The Ha'apai Islands serve as one of Tonga's most plentiful playgrounds for Humpback Whales! From mid-July to mid-October the Ha'apai Island area becomes one of the largest nurseries in the South Pacific for Humpbacks to birth and raise their young.
We own and operate Ha'apai Whale & Sail - the longest running whale watching/swimming business based in Ha'apai. The Humpback Whales love the Ha'apai Islands, as there are numerous natural protection areas and reefs that provide an excellent nursery to raise the calves. The Ha'apai area is also not overcrowded with whale watch boats, as there are only a few operators in this region and a very large area of coverage (you won't have to wait to swim with a group of whales). Ha'apai Whale & Sail is based at Sea Change Eco Retreat, and we operate on the basis of outstanding comfort and absolute safety for the sea conditions common in our area. Sea Change Eco retreat has fully certified skippers and whale encounter guides as we take our responsibility very seriously - and we want our guests to have the best experience possible.
Our 2019 season is booking up fast! If you are keen to reserve a spot on one of our boats please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and provide us with details of when you would like to go out. If you are booking accommodation with us just let us know in your booking inquiry that you would like to swim with whales and for how many days. Do not delay as we get fully booked up well before the season starts (mid-July). Whale encounters depart right from our beach in front of Sea Change. We provide lunch and morning tea and will usually stop for a break at one of the outer island reefs on which you can snorkel. Our daily departures are weather dependent (we do not take any risk with safety), and we cannot guarantee that we will find whales every day, so we do recommend you book in for more than one trip to maximize your chances of swimming with these amazing creatures.