Playing with humpback whales and listening to their singing does not have to be an impossible dream. Of course, you will have to cross the planet to get it: travel no less than Tonga, in Polynesia, and enjoy warm waters that touch perfection.
Tonga, in the south of the Pacific Ocean, is a kingdom of Polynesia consisting of 177 islands, of which only 36 are inhabited. A pristine tropical paradise of white sand beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters and breathtaking coral reefs. An environment in which diving becomes an essential activity. There are many lovers of this sport who travel there to enjoy an underwater universe protected from the strong winds and the thick sea.
And not only that, but also, from July to October, nature gives these islands a unique spectacle that allows us to do something incredible: swimming with humpback whales. Something really magical and you have to do it at least once in your life. It is true that we talk about traveling to the other side of the world, and therefore, if we want to go there, we must organize everything with a long time. The reward is to be able to visit the breeding sites of humpback whales and listen to their singing. An exciting experience that in Tonga comes true.
Whales spend the winter in the warm waters of Tonga, where they mate and where their young are born, before returning with their offspring to Antarctica. It is one of the few places where you can swim with the whales. Of course, you have to book in advance as the trips to see them and share their games are a full day. The companies that carry out these tours include lunch and refreshments, as well as all diving equipment including masks, fins, snorkels, wetsuits and flotation aids. The whale guides are experts and the boats are designed to make your experience comfortable and safe.
To the north of Tonga is the group of Vava’u Islands, an ideal place for diving and sailing, and the perfect place to see whales and dolphins.
Humpback whales are mammals belonging to the family of large whales and their hunting is prohibited in the Kingdom of Tonga. Global conservation efforts have put it on the Red List of threatened species.
In addition to the dives, visiting Tonga is like daydreaming, it is relaxing on postcard beaches in the shade of coconut trees, and enjoying the traditional Polynesian culture. The islands are divided into five districts with Nuku’alofa, the capital, located on the main island of Tongatapu where life is quiet. Tongatapu has a magnificent lagoon and its reef has five marine reserves and two insular parks protected by the government.
In the Ha’apai Group divers will find caves, canyons, and tunnels with vertical walls and fast-flowing sites and colorful coral gardens. In Vava’u Group, there are excellent drift dives along the walls and unevenness, and also interesting wrecks.
The monarchy of Tonga is more than 1,000 years old. Known as the ‘friendly islands’ due to the hospitable welcome given to Captain James Cook on his first visit in 1773, it is a fabulous destination in which to fish, kayak, explore the Pacific Ocean or swim with whales or turtles. A place to visit local markets, relax on the beach and look for hidden treasures on coral reefs. Definitely a destination in which to get lost and get carried away.