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Tonga is one of only a couple places in the world where you can legally swim with Humpback Whales. I spent two days “swimming” with the whales in the Vava’u Group, and while it wasn’t the religious experience that others have described it certainly was time well spent. Seeing a mother and calf swimming in close proximity from an underwater perspective is truly amazing. But whale swimming definitely isn’t for everyone. Basically, this is what happens. You locate a mother and calf. You then follow them around for an hour or so from a distance, hoping that they will settle down and allow a closer approach. If they do settle, you get closer and quietly slide into the water. Once in the water, you swim as fast as you can in the direction the whales are swimming and get a few seconds with the whales before they slowly swim off into the great blue of the ocean. Because you are in open channels, the swimming can be difficult. It is not a whale float; it is a whale swim. If you are extremely lucky (it happens a few times a year for each whale swim operator), the whales will allow you to “float” with them for several hours. Usually, however, you only get a few seconds with the whales. Even that short amount of time makes it more than worth it.
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