Humpback Whales in Vava'u - Swim Focused Tours

There are 4 tours on offer this season. Prices are in Australian dollars & incl. Airfares from Sydney.


23rd July - 31st July (9 days)


Tour Leader: Gabby Hunter

4 days swimming with the Humpback Whales of Vava'u, Tonga.

1VG18 Itinerary

FULL, sorry


30th July - 7th August (9 days)


Tour Leader: Gabby Hunter

4 days Swimming with the Humpback Whales of Vava'u, Tonga.

2VG18 Itinerary

6 Spaces left


6th August - 14th August (9 days)


Tour Leader: Gabby Hunter

5 days Swimming with the Humpback Whales of Vava'u, Tonga.

3VG18 Itinerary

FULL, sorry


13th August - 21st August (9 days)


Tour Leader: Jayne Jenkins

5 days Swimming with the Humpback Whales of Vava'u, Tonga.

4VJ18 Itinerary

6 Spaces left

Humpback Whales in Vava'u - Photographic Tours

There are 4 photographic tours on offer this season. Prices in Australian dollars incl. Airfares from Sydney (or Honolulu for 7VL18)


20th August - 29th August (9 days)


Tour Leader: Jayne Jenkins

5 days Swimming and Photographing the Humpback Whales of Vava'u, Tonga.

5VP18 Itinerary

3 spaces left


27th August - 5th September (10 days)


Tour Leader: Jayne Jenkins

6 days Swimming with the Humpback Whales of Vava'u, Tonga.

6VP18 Itinerary

6 spaces left


2nd September - 12th September (12 days)


Tour Leader: Leighton Lum (Photography by Leighton)

6 days Swimming with Whales in Tonga ex. Honolulu

7VL18 Itinerary

FULL, sorry


10th September - 18th September (9 days)


Tour Leader: Marcus Coombes

5 days Swimming with the Humpback Whales of Vava'u, Tonga.

8VM18 Itinerary

Open for bookings


When we say small group, we mean SMALL; we have a maximum of 8 travellers plus a tour leader on each departure date. The regulations for swimming with the Humpbacks in Tonga are a maximum of 4 snorkelers plus an accredited whale guide in the water at a time. So with just TWO groups on the boat, you are guaranteed the best opportunities to see, enjoy and photograph the whales of Vava'u.

  • An experienced Quest Tours leader

  • Whale days as indicated

  • Island feast (Umu)

  • Transfers and accommodation

  • Airfares ex. Sydney

  • Meals (as designated)


Tour Inclusions

  • International Airfares ex. Sydney to Vava'u via Fiji

  • All transfers associated with the above

  • All accommodation

  • Breakfasts

  • 4 , 5 or 6 full days snorkelling with Humpback Whales

  • Lunches while onboard the boat

  • Traditional Tongan Feast

  • Tour leader

  • Pre and post tour support, including packing lists

  • Exclusive Travel Wallet for important documents

  • Luggage tag for easy bag identification

Not included

  • Alcohol

  • Meals other than specified to the left

  • Personal spending money/ tips

  • Souvenirs

  • Optional activites

Latest Images

Open blow hole - Humpback Whale
Beautiful Breach - Roger Brook
Swim with Whales
Playful Humpback Whale Calf


"An absolutely amazing trip that you have to experience to appreciate! Being in the water with the Whales is breathtaking and the Tongan people are some of the loveliest on the planet. Definitely a 5 star experience & worth every cent!"    
Wendy Johnson, Newcastle - NSW

"It is a totally exhilarating experience to have a Humpback whale pass you by while you are floating in the most beautiful clear blue water you have ever seen, totally breathtaking and a once in a lifetime experience that will be very hard to beat. . Vava'u is a place that has no concept of time, a unique place place to just sit and watch the world go by for a week or two. All in all a pretty awesome adventure. "
Amanda Hall, 2008

"I came with two professional cameras, thinking I was prepared for anything.... But little did I know... Today I did not take a shot. But I was left speechless and crying tears of joy - what we experienced cannot be put into words: I like to call it "sound therapy" . we were laying silent, for 2hours, somewhere in the middle of the ocean. Floating just 30m above one big beautiful creature. Every particle of my body is still vibrating from this song of a fully grown Humpback Whale calling a mate.
Silke Stuckenbrock, Photographer

"Hi Ron, Just letting you know that we had an amazing experience swimming with the whales that will live in our memories forever. Thanks for the opportunity to join one of your groups and many thanks to Geoff for his guidance, organisation and friendly company that made our whole group appreciate the wonderful and unique experience that we were all having on land and in the water. Thank you once again for the wonderful experience, joy and fun we all had on this tour and we look forward to perhaps joining you or Geoff on another Quest Tour in the near future. "
Con Cannamela

Tours - July Through to September

We travel to Tonga during the southern hemisphere Springtime - a great time to go as most of the calves have been born several weeks earlier and are becoming playful and inquisitive in their own right. The mother Humpbacks, too, seem more relaxed and willing to "show off" their little ones, often allowing swimmers to approach to within only a few metres away!

We have also lead and been active in many marine conservation campaigns throughout our history, in the local, national and international arenas. The education of our clients about not only the creatures themselves, but their habitats, threats, research and respect are core features of all of our services.

Travel with Confidence

We have been conducting SCUBA dive and adventure tours all over the planet since the late 1970's.

Our staff include vastly experienced tour guides, SCUBA diving instructors, SCUBA divemasters, expert free divers and commercial vessel masters to ensure outstanding levels of safety and enjoyment in all trips.

Our 2018 Itineraries have been released and we're really excited!