I spent 3 days at Fins N Flukes last year and loved it so much that I went back this year, this time for 12 days. Once again, I had a great stay.
I have been to Tonga 8 times and I now organise tours to swim with whales.
Brian and Sabina, who run Fins N Flukes, are one of the best whaleswim operators I know. They are professional, reliable, knowledgeable, but more importantly their respect for the whales is outstanding. They focus on the whales well being and only put people in the water when they feel that the whales are comfortable about it. To them, swimming with the whales is a privilege, not a right, and I highly value the fact that they care so much about the animals. They were recently shortlisted for the 2013 Responsible whale watch award on the planetwhale website. This is so deserved and a great recognition of their passion and care.
We swam with whales every day, sometimes it was a short swim, other times we had the full 1h30 mns in the water, but every time the swim was conducted on the whales terms. One day we spent 1h30 around a mother and calf who were resting at the surface, while their escort was gently circling below or around us. They were so relaxed around us that the baby eventually fell asleep. It is such an humbling experience to be accepted that way by those beautiful giants.
We were very well looked after at the resort and on the boat, with lots of good food. Every day the chef will offer several menu options and be flexible with guests, allowing me to get yummy pancakes on a daily basis, breakfast, lunch or dinner!
The resort is right on the beach and is one of the most peaceful places I have ever stayed at.
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