Welcome to our adventure to the South Pacific, to the archipelago kingdom of Tonga and island nation of Fiji. Considered one of the most pristine West Polynesian countries and the only one never colonized, Tonga has a fascinating history with rich natural resources. Dramatic volcanic terrain, deserted white sand beaches, coral atolls, tropical rain forests, endemic flora and fauna species combined with rich cultural traditions, makes the Kingdom of Tonga an outstanding destination. We are extremely excited to announce that after scouting Fiji in 2019 and then again in 2022, we have added Fiji to our South Pacific program. Like Tonga, Fiji has extraordinary natural and cultural resources. Our destination in Fiji is Crusoe’s Resort situated along the stunning Coral Coast and adjacent to the village of Namaqumaqua. The local Fijians are welcoming and will be an intricate part of our cultural experience.
Space is limited so please contact Kim Powell at firstname.lastname@example.org to review the trip and availability. For stunning photos and videos, please visit the photo gallery at Matafonua Lodge where we will stay for the first part of our adventure.
The Humpback Whales, Megaptera novaeangliae that visit Tonga spend part of the year feeding in the rich polar waters of the Antarctica. Sustaining themselves on a diet of krill while in the polar region, they migrate to their tropical calving grounds arriving into Tongan waters by July. For the next 4-5 months, The Humpback Whales use the warm quiet lagoons in this region of the world to give birth and to mate. Tonga is one of few places in the world where highly regulated whale swim encounters are officially permitted. The Fijian waters are less visited by humpback whales, although sightings are always a possibility. Pilot whales and several species of dolphins patrol the Fijian waters.
In 2009, National Geographic awarded The Tonga whale experience the tour of a lifetime!
Our 14 Day Itinerary offers a unique combination of natural and cultural wonders. I have been leading international expeditions mostly to the Neotropics since 1987. Over the decades, I have been fascinated by the intricate ecology of coral reefs. However in recent years, I have been drawn to a region’s megafauna and particularly the cetaceans, the whale and dolphin order of mammals.
I am extremely excited about what I consider the ultimate wildlife encounter, to swim among Humpback Whales and their offspring. Additionally, I am very eager to share and explore the rich cultural heritage of the South Pacific islanders.
Trip Dates: August 7th-20th, 2023
You will arrive in Tonga on August 7th which requires that you depart from a US mainland airport on August 5th. On August 15th, we transfer from Tonga to Fiji and then fly home on August 20th. This will require that you arrange three international flights while the domestic flight in Tonga, from Tongatapu to Ha’Apai is included in your package. Please review this link: Getting There
Trip Cost: 14 guest: $6100 12-13 guest: $6550
We feel that the price of our 2023 program is extremely competitive. To review the cost of another US outfitter traveling to Tonga for 8 days without an extension to Fiji review: More Options, an 8 program priced over $1600 more than our 14 day program.
TRIP COST: Includes all lodging in Tonga and Fiji, one roundtrip domestic flight, continental breakfast and dinners, boat and van transfers, five whale watching excursions, several motorboat excursions in Fiji, exploring by traditional bamboo raft, waterfall hikes, guided snorkeling and kayaking, intertidal exploration, scheduled cultural activities, natural history lectures and all tips for our Tongan and Fijian hosts and guides. All planned activities as described in the Itinerary, entrance fees and permits.
The price does not include international airfare, any hotel or transfer arrangements outside of our itinerary, trip insurance required for entry into Tonga and Fiji, lunches, phone calls, unscheduled boat excursions, scuba diving, activities not described in the itinerary, personal liquor, airport departure taxes if any, meals in airports or excess baggage fees.
A complete package of information, all of which can be found on the website, will be sent to you before our trip departure.
Thank you for joining us on our exciting trip destination to the South Pacific!
May we swim together among the vibrant reef fish and whales!
Kim Powell, MRPA
Owner, Operator & Naturalist
Blue Water Ventures
phone & fax: 831-459-8548
127 Mason St. Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: (831) 459-8548
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