Humpbacks are waiting.
Join photographer Karim Iliya on an adventure under the sea, and swim with nature's gentle giants, humpback whales, in the beautiful islands of Tonga.
No certifications required
Group of Islands just east of Fiji
Housing, Food, Boat, and Transportation
*flights not included
3 at a time in the water
Fresh, Delicious, Healthy, Home cooked
*Snacks and Dietary Preferences Available
Photographers and Non photographers welcome
7 days on the water/9 nights
6 days on the water / 8 nights
* $1000 non refundable deposit is required at sign up for all trips.
*Please note: If you are over the age of 50 we will need you to have a physician document stating you are physical fit for intense cardiac activity, and endurance.
Please see our FAQ page.
Humpback whales are incredibly beautiful and gentle animals that come to Vava’u Tonga to mate and have babies once a year. Depending on your trip, we will spend 5-7 days in the water swimming and snorkeling with humpback whales and professional underwater photographer Karim Iliya. They are wild animals, in abundance at this time of year and swimming with them will be on their own terms. Whales will be respected. We use a licensed whale watching boat that takes the crew, and up 6 passengers. We take turns in the water, (3 guests) + Karim and our Tongan whale guide. Moderate fitness, good health and swimming /snorkel ability is required. Though this trip is not a photography trip or photo workshop, upon request, Karim is available to answer questions, and run an editing workshop in the evening. Meals, airport transfer, and accommodation are included in price. (airfare is not, though we will help advise you through the booking process.)
Whales are very gentle animals. Though they are wild animals, under the leadership of our experienced whale guide, swimming with humpbacks is generally quite safe. We will be staying on land and doing day trips on a boat. Boat, swimming, taxi transfer, pickup & drop off, accommodation & food included . Airfare & snorkel gear not included.
"I have been around the world and seen incredible things. Volcanos exploding their guts into the night sky, the northern lights dancing across the winter landscapes of Iceland and sailing across the greek isles; but nothing comes close to encountering humpbacks whales underwater. It is a place where I have experienced the strongest emotions of love and humility, and watched grown adults brought to tears. It changed my life, and has made me want to spend my life interacting and documenting these animals underwater, and to be able to share that with the world through my images and films."
- Karim Iliya