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Swimming with Humpback Whales

Annual Tours to Vava'u, Tonga-Ocean's Greatest Wildlife Encounters

Tonga Close to Whale Tiail low

HIGHLIGHTS: Four days Snorkelling with Humpback Whales and their Calves in Vava'u, Warm, clear water, friendly people, great food and cultural experiences.

Trip duration: 11 Days Tour Code: 2V14 Dates: 04th August – 14th August 2014
Cost: US$3190 Twin Share + Airfares Included Extras: All meals + Itinerary activities. Airfares: extra

The Adventure

WhalesJoin Quest Tours renowned Whale and Dolphin experts, enjoying one of Nature’s greatest Wildlife interactive experiences. The privilege of Swimming with these gentle, intelligent mammals is truly life altering. To have a mother Humpback Whale, weighing 50 tonnes nudge her precious baby towards us, showing off her newly born calf, is beyond belief, let alone description. A guaranteed amazing and fun time, at what we consider, THE best place in the Pacific.

OPTIONS
SCUBA diving available for certified divers
Escorted Kayaking day trips
Escorted Mountain Bike Tours

Itinerary

Swimming with Humpback Whales Tour to Vava’u - TONGA
04 August – 14 August 2014 - Tour Leader: Geoff Martin

Swimming WhalesMONDAY 4th AUGUST 2014

Depart Sydney SYD 18:30 on VA183 arrive 01:55 Nuku’alofa (TBU)

TUESDAY 5th AUGUST 2014

01:55 arrive Nuku’alofa - Tonga
If our inter-island flight is early in the morning we will wait at the airport until flight time.
07:30 depart Nuku’alofa on Real Tonga Airlines flight arrive Vava’u 08:40
Depending on international and inter-island flight times, we may be transferred from the international terminal to the hotel for a sleep, before a leisurely breakfast and a relaxing morning and then an afternoon flight.
You will be transferred to Flying Moa’s Guesthouse overlooking the Port of Refuge Harbour for 8-nights’ standard, twin share accommodation including breakfasts.

WEDNESDAY 06th AUGUST to WEDNESDAY 13 AUGUST 2014
For everyone:
Enjoy 4 day’s Whale Watching incl. light lunch & refreshments.
Maximum EIGHT or TWELVE passengers onboard, depending which boat we are on.
These days are our opportunity to snorkel with the Humpback Whales

For SCUBA divers:
During your stay in Vava’u enjoy a 6-dive package* including the use of tanks, weights, dive guide services, fruit, tea and coffee

For non-divers:
Book another opportunity to snorkel with the Humpback Whales, this can be done, weather permittSwim Whalesing, whilst you are there. You may wish to try some of the other options or just relax and enjoy Vava’u

Other Optional Activities:
Escorted Kayaking day trips – $150
Escorted Mountain Bike Tours - $150

Sunday: By law Sunday is a day of rest, no-one can work on Sundays. Going to church on Sunday morning (not compulsory) is very special, listening to the singing will be one of your fond memories of Vava’u.  Sunday afternoon we are invited to Selesi’s own house to enjoy a traditional Tonga feast and kava ceremony

THURSDAY 14th AUGUST 2014

Today you will be transferred back to the airport.
08:20 depart Vava’u on Real Tonga Airlines flight CP-703, 09:15 arrive Nuku’alofa
Whales sea15:45 depart Nuku’alofa on flight VA182. Flying Virgin Australia, 18:30 arrive Sydney

Costs: Non-diver (Whale snorkeler) $3190*, SCUBA Diver $3490* including airline taxes 

Tour is costed ex Sydney, contact us for interstate airline connections within Australia

* Itinerary and costs for 2014 at this time (6th November 2013) are based on current schedules and rates. These will be confirmed or adjusted once new airline fares, schedules are advised.

We will have a maximum of 8 or 12 passengers, plus Whale Guides, dependant upon which whale watch boat we use. Only 4 swimmers plus a guide are allowed in the water at any one time. So with no more than 2 or 3 groups of swimmers onboard, you will have the maximum chance of enjoying the best experience.

Vava’u Accommodation options at Flying Moa’s Guest House, breakfasts each morning included:

  • Standard first floor rooms, single occupancy share facilities
  • Standard second floor rooms, twin or double occupancy share facilities
  • Deluxe second floor rooms, twin or double with ensuites (adds $180 per person)
COST INCLUDED:
International / Domestic airfares
Airport to hotel transfers
Accommodation twin share standard room
4 days Swimming with the Humpback Whales
Traditional Tongan cultural day and “Umu” feast
Services of PADI Divemasters and Instructors; Renowned SCUBA diving and Whale guides

Options
Three days SCUBA diving, six dives, including tanks, weights, dive guides
Escorted Kayaking day trips
Escorted Mountain Bike Tours

COST NOT INCLUDED:
Meals & drink other than specified on itinerary
Gratuities and Personal Travel Insurance


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