Vava’u Islands Whale Waching

Whale Watching / Swimming is a once in a lifetime chance to experience these gentle giants in their natural surroundings. Very moving!

Whale Watching/Swimming

Tonga is serious about protecting Whales! Help us

When whale watching on the water

In the caution zone

Swimming with whales

Activities banned for interacting with whales

Specialist interactions

Whale watching from the air

DO NOT Whalewatch or Swim with Whales from private yachts or by hiring a local speed boat! Fines, visa cancellation, risking your personal and your vessels safety and harassing a wild animal is NOT worth the risk!

This is the best place to see whales in the wild. With its long season and numerous whales of different types and very close proximity to town it is a great place to see whales. There is also a number of operators offering different services.

Tonga is one of 3 countries where you can swim with whales

Whale exclusion zone diagram
An exclusion zone exists for non-licenced whale watch operators.

 

Vaka Vave Charters
Vava’u
Contact Diane
Email
vakavave@gmail.com
or
telephone +676 879 4436
www.whalewatchswimtonga.comVessel Vaka VaveWhales SwimmingWhales SwimmimgWhale mother and calfWe offer whale watching and whale swimming charters in Vava’u, Tonga. Snorkelling gear, snacks, lunch and non-alcoholic drinks supplied. Discounts for multiple day charters. Private charters also available.

 

licenced operator and operating under Regulations approved by Government

 

Euaiki Resort Whale Packages
Email
info@tongaislandresort.com
or telephone +676 7512935tongaislandresort.com
Euaiki Resort Whale Packages
Tonga is one of the few places in the world where it is possible to have the unique experience of swimming with humpback whales. These whales come to the Vava’u Island Group each year from July to October. The whales leave the open ocean to give birth to their calves in the warm and protected tranquil waters of Vava’u. Eueiki Island is situated on one of the two main channels where the whales enter the island group. Swim With Whales and Whale Watching Tour-Eueiki Island is ideally situated in the center of this whale nursery.

Whales mother and calf

You can take a tour from the island on our traditional 37ft outrigger Tofua’a Moana. Taken from the Polynesian design, this outrigger has been built on the Eueiki Island by the owner, Mark Belvedere, and fitted with an e-tech engine, which is the forerunner in quiet non-polluting technology.

Outrigger vessel

The Tofua’a Moana (Ocean Whale) is an environmentally friendly vessel, moving quickly and smoothly to provide you with the most comfortable and non-obtrusive approach to the whales. Late this whale season we will be whale watching with our large double hull sailing canoe. Contact us for special rates and packages!

Pricing Information:
Accommodation: $TOP400.00 per night (Double)
Extra Bed: $TOP80.00 per day
Meals: $TOP150 per day
Return Transfers: $TOP150.00 per person
Whale Swimming: $TOP300.00 per person per day

licenced operator and operating under Regulations approved by Government

 

Beluga Diving Ltd
Fungamisi,
Neiafu
Vava’u.
Kingdom of Tonga
phone/fax + 676 70327
VHF Ch 09,
www.belugadivingvavau.com Phone and Fax (676) 70 327
or (676) 71 115
E-mail beluga@kalianet.to
Beluga Diving Ltd
MV GLADIATOR, a 34-ft Catamaran aluminium boat with a cabin that has Twin 100 h/p 4 stroke Yamaha engines and this boat can take up to 12 comfortably and travels at 25 knots and MAD MAX: is our runabout boat and can take up to 8 comfortably and travels at 19 knots.

See these magnificent creatures in Paradise – come aboard with Beluga and their team of trained professionals.

licenced operator and operating under Regulations approved by Government

 

Whale Swim Adventures
www.whaleswim.com
Phone (676) 7512370
(July-October)
or (64) 9 811 8096
(New Zealand Head Office, October-July)
E-mail rae@whaleswim.com
PO Bag 49, Neiafu
Swimming with a whale
WhaleSwim Adventures have been operating eco-tours to swim with the humpback whales in Vava’u since 1999 and we offer a variety of 3, 7 & 9 day privately-chartered tours, including the best accommodation in Vava’u, meals, education, transfers and much more.

Our WhaleSwim team are dedicated conservationists and environmentalists we carry out research and educational activities as well as record the haunting song of the humpback whales onboard each day during the whale season. (Recordings are available for guests). Join a group of like-minded people it’s much more fun!!

Our tours range from a 3-day WhaleSwim’s at AUD$1500 per person twin share which includes 3 night’s accommodation, transfers to/from accommodation, meals, education & guidance in the water to our fantastic all-inclusive 7 & 9-day packages staying out in beautiful paradise islands in the whale nursery start at AUD$3,700 per person twin share! Special photography tours are also available. (We also have 10 years experience in hosting film crews for documentaries and travel programs.)

See our website for great video clips and in-depth information about who we are and what makes us different! Come celebrate our 10th Birthday with the humpback whales!

Operating tours with licenced Whale Watching operators

 

Whales in the Wild
www.whales-in-the-wild.com Phone (676) 70 872
Fax (676) 70 875
E-mail
jeffery@kalianetvav.to
Swimming with the whales
Whales In The Wild Lt offer two comfortable boats for day trips which depart at 10 am each day.

Maris King and Totally Wild are both comfortable boats and offer coverage from the sun and elements. Both are under full survey and have toilets for your convenience. Snorkel gear is provided free of charge. There is a hydrophone on board to listen to the Whale Song

On our day out we will cruise through the glorious waterways and islands of Vava’u in search of the majestic humpback whales. If conditions are right you will be able to swim with the whales providing they are receptive to our presence.

We will not harass the whales. We try to restrict our groups to 8-10 passengers with 4 people permitted in the water at any one time with our guide.

We have had a day out described as “ The Best Day of my Life “ by an 81 year old woman. Now, that is saying something!

licenced operator and operating under Regulations approved by Government

 

Kiwi Magic
Phone and Fax (676) 7512149
E-mail kiwifish@kalianet.to
PO Box 153, Neiafu
Vava'u Islands
Web: www.kiwimagictonga.com

The awe-inspiring experience of whale-watching in Vava’u can be enjoyed aboard the 34-foot game fishing boat “Kiwi Magic”.

licenced operator and operating under Regulations approved by Government

 

Melinda Sea Adventures
www.sailtonga.com
Phone (676) 889 7586
VHF 16 “Melinda”
Traditional sailing ketch 'Melinda'
E-mail melindaseaadventures@yahoo.com

“Independence” our 44 ft luxury sailing catamaran offers whale-watching day trips. No need to sacrifice comfort to see the whales! Let us take you to the whales while enjoying all the comforts of home. Spread out your gear and relax while we take you to the whales. Easy swim platform, full bathroom, warm shower, delicious lunch, first class service.

WHALE WATCHING DAY TRIP

275 TOP per person. On our comfortable catamaran ‘independence” you can see the whales while enjoying all the comforts of home. Spread out your gear and relax while we take you to the whales. Easy swim platform, full bathroom, warm shower, delicious lunch, first class service. 9:30 AM – 5 PM.

licenced operator and operating under Regulations approved by Government

 

Whale Watch Vava’u
Phones +676 8866403
and +676 7754331.
E-mail mounuislandvavau@gmail.com
VHF 77
PO Box 7, Neiafu
Mounu Whalewatch Vessel
Mounu Island Resort has two purpose built whale-watching vessels available for charter. “Phoenix” and “Lulutahi” are equipped with a hydrophone to listen to the whales, as well as a viewing platform, toilet, and snorkelling equipment.

2008 AWARDS: Voted “Best Resort in Tonga”
by World Travel Awards
2007 AWARDS: Voted “Top 30 Island Beaches of the World”
by Conde Nast Traveller Magazine
Voted “Best Resort in Tonga” and nominated for “Best Watersports Resort Australasia”
by World Travel Awards

licenced operator and operating under Regulations approved by Government