Days 1: Arrive in Vava'u
Fly to Vava'u, Tonga (crossing the International Date Line), transfer to hotel.
Days 2–3: Whale Watching and Snorkeling
Full days spent whale watching and reef snorkeling. Typically we will head out at 9:00 am and return around 3:00 pm. We should be able to observe a variety of whale behaviors, from mother and calf interactions to the sometimes combative behavior of mature bulls. Humpback whales are the most acrobatic whale species, and will often perform spectacular displays of breaching, lob-tailing, spy-hopping, and fin-slapping. During times when we are not whale watching, we will have plenty of opportunities to snorkel along the nearby reefs. The sheltered waters of Vava’u offer a variety of snorkeling sites. Soft coral walls, large sea fans and an abundance of tropical fish and colorful invertebrates are found in these clear, warm waters. Set against the lush tropical coastline, we will also search for birds such as brown boobies, noddy terns, great frigate birds, and herons.
Day 4: Free Day
Sunday will be a day of leisure. By law, Tonga doesn't allow any activities to take place on Sundays. You can spend the day relaxing under the warm sun at the beach, snorkeling in nearby seagrass beds, or sea kayaking the area's calm waters.
Days 5–8: Whale Watching and Snorkeling
Full days spent whale watching and reef snorkeling. Typically we will head out at 9:00 am and return around 3:00 pm.
Day 9: Snorkeling / Community Visit
The morning will be spent either snorkeling or visiting with local community conservation projects directed by our in-country partner, the Vava'u Environmental Protection Association (VEPA). One of their projects is to restore mangrove forests, which are critical ecosystems for fish and marine invertebrates. Your afternoon will be left free for you to visit any last minute places in Vava'u and prepare for your return trip.
Day 10: Fly Home
After breakfast you will be transferred to the Vava'u airport in time for your flight home.
Participants will stay in double occupancy rooms in a comfortable beachfront hotel. Daily excursions are made by private boat or vehicle.