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Every year from July to October the serene islands of Ha'apai provide a safe haven for one of mother nature´s most captivating creations - the majestic Humpback Whales. Tonga is one of only a few countries in the world where it is allowed to actually swim with Humpback Whales and the tropical paradise of Ha'apai is simply the most beautiful and tranquil place to do it.


The whales come from the Antarctic to Tonga to mate and give birth and spend the time to their departure with nursing their young and courtship. It is a very important and sensitive time in their annual cycle and the most exciting time to watch and interact with them.


Every day of whale watching in Tonga is different and there's a vast array of interesting behaviour that may be witnessed - from a single breath, graceful spyhop or powerful tail slaps to continual full body breaching or inquisitive approaches to the boat. Swimming with the Humpback Whales is of course the ultimate thrill. So come with us, strap on your mask and fins to glide into the blue and have the experience of a lifetime swimming with Tonga's Humpback Whales!


For more information on our whale watching trips, please refer to "Our trips".

Humpback mum, calf and escort, Ha'apai, Tonga
Breaching calf, Ha'apai, Tonga
Humpback headstand with snorkeler, Ha'apai, Tonga
Humpback calf, Ha'apai, Tonga
Humpback mother and calf, Ha'apai, Tonga
Humpback Whale close, Ha'apai, Tonga
Humpback subadult with swimmer Ha'apai, Tonga