whale watching tours
Choosing the destination of your expensive vacation, you'd better be sure that you will be getting your money's worth. Vacationing alongside whales is just the thing. There are only three places in the whole world where you can watch these giants in close proximity, and with Okeanna you can easily visit one of them.
Every year, more than four hundred humpback whales come to the coastal waters of Tonga to stay from July to November. The size of these sea mammals is quite impressive – they grow up to 15 meters (50 feet) long and can weigh 45 tons. Imagine four cars parked back to back, and you will get an approximate idea of the size of an adult specimen. Of course, you are not allowed to approach such giants on your own, but guided whale watching tours are available.
This is the kind of adventure you will never forget. Depending on your swimming abilities, you can watch the whales either while swimming right nearby under the supervision of an experienced guide or from onboard a comfortable yacht. And to be sure, there is a whole lot to look at! For instance, the whale courting dances, with their caressing touches and gentle play of colossal bodies diving deep down in pairs and then rising slowly together, belly against belly.
It is difficult to put in words what you feel when seeing two immense
animals jumping almost entirely out of water and literally standing on their tails. And their breathtaking songs! Male whales dedicate to their beloved ladies real serenades.
Since whale pregnancy lasts exactly one year, little ones are also born here in Tongan waters. Before a newborn takes its first breath, it must swim up and break the water surface, being gently helped in this endeavor by its mom. And you might just get lucky enough to witness this.
Whale watching cruises are perfectly safe. The professionals who organize the tours ask to observe certain rules, such as enter the water quietly, make no sudden moves, refrain from harassing the animals, and follow instructor's orders precisely. As long as these rules are observed, swimming near whales is safe, and you are free to enjoy the unique experience of proximity with these enormous extraordinary beings.
There is an option to participate in scientific studies of humpback whales. Scientists working in Tongan waters take pictures, video and audio records, perform blood tests in order to study their DNA, etc. You can become a part of a scientific team as a volunteer.
Needless to say, your photographs with the whales will become an undeniable proof of the fact that your expensive vacation has been truly outstanding.
The way it works
We base our service on the procedures standard for the world's vacation industry. Each of our expert tour agents has the full list of necessary information from leading yacht rental companies and the best tour providers in the Kingdom of Tonga.
Okeanna presents to you all available offers so you can make an informed decision and choose on of them.
Next, you have the option to purchase insurance policy from 1Cover, the world's largest travel insurance provider, which includes cancellation and disruption coverage. Should you like to opt out, you would need to sign the release of liability form.
Okeanna builds your entire Tonga itinerary, from the international flight (we can help you arrive in the capital of Tonga with practically any place in the world as the starting point) to any and all types of tours and entertainment available on the islands. Please bear in mind that the international air fare is not included in the cost of the standard tour packages and must be calculated separately depending on your point of departure.
Some advice from a professional travel consultant
It is best to make the reservation for your trip to Tonga about six months in advance, although even if you contact us within just a couple of months, we will make every effort to organize your vacation in the best possible way. In general, the more time our managers have, the better flight and hotel accommodations they can secure for you, for lower prices. When selecting your itinerary options, we suggest that you opt for small but professional tour agencies having valid registry numbers and accredited with the local Tongan consulate.
Choosing a niche tour operator specializing in your particular destination will help avoid many problems during your travel.
A free consultation with the Okeanna Company's staff is always available via online chat on our website, e-mail, or phone. We respond to every inquiry quickly (unless our local weather interferes seriously). Also, please consider the time zone difference when contacting us.
As your travel agency, the Okeanna Company collects and presents for your consideration the offers of Tongan tour providers and the world's leading yacht rental companies. We are based in Tonga and bring you only the offers from the tried and true vendors very well known to us, helping you organize your vacation in the best possible way. Additionally, Okeanna assists with finding and securing international flights to Tonga from any other country in the world.
The tour is paid for according to the bill issued by our company which shows the total cost of the tour including the flight and planned tour options. Accepted payment methods include bank-to-bank money transfers, PayPal, and major international credit cards.
The convenience of using a travel agency
When making use of a travel agency's services, you have all guarantees that the tour providers fulfill their obligations. Immediately after your bill is paid, the funds are transferred to the providers while you are handed the vouchers for all the providers' services listed in your tour and can use these services independently of the travel agency.
Also, once the company receives the payment, you as a customer are safe from the discounted cash flow risk.
Okeanna operates according to the terms and conditions of service of the tour providers it represents. We always advise our clients of all conditions, terms, and fees in their entirety, so each customer can make informed and responsible decisions.