Why travel with Quest Tours and Whaledive?

Read on to find out what we offer, and what makes our tours so unique!

The Group Vibe

With a maximum of 8 people + your tour leader, you'll be sure to meet awesome people AND have an incredible time with the whales

Conscientious Guides

Whether it be our expert Tongan Skipper, the highly experienced qualified Whale guides or your Quest Tours leader, you are guaranteed to be in excellent hands.

See the Whales - See Tonga

We believe visiting Vava'u doesn't just mean swimming with whales. We want to show our travellers Tonga and all she has to offer.

Licenced Travel Agent

Not only have we been visiting Vava'u for over 16 seasons, we are also the Longest running LICENCED travel agent escorting these tours.

Why Quest Tours and Whaledive?

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. We have shown over 1,000 happy travellers this incredible experience.
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.

Small group travel allows you to meet likeminded people - you join the tour as adventurers and leave as friends! Sometimes these friendships last forever.

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.

Travel Agent

We are one of ONLY TWO licenced Travel Agents escorting tours to Swim with Humpback Whales in Tonga. Travel to remote places can sometimes come with "glitches" in travel arrangements; flight delays, weather interruptions and other events, can all create issues. Support of your licenced travel agent in Australia AND your tour leader on the ground in Tonga to help in sorting out any difficulties in these situations is PRICELESS.


When you travel in a small group there is less to worry about. Our prices include all major costs, you only budget for optional activities and personal purchases plus additional meals.

  • An experienced Quest Tours leader

  • Whale days as indicated

  • Island feast (Umu)

  • Transfers and accommodation

  • Airfares ex. Sydney

  • Meals (as designated)

Our trip leaders

Our guides and staff have exceptional knowledge of Vava’u – their experience, knowledge and organisational skills are a real benefit for our travellers. Our guides show you a uniqueness that larger groups and independent solo travellers could never see.

All of our guides are trained in Basic Life Support, with current first aid certificates and are proficient and certified for in-water rescues.


...is chosen for its level of comfort and convenience to our activities plus the ability to provide us with a cultural experience through staff and food.

If you are travelling on your own we make sure that you join in the group activities to make your trip as enjoyable as possible. Our trips are on a twin share basis with same gender room buddies - there are options at most accommodation to pay for a single supplement.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory: We strongly recommend taking out travel insurance at time of booking for tours, either through our recommended* company “SureSave Australia” or your own company of choice.

We can organise a quote for you, please indicate this on your booking form.

SureSave covers you from the date of taking out the policy, for up to two years, until your tour return date, not just for the period of the tour. Check conditions & cover of any policy you are considering


"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

Tour Inclusions

  • International Airfares ex. Sydney to Vava'u, Tonga. YES, we include airfares!
  • All transfers associated with the above
  • All accommodation
  • Breakfasts
  • At least 4 (or 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

Want to know more about the tours? Head to our itineraries page to see what your tour to Tonga will be like

Convinced? Head to our bookings page by following the link to the right