Humpback Whales travel up from Antartica to Tonga every year between May and November. They come up from south to our warm and calm waters to mate, give birth and socialize. Female humpback whales arrive heavily pregnant. After a month or two of their arrival, they give birth to a baby calf who they will need to nurse and build up their blubber to survive the long journey back to Antarctica in November.
So be prepared to rise and shine bright and early, as we’ll be whisking you off to a new adventure at 8am. Pack your towel, and a go-pro if you have one. There’s underwater action on the agenda that you DON’T want to miss!
It’s not every day that you get to swim with and learn more about the radiant humpback whale and other various marine creatures on this educational whale adventure on the islands of Malinoa, Tau and Hakaumamao. This is NOT an opportunity you want to miss out on!
Time permitting of course, you’ll be able to dive into the location’s crystal clear waters and explore the fascinatingly gorgeous world beneath our own. You can choose to swim or you can watch from the boat if you’d prefer.
Our boat will travel at a slow, calm and unhurried pace at 8 knots an hour. We believe it contributes to our very high success rate. With patience and a slow relaxed pace, we minimize disturbance to the whales. Once the whales are sighted, it may take an hour to two hours, to slowly follow at a safe distance. We are conscious that whales do not feel harassed or disturbed so it gives them time to adjust to our approach. The humpback whales can easily swim fast away from us, but our crew’s experience takes time to build up the whales’ curiosity and trust, so instead of swimming away from us, the whales actually stop most times, turn and approach us.
When the weather is sunny, and sea conditions calm with low wind speeds, successful encounters are extremely high. Tours departures and times are weather dependent and at the Captain’s call. It is advisable that you book your preferred date, but be flexible with your planned land activities, if we need to change your humpback whale encounter due to the weather.