The Wildiaries Experience

Expert Led Tonga Whale Swims

From $4100.00 * AUD

These are all SMALL GROUP tours


We are taking 2017 bookings now. Note, from 31 December 2016, the new price for the tour will be $4,100. The 2017 season is predicted to sell out, so if you know you would like to come but can't be sure which date, a small deposit is enough to secure a space and your chosen travel date can be changed later, subject to the following terms:    

  • We will ask you for a $500 initial deposit to reserve a spot on any tour. Choose the date which is most likely to be suitable for you. 
  • This payment is non-refundable, but up to 6 months prior to travel, can be transferred onto any other Wildiaries tour (including another whale swim date, subject to availability). 
  • Before 30 October 2017, we will ask you to pay a 20% non-refundable deposit with the balance of payment due at least 60 days prior to travel.   


Your 7-day tour starts the moment you land in Tonga and we pick you up from Nuku’Alofa airport to transport you to our private guesthouse.

You will be led by our expert whale biologist guide, Dave Donnelly, who along with Tongan crew and hospitality staff will be looking after you during your stay. While it’s possible to go the whole week barely opening your wallet, we have two non-swim days, where you can explore including a couple of evenings to eat out (we can recommend a range of eateries to suit every budget).

One of the non-swim days is the obligatory Sunday when Tongans are not allowed to work. The other will be the day we think is the least favourable for whale swims - on this day we arrange a supplementary cultural tour with our guides.

For the most part however, we will be heading out about 8am to the harbour and boarding MV Blue Water Explorer. Under the careful guidance of our whale specialist, we will spend time looking for and learning about whales.

Finding the right whales means getting the best encounters possible - and while we have had up to 15 swims in a day, sometimes a single swim can last hours. It just depends on the whales‘ mood and that’s where our experts make all the difference to your experience.

By booking with Blue Water Explorer, you'll avoid the hustle and bustle of the other islands and get the chance to relax in the company of like-minded people with the experience, passion and commitment to deliver an outstanding experience without any hidden costs for you or the whales.


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Accommodation is in our own secure, private guest house.

Our tour begins on the first morning and ends the last night but includes your transfers between our accommodation and the airport. Note, flights from Australia arrive in the early hours and depart early morning. Please take special note of your flight times. 

We can book flights for you (please enquire), or if you are booking your flights, ensure you can:

a) ARRIVE on day 1 of our tour no later than 9:30am (we will advise you an address and a contact number for a representative on the ground, closer to the time). You will need to arrange your own transfer. We can recommend a company and book this for you if you let us know where you're staying. 

b) DEPART the day after the last day of our tour. Our tour finishes on day 7 with an evening meal, then we transfer you to a hotel for your last night and arrange a transfer to the airport for you the next morning. Many of the flights leave very early morning.   

So as an example, if you join a tour from the 1 - 8 September, you can either arrive very early morning on the 1st (some flights get in at 3am ... we'll pick you up from the airport) or the night before and stay elsewhere before transferring to meet us on the morning of the 1st for breakfast. You'd most likely depart on the 8 September. 



  • 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
  • First night, from as early as 2am (or whenever your flight arrives), accommodation in a secure private guesthouse with shared bathroom (a small supplement applies for ensuite)
  • Six more nights in the same private guesthouse.
  • The final night in a separate hotel, from where you will be transferred to your flight. 


From $4100.00 * AUD

Price is per person.

Note, from 31 December 2016, the new price for the tour will be $4,100. 

Our licensed travel agent can arrange all travel to and from tour locations. We can also arrange fully-guided options as well as tailoring packages for families and groups travelling together.

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