Swimming with Humpback Whales is one of the Ocean’s Greatest Wildlife encounters
HIGHLIGHTS: Learn how to get the most from your photographic equipment while spending 6 days in the water with the Whales.
Duration: 11 days Trip Dates: 8th – 18th September, 2019
Includes:6 Whale Days, Airfares, Breakfasts, Island Feast, Transfers, Tour Leader: Leighton Lum (Photography by Leighton)
Excludes: Personal purchases, meals (dinners), tip and gratuities, travel insurance.
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Travel insurance is mandatory, weather can be unpredictable and cause delays.
Cost: $5,990 AU (Ex HNL) or $4790 AU (No flights included)– Puataukanave Hotel
Join expert photographer Leighton Lum and Quest Tours to enjoy one of Nature’s greatest interactive Wildlife experiences. We are the longest running LICENSED Travel Agent escorting tours to Vava’u. The privilege of swimming and photographing these gentle, intelligent mammals is truly life altering. Please email me for full itinerary, accommodation info, payment schedule, cancelation policy, travel insurance information etc.
Sunday, 8th September, 2019
Depart HNL 1:50pm Monday, 9th September, 2019 (B) (Lunch and dinner at own expense) 01:20 arrive Nadi Fiji, overnight accommodation in Fiji.
Tuesday September 9th 2019
Depart Nadi NAN 0800 on FJ 821 bound for Tonga 10:10 arrive Vava’u Tonga. (Total flight time, 2 hours, 10 minutes – Tonga is 1 hour ahead of Fiji). You will be transferred to Neiafu township where you will check into your accommodation straight away. After a few hours to rest and relax, your Quest Tours representative will orientate you to town and give you a tour of the main area. This afternoon Leighton will check your equipment & conduct the first workshop on what to expect over the next few days.
Wednesday, 10th September – Saturday, 14th September, 2019 (B, L) (Dinner at own expense)
We have booked an exclusive whale expedition boat just for our group. The trips will be full days of action packed photographic opportunities over 6 – 7 hours. The captain will tailor the whale watching to match the photographic requirements of the group. Light lunch, fruit platters & refreshments are enjoyed whilst anchored off white sandy beaches. There will be many opportunities for snorkeling over tropical reefs and in open sea caves in the crystal clear water. It all adds up to being the best days out on the water imaginable. The Friday night we will enjoy a traditional Tongan feast at our hotel – The Puataukanave.
Sunday 15th September 2019 (B, L) (Dinner at own expense)
As there is no commercial activity allowed on Sunday we have a day off to catch up with editing and revising all of the new skills learnt over the previous few days. There is a delicious brunch booked for around 11am. For those who wish to explore the island for photographic opportunities there will be plenty of chances to capture sunrise, views and sunset over the harbor.
Monday 16th September - Tuesday 17th September 2019 (B, L) (Dinner at own expense)
Once again we have booked an exclusive whale expedition boat just for our group. These will be our final whale days.
Wednesday 18th September 2019 (B,) (Lunch and Dinner at own expense)
Our trip with the whales has ended, we enjoy a lazy morning with a 12:10 Departure, Arrive Fiji at 13:30. You can also spend the morning checking out the local cafes and utilizing the WIFI spots. Options for activities in Fiji still to come