On our newest trip, you’ll get to meet the biggest and smallest ocean wildlife all in one expedition! Explore white sand beaches, swim alongside Tonga’s humpback whales, and snorkel Fiji’s amazing shallow reefs.
Knock an adventure off your bucket list as you swim with humpback whales in their natural habitat. These spectacular giants are the most acrobatic whales in the ocean and can be seen breaching, lob-tailing, spy-hopping and fin slapping. We may also have the incredible opportunity to listen to the whales sing and, in the words of our naturalist Doug Perrine, “experience the unforgettable and haunting sensation of having [our] bodies vibrate like sounding boards from eerie noises emanating from the depths.”
Tonga is made up of a group of small islands, each more picturesque than the last. So taking time to snorkel along the coral reefs is also a must. The sheltered waters of Vava’u offer a fantastic array of snorkeling sites. From the abundance of tropical fish and cryptic invertebrates to diverse corals, these warm waters are teeming with marine life to see. The tropical coastline of Tonga is home to some unique seabirds too; be on the lookout Brown Boobies, Brown Noddy Terns, Great Frigatebirds, and herons.
Fiji’s beautiful crystal clear waters are a haven for any snorkeler, boasting a high diversity of marine plants and animals. Known as the “soft coral capital of the world,” while snorkeling here we can expect to see a plethora of soft corals and large sea fans, as well as equally vibrant and plentiful hard corals.
We’ll visit multiple snorkel sites each day to take in the amazing marine biodiversity that Fiji has to offer, and we’ll also take some time to relax on Fiji’s white sand beaches under the palm trees in the afternoon. As the sun goes down, enjoy a presentation from your naturalist about the coral reef ecosystems and the global issues that may have an impact on them. We might even get to enjoy Meke, a traditional Fijian song and dance, while sipping kava, a local drink.
One of the highlights of our time in Fiji will be learning about the coral restoration efforts of our local conservation partners; we will learn about the difference between healthy and unhealthy corals, and about how to restore unhealthy areas. At many snorkel sites we will also see iconic reef fish species including several species of clownfish, angelfish, and butterflyfish in the crystal clear ocean. Beyond colorful fish, you’ll also have the chance to search for brightly colored nudibranchs, bright red Christmas tree worms, hell’s fire anemones, and green turtles, among the many other unique species that call Fiji’s reefs home. The shallow water wonders of Fiji will have you captivated anytime you submerge in the warm water!
Are you ready to dive in? Our Tonga and Fiji: Whale and Reef Snorkeling Adventure is booking now!
Huntley Penniman is an Oceanic Society social media specialist and communications strategist. From diving to conservation and environmental communications, her passion lies in learning more about the wildlife that lives under the surface of the ocean. Huntley holds a B.S. in Biology from Boston College and a Master’s in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography.