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Meet the new pioneers of ethical whale swims

Edition No. 30, February 2016


Hi #firstname#,

As whale swims grow in popularity we've started working with operators who are pioneering new standards.

Last year we ran a trial whale swim in Hervey Bay. One of our regular travellers and guest writer Joe Katsikaros, has written about this for you.

Meanwhile, Tonga-based operator Blue Water Explorer has also created, in our opinion, one of the best value for money trips in the Kingdom, also proving (what we constantly find) that the most ethically and sensitively run trips deliver more outstanding experiences than any other.

Blue Water Explorer

This and other trips are available to experience right now. So you don't miss out, why not submit your travel profile? You could win a DVD of the BBC's LIFE STORY courteousy of Village Roadshow.

Since we last wrote to you, our travel consultants have been busy creating itineraries, for guests travelling to South Africa, Ningaloo Reef and Cambodia.

We hope you have a fresh and exciting 2016 and we really look forward to sharing more wildlife trip highlights with you - watch this space for film and reports from our Heron Island filming and photography trip, that leaves later this week.      

Best wishes,

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Simon Mustoe
Founder, Wildiaries

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Tonga Whale Swims, Blue Water Explorer

*Price includes: 5 days whale swims (on the best 5 days out of seven); airport and vessel transfers; expert guides with you 24/7; 7 b/fasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners; 7 nights' accommodation in a secure private guesthouse with shared bathroom (a small supplement applies for ensuite); Excluded: anything not listed above, international flights, alcoholic drinks and items of a personal nature. Available supplements include for $150 per person, a cultural island tour including lunch, guiding and transport, can be arranged with our Tongan guides for your one non-whale-swim day that is not the Sunday. $350 per day for ensuite room (only 2 available).


What's an ethical whale swim?


When I began watching and studying whales Humpbacks were only a quarter as abundant as they are today in Australia. Their population is doubling every ten years ... read more here.


From our guests


When Simon called to ask if I'd be interested in coming on an ethical whale swim trial in Hervey Bay I responded eagerly, saying "yes!". After all, how often does a chance like this come along? ... Read more here. 


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