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Whale Discoveries

#3 of 6 things to do in Ha'apai Islands Features Animals
Nomuka Island Ha'apai | Nukualofa Tonga, Tonga
+676 7314920
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Best whale experience in Tonga

I won't repeat all the glowing reports from others. They are all true and accurate. We have... read more

Reviewed 29 September 2016
Opua, New Zealand
Hump back whales galore in Tonga.

We have just returned from a holiday of a lifetime. We lived aboard 'The Wildlife' catamaran with 3... read more

Reviewed 3 September 2016
Kendal, United Kingdom
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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.
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Nomuka Island Ha'apai | Nukualofa Tonga, Tonga
+676 7314920
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Reviewed 29 September 2016

I won't repeat all the glowing reports from others. They are all true and accurate. We have experienced other whale watching trips in Tonga and there is no one that provides the experiences and respect for the whales more than these folks. They have created...More

1  Thank J T
Reviewed 3 September 2016

We have just returned from a holiday of a lifetime. We lived aboard 'The Wildlife' catamaran with 3 crew. All the meals were included and homemade. We swam with whales everyday except Sunday which is a day of rest in Tonga. The experience was truly...More

1  Thank Gill300361
Reviewed 31 August 2016

You begin with emailing a guy, who you might know through another guy, who lives on a remote island, in a remote chain of islands, within the South Pacific Ocean, to swim with massive sea mammals on their migration. The first mistake I made -...More

1  Thank Anniewestwood
Reviewed 25 August 2016

Incredible Experience to swim with the Whales...stand still in time...captivated by the moment that casts a spell over you....to have shared the respect of these incredible creatures with Whale Discoveries....was something that touched your Soul... Wow Tris & Dave...thank you for sharing your World of...More

1  Thank SwanLager
Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

Swimming with whales in the middle of the ocean was something I had never experienced & to be given this opportunity in the beautiful South Pacific simply blew my mind. Sliding off the back of "WILDLIFE" , an incredibly comfortable catamaran with guidance to be...More

Thank Pete C
Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

One of the most amazing experiences that you can have: swimming with whales in the wild. Be aware though, it's all done in a very conscious way, evaluating if the whales are interested in an interaction before deciding if we would swim with them or...More

2  Thank GiorgioBen
Reviewed 12 August 2015

What an amazing trip and experience. I would 100% recommend everyone do this at least once. Tris & Dave are incredibly knowledgable about the whales and very respectful towards them and the Tongan laws. We had 4 (out of 5 days) fantastic swims with mothers...More

1  Thank rjhiggins
Reviewed 24 October 2014

Dave & Tris Sheen of Whale Discoveries are consummate professionals. They run highly personalized trips for small groups aboard 1 of 2 boats--either a twin-engine 10m rigid-hull inflatable or their 53 ft. sailing ketch, both of which are extremely stable, well-equipped and stable vessels. I've...More

1  Thank friendlyfish111
Reviewed 16 September 2013

What an incredible trip to an even more incredible place. I cant say enough about Dave and Tris, they did everything possible to make sure that every member of the group was looked after. The tasty food that Tris puts together in the small galley...More

2  Thank PJDavo
Reviewed 14 September 2013

Dave and Tris operate this wonderful catamaran "wildlife" and the associated whale swim guiding and reef snorkeling service with a very high degree of professional skill, integrity and human excellence. The crew, food and personal service are second to none. I have nothing but praise...More

1  Thank Stephen R
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