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Tonga Humpbacks on NAI’A, 30 July-8 Aug 2020

Tonga Humpbacks on NAI’A, 30 July-8 Aug 2020

Humpback Whales migrate more than 5000km from their feeding grounds in Antarctica to the Kingdom of Tonga to give birth, nurse, court and mate. The Humpbacks are found in Tonga from July-September each year. Our 9 night Humpback trip on NAI’A Liveaboard will begin in Tonga’s capital “city” of Nuku’alofa and extend north into the coral atoll wilderness of the Ha’apai Islands, where the greatest number of Humpback Whale pods are found – but almost no other boats, just the fishing canoes of villagers. Sailing throughout this maze of islands and reefs, the location and activity of the Whales will largely determine the precise course of each day. However, experience has proven the mornings to be the best time for Whale spotting and swimming encounters. Later in the afternoon NAI’A will find a safe evening anchorage near a dive site. At least one and sometimes more dives will be offered each day and there is also the option for exciting night dives on Tonga’s coral reefs!

NAI’A liveaboard offers unique itineraries that focus on diving in Fiji and swimming with Humpback Whales in Tonga (July-September). She was designed by a renowned marine architect and built by skilled Dutch craftsmen. NAI’A was completely refitted in 1993 and again in 2000 and 2010 with the latest technology and facilities specific to the needs of discerning divers. Onboard there are accommodations for 18 passengers in 9 spacious, air-conditioned cabins with ensuite bathrooms.

NAI’A’s main salon is perhaps her most eye-catching feature. Carefully crafted out of local timbers, the 625 square foot room serves as lounge, theatre, classroom, and dining room. The four tables in the salon are showpiece items, built as a gift to NAI’A by the Fijian carpenters who refinished the ship. Meals times in the salon are always a special time with NAI’A’s chef preparing delicious meals using locally grown produce and meats and fresh fish.

NAI’A has everything the underwater photographer could wish for. The camera room is located immediately adjacent to the dive deck and has storage and work space for more than a dozen photographers, their gear and storage of cases. After each dive you can rinse your camera gear in two large fresh water dip tanks. Compressed air is at your fingertips in the camera room for cleaning and drying parts. Both 110 and 220 volt charging strips are available. Just between the salon and the camera room is NAI’A’s spacious dive deck. The dive deck is huge, bridging the entire 30ft beam of the ship. Divers returning to the dive deck are treated to hot deck showers and clean dry towels at the end of every dive.

For those who want to be outside in the sun, the whole roof area over the dive deck and the camera room is a sundeck open to undiluted rays. This is a great place to enjoy a relaxing lunch while working on your tan on one of the comfortable lounge chairs. The pulpit over the bow is another great place to lounge. It’s roomy enough for six to sit or a dozen excited people can stand watching bow-riding dolphins or breaching whales.

Spaces are available on this trip.

Tonga Humpbacks on NAI’A, 30 July-8 Aug 2020

The cost of the trip is 5,295 GBP (6,350 USD) including 9 nights on NAI’A, all diving and whale watching/swims, tanks/weights/weight belts, all meals, all non-alcoholic beverages, house wine served with dinner, taxes, marine park fee, and return transfers between Fuaʻamotu airport and the vessel on the day of embarkation and disembarkation. Flights are not included in the price, but can be readily arranged by Equator Diving upon request.

Nitrox: FREE on this trip (normally chargeable)

Fuel Surcharge: TBC 3 months before trip date (not currently in effect)

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