Swim with the Tonga humpback whales on this unforgettable journey from Ker & Downey pairing private luxury aboard the MV Tarquin with land and sea excursions.
Each summer, a population of humpback whales make their way north from the Antarctic to the reef-protected waters of the Vavu’u islands to mate and give birth to their calves. The annual migration of the whales to waters of Tonga complete a remarkable cycle. Tonga is one of the few places in the world where you can actually witness this natural phenomena under water, swimming alongside the whales.
On Ker & Downey’s Tonga Whale Watching journey you’ll spend seven days aboard the MV Tarquin. Originally launched in New Zealand, the private 65-foot luxury yacht spends its summers with a private crew, chef, and guide in the “Friendly Isles” of Tonga. During your journey, you’ll explore the clear waters of the Vava’u islands from above and below the surface.
In addition to snorkeling alongside the Tonga humpback whales, which is truly a highlight and unforgettable experience, there’s a full range of species that call the pristines reefs surrounding the Vava’u islands home. With your experienced guide you’ll head to spectacular dives spots like Swallows Cave and Mariners Cave where you’ll discover over 100 species of fish, manta rays, sea turtles, spinner dolphins, and giant clams.
On land, you’ll hike to Mount Taula which overlooks the harbor and eastern side of Vava’u for fantastic view of the Kingdom of Tonga. You’ll also visit the ‘Ene’io Botanical Gardens which span 22 acres. It was founded by Haniteli Fa’anunu, the Former Director of Agriculture and Food within the Tongan government, with the aim to preserve different plant cultivars, save endangered plant species, and educate locals and visitors about the flora and fauna of Tonga.
You’ll also discover the incredible hospitality and authentic island culture with a cultural tour of a local town and a Tongan style lunch.
Cruising through the sea on the private MV Tarquin and swimming with the Tonga humpback whales is truly unforgettable experience. Let Ker & Downey craft your journey of bespoke luxury and authentic encounters in the enchanting Kingdom of Tonga.
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