Young Calves and Sleepy Mothers

Dates: 14/08/2018-23/08/2018

Days on the water: 8

Price: AU$4190

This expedition was absolutely beyond anything I could have ever imagined. Not only was the location fantastic, not only did we have the opportunity to swim and dive with humpback whales at arms’ reach, but: the way Erez and Ally from Apnea Australia took care of everything really turned the whole experience into something luxurious you will never want to forget. If you can only do one trip this year, that is the one you want to enjoy. I wish I could join them again, and I know that one day, I will.


Why is this trip unique?

We offer experiences which are different to other operators. We are passionale about the ocean and about whales and since day one we have decided to base ourselves in an aerea with minimal boat traffic and with a true “Back to nature” feel.

Small Groups

We only have 8 guests on the trip to maintain the highest level of service.


this is our 7th year operating in Ha’apai, and are certified by the tongan tourism office



We offer freediving training and courses, led by highly acclaimed instructors


We support the local community through education and donations

Whale Swim Regulations

We are passionate about whales and their protection. We follow the international whale swim regulations which can be found here.

What is the daily Schedule?

We have created a daily schedule which maximises everything the island and ocean have to offer. We start early and finish late, and in between, offer many different activities. 


Led yoga practice (optional) in the dedicated yoga space


Scramtious breakfast of your choice, including hot / cold drinks



Freedive training / Snorkelling around the amazing reefs


We will stop for lunch on one of the tiny, picture perfect Islands.


the resot of the day will be spent swimming with whales


Time for relaxation / internet / photo editing


Big dinner served at the communal dining hall.

Schedule can change depending on weather. We will have one full day at the Arch (freediving) and one full day of whale swim.

Sunday is a rest day in Tonga and commercial activities are allowed. there will be no boat day on Sunday and instead, we will conduct shore based activities.



  • Transfers to and from the Ha’apai airport
  • Accommodation at Serenity beaches resort (Twin Share)
  • One night accommodation in Tongatapu
  • 3 meals a day
  • whale swim trips
  • Freedive training / Snorkelling
  • Cultural activities (Island visits / School visits)
  • Yoga practice
  • Photography and editing tips

Not Includded

  • International Transfers
  • Domestic Transfers
  • Freediving courses (can be purchased separately)
  • Travel insurance
  • Alcohol
  • Tips
  • Massage


There are a few ways of getting to Tonga.

International Flights

Via Australia:

Virgin Australia ( ) operates direct flights twice a week (Monday and Wednesday. Flights land in Tonga after midnight with connection flights in the morning. We recommend spending the transit time at the Scenic hotel lobby (they charge 25top per person for transfers and use of lobby).

Via Fiji:

Fiji Airways flights land in Tongatapu or Vava’u. We recommend flying to Tongatapu as it allows more flexibility in choosing days.

Via New zealand:

Both Virgin and Air New Zealand operate flights to Tongatapu. flight operate almost daily.

Domestic Flights

From Tongatapu (Nuku’alofa)

Real Tonga (www.realtonga.to) flies to Ha’apai three times a day. We recommend trying to secure the first flight heading to Ha’apai on the first day of the trip and the last flight heading back to Tongatapu on the day before last of the trip.

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