SWIM WITH WHALES

Get Up Close with Gentle Giants

SWIM WITH WHALES

Get Up Close with Gentle Giants

Expedition Details.

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! We only have one spot left. Contact us now to apply.

Trip Details.

9-Days Whale Swim in Tonga

Dates 2017: September 2-13
Dates 2018: August 18-27 & September 8-18
Group Size: 6
Vessel: Tonga Tango
Temp Water: 78 – 84° F (25 – 28° C)
Temp Land: 82 – 90° F (27 – 32° C)
Price: $8,400 per person based on double occupancy
Registration: Only one spot left for 2017! Contact us ASAP to apply.

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Is this trip right for me?

We invite anyone who can float in the water to join us. Ages from 8 to 80 will have a blast here swimming with whales. All guests use mask, fins, and snorkels as their equipment to see the cetaceans, whales or dolphins. Your goal will be to remain calm and gentle when you are in the water. When the whales sense your peace, you’ll enjoy a close encounter with the gentle giants and her calf. Browse through the images from our previous trips; you’ll see pictures where the photographers get extreamly close to this favorite big animal.

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.

Blue Lagoon resort is on a private island. It is as quiet and intimate as it is picturesque and romantic. You’ll love the unique characteristics of a South Pacific island, surrounded by sandy beaches that face a protected tranquil lagoon. Since Blue Lagoon is far and removed from the busy populated main island, it is a favorite spot for migrating whales.

Our whale-seeking vessel, the Tonga Tango, is a 28 ft / 8.5-m RIB that is both quiet and fast. The boat can accommodate twelve passengers, but we only take six to ensure maximum comfort and room for all the photo gear.

  • 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.

Expedition Leader

Amanda Cotton

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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