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Trip of a Lifetime-Guides Claire & Henney & Captain Noah deliver numerous whale encounters!

Everyone on our boat had remarkable whale encounters all 7 days on the water with Whale Swim... read more

Reviewed 25 September 2018
Kris H
The Ashlee G and Crew were great!

We spent 4 days on the Ashlee G. Villi the skipper and William the whale guide were great. They... read more

Reviewed 25 August 2018
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

I'm not going to write about the incredible encounters i had with whales (they were magical). I feel like i need to just say that this trip was life changing. Nature happened to agree with us and we got an experience to remember. The thing i really want to say is, give nature a chance and let Whaleswim be your 'in'. They do everything in their power to get you into nature. Then it is up to nature to give you a show. Remember, these are wild animals and weather is something out of our control. Go on this trip and appreciate everything you see. The people you meet. The smell of the ocean. The community and culture. Most importantly, appreciate what nature gives you. Even if it is momentary. Be in that moment and cherish it. Whaleswim Adventures allows you these moments.
I will forever be indebted to WSA for my moments.

Date of experience: September 2016
5  Thank Story42
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Reviewed 24 August 2016

Swimming with whales in a tropical paradise, complete with crystal clear water, island resorts, and friendly locals, is impossible to top. Our group was particularly lucky, with many close encounters with curious juveniles and calm sunny weather on most days which facilitated easy snorkeling. We even swam with a whale shark one day. The fantastic caves we explored were also the stuff of dreams.

I am confident you will love every aspect of this trip with WhaleSwim Adventures, JUST GO DO IT.

Date of experience: August 2016
6  Thank Danielle R
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Reviewed 21 August 2016

This was a truly magical way to spend a week and Whaleswim makes it happen.
As soon as you book you understand that Whaleswim know what they are doing, the trip information is incredibly thorough and this level of details connotes throughout your trip.
Our group used the boat Blue Sky which was the best boat out there and in some swell you are very glad of this. Our guides Annah, Nisi and Pauli were outstanding, their knowledge of whale behaviour added to the experience but more importantly their passion for ensuring you have the most wonderful interactions with the whales is what makes your trip so memorable.
If you want to experience this magic then book with Whaleswim you will not be disappointed.

Date of experience: August 2016
6  Thank bethoSydney
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Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

The boat and crew on Ashlee G made our trip. We had the most amazing encounters with the whales and Andrew, Pukky and the rest of the crew were so determined not to let us down. They are the absolute best and made my lifelong dream come true! Cannot recommend them highly enough!

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank Harriet71
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Reviewed 5 January 2016

My partner and I booked a Whaleswim Adventure Tour in Tonga with Rae and her staff, in particular Lynda who organised all our accommodation and transfers. Thank you Lynda!! Great job. Everything was taken care of, which made our tour so easy. We arrived in Tonga early hours of the morning and was greeted by Anna our Taxi Driver who drove us to our accommodation for an hour or two sleep. Arriving at Vava'u we were greeted by Rae. Lovely women who gave us a lot of information on our way to our breakfast destination and met some of our group. About Lunchtime our group of 8 met for lunch with Rae and Annah (Annah our tour leader) This was an informal lunch with information as to how the Tour was to operate. Which was very nice and informative, very professional.

We found our Tour Leaders professional and to have the utmost respect for the whales, and our safety. Annah (just lovely, with lots of stories to share about whales) Noa, (the whale whisperer, with an infectious laugh) and Nisi (his youthful enthusiasm, as excited as we were when about to hit the water). Every day we swam with the whales and most beautiful, playful calves. Every day we experienced something different. On the last day we experienced the most beautiful whale song, just unforgettable. Thank you to all. We will be back. Thank you for the most wonderful experience of our lives. We want to do this again!! It was memorable!! Unforgettable!!


Date of experience: September 2015
4  Thank Cherrie P
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