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Whale Watching (Day Trip) - Vava'u Islands, Tonga

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 1 day(s)
Group Size: 6 - 14 people
Destination(s): Tonga  
Specialty Categories: Wildlife Viewing   Snorkeling  
Season: June - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 250 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 250 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)

Whale watching is a rapidly growing industry worldwide with more than 50 countries watching whales at some level. Whales and dolphins use the coastlines of many South Pacific nations for feeding, breeding and migration. From June to October, Tonga's warm, sheltered waters are host to humpback whales. "False" killer whales, spinner and bottlenose dolphins are also present in Tongan waters. A relatively new industry in Tonga, whale watching is raising awareness of whale conservation in this ex-whaling community while, at the same time, bringing significant economic benefits to the local community.

Tonga has its own national whale watch guidelines, which at once ensure that the whales are not subjected to undue stress and meet visitors' expectations. The eight licensed commercial whale watch operators in Vava'u, including Whale Discoveries, are obliged to conform to these guidelines. Whale sightings in Vava'u are reliable since the shallow coastline that the whales frequent is accessible to boats. Moreover, the humpback whale is among the most interesting of whales to observe owing to its impressive acrobatic displays such as fluke, flipper and head slapping, lob tailing, spy hopping, and breaching. Provided that everyone observes the guidelines, whale watching can be a rewarding experience.

Join our naturalist guides for an educational and exhilarating day aboard “MV Tropic Bird”, our well-appointed, custom-designed 8.5-metre vessel. From July through October we observe the impressive acrobatic displays of these magnificent mammals and discuss humpback whale migration, mating, surface activity and song. Outside the whale watching season (June, Nov, Dec), we enjoy a day of snorkeling, picnicking and sightseeing in the beautiful Vava’u Islands. Complimentary beverages and snorkeling gear for use when not in the vicinity of the whales.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Join us for a full or half day of whale watching and experience these creatures performing their aerial acts in the warm waters of Vava'u. Snorkelling gear included (for use when not in the vicinity of the whales).

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Excludes:
- Lunch
- Picnic lunch can be arranged for an additional NZD $22 p/p.