2024 Tonga Whale Swim Adventure
August 21 - September 4, 2024
in Vavau', Tonga
This is a land-based whale swim underwater photography adventure that includes 14 days of accommodation (DBL) with breakfast, 11 days of private charter whale swimming, with lunch on the boat.
This adventure is the result of 14 years of leading whale swim and photography expeditions. This is the kind of trip most people consider to be once in a lifetime. Accordingly, my goal is to make it the best trip possible. That is why I have selected operators I know and trust can deliver the goods as promised. Believe me, this knowledge was learned the hard way. I have used a variety of operators since 2006. Some were great. Some not so much.
The boat goes out every day but Sunday. We will head out for whales each morning after a homemade breakfast and spend the day looking for whales that show signs of being open for mutual interactions. We won’t stop for whales that are tracking, or showing behavior we know is less likely to lead to mutual interaction.
The trip takes place during the time of the season that most of the females have given birth. Many are six weeks old and quite playful. We will also look for logging whales, & heat runs otherwise known as competition pods.
- You must have six months left on your passport to do this trip.
- You must also have DAN or other travel insurance. I have DAN and I am alive today because it works.
- You must have trip insurance. Get the best you can get and hope it's money well spent that the trip goes off without a hitch. As hard as I try to make things go smooth there are things that happen beyond my control. Obviously, there is the pandemic, but there is a chance Tonga could close its borders, A tsunami comes, the boat sinks or breaks, you get sick prior to the trip, you break your leg before the trip, or something else. This way you are covered. I have been doing these trips a long time and have seen a lot both things. Insurance is the best way to protect yourself.