
Dates 2018: July 14-25 & July 28-August 8
Dates 2019: July 17-27 & July 31-August 10
Group Size: 6
Vessel: Tonga Tango
Temp Water: 78 – 84° F (25 – 28° C)
Temp Land: 82 – 90° F (27 – 32° C)
Price: $8,800 per person based on double occupancy
Registration: These trip sells out. Please make your reservations today for 2018!
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The visibility of the water in Vava’u is 80 – 100 feet (25 – 30 meter). You’ll temperatures to be 78F – 84F (26C – 28C). The warm water is perfect for waiting for a close encounter with the playful and curious young whale. It is also an opportunity to take magazine-quality photographs.
The Kingdom of Tonga is a utopian archipelago in the South Pacific. Our accommodations at the Blue Lagoon Resort on Foiata Island will make you feel as though you’re living on your own private island.
Our host, Feleti, is a colorful storyteller and was the King of Tonga’s chef for many years. Each evening, after an outstanding meal, you’ll fall asleep to the sounds of the ocean. Perhaps you’ll dream about whales…
Sundays are down days. This will give you time to visit another island, or simply relax, kayak and take a long swim in the beautiful Blue Lagoon.
- Tonga Tango is equipped with a specialized camera table and fresh water rinse.
- Twin 175hp 4-stroke engines get us where we need to go quickly and comfortably.
- The boat has been built to exceed USCG and New Zealand safety requirements
- A custom dive ladder makes getting back into the boat surprisingly easy.
Your BigAnimals expedition guide will be Amanda Cotton, a photo pro who specializes in wide-angle underwater imagery. Amanda’s photographs have been published in National Geographic, Discovery, Science Daily and featured on CNN. She is also a highly sought-after photo coach who will happily work one-on-one with you to ensure you get the best possible whale images.
Amanda Cotton is a professional underwater photographer, an avid scuba diver and ocean enthusiast.
Her goal is to help the general public embrace the beauty below the waves, in hopes that with awareness comes concern. Amanda runs a design/media company, A Cotton Photo Creative Works LLC, and also enjoys working with like-minded organizations that genuinely care about the planet and its inhabitants. Amanda is a member of many prestigious organizations and has received numerous photography awards with her images being featured in major publications and news sources worldwide.
Amanda is a wide-angle specialist with many years of experience photographing sharks and other big marine animals, making her an ideal trip leader for the kind of diving available in Tonga.
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