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Address: Nomuka Island Ha'apai | Nukualofa Tonga, Tonga
Phone Number:
+676 7314920

Whale Discoveries is based at Nomuka Island Ha'apai Tonga and is a...

Whale Discoveries is based at Nomuka Island Ha'apai Tonga and is a watersports and activities company specialising in package trips for humpback whalewatching/snorkeling, Tofua volcano treking, kitesurfing ,surfing , stand up paddleboarding, Kayaking, scuba diving, free diving and more. Come and join former 3 times Australian wave sailing champion Dave Sheen and crew for a most memorable adventure in Tonga! Our vessels are both perfect platforms for ocean based activities with safety, stability and comfort number one.

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Best whale experience in Tonga

I won't repeat all the glowing reports from others. They are all true and accurate. We have experienced other whale watching trips in Tonga and there is no one that provides the... read more

Reviewed 29 September 2016
Opua, New Zealand
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Opua, New Zealand
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 29 September 2016

I won't repeat all the glowing reports from others. They are all true and accurate. We have experienced other whale watching trips in Tonga and there is no one that provides the experiences and respect for the whales more than these folks. They have created a lovely paradise on the island (where Cook and Bligh used to stop) and complement... More 

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Kendal, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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Reviewed 3 September 2016

We have just returned from a holiday of a lifetime. We lived aboard 'The Wildlife' catamaran with 3 crew. All the meals were included and homemade. We swam with whales everyday except Sunday which is a day of rest in Tonga. The experience was truly mind blowing. Tom the skipper was extremely competent and we felt very safe in his... More 

1 Thank Gill300361
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 31 August 2016

You begin with emailing a guy, who you might know through another guy, who lives on a remote island, in a remote chain of islands, within the South Pacific Ocean, to swim with massive sea mammals on their migration. The first mistake I made - was to consider for a second that this might all be a little tiring to... More 

1 Thank Anniewestwood
Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 25 August 2016

Incredible Experience to swim with the Whales...stand still in time...captivated by the moment that casts a spell over you....to have shared the respect of these incredible creatures with Whale Discoveries....was something that touched your Soul... Wow Tris & Dave...thank you for sharing your World of Wonder...

1 Thank SwanLager
Newcastle, Australia
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

Swimming with whales in the middle of the ocean was something I had never experienced & to be given this opportunity in the beautiful South Pacific simply blew my mind. Sliding off the back of "WILDLIFE" , an incredibly comfortable catamaran with guidance to be sure we would be silent observers of these massive creatures, provided reassurance that this indeed... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

One of the most amazing experiences that you can have: swimming with whales in the wild. Be aware though, it's all done in a very conscious way, evaluating if the whales are interested in an interaction before deciding if we would swim with them or not. It's not about chasing them at whatever cost and that's also why the shortest... More 

2 Thank GiorgioBen
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Reviewed 12 August 2015

What an amazing trip and experience. I would 100% recommend everyone do this at least once. Tris & Dave are incredibly knowledgable about the whales and very respectful towards them and the Tongan laws. We had 4 (out of 5 days) fantastic swims with mothers and calves. Absolutely breath taking, very surreal. The food is definitely up there with the... More 

1 Thank rjhiggins
Port Hueneme, California, United States
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 24 October 2014

Dave & Tris Sheen of Whale Discoveries are consummate professionals. They run highly personalized trips for small groups aboard 1 of 2 boats--either a twin-engine 10m rigid-hull inflatable or their 53 ft. sailing ketch, both of which are extremely stable, well-equipped and stable vessels. I've done whale trips in Tonga with several other operators over the years, but none come... More 

1 Thank friendlyfish111
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 16 September 2013

What an incredible trip to an even more incredible place. I cant say enough about Dave and Tris, they did everything possible to make sure that every member of the group was looked after. The tasty food that Tris puts together in the small galley is just what you need after spending the morning in the water. (Dior's cakes are... More 

2 Thank PJDavo
Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 14 September 2013

Dave and Tris operate this wonderful catamaran "wildlife" and the associated whale swim guiding and reef snorkeling service with a very high degree of professional skill, integrity and human excellence. The crew, food and personal service are second to none. I have nothing but praise for what they do and how they do it. Swimming with humpback whales has been... More 

1 Thank Stephen R

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