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swimming with whales

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swimming with whales

My beloved has long yearned to do this, and would love to treat himself this summer, as a reward for graduting school.

He's seen a tour with Sea For Yourself snorkelling safaris in September. The accommodation would be at the Tongan Beach Resort 30 minutes drive from the town of Neiafu. The watching would be from Vava'u.

He's a very keen snorkeller and deserves a treat having studied very hard. But, this trip will cost an awful lot of money, probably around 5,000 GBP so I only want to book it if it's worthwhile. He'd being coming from the UK so a very long way to go, if it's a bit of a letdown.

Any tips/thoughts/help very gratefully received.

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1. Re: swimming with whales

Try Mounu resort... they started the whale swim business... and do deliver... guaranteed.

Be prepared for a bit of competition with the whale operatores... as they try to arrange themselves around the whales... or maybe not... and you get lucky without the operatores infighting.

The people who do get a good swim with the wahlaes... find it life changing... also... sharks come to where the whales are... something to consider.... not deaths yet around the whales... but at least one attack... a few years ago.

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2. Re: swimming with whales

We went with Whaleswim Adventures - fantastic!!

They are conservationists, really care about the whales, very safety aware and we loved their boat Makaira and their skipper Kam. We went out on day trips with other operators on our days'off and were very disapppointed. Whaleswim is the most professional and their staff are great fun and looked after us well. Their prices are the best too. We have booked again for 2007.

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Thanks so much for the input.

He's booked with Whaleswim and is off in August for the trip of a lifetime :-)

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4. Re: swimming with whales

check out mala island you can swim the whale just off the beach on some days and most of the good tour operators pick you up from their beach

we had a blast and our going back again this year email us and we will give you more details check out their web site www.malaisland.com

Heg
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5. Re: swimming with whales

HI Clubinc,

We are trying to decide where to stay. Is Mala resort good?

Would appreciate your comments.

Thank so much

Heg
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6. Re: swimming with whales

forgot to ask - what is the food like and what does it cost? Can't find prices on the website.

Thanks so much.

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Have been researching whale swimming with whaleswim and whales in the wild - can't figure out from their websites if can just book day trips or have to do packages.

anyone know if can book with anyone individually and cost?

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8. Re: swimming with whales

Just returned from Tonga:

There are several whale watching operators, DO NOT book with the company "Whale watch Vavaú", we saw a few whales but they have a big boat which takes approx 16-20 people which is not what you want. They also don't provide lunch or stop at any swim/snorkel spots like the other companies do. The best company to go whale watching with is "Whales in the wild". Web = www.whales-in-the-wild.com

And we really enjoyed staying at "Treasure Island resort", cheaper than blue lagoon and just as nice I think, and the owner at blue lagoon can be cranky I have heard!

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9. Re: swimming with whales

Oh and yes you can book day trips which is what all the whale watching companies do and the coast is around $150-180 Tongan dollars.

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10. Re: swimming with whales

We returned from Tonga one week ago. We hired the whale watch boat out of Mouno Island Resort. We saw surfacing whales at a considerable distance from the boat - never went into the water with the whales. Since this is in the wild it seems that any guarantee to see or swim with the whales would be inappropriate.