What Tour should I choose?

We offer two different styles of tours - our Original Tours, and our Photographic Tours.

9 Day tours - The Original

If you haven't read it already somewhere on our site, we've been running tours to Tonga to Swim with Whales since 2002. Our tours (the length, inclusions, accommodation - all aspects really) are tried and tested. Our 9 day tours have either 4 or 5 whale swim days. Your leader will shepherd you through everything while in Tonga - including your in water encounters.

9 or 10 Day Photographic Tours

This season we are offering 4 Photographic tours. Essentially they are the same as the Original tours, but you will have a professional photographic guide to help you with capturing the whales on your camera. These tours also come with 5 whale days at a minimum. You'll be on a boat with other photography participants and the boat will be tailored specifically for it.

I Need more information

Absolutely! This will be a trip of a lifetime, we promise. Our itineraries offer the most information available on our site. We always love getting emails and answering questions (whales@questtours.com.au is our email address), or better yet - give us a call. (02) 6554 7478 is our contact number. We are here with you during every step of the way - from research, to booking, to swimming with a Humpback Whale.

Bookings

Bookings are taken using a PDF form. We need to know things like your full name, preferred accommodation (either hotel or resort style), sharing arrangement (twin or double), passport details (so we can book your international flights), frequent flyer numbers and special meal requirements. Head to our bookings page for more information!

Bookings - 2018

Spectacular New Season Whale Tours - 1VG18, 2VG18, 3VG18 & 4VJ18

The first half of the peak whale season for us offers spectacular, diverse encounters with many different whale groups. From fast paced action heat runs, to quiet soon to calve Humpback mothers, to new born calves, you are sure to see these incredible animals and keep those memories forever.

The first 4 tours are 9 days (depart Monday, return Tuesday week), and include at least 4 full days with the whales, all of your accommodation, breakfasts and airfares/transfers from Sydney.

Out of the 9 days, you will have 1 whole day spare, plus a half day when we arrive and a Sunday.

  • On Sundays it is illegal for Tongans to work so we have organised a brunch on this day for the group to enjoy - eat delicious foodwhile relaxing and chatting about your on water experiences thus far

  • The half day when we arrive is best spent wandering down to the markets and stocking up on supplies like snacks and fruit for the remainder of your tour. You can also look at souvenirs and the wonderful restaurants and cafes around the village. Your tour leader will help you find your way around Neiafu and orientate everyone to this magical town.

  • The other day can be occupied by a variety of activties that your tour leader can organise for you:

    • Escorted walks to the lookout (can be a little tricky to find, so best to chat to your guide!)

    • Kayak Hire (So peaceful!)

    • Island Tours

    • Go Kart Adventures (Woohoo!)

    • Extra Whale Days

    • Bike Hire

We don't book the whole time with the Whale Days because it gives you more of a chance to explore the island and relax. Of course, we know you are going to Tonga to swim with whales, so talk to us about perhaps spending an extra day with the whales on your spare Saturday.

Why Choose Us

For 17 years Quest Tours has been escorting small groups to discover the incredible whales of Vava’u Tonga and the culture of this wonderful Island gem.
Our Guides can access places and arrange cultural events you could never hope to find as an individual. We are often invited for kava nights in local villages, where you get to meet friends and family of our friendly staff.

Our Tongan groups are capped at 8 plus your tour leader to maximise your whale experience and to allow easy transport around the island for optional activities.

Watching and snorkelling with whales is our main reason for visiting Vava’u, but enjoying the culture and food of the island with a small group of like minded adventurers makes the trip a complete experience. We go beyond the tourist trail and are able to take you to see remote beaches, lookouts, plantations and organise cultural nights.

Read more about why you should choose us!

1VG18

23rd July - 31st July (9 days)

$4,490

Tour Leader: Gabby Hunter

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

1VG18 Itinerary

2VG18

30th July - 7th August (9 days)

$4,490

Tour Leader: Gabby Hunter

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

2VG18 Itinerary

3VG18

6th August - 14th August (9 days)

$4,990

Tour Leader: Gabby Hunter

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

3VG18 Itinerary

4VJ18

13th August - 21st August (9 days)

$4,990

Tour Leader: Jayne Jenkins

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

4VJ18 Itinerary

5VP18

20th August - 29th August (9 days)

$4,990

Tour Leader: Jayne Jenkins

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

5VP18 Itinerary

6VP18

27th August - 5th September (10 days)

$5,490

Tour Leader: Jayne Jenkins

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

6VP18 Itinerary

7VL18

2nd September - 12th September (12 days)

$5,990

Tour Leader: Leighton Lum (Photography by Leighton)

6 days Swimming with Whales in Tonga ex. Honolulu

7VL18 Itinerary

8VR18

10th September - 18th September (9 days)

$4,990

Tour Leader: Ron Hunter

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

Itinerary coming soon

Tour Inclusions (11 day tours)

  • International Airfares ex. Sydney to Nuku a'lofa.
  • Domestic Airfare to Vava'u
  • All transfers associated with the above
  • 7 nights accommodation in Vava'u
  • Breakfasts
  • 4 full days snorkelling with Humpback Whales
  • Lunches while onboard the boat
  • Traditional Tongan Feast
  • 2 nights accommodation in Nuku a'lofa
  • Tours around the Tongan mainland, inlcuding the blowholes and Stone Henge.
  • 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 in the itinerary
  • Personal spending money/ tips
  • Souvenirs
  • Optional activites

Tour Inclusions (9 day tour - 1V17)

  • International Airfares ex. Sydney to Nuku a'lofa.
  • Domestic Airfare to Vava'u
  • All transfers associated with the above
  • 7 nights accommodation in Vava'u
  • Breakfasts
  • 3 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 in the itinerary
  • Personal spending money/ tips
  • Souvenirs
  • Optional activites

Bookings are made via our Booking Form, which can be accessed to the right