Tonga is an unspoilt kingdom known as “The Friendly Islands”, spread out over 170 islands, most of which are uninhabited. Tongatapu is the capital, however, the focus of the trip is on the island of Vava’u in the northern reaches of the country.
Here pigs and chickens roam the streets, rugged and low-key villages are peppered among the palm trees and the beaches, but despite the lack of luxury hotels the gorgeous beaches and very warm nature of the local people make you feel incredibly welcome – life runs along at a slow and informal pace.
Tonga has many beautiful snorkeling opportunities, but the main drawcard for us here is the annual migration of the humpback whales through the area. The humpbacks migrate from their feeding grounds in the Antarctic to the waters of Tonga to birth, nurse, court and mate before returning to the colder waters to feed again. Tonga is one of the very few places in the world where it is possible to snorkel with these majestic giants and their calves.
Fiji, a small country just a short flight from Tonga which has it all including white sand beaches, palm trees and warm turquoise water. Kaduva Island – the fourth largest island in Fiji – is our destination and is a short domestic flight from the international airport.
Kaduva has just one town and a handful of roads which makes it the perfect base to relax and explore the unspoilt landscapes and uncrowded snorkel spots of the Great Astrolabe Reef.
Marine Life Guide
This 15 day Tonga & Fiji Snorkeling Safari is a fully escorted small group snorkel safari takes us to remote destinations for some once-in-a-life-time snorkeling.
Upon arrival into Tonga (airport Vava’u – code VAV), please make your way to the Tongan Beach Resort for checking and to relax.
Here you will meet your tour leader and group for dinner and orientation.
Each morning after breakfast, we will head out on our private boats for up to 6 hours at sea looking for humpback whales and calves. We will have opportunities to snorkel alongside these majestic creatures. Being one of only two places on the planet where this activity can be experienced, we will follow a stringent set of guidelines that will ensure our safety and enjoyment while protecting the whales and calves from harm and discomfort.
Swimming alongside these giant, intelligent, graceful beings can be a life-changing encounter. Each day and each individual humpback will be a unique and exhilarating experience. Some whale mothers and their calves will carry on and may not pay you much attention despite the fact that you are right next to them, while others will swim right up to you and inquisitively check you out. The calves tend to be the more playful of the pair and oftentimes it will appear that the jovial calves are beckoning you to come and play with them as mom watches from a short distance away. Encounters with these beautiful animals will surely bring a tear to your eye, no matter how hard you try to hold them back.
Only four of us can be in the water with a guide at any one time. We will take turns following a rota system, to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to experience and interact with these gentle giants.
We will also spend one full day snorkeling some of the beautiful reefs of Tonga. Expect colorful lively soft and hard coral reefs, with lots of small tropical fishes.
After a short international flight we arrive in beautiful Fiji, a country known for its white beaches, turquoise waters, and stunning reefs.
Here we overnight in the Nadi Hotel, in anticipation for our short flight to Kaduva Island- the fourth biggest island in Fiji.
Upon arrival we will transfer to the Matava Resort where we will base ourselves for five days of snorkeling. We will have two snorkel excursions per day with each snorkeling session lasting anywhere from 60-90 minutes. We will have our own snorkeling boat which will transport us to a full range of sites.
Kaduva island is home to the fourth largest barrier reef in the world, the Great Astrolabe reef, and as a result we will have a large variety of unique snorkeling sites to choose from. During our time in this magical area we’ll be able to snorkel around the stunning coral gardens of the barrier reef, tranquil bays and lagoons, and some of the more adventurous snorkel sites in the Barrier Reef Passageways. Regardless of the site we are snorkeling, you can expect to see some of the countries most pristine reefs made up of both hard and soft coral colonies, brilliantly colored reef that burst from the coral, larger pelagics like manta rays, eagle rays and reef sharks, and larger schools of fish like jackfish and barracudas.
Topside there are optional rainforest treks, bird watching and sea kayak trips to enjoy.
After breakfast we will have a group transfer to the airport for our flight back to Nadi, where the tour ends.
The Tongan Resort
We start our experience in the Vava’u island group, where we base ourselves at The Tongan Resort located on the island of ‘Utungake. This beachfront property has 12 guest rooms, all boasting lovely sea views from their spacious covered decked balconies. The rooms are equipped with ceiling fans, private bathrooms, tea/coffee making facilities, refrigerators, safes and are serviced daily.
The beachfront restaurant offers an array of Pacific Rim dishes made from fresh and locally caught and grown ingredients. All meals are ordered a la carte. Cocktails and a variety of local and international beverages can be enjoyed at the Sandpit Bar.
One evening in the week will be dedicated to Local Culture and a buffet meal of mostly local specialties is served, while we are entertained by children from the local school showcasing their traditional song and dance.
Once we arrive at our base in Fiji, we settle into the Matava Resort. This small Fijian Style beachfront resort has 10 Bures, designed for privacy and comfort. The high ceilings and large windows facing the ocean are simply beautiful. The resort is built from sustainably sourced Fijian wood and uses solar power for lighting and water heating.
The bures are spacious and comfortable with private bathrooms and incredible views of the lush tropical grounds and sea. Guests can enjoy a full breakfast, lunch and dinner served in the dining room and the resort is easily able to accommodate special diets such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and so on. Most of the fresh ingredients used in the dishes are farmed on-site in the organic farm and orchard which are tended to by local farmers.
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2021: $6,950 per person (Twin/Double Share)
Tonga and Fiji Safari | 03 – 17 Oct 2021
2022: $6,950 per person (Twin/Double Share)
Tonga and Fiji Safari | 04 – 18 Sept 2022
How to book your place?
Initial deposit to secure your booking $800 per person
12 Months before departure interim payment of $600 per person
6 Months before departure interim payment of $1000 per person
Balance due 3 months before departure
- On-land transportation
- 6 Nights Tonga Beach Resort, beach front room, with full board (meals)
- Services of boat charter for five days in Tonga (4 days whale watching and one-day reef snorkel)
- Entrance fees & Marine Park fees
- Services of a licensed whale swim guide throughout Tonga (1 guide per 4 swimmers)
- 1 Night at Nadi Fiji Resort, with breakfast
- 7 nights at Matava Resort in a traditional bure with full board (meals)
- 5 days snorkeling from a boat, 2 snorkel sessions a day, in Fiji
- Traditional Lovo Feast and Kava ceremony
- International and domestic flights
- Snorkeling equipment rental
- Travel and health insurance
- Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks, laundry and general sundries
- Spa services