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“Whale encounters with wow factor”
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Whale Discoveries
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Owner description: Whale Discoveries is based at Nomuka Island Ha'apai Tonga and is a watersports and activities company specialising in package trips for humpback whalewatching/snorkeling, Tofua volcano treking, kitesurfing ,surfing , stand up paddleboarding, Kayaking, scuba diving, free diving and more. Come and join former 3 times Australian wave sailing champion Dave Sheen and crew for a most memorable adventure in Tonga! Our vessels are both perfect platforms for ocean based activities with safety, stability and comfort number one.
Reviewed 22 August 2013

It is really hard to put into words when you have an experience that takes your breath away and you are able to share it with such a great bunch of people. Apart from the incredible whale encounters, and the amount of time we actually spent in the water observing these amazing creatures, Dave and Tris who run the boat make the experience. Special touches like dropping a microphone into the water so we can hear the whale song as we eat a delicious healthy feast cooked by Tris out on the sunny deck, to the comfort factor of the boat itself... ( Really comfy, lots of space to chill out, clean, cozy and spacious.) With an emphasis for conservation and a contagious love for the whales, you are guaranteed to learn a lot about them and have a blast in the company of lovely people who really respect these amazing creatures ..And if you want Tris and Dave will share their vast knowledge, amazing whale stories and experiences with you. Both of them are whale whisperers which meant we had lots of encounters and were able to hang out with LOTS of humpbacks. I cannot recommend this trip enough. Once in a lifetime bucket list stuff. ( Although i am going back next year for more : -) If you are thinking of doing this... Don't hesitate for one second. It is totally worth it! Don't miss out !

3  Thank Yara H
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Reviewed 6 August 2013

After sailing 5 days around the Kingdom of Tonga on Wildfire with Dave and his absolutely wonderful family who looked after us I am still in awe of it all. The experiences we had with the Whales are hard to express as there are no words that covers the experiences we had in the dictionary. Our team of 4 ladies from the ages of mid 40's to 60's had a an experience that will live in our hearts. This is a holiday of relaxation, having adventures and seeing the wonderful sights and visiting isolated islands with little villages or no one on with the reefs full of colours to snorkel in. If you are looking for the ultimate adventure, with this wonderful family who are so passionate in what they do, just do it, Wildfire is very comfortable and the food deeeeelicious. We were well looked after and the Whale encounters we had were varied. Snorkelling over the top of a singing Whale was amazing feeling the vibrations hit the chest, and when standing up in the water the body feeling the vibrations from toes all the way through to the top of the head. Absolutely recommended to those who are thinking of doing this. Loved it...... 100 out of 100 experience..... :)

3  Thank Izabell T
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Reviewed 2 August 2013

We booked nearly a year ago for 10 days on Wildlife whale watching in Haapai.
The whole trip went way beyond any of our expectations. With Dave, Tris and crew we were so well looked after.
We swam and interacted with about 18 whales and saw many more frolicking about around us, hearing the whale song through the hull at night was a highlight.
Wildlife is a large 50~ft catamaran, spacious and comfortable, the food was excellent and healthy! With freshly caught fish whenever possible.
Dave and Tris have one much knowledge and happily share their amazing stories of their travels, whales and sailing.
We joined the boat in Haapai and sailed out to the western part of the group and then south and onto Nuku Alofa, she sails like dream, fast and exiting, yet perfectly steady.
We were a group of 4 adults and 2 teenagers, all of us to be looked after, but nothing was ever too much trouble for any of the crew.
A holiday of a lifetime, hopefully we can do it again.
Can't recommend it enough:)

3  Thank Heather M
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Reviewed 22 September 2012

We had the most wonderful day trip with Dave and trist on their catamaran 'wildlife'. Swam with the whales twice which was absolutely incredible. Then got a beautiful sail in the sun as well as a delicious lunch! We have absolutely nothing bad to say and would recommend it a hundred times over!! Kim and Ryan, new zealand.

4  Thank kimstarnes
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Reviewed 21 September 2012 via mobile

My wife and I did 3 days with Dave and Trish in early September. Had whale swims every day and had a great time. I highly recommend these guys. They are professional and clearly have a huge passion for what they do. If you are going to haapai use these guys for sure and if you considering whether or not to go to haapai or vavau, we highly recommend you do your swims in haapai. Fewer boats, more professional and much better chances of getting good swims. There is obviously a bit of "luck" involved finding the whale but everyone we spoke to had much more "luck" in haapai. It's also a beautiful place to stay!

4  Thank LBRB8185
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