The warm waters surrounding Vava’u make ideal calving and mating grounds for the magnificent Humpback Whale.
Getting up close and personal with these magnificent animals is a once in a lifetime experience and we recommend Whale watching in Vava’u to all our visitors.
The Southern Humpback Whale migrates to Tonga from Antarctica, a journey of 6000 miles. From late June through to early November the Whales can been seen and heard frolicking.
Whale Watch Vava’u has two capable vessels available for charter, so you can get up close and personal with them. Phoenix and Lulutahi were purpose built in New Zealand. Lulutahi and Phoenix have seating for 8 passengers, ladder for easy access to and from the water, life jackets and safety equipment, toilet and viewing platform. We have a hydrophone onboard so listening to the males song is possible. Some days the song will ring clearly through the hull of the boat.
We also have a range of snorkeling gear available free of charge. Cost per person per day (up to 6 hours) is TOP$450 per person.
Code and Conduct when whale watching:
Whale Watch Vava’u pioneered the swimming with the Whales and we were the first licensed operator in Vava’u and Tonga and have been operating now for over 20 years. We have qualified local guides and experienced crew aboard, who are there to ensure your safety, increase your knowledge on whales and the local area and to find you whales!
We DO NOT harass the whales in any way.
Conditions permitting, we can take you snorkeling with the whales in addition to whale watching. This is done in small guided groups. Come away with the team chosen by, Channel 7 Australia, Natural History Unit BBC. French Film, Japanese Underwater Films, TVNZ, Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2001, David Attenborough for BBC1 Humpback Whale Special, Chuck and Flip Nicklin for National Geographic magazine as well as numerous other media related people.
The Sabbath Law as enshrined in the Tongan Constitution forbids us to operate on a Sunday.