What Tour Length should I choose?

We offer two tour lengths - 9 or 11 Days. We also have a brand new photography tour on offer this year!

9 Day tours

Include 3 Full Days Swimming with the Humpback Whales - additional days can be booked by your tour leader. The 9 day tour gives you time with the Humpback Whales and a chance to experience plenty of island culture while keeping costs low. 9 day tours start from $AU3,390.

9 day tour itinerary

11 Day Tours

All of our tours other than 1V17 (the first tour) are 11 days. Each 11 day tour aside from our Photography tour includes 4 whale days, so you get more time in the water with the whales, and also includes a tour of the mainland of Tonga (Nukua'lofa, the capital city, is well worth the visit). 11 day tours start from $AU3,790.

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Photography Tour

Quest Tours is excited to announce a partnership with Raw Edge Photography's Kian Bates to offer a unique photography focused tour. This suits those of you wishing to hone their skills in setting up the perfect shot and post-processing.

Photography Tour

Bookings

Bookings are taken via our booking form (link below). Please complete this, save it to your computer and email it to whales@questtours.com.au. You will need to know your tour code and preferred dates.

Booking Form

11 Day tours

The majority of our tours are 11 days (depart Monday, return Thursday week), and include 4 full days with the whales, all of your accommodation, breakfasts and airfares/transfers from Sydney. For the SCUBA Divers, you can also opt in to 1 double dive for $AU150. Alternatively, you can opt for 3 whale days and 2 dive days for the same price. The choice is yours!

Out of the 11 days, you will have 2 whole days 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 traditional Tongan Feast on this day for the group to enjoy - sip kava and eat delicious food from a tenderly prepared "Umu" while enjoying wonderful live music from our local Tongan friends.

  • 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 2 days 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 allows your tour leader to select the best days for weather with the whales.

9 Day Tours (Available on 1V17, or on request for other dates)

Nine day tours include 3 full days with the whales, transfers and breakfasts.

On an 11 day tour, there are 4 days with the whales and you have 1 more day spare on top of the ones listed above. There are plenty of activties so you won't be at a loss for something to do!

Why Choose Us

For 16 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 11 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!

Tour Code: 1V17

24th July - 1st August (9 Day Tour)

From: $3,390 ex. Sydney

Open for bookings

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Tour Code: 2V17

31st July - 10th August (11 Day Tour)

From: $3,790 ex. Sydney

Open for bookings

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Tour Code: 3V17

7th August - 17th August (11 Day Tour)

From: $3,790 ex. Sydney

Open for bookings

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Tour Code: 4V17

14th August - 24th August (11 Day Tour)

From: $3,790 ex. Sydney

Open for bookings

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tour code: 5V17

21st August - 31st August (11 Day Tour)

From: $3,790 ex. Sydney

Open for bookings

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Tour Code: 6V17

4th Sept - 14th September (11 Day Tour)

From: $4,190 ex. Sydney

Booked out, please have a look at our other dates.

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Tour Code: 7VP17

11th Sept - 21st Sept (11 Day Tour)

Exclusive 7 person Photography Tour

From: $4,890 ex. Sydney

Open for bookings

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Tour Code: 8V17

18th - 28th September (11 Day Tour)

From: $3,790 ex. Sydney

Booked out, please have a look at our other dates.

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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