Swim with Humpback Whales in Tonga

Swim with Humpback Whales - Small Group Tours

INCLUDED: 7 nights accommodation, 4 whale swims, all meals, transfers ex-Ha'apai Airport.

* 01/10/2019 - 08/10/2019 Space left - 2 (in a Wooden Fale, double or twin-share)
* 06/08/2020 - 13/08/2020 Space left - 6 (in a Wooden Fale, double or twin-share)
* 29/08/2020 - 05/09/2020 Space left - 4 (in a Tent Fale, double or twin-share)
* 07/09/2020 - 14/09/2020 Space left - 2 (in a Tent Fale, double or twin-share)
* 01/10/2020 - 08/10/2020 Space left - 4 (in a Tent Fale, double or twin-share)

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Price: From AUD 3949

Travel between: 01 Oct 19 to 08 Oct 20

Book between: 11 Jan 19 and 31 Oct 19

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Tonga is one of the only places in the world where you can swim with humpback whales.

Every year from July to October the whales complete their migration from the feeding grounds of Antarctica to the warmer tropical waters of Tonga where they give birth to their calves and perform courtship readying themselves for the next season.

The Ha’apai Islands serve as one of Tonga’s most plentiful playgrounds for Humpback Whales. From mid-July to mid-October the Ha’apai Island area becomes one of the largest nurseries in the South Pacific for Humpbacks to birth and raise their young.

We’ve partnered with Where Wild Things Roam Travel to offer you a once in a lifetime experience to witness these enormous and majestic creatures in their natural environment.

The Humpback Whales love the Ha’apai Islands as there are numerous natural protection areas and reefs that provide an excellent nursery to raise the calves.  The Ha’apai area is also not overcrowded with whale watch boats, as there are only a few operators in this region and a very large area of coverage (you won’t have to wait to swim with a group of whales).

Ha’apai Whale & Sail is based at Sea Change Eco Retreat, and operate on the basis of outstanding comfort and absolute safety for the sea conditions common in our area.  Sea Change Eco Retreat has fully certified skippers and whale encounter guides who take their responsibility very seriously.

Whale encounters depart right from the beach in front of Sea Change.  Lunch or an afternoon tea is provided on the boat and you will usually stop for a break at one of the outer island reefs which you can snorkel on.


  • 4 days of swimming with humpback whales
  • Beach walks on Uoleva Island
  • Snorkelling
  • Kayaking & Standup Paddle Boarding (SUP)
  • Cultural evening
  • Island walk with picnic lunch


  • 7 nights’ accommodation at Sea Change Eco Retreat
  • 7 days meal plan (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Round trip transfers from Ha’apai airport to Sea Change Eco Retreat
  • 4 whale swims across the week


  • Airfares to Tonga (need to arrive in Ha’apai) are additional and can be arranged to suit your travel plans
  • Any costs incurred at hotel outside of the above inclusions

Seachange Eco Resort

Sea Change Eco Retreat is a boutique resort focused on wellness, adventure, rest & relaxation – on one of the most beautiful and “off the grid” islands in the South Pacific.  The resort is located on the best beach in Tonga, with calm seas that are perfect for swimming. Stay in one of the exclusive, beach front luxury wooden fales or the elevated “glamping” tents. Each with a private deck with sea views, garden area and private bathroom with hot showers. Lie in your private hammock or retreat into the fale and relax on your high quality bed and watch the coconut trees swaying around you with the waves lapping gently on the sandy shore just metres from where you lie. There are two fale types:


“Glamping” style tent units placed on elevated wooden platforms with a view of the sea. The spacious safari tent fales are approximately 3.6 metres wide by 2.7 metres long and more than 2 metres tall. Each tent fale comes with a queen size bed as standard. Or two XL single size beds can be requested. They also include a private bathroom with instant hot water showers, basin/sink and a composting toilet – and solar lighting within the tent and bathroom. Our tent fales also have a private front garden area with hammock, and large decks with a table and chairs for relaxing with a glass of wine or playing cards while looking at the sea.

Large wooden fales

The wooden fales have a very large interior living area of 4 by 6 metres, large wooden decks and private bathrooms with basins/sinks, toilets and showers. Each wooden fale features a view of the sea along your own personal pathway to the beach. Bedding arrangements come with a queen size bed.

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Swim with whales in Tonga's Ha’apai Island, one of the largest humpback whale nurseries in the South Pacific. A few spots are still available in 2019 & 2020.
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