Tonga Swimming with Humpback Whales

LOCATION: Tonga
TRIP LEADER: Karim Iliya
DIFFICULTY: easy
DATES: multiple departures from August to October, 2018
PRICE: $3,900 USD

 
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TRIP DETAILS

Lead by wildlife and drone photographer Karim Iliya, this journey brings participants underwater to interact with humpback whales. Every year from August to October, humpbacks gather in large numbers in the warm, shallow waters off of the Vava'u Islands in the South Pacific to mate and raise their young. The safety provided by these waters allows the whales to relax while the calfs learn essential survival skills. We will spend our days looking for whale pods, heat runs, moms and calfs, and juveniles, entering the water to build trust with them and swim with them. Freedivers may swim down to their level with adult whales. The experience is nothing short of incredible.  

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Jumping in on heat runs, where adult male humpback whales compete for mating rights. 
  • Build trust with moms, calfs and escort whales in the warm shallows.
  • Play with juveniles in the deeper water. 
  • Freedive amongst the whales. 
  •  Laze around on some of the most incredible beaches and crystal clear blue water the South Pacific has to offer. 
  • Join in on some reef diving to see sharks, fish and sea snakes. 
  • Learn all about underwater photography and videography from some of the best. 
  • Enjoy feasts with our Tongan hosts in Nieafu. 
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ITINERARY

DAY 1 :: ARRIVE IN VAVA'U

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DAY 4 ::  :: VAVA'U

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DAY 6 :: VAVA'U

Coming soon. 

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READY TO JOIN?

LOCATION: Tonga
TRIP LEADER: Karim Iliya
DIFFICULTY: easy

DATES: multiple departures from August to October, 2018. 
STARTING IN: Vava'u, Tonga
ENDING IN: Vava'u, Tonga

PRICE: $3,900 USD.
INCLUDING: all ground costs, transportation, airport pickup, accommodation, guides, boat fees, food, and whale permit fees.
NOT INCLUDING: airfare, equipment, and insurance. 

 

ESSENTIALS

LOCATION: Tonga
TRIP LEADER: Karim Iliya
DIFFICULTY: easy

DATES: multiple departures from August to October, 2018. 
STARTING IN: Vava'u, Tonga
ENDING IN: Vava'u, Tonga

PRICE: $3,900 USD.
INCLUDING: all ground costs, transportation, airport pickup, accommodation, guides, boat fees, food, and whale permit fees.
NOT INCLUDING: airfare, equipment, and insurance. 


TRIP LEADER

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KARIM ILIYA
Karim Iliya Studio

Pursuing a variety of types of photography, Karim lives a nomadic lifestyle and travels the globe with a focus on photographing and filming wildlife and marine environments using free diving and quadcopter drones. Karim’s passion is in documenting threatened animals in an effort to create appreciation in order to help protect our delicate ecosystems. His work has been featured in publications all over the world, including National Geographic, among others.