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Swimming with Humpbacks + Island Adventure in Tonga
Visit our hidden island paradise in the heart of the Vava’u islands whale sanctuary.
7 Days, 6 Nights
Matador Trips: Tonga
This trip includes everything but your flights and beachside beers! Leave the details to Matador Trips and join us on a full-service adventure swimming with whales on our own stretch of island in Tonga. All accommodation, transfers, activities, and food are included.
Tonga is one of only two countries in the world where you can swim with humpback whales in their natural habitat. Even if you arrive with high expectations, this is a supernatural experience that will literally blow your mind.
Our small groups allow for maximum time in the water with the whales. Our guides are locals to the island village and their families have been living lives connected to Humpback whales for generations.
Since most boats looking for whales are coming from Vava’u (a 45-minute speed boat from our location), we have a jump on the day every morning and a distinct advantage over other groups, since our island camp is literally in the middle of whale activity.
Whether you are a pro photographer or just enjoy taking cool shots with your phone/GoPro, our Matador photo instructors will work with you during informal photo walks and mini-workshops to take your photography to another level. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn about underwater and nature photography.
Our professional in-house filmmaker will be documenting our adventure on a daily basis, and we will give you the video of this trip so that you can relive the adventure and share it with friends and family on social media.
We aim to travel as consciously as possible. This trip supports green renewable energy from wind and solar power.
The Tongan word Faka’apa’apa means respect for the whales, and this experience is created to respect the whales, the natural way of life on the island, and preserve the whale habitat.
Scott Sporleder, Matador’s long-time Creative Director, has spent over 10 years shooting and directing photo and video projects, as well as award-winning original films, all over the world. He will lead fun and inspiring workshops in travel photography and filmmaking that show how each journey can become a story.
This trip is suitable for anyone, such as solo travelers, families, and large groups. Whether you crave ocean sport activities or relaxing the days away while listening to the waves of the ocean, there is something for everyone. Whale watching is suitable for all ages, and to enter the water with whales you must be able to swim.
Vava’u, Tonga, is one of very few places in the world where small groups (four at one time with a whale) are allowed to enter the water and truly engage with this unique species. Being located so close to the whale activity, our boats are often the only boats out in the early morning, allowing full and unfettered access to private whale encounters.
Fua’amotu International Airport in Tongatapu is the main entry point for most visitors into Tonga. There are direct flights to Tonga from Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji. Virgin Blue, Air New Zealand, and Fiji Airways are the three main airline choices. To get to Vava’u from Tongatapu, we suggest flying with Tongan domestic airline, Real Tonga, which is approximately a 60-minute flight.
Matador Network has been around the world and back reporting on the best destinations and experiences for over a decade. It’s time to share the stoke and bring you along for the adventure, guided and curated by Matador staff.
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We provide a complimentary video documenting the adventure for you to take home at the end of the trip!
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