Here's the trip of a lifetime!
Swim with the
in Tonga Aboard the Nai'a
July 10 - 19, 2019 - $6186
per person, based on double occupancy, airfare not included
(actual trip dates including travel time - Aug 27 - Sept 8, 2016)
Here's your 9-night snorkling adventure cruising the prolific waters of Tonga aboard the Nai'a. Swim with the planet's most mysterious and magical marine giants among remote and pristine coral atolls. NAI'A journeys every year to the exotic Kingdom of Tonga to bring guests the close whale encounters of a lifetime.
NAI'A's 10-day trips begin in Tonga's capital "city" of Nuku'alofa and extend north into the untrammeled coral atoll wilderness of the Ha'apai Group, where the greatest number of humpback whale pods are found -- but almost no other boats, save the fishing canoes of villagers.
Sailing throughout this maze of islands and reefs, the location and activity of the whales largely determines the precise course of each new day. These are wild animals and this is no zoo! However, our experience has proven the mornings to be the best time for whale spotting and swimming encounters. Later in the afternoon NAI'A finds a safe evening anchorage near a dive site. We always plan to do at least one and sometimes more dives each day. Night dives are also a spectacular option on coral reefs.
Our 10-day itinerary to includes time for Whales, Volcanoes & Virgin Coral Reefs and our daily schedule is very flexible. Usually our days on board are so busy - spotting, observing, photographing and swimming with whales; snorkeling or zooming out to record whale song from the skiffs; visiting a village or scuba diving virgin reefs - that our chefs become somewhat miffed about slaving over a delicious gourmet meal only to have everyone rush outside screaming "WHALE" as soon as it is served!
From the sight of the first breach at dawn, to the silhouette of whales resting at sundown, these expeditions are a special and rare kind of ocean adventure in a particularly picturesque part of the world. It's no wonder the whales like it here.
NAI'A sets new standards of live-aboard diving luxury in every way, especially in comfort and service. This extremely spacious ship provides for 18 guests (maximum) with all the creature comforts of a quality land-based resort - including hot showers and cool staterooms - but with superior diving and a new view every day! NAI'A's sophisticated sailing rig affords her the range, comfort and stability of a true expeditionary vessel. Her diver-savvy Fijian crew is world-famous for their dedicated service, kava-inspired music and can-do attitude that makes for great flexibility as well as a great time!
The MV Nai'a is a 120 ft long motorsailing yacht with a 30 ft beam, making it a very large and stable ship designed for South Pacific conditions. The ship offers immense sundecks, plenty of covered areas and air conditioned accommodations. The Nai'ai features 9 deluxe cabins with either a queen bed or two singles, and all cabins air-conditioned staterooms with private ensuite heads.
Rates are per person, based on double occupancy. Charter price includes tax, transfer to and from the airport or hotel, all meals aboard ship, double occupancy accommodation, tanks, weights, and unlimited air refills. Charter price does not include any lodging in Nuku'alofa, airfare, gratuities, alcoholic beverages (other than the house wine served at dinner), NITROX, fuel surcharge, gear or camera rentals, and sundry personal purchases from the ship's store.
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