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Tonga Whales, Reefs, Beaches and Culture

August 12th-26th, 2017

Female Humpback Whale with her newborn calf      Photo by Kim Powell


Blue Water Ventures is providing six domestic flights in Tonga.  You are responsible for booking your own flight to the Fua’amotu International Airport, Tonga for an arrival on Monday, August 14th. If you are flying from the west coast of the USA,  you will need to make arrangements to fly on the evening of Saturday, August 12th.


The airport code for flights to Tonga is TBU.


People may opt to extend their vacation on either end of your Tongan adventure and we think that's a great option!

Please do not book your international flight until you receive a trip status email from us this fall.


You will then need to book your return flight from the Fua’amotu International Airport, Tonga on August 26th.


Your Blue Water Ventures Guides will  meet you in Tonga on August 14th at the Fua’amotu International Airport, Tonga by 1:30pm.

Look for us after you clear customs. 

This will require that you arrange a flight if leaving from San Francisco to Fua’amotu International Airport (TBU) leaving San Francisco on Air New Zealand at 9:45pm  on August 12th.

On August 26th, we will arrive back at Fua’amotu International Airport, Tongatapu and you may arrange a flight home anytime after 4:00pm.


Flight Information: Getting to Tonga

We suggest that you make your flight arrangements   by contacting Pacific Harbor Travel who can also help you purchase the mandatory travel insurance. You may also try calling Air New Zealand at 800 262 1234 or Air Fiji at 800 227 4446.  Other clients have booked their own flights  directly  at  Air New Zealand,   Fiji Airlines or through an online travel services such as Kayak.com


There are Several Options For Travel

OPTION ONE: The most direct  option is to arrange a one way flight to Tonga with Air New Zealand on  August 12th and a return flight with Fiji Airways on August 26th with arrival back in San Francisco on August 26th.


OPTION TWO: Another option is to book a round trip flight with Air New Zealand which will require that you overnight near the Auckland Airport on August 26th.

This would be a great option for those who are extending their trip in New Zealand. 

As people choose this option, we will suggest hotels near the Auckland airport, a cost and booking that you will cover.

Unless the current schedule changes, you would have a day in New Zealand to explore Auckland or you could extend your vacation in New Zealand.

If you are not traveling from the San Francisco Bay area,

please make sure that you meet us outside of baggage claim at the Fua’amotu International Airport in Tongatapu, Tonga by 1:30pm on August 14th.


Our recommendation is to book with Air New Zealand which departs San Francisco at 9:45pm on August 12th.   You will arrive into

Auckland, New Zealand on August 14th at 5:35am. You will then continue on with Air New Zealand to Fua’amotu International Airport, Tonga which departs New Zealand at

9:15am and arrives into Tonga at 1:10pm on August 14th. You do not need to recheck luggage in Auckland as it will be transferred from San Francisco to Tonga.


We will meet you outside of baggage claim at the Fua’amotu International Airport, Tonga and will be taking care of the next domestic flight to our final destination of Ha'apai, Tonga.

We have a connecting flight on Real Tonga that departs at 3:30pm and arrives into Ha'apai u at 4:20pm  on August 14th.

Flight Information: Tonga to Home

On August 26th we have a flight leaving Vava'u at 10:30am and arriving into Fua’amotu International Airport at 11:30am


There are two options for your return.

One option is to book the most direct flight on this date  with Fiji Airways that departs Tongatapu at  6:20pm on August 26th and arrives back in California on August 26th.


The other option is to return with Air New Zealand Flight that departs at 9:55pm and arrives into Auckland at 11:59pm.

You would overnight in Auckland and then take an Air New Zealand flight at 7:45pm on August 27th that arrives into San Francisco at 12:55pm on August 27th.


We suggest that you call Air New Zealand or a Travel Agent to discuss your travel plans if you decide to extend your stay in New Zealand before or after our Tonga Adventure.


Air New Zealand can be reached at: 800 262 1234 and Air Fiji can be reached at: 800 227 4446.  


If you would like to work with a travel agent, we recommend Pacific Harbor Travel, a local Santa Cruz Travel agency. 831 427 5000. 

They will also help you buy the mandatory travel insurance.