Thar she blows - Tonga Whales 3
Always good to welcome back old friends and this trip was no exception. Wendy, Bruce, & Sarah are all regular Nai'a passengers in Fiji and chose to come for a Tonga Whale Expedition. They were not disappointed. Alexx Edwards(Nai'a owner) also couldn't resist taking advantage of being the boss and joined in for some whaley fun.
This trip the weather was not playing ball, but Nai'a is a great platform to watch whales in any conditions. Wind picks up, swell is coming - no problem for this group of gung ho guests. With her long serving crew and 17 years of seasonal whale watching under her belt all the best bays and shelter are well known. This is usually a time for searching close into shore, looking for mothers and calfs.
Bruce gets up close with a mother, calf & escort
Bruce being creative..
The lovely Stephanie modeling for Bruce
Our friend and host for the afternoon Sione poses for Bruce
John nails the breacher off the bow.
A curious Whale spies John
taken by John
taken by John
Village kids posing for Karen
Wendy shows her photo flair
Wendy shoots the preparation of the lovo
taken by Wendy
The Lovo feast is served
Wendy gets head on - patience pays off
Dolphins bow riding Nai'a - taken by Wendy
Eddie on point - taken by Wendy
Sundeck whale watching in progress - taken by Wendy
“NAI’A made a believer out of me! Fiji has been grossly underrated by both divers and scientists. Incredible fishes here and definitely worthy of protection.”
~ Dr. Gerry Allen, Ichthyologist & Author, Conservation International