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Per Person (July, Mid October - End of October) $390 USD
Per Person (August, September, First two weeks of October) $466 USD
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This is the only tour on the island that exclusively uses Tonga skippers and guides and also recruits local talent for all of the behind-the-scenes work.

Each year, from July - October, whales migrate from Antarctica to the island nation of Tonga where they find ample feeding and breeding grounds. Known as the Tongan Tribe, people travel from all corners of the globe for their chance to get up close and personal with these magnificent mammals!

Tonga was once a whaling nation, known for whale hunting until it was outlawed by the King of Tonga in 1979. After losing it's most lucrative industry, the government worked closely with whale organizations to train local operators on how to practice sustainable tourism. Permits are issued to a limited number of operators and the tourist board closely monitors their practices to ensure a low impact on the Tonga Tribe.

Lunch at a nearby island is included, although whale interactions will take precedence.

Each interaction is different and unpredictable, though sure to leave a lasting impression!

You can look, but you can't touch!

  • This Tour Includes:
  • Round trip transporation from cruise pier
  • Local Tonga guide
  • Small group - maximum 8 participants
  • Alternating swim drops (max 4 people in the water at once)
  • Lunch

Days of Operation

Mon - yes
Tue - yes
Wed - yes
Thu - yes
Fri - yes
Sat - yes
Sun - yes

Departures (local time)

  • 8:30 AM (6.5 hrs) Duration is approximate.

Transfer / Meeting Instructions

No Taxi Required Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.

Special Instructions

• Snorkel gear will be provided.
• A light lunch will be included either on the boat or island depending on conditions.
• Our main focus is swimming with the whales and priorities are given over snorkeling or island picnic.


• This tour is recommended for strong swimmers only.
• Sightings cannot be guaranteed. The Whale season is July-October, with peak sightings mid-August through mid-September.
• The tour requires permits and books out well in advance. Book ahead to avoid disappointment!
• There is a maximum of 8 participants per tour, with a maximum of 4 participants in the water at the same time.