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We booked months in advance due to popularity and tour company always booked out from July through... read more

Reviewed 27 April 2018
Sydney, Australia
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Fantastic 5* experience

Phil went completely out of his way to help me with logistics when organising this trip. His staff... read more

Reviewed 9 April 2018
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Wildlife boat tours taking guests out to snorkel & swim with majestic humpback whales in the pristine waters of the Vava'u Island group in The Kingdom of Tonga.
Valomotu House Toula Vava'u, Neiafu, Tonga
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Reviewed 27 April 2018 via mobile

We booked months in advance due to popularity and tour company always booked out from July through to November our friend sione the skipper def made this experience one for the books i travelled with 2 friends and it was their 3rd-5th time swimming with...More

Thank Denique15
Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

Phil went completely out of his way to help me with logistics when organising this trip. His staff were so friendly and helpful and I felt very comfortable and welcome on his boat. The boat crew were very conscious of the whales behaviour to ensure...More

Thank CharlotteBallena
Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

Had a wonderful time with Sioni our Tongan guide. Although we were there for the last week of the whale season, we saw whales very close over 3 trips. Our group also went swimming with a subcontracted boat-would definitely check reviews before pre-booking swim trips....More

Thank Leveena D
Reviewed 20 September 2017

Last year I visited Vava'u with my husband and then a few weeks later, our daughter followed. All three of us were touched by Tonga and the whales. So this year, my daughter and myself along with some friends headed back. Amazing once again. Different...More

Thank Cherie C
Reviewed 7 August 2017

It is difficult to describe in words how incredible the feeling is to not just see whales in their natural habitat, but to actually get in the water and swim freely with them is out of this world. I don't think that there are any...More

2  Thank Ryan G
Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

Phil and his crew have been running these tours for a long while and their experience in this mind blowing event really shows why they consistently rise to number 1 on TripAdvisor! They really work cohesively together! Their crew, their guides, their boats, their lunch...More

1  Thank Desibro
Reviewed 22 July 2017

I have traveled to Africa to see animals in the wild but nothing compares with an up close and personal experience with a wild creature that is as curious about us as we are about them. They are very aware of our presence and seem...More

1  Thank rycrackers
Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

There is nothing to fault with my whales in the wild experience. Just coming to Tonga to swim with whales is an out of this world experience, but these guys make it even better. They were easy to contact via email and once we arrived...More

Thank Vanessa T
Reviewed 15 November 2016

phil from whales in wild was awesome to deal with as we organized the excursions via email from nz, nothing was a problem ,quick to reply and he even organized our scuba diving day through his contacts and was a great dive.excellent boat and setup...More

Thank Dave R
Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Phil and the guys are absolutely amazing! We spent the entire day chasing whales and enjoying the beautiful Vavau waters! They make everyone feel so comfortable and at ease! The lunch they provided too was great! Highly recommend them for your whale swimming needs!!!

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Wendy Kay D
3 January 2018|
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Response from Desibro | Reviewed this property |
Hello I think you can find someone to do a private trip for 4 but it will cost you extra generally the boats don’t take many more than 8 booking in advance is the key Quite often you get people cancel and only end up with a... More
19 February 2015|
Response from phil s | Property representative |
Hi Thanks for your inquiry, we find and swim with whales in water anywhere from 7m to over 200m deep depending where they are settled at the time. Our cost for a day trip of around 7 to 9 hrs is AUD$250 includes drinks... More