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Whale-Sing 15/08/2019 – 27/08/2019

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12 Days 12 Nights
Trip Dates : 15/08/2019 - 27/08/2019
Ha'apai, Tonga
Spots Available : 16
This trip is specialised and organised with Stuart Davis.
Only book this trip if you wish to join a SingUp trip.
This trip is not a standard Freediving & whale encounters trip.
Trip Details

SINGING & SWIMMING WITH WHALES

 
This unique trip combines truckloads of singing with the incredible experience of sharing the water with these graceful, gentle giants, all in the most idyllic location you canpossibly imagine (think ‘Gilligan’s Island’).  In addition you’ll get coaching from Erez (free diving instructor, photographer and whale guide) and morning yoga with Ally (yoga instructor and explorer).
 
Singing every day in this beautiful space overlooking the ocean led by Stuart Davis
Free diving & snorkelling coaching (+ photography tips) with Erez Beatus
Yoga sessions every morning with Alegra Ally
Visit nearby island villages (schools & churches)
Hear and sing with fabulous Tongan choirs
Singing (and kava) with the locals around the campfire under the stars on the beach
 
To read more about Stuart – please visit his website: www.stuartdavis.biz
 

We have created a daily schedule which maximises everything the island and ocean have to offer. We start early and finish late, and in between, offer many different activities.

The Haa’pai group is the middle island group of Tonga and offers the perfect combination of Deep, clear water, Great accommodation, good food and private, endless beaches. The whales are in abundance and there are very few operators. This allows for a much more “ecological” and personal experience. We have chosen Ha’apai as it offers the “real Tongan island” Experience! You will be able to walk on an endless beach for an hour without seeing another person, Swim in crystal clear water, snorkel around the many reefs and experience true serenity.

We have chosen Ha’apai over the more touristy Vava’u as it delivers a completely different experience. There are as many whales in Ha’apai if not more, but with only 5 whale swim boats there is a lot less pressure on the whales and we never have to wait for another boat to finish swimming with a whale before you jump in.

Lastly, in most cases, the whales are just in fornt of the resort, so there is not much wasted travel time before we encounter the whales.

Trip Location

Ha’apai, Tonga

Cost

Adult – AU4450

Child (under 10) – AU$1350

Trip Dates

15/08/2019 – 27/08/2019

Price Includes

  • Transfers between Ha'apai airport to Island
  • 11 Nights Hotel Accomodation At Serenity Beaches
  • 1 Night stay in Tongatapu
  • 3 Meals per day
  • 5 days on the water - Whale Swim
  • Daily Yoga
  • Singing every day in a beautiful space overlooking the ocean led by Stuart Davis
  • Free diving & snorkelling coaching (+ photography tips) with Erez Beatus
  • Visit nearby island villages (schools & churches)
  • Hear and sing with fabulous Tongan choirs
  • Singing (and kava) with the locals around the campfire under the stars on the beach

Price Excludes

  • Tips
  • Airfares (International / Domestic
  • Alcohol / Soft Drinks
  • Travel Insurance

Required for the trip

  • Wind Stopper jacket / Rain Coat
  • Sunscreen
  • Long Sleeve shirt
  • Any personal medication
Itinerary

Wed 14 Aug Depart Sydney on VIRGIN, arrive early am on 15th.

Shuttle bus to nearby Scenic hotel for a few hours until early check-in for flight to Ha’apei.

Thu 15Arrive in Ha'apai - Check in at Serenity Beaches

We will pick you up from the Ha’apai airport and board “Triumph” – Our whale swim boat. After a safety briefing, we will head over to the resort (around 30 minutes away).
Dinner will be served around 19:00.

Fri 16Shore based Snorkel

The day starts at 07:15 with a led yoga practice in the large communal Fale. this is optional.
Breakfast is served at 08:15.
During the day, we will run a shore based snorkel session led by Erez to get everyone comfortable with ocean swimming and the use of the snorkelling gear.
Dinner is served at 19:00

Sat 17Yoga, singing, Whale Swim #1

The day starts at 07:15 with a led yoga practice in the large communal Fale. this is optional.
Breakfast is served at 08:15.
We will board the boat at 09:00 and head out to look for whales. Whales can regularly be seen within minutes from the resort but it may take longer.
We may run a snorkelling session next to one of the many reefs. This depends on the desire of the group.
Lunch will be served on the boat or on an island.
Boat returns to the resort around 16:00
Dinner is served at 19:00

Sun 18Rest day in Tonga - Singing in Church

Sunday is a rest day in Tonga as the country is very religious. we will spend the day exploring the island, resting, snorkelling and conducting cultural activities such as basket weaving.
We will travel by boat to a nearby island where wet will take part in the Sunday church ceremony (and have a chance to sing)
Dinner will be served traditional style – UMU (underground oven).

Mon 19Yoga, singing, Whale Swim #2

The day starts at 07:15 with a led yoga practice in the large communal Fale. this is optional.
Breakfast is served at 08:15.
We will board the boat at 09:00 and head out to look for whales. Whales can regularly be seen within minutes from the resort but it may take longer.
We may run a snorkelling session next to one of the many reefs. This depends on the desire of the group.
Lunch will be served on the boat or on an island.
Boat returns to the resort around 16:00
Dinner is served at 19:00

Tue 20Yoga, singing, Boat to another island - visit village, markets, singing for/with locals

Wed 21Yoga, singing, Whale Swim #3

The day starts at 07:15 with a led yoga practice in the large communal Fale. this is optional.
Breakfast is served at 08:15.
We will board the boat at 09:00 and head out to look for whales. Whales can regularly be seen within minutes from the resort but it may take longer.
We may run a snorkelling session next to one of the many reefs. This depends on the desire of the group.
Lunch will be served on the boat or on an island.
Boat returns to the resort around 16:00
Dinner is served at 19:00

Thu 22Yoga, singing, Whale Swim #4

The day starts at 07:15 with a led yoga practice in the large communal Fale. this is optional.
Breakfast is served at 08:15.
We will board the boat at 09:00 and head out to look for whales. Whales can regularly be seen within minutes from the resort but it may take longer.
We may run a snorkelling session next to one of the many reefs. This depends on the desire of the group.
Lunch will be served on the boat or on an island.
Boat returns to the resort around 16:00
Dinner is served at 19:00

Fri 23Yoga, singing, Boat to another island - visit village, markets, singing for/with locals

Sat 24Yoga, singing, Whale Swim #5

The day starts at 07:15 with a led yoga practice in the large communal Fale. this is optional.
Breakfast is served at 08:15.
We will board the boat at 09:00 and head out to look for whales. Whales can regularly be seen within minutes from the resort but it may take longer.
We may run a snorkelling session next to one of the many reefs. This depends on the desire of the group.
Lunch will be served on the boat or on an island.
Boat returns to the resort around 16:00
Dinner is served at 19:00

Sun 25Yoga, CHURCH/ISLAND VISIT

Sunday is a rest day in Tonga as the country is very religious. we will spend the day exploring the island, resting, snorkelling and conducting cultural activities such as basket weaving.
We will travel by boat to a nearby island where wet will take part in the Sunday church ceremony (and have a chance to sing)
Dinner will be served traditional style – UMU (underground oven).

Sun 25Check out - Last day on the water

After breakfast, we will sing and prepare for our departure.
We will be dropped off at the airport at 15:15 in time for the last flight out from Ha’apai.
In Tongatapu – you will be picked up and taken to a hotel to spend the last night before your international flight. Dinner on the last day is not provided.

Mon 26Last night in Tongatapu

We will spend the last night at Keleti’s Resort or another resort in Tongatapu.
For guests flying Via Sydney the next morning – A taxi will drop you off at the airport in time for check-in.

Tue 27Virgin flight back to Sydney

We will be picked up from the hotel and taken to the international airport in time for our flight back to Sydney.

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Getting to Tonga

INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS

Via Australia:

Virgin Australia operates direct flights twice a week (Monday and Wednesday. Flights land in Tonga after midnight with connection flights in the morning. We recommend spending the transit time at the Scenic hotel lobby (they charge 25top per person for transfers and use of lobby).

Via Fiji:

Fiji Airways flights land in Tongatapu or Vava’u. We recommend flying to Tongatapu as it allows more flexibility in choosing days.

Via New zealand:

Both Virgin and Air New Zealand operate flights to Tongatapu. flight operate almost daily.

DOMESTIC FLIGHTS

From Tongatapu (Nuku’alofa)

Real Tonga (www.realtonga.to) flies to Ha’apai three times a day. We recommend trying to secure the first flight heading to Ha’apai on the first day of the trip and the last flight heading back to Tongatapu on the day before last of the trip.

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