Swimming with Humpback Whales in Tonga

From all destinations for excellent diving experience, many divers choose the Polynesian archipelago of the Islands of Tonga. The unusual thing about this place is that the Humpback Whales migrate through these waters and divers can swim next to these huge and wonderful animals and interact with them.

Humpback whales arrive in the area of the Tonga Islands annually. Here, in calm waters, they can find food, mate and give birth to young. Such a spectacular sight attracts many tourists from around the world. In order to swim with the whales one doesn’t need to be a very experienced diver, even beginners can snorkel in these calm waters, and whales are peaceful animals and do not pose a danger even when approaching. So even children who can swim will be able to enjoy such a great experience. Of course, it is necessary to approach the whales carefully, in no case rush across their path.

The Government of the Kingdom of Tonga issues permits for swimming with whales. And there are quite strict rules that should be followed. Only a licensed operator can organize the swimming with whales. Moreover, each company can take out divers only by two boats. Only four swimmers and a guide can be in the water at a time. When swimming, it is necessary to follow the instructions of the guide and not to make independent dives. The stay of this group of tourists in the water is limited to 90 minutes, for the safety and protection of whales, a break is also made between the exits of the boats in the water.

During the swimming, you can meet mothers with calves that feed peacefully or actively play, as well as males, from whom you can even hear unusual singing, the sound of which cannot be confused with anything in the world. Huge animals often show playfulness and curiosity; if you are lucky enough to make contact with this animal, the sensations will be unusual and stunning, these beautiful mammals will help you get closer to the natural world and the inhabitants of the deep sea.

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Yuriy Rakhmatullin By Yuriy Rakhmatullin Marine Life