Swimming with Humpback Whales in Tonga

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Hello from Vava’u – the SMALLEST Island group in all of Tonga.

Tonga is located in the South Pacific and has over 170 islands 38 of which are inhabited by just over 100,000 people.

Tonga is far away from Europe, America, and even Australia – but it is well worth the journey.  People come here to escape the crowds and enjoy some of the most pristine islands in the world. While many come to vacation on the beach others (like me) hit the water to try to catch a glimpse of the elusive humpback whale.

You might not think to visit such a small place, but actually Tonga is a Treasure Trove of unique experiences and lots of adventures – let me show you: (Highlight Reel of Fun Things to Do in Tonga)

  • You can Kayak to Remote Islands
  • Paddle-board in Crystal clear water
  • Snorkel over beautiful coral reefs
  • Stay in Traditional Tongan Huts (known as Fales) right on the Ocean
  • Dine on Delicious Seafood Food (and possibly even catch it yourself)

My friends and I actually arrived to Vava’u this week we stayed on our own private island, explored beautiful coastline, and swam with the largest animal species in the world – Whales! In Particular the Humpback Whale, the second largest in the whale species. 

Each morning we woke up early, grabbed breakfast, and jumped in the boat with our local guide – setting out to search for whales. There are so many whales here that you see dozens of blows from the moment you depart the beach, but the trick is to find a whale pod that is swimmable. You can identify swimmable whales by  the way the move in the water and interact with the boat – which is what your guide will be looking for. Once the timing was right, we gently slipped into the water and got a glimpse into the underwater world of Humpbacks. They sing, they play with you, and the entire experience is absolutely incredible! Across the duration of our week stay, we had dozens of whale encounters and it was spectacular!

Vava’u is one of the most beautiful Island Group in the South Pacific and is known for it’s breeding of Humpback Whales from July to October as they migrate from Antarctica to warmer waters – so if you have some Holiday time coming up, I would highly recommend heading to Vava’u and Swim with the Whales of Tonga and learn firsthand how you can help preserve their natural habitat!

Visit www.acanela.com and book your trip now, you won’t regret it!

Grab your backpack, there is more to Explore!

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