Tardy in writing this but wanted to review our 3 days with Phil who owns Whales in the Wild. Out of the 3 companies we went with in Tonga, this one is definately the best.
Phil is a really nice man and does his absolute best to give you the most memorable experience, and his Tongan guide Sione is unbelievably good at spotting the whales deep in the depths when all we coud see was blue!
Every day is different and of course it is very unpredicatable how good a whale watching experience you get each day but we always saw something and were able to swim so incredibly close to the whale I had to move away from it's fin.
All the operators are in touch with one another to share informaton on where the whales are but if they are proving elusive there are island with pristine sandy beaches and coral reefs to explore as well as caves to swim in to.
Phil's lunch was by far the best compared to other operators. He gets up at the crack of dawn every morning to prepare a nice selection of fillings for Tongan breads together with soft drinks and fresh fruit all enjoyed on the white sands of a palm tree lined beach.
All the equipment on the boat was clean and in really good condition and included masks, snorkels, fins and wet suits.
I woud really recommend Phil for the best possible whaling expeience.
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