An Experience of a lifetime - Every time...

If your passion or dream involves being immersed in an ocean of clear, turquoise blue water, sharing many exquisite moments with humpback whales, observing an endless array of healthy marine life, eating fantastic island food whilst sharing the day’s events with a great group of people and waking up each morning knowing you are about to embark on another wonderful adventure, then this trip is for you

 

 

Yoga and Whale Swim

The Yoga Whale Project is a yoga retreat which offers you the chance to combine yoga practice and whale swim in an amazing eco resort

Freediving & Whale Encounters

Join us on a trip to remember and swim with humpback whales in the clear water of Tonga. Daily yoga sessions, daily freediving and daily whale swims hosted in an amazing eco resort

MasterClass with Alexey Molchanov & Erez Beatus

Would you like to learn cutting edge training techniques from one of the world’s best freedivers? Alexey Molchanov will join us in Tonga for a two week master class.

About Tonga & Ha'apai

The kingdom of Tonga in the Pacific is one of the few places on earth where you can swim and freeDive with Humpback whales!

Apnea Australia specializes in FreeDiving expeditions and we are excited  to offer you the chance to come and train / swim / Play with the whales in the pristine waters of Tonga.

Expeditions are held during August and September and are either 10 days, 13 days or 15 days long.

The Ha’apai group

The Haa’pai group is the middle island group of Tonga and offers the perfect combination of Deep, clear water, Great accommodation, good food and private, endless beaches. The whales are in abundance and there are very few operators. This allows for a much more “ecological” and personal experience. We have chosen Ha’apai as it offers the “real Tongan island” Experience! You will be able to walk on an endless beach for an hour without seeing another person, Swim in crystal clear water, snorkel around the many reefs and experience true serenity.

Serenity Beaches

We have chosen to stay at Serenity Beaches resort on the island of Uoleva. Serenity beaches as the name implies is a tiny Eco resort that can  accommodate up to 20 people. We book the entire resort for the duration of the trips which allows us to provide the best possible service. Each Fale (Bungalow) is located in between lush forest and allows complete privacy. With a Hammock and a strip of private beach. Food at the resort is amazing! From a huge breakfast of choice to dinner consisting of traditional Tongan foods and a variety of seafood.

The boat

We have chosen a high speed Catamaran to be the conduct for our day trips to the surrounding islands and whale swims. The vessel offers comfort including shaded areas, Front and back decks and easy water access. We will have our daily lunch on the boat or on one of the islands. The boat is stable and large enough to move around and see the whales as they swim around

The FreeDiving

Tonga has clear, deep, warm water year-round. The Tongan trench is only a few hundred meters from the beach and provides great conditions for beginners and advanced Freedivers alike. We offer 8 / 10 / 12  days of training. We provide floats, counter-weight system for the deep dives, safety, boats and more. You will be led by super experienced Apnea Australia instructors that will be able to help you set goals, overcome barriers and achieve whatever you set up to achieve. We also offer course for the non certified Freedivers. Theory will be held in the evenings and the dives will be held during the first few days of the trip to allow you to use the teachings to reach new depths. Along with the “basic” Training sessions and courses we we offer other activities such as Freediving in the Caves, The Arch (longest arch in the pacific), Nature walks, camping, surfing, paddle-boarding Volcano treks and more.

The Humpbacks

Humpback whales grow to around 15m in length and are renowned as the whales with the longest pectoral fins. The have a complexed song and communication system that travels extremely long distances and that will vibrate every bone in your body when you swim near them. The whales migrate to Tonga every year between July and October to give birth and play in the warm tropical water. They exhibit amazing displays of fin and tail slapping along with the famous Breach where they jump clear out of the water! Tonga allows snorkellers and freedivers to approach the whales and interact with them. The whales will decide weather to come close or swim away and might decide to just lay below the surface – allowing us to swim around them.

About the Trips

The journey begins here..

You do not have to be a FreeDiver to join our trips! we offer a combination of activities that will suit couples, families and singles that want to explore the amazing underwater world of Tonga, Swim with the Humpbacks and learn about the great art of freeDiving. We have constructed a schedule that incorporates many activities – from Whale, through Freediving and snorkelling to Yoga and nature walks and local culture. The rough schedule  is as follows: We will meet the group at the Ha’apai airport terminal. Flights between Tongatapu and Ha’apai are in small planes and weight allowance are strict (extra weight beyond 20kg can be purchased for 1$ per kilo). We will then reach the resort and get familiarised with the island and crew. After some rest we will meet for dinner where we will brief the rest of the trip.

Each day will include:

  • 07:15-08:00: Meditation with Erez and Ally. This is optional and depends on the group.  This session is for beginners and experienced Yoga people.
  • 08:15-09:00: breakfast
  • 09:00-12:30: Boarding our whale swim vessel and taking off to one of the nearby islands. Snorkelling and Freediving (We drop anchor in areas where people can choose what they want to do.
  • 12:30-13:30: Awesome lunch on the boat.
  • 13:30-16:00: swimming with the whales 🙂
  • 18:00: Dinner
  • 19:00-20:30: Freedive course theory for the people who take the course.

*other Yoga sessions can be done if requested.

Are you an underwater photographer? check out our Specialised Photography oriented trips

About the Crew

The people behind the trips

Erez and Ally have been working in the water for over 17 years. From a background of running a whale watching business on the Gold coast they were swept away by those incredible creatures. They have decided to search the world for the closest, most intimate whale experience and found Tonga!

“When I came out of the water after my first whale swim, I told Erez this is what I want to do for the rest of my life”.

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Erez has been a professional Freediver and instructor for the past 18 years. With over 2000 students world wide he is one of the most experienced instructors in the world. Erez has held the world record in the CNF (Constant weights no fins) in 2001 and has held multiple national records.

Erez is a certified whale guide.

Erez is a hydrotherapist by profession and has worked in rehabilitation for many years. He is also an avid photographer.

Ally has been exploring the world for many years. She is a Documentary photographer and film maker and is currently working on a project that takes her to the most remote tribes in the world.

Ally is a Scuba instructor and a FreeDiver.

Would you like to learn cutting edge training techniques from one of the world’s best freedivers? Alexey Molchanov will join us in Tonga for a two week master class.

The trip will include daily Yoga, Line diving (unlimited depth), Snorkelling in some of the world’s best spots and whale swims.

Learn more about the trip here

02/08-11/08/2016

Freediving & whale encounters
AU$3990
  • 10 Days
  • Daily Yoga
  • Daily freediving sessions
  • Daily Whale swim
Trip Full

11/08-18/08/2016

Yoga & whale encounters
AU$3490
  • 10 Days
  • Daily Yoga
  • Daily freediving sessions
  • Daily Whale swim
Trip Full

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25/07-01/08/2017

Yoga and Whale Swim
AU$3490
  • 7 Days
  • Daily Yoga  
  • Daily Whale swim
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01/08-10/08/2017

Freediving & whale Swim
AU$3390
  • 10 Days
  • Daily Yoga
  • Daily Whale swim
  • Breathing workshops
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15/08-24/08/2017

Freediving & whale Encounters
AU$3990
  • 10 Days
  • Daily Yoga
  • Daily Freediving sessions
  • Daily Whale swim
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24/08-31/08/2017

Photography Trip
AU$3490
  • 7 days
  • Daily Yoga Sessions
  • Daily Whale swim
  • Photography Workshop and editing sessions
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05/09-14/09/2017

Freediving & whale Encounters
AU$3990
  • 10 days
  • Daily Yoga Sessions
  • Daily Whale swim
  • Daily freediving session
  • Breathing Workshop
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