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A Whale of a time

Destination: Haapai, Tonga
Trip Date: Aug 15th - Aug 25th, 2012 - Comments
Author: Erwin

Wow.  Amazing.  Incredible.

Many words come to mind but none seem to do our last cruise justice.  All 18 of our guests have left us after a life changing experience that we hope and suspect that they will be talking about for some time.

As soon as they boarded we headed out to the channel just north of Tongatapu and found whales right off the bat!  We watched them from the ship for a while, waving their flukes in the air, had dinner then slept.  After an easy crossing, we woke up in lovely Ha’apai where we got straight onto a heat run of rowdy whales.  This kept us busy for the morning then on to a family group of a mother, calf and escort that let us swim with them just like we were long lost whale friends.

So, the pace was set and maintained with loads of great in and out of water encounters, including two visits from a curious group of juveniles in one day, choosing to spend the afternoon swimming around the Nai’a while we swam with them and took photos from the deck.

Big Mo and friendly Juvinile By Erwin Filius

Big Mo and friendly Juvinile By Erwin Filius

Calf by Erwin Filius

Calf by Erwin Filius

Shallow pass by Erwin Filius

Shallow pass by Erwin Filius

Swimming over reef by Erwin Filius

Swimming over reef by Erwin Filius

Back into the skiff by Erwin Filius

Back into the skiff by Erwin Filius

Whale breach by Nora Lohmann

Whale breach by Nora Lohmann

Even the windy, choppy days were great with more heat runs and loads of breaching whales.

As the whales are here to breed we found many calfs with their mothers and found many of them to be very curious.  We came across baby whales being taught to breach by their mothers many times and surprise, surprise, it amazed everyone that witnessed the show, every time.

The trip ended as it started with flat seas and fantastic encounters.  The last day just as good as the first.

I can’t wait until next trip..

Our Guests...

Lesta
Lesta
Ian
Ian
Miharu
Miharu
Peter
Peter
Allan
Allan
Gilli
Gilli
Clara
Clara
John
John
Michelle
Michelle
Heidi
Heidi
Ingrid
Ingrid
Hans-Peter
Hans-Peter
Claudia
Claudia
Al
Al
Evelyn
Evelyn
Steve
Steve
Toni
Toni
Kevin
Kevin

Comments

“Thank you to everyone on NAI’A who makes NAI’A what it is – an exceptional operation and a gateway to underwater wonders. What a fantastic crew! Thanks for an incredible life experience!”

Scott

~ Scott