12-Day Trip to Tonga + Flights and Swimming with Humpback Whales

Encounters Travel •

Escape Kit

  • A 10-Day Land-Only or 12-Day Flights-Included Trip to Tonga ($2,199 to $4,999 per Person), Including:
  • Round-Trip Economy-Class International Flights from New York City, Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Seattle to Tonga
  • Round-Trip Economy-Class Domestic Flight from Tongatapu to Ha'apai
  • Round-Trip Airport Transfers
  • Double-Occupancy Accommodations for Two Nights at Tongatapu Scenic Hotel or Similar in Tongatapu and for Six Nights at Ha'apai Beach Resort in Ha'apai
  • Nine Breakfasts, Three Lunches, and Eight Dinners
  • Sightseeing Tours Per Itinerary
  • Three Whale Swimming Excursions with Wetsuits and Snorkeling Equipment
  • Tongan Feast Evening
  • Airline Taxes, Fuel Surcharges, Hotel Fees, and Entrance Fees per Itinerary
  • Priced per Person Based on Double Occupancy (See Fine Print)
  • After Purchase, Follow Your Voucher's Redemption Instructions to Complete Your Reservation by December 16, 2016

Experience the trip of a lifetime and swim with some of nature's most majestic creatures in the crystal clear water of beautiful Ha'apai with a trip to Tonga from Encounters Travel.

The Itinerary
Day 0: Fly to Tonga (Flights-Included Only)
• Board your flight and relax as you fly to the islands
• You'll soar over the International Date Line during your flight

Day 1: Arrive in Tonga
• Upon arrival, meet your driver and transfer to your hotel
• Spend the rest of the day at your leisure
Overnight at Tongatapu Scenic Hotel or similar

Day 2: Fly to Ha'apai
• After breakfast, transfer to the airport for a flight to Ha'apai
• Meet the Resort team at the airport and transfer to your beachfront fale
• Spend the rest of the day at your leisure, settling in, snorkeling, and later attending a whale briefing in preparation for your excursion on Day 3
Overnight at Ha'apai Beach Resort; breakfast and dinner included

Day 3: Swim with Humpback Whales
• After breakfast, board a traditional Tongan fishing vessel for a six-hour trip on the water
• Dive into the water for the experience of a lifetime, swimming with Tongan Humpback whales. The whales visit the seas around Tonga every year to breed, give birth and socialize in the beautiful warm waters and are very comfortable with you swimming nearby.
• Enjoy lunch aboard, take lots of pictures, and return by 3 p.m. to relax and get ready for dinner
Overnight at Ha'apai Beach Resort; breakfast, lunch, and dinner included

Day 4: Day of Rest and Reflection
• Sunday is a strict day of rest in the Kingdom of Tonga, with work prohibited
• Spend the day at leisure, taking a leisurely stroll, swimming, snorkeling, cycling, kayaking, or visiting one of the local churches to hear the famous local choirs
Overnight at Ha'apai Beach Resort; breakfast and dinner included

Day 5-6: More Swims with Humpback Whales
• Experience two more days of aquatic exploration
Two nights at Ha'apai Beach Resort; breakfast, lunch, and dinner included

Day 7: Guided Island Tour
• Spend a day exploring the island with a local guide, learning about the local history and special spots around the island
• After your tour, the day is yours to enjoy: ride a bike, hire a car and explore the island's resorts, swim in other snorkeling spots, stroll on the beaches, and dine in the local café, or relax at the resort
Overnight at Ha'apai Beach Resort; breakfast and dinner included

Day 8: Free Time in Ha'apai
• Spend the day at your leisure, enjoying the beauty of the island
Overnight at Ha'apai Beach Resort; breakfast and dinner included

Day 9: Tongatapu Island Tour and Tongan Feast Night
• In the morning, fly back to the main island of Tongatapu for a 3.5-hour island tour
• Learn more about Tongan lifestyle, culture, heritage and traditions, and learn about the customs and stories of the old times
• Visit the busy Tongan Market for handicrafts, local fruit, and photo ops
• Take a scenic tour of the Royal Tombs, the Royal Palace, the Eastern Side of Tonga to Captain Cook's Landing, the Ancient Burial Tombs, and the Ha'amonga Trilithon
• In the evening you will be taken to the Ohelei Beach Resort for a feast, cultural show, and live music
Overnight at Tongatapu Scenic Hotel or similar; breakfast and dinner included

Day 10: Fly Home
• Enjoy free time until transferring to the airport for your departure flight
Breakfast included

The Dates
Land-Only:
2017
7/27 ($2,199)
8/3, 8/10, 8/17, 8/24, 8/31, 9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5 ($2,299)

Departing from New York (JFK):
2017
7/25, 8/1, 8/8, 10/3 ($4,999)
8/15 ($4,899)
9/12, 9/19, 9/26 ($4,769)

Departing from Washington DC (IAD):
2017
7/25, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 8/29, 9/5, 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3 ($4,799)

Departing from Los Angeles (LAX):
2017
7/25, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 8/29, 9/5, 9/12 ($4,149)
9/19, 9/26, 10/3 ($4,199)

Departing from San Francisco (SFO):
2017
7/25, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 9/5 ($4,449)
8/29, 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3 ($4,379)

Departing from Seattle (SEA):
2017
7/25, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 10/3 ($4,499)
8/29, 9/5, 9/12, 9/19, 9/26 ($4,399)

Priced per person based on double occupancy; solo travelers will pay an additional $209.

  • We had a brilliant tour guide who went above and beyond to ensure that our group felt safe and were happy. The tour took us to all the highlights and provided us with outstanding accommodation and services.

    -- Facebook Reviewer

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the fine print

  • Limit 4 per customer, up to 4 additional as gifts; vouchers may not be combined to extend stay
  • When purchasing and gifting vouchers please list name(s) exactly as given on your passport(s)
  • Book by date: customer must contact merchant by December 16, 2016 to make booking
  • Reservations required and subject to availability
  • Merchant cancellation policy applies. For more information, please visit www.encounterstravel.com/booking_conditions.php
  • Not valid toward existing reservations
  • Voucher includes round-trip economy-class international flights from New York City, Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Seattle to Tonga; round-trip economy-class domestic flight from Tongatapu to Ha'apai; round-trip airport transfers; double-occupancy accommodations for two nights at Tongatapu Scenic Hotel or similar in Tongatapu and for six nights at Ha'apai Beach Resort in Ha'apai; nine breakfasts, three lunches, and eight dinners; sightseeing tours per itinerary; three whale swimming excursions with wetsuits and snorkeling equipment; Tongan feast evening; and airline taxes, fuel surcharges, hotel fees, and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Visas are currently not required for US citizens. Some nationalities may require visas in advance. Please enquire for details. It is your responsibility to ensure you comply with visa requirements
  • Voucher does not include airfare for land-only options, compulsory travel insurance, meals not indicated in the itinerary, drinks, snacks, gratuities, other personal expenses, and any other items not mentioned
  • Travel insurance covering medical costs and repatriation for medical reasons is mandatory; policy details must be provided to Encounter Travels at least 1 month before departure (policy number, name of the issuing company, and the policy emergency contact details); travel insurance covering cancellation and baggage is recommended but not mandatory. A comprehensive policy is available from Encounters Travel from $123. Health insurance is generally not sufficient; view all details at www.encounterstravel.com/travel_insurance.php
  • Ha'apai is a remote island with few medical facilities, a limited flight service and unpredictable electricity supply. Please inform us of any pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes or asthma and any prescription medicine you may be taking. We also need to know about any food allergies, dietary requirements or physical disabilities that you may have. We can then advise you of whether we can accept your booking to visit the island. Our resort hosts' decision on accepting guests is final. Unfortunately vegan menus are not available due to the lack of available produce. Cancellation fees will apply if you do not inform us when you redeem your voucher about any issues that may prevent you from being able to join the tour
  • Double occupancy: rates are per person based on double occupancy (2 people sharing a room). Each of 2 guests must purchase an Escape and arrange to stay together at the property. Couples will be provided a private double room.
  • Single travelers may choose to pay a single room supplement to guarantee themselves a single room throughout the tour. Alternatively, they may choose to share a twin/triple room with another traveler(s) of the same sex. If there are no other single travelers available to pair up with at the time of booking, then single travelers will need to pay the single room supplement ($209). Encounters Travel will refund this if they are able to arrange a room share. Room shares are arranged in order of booking.
  • Travelers must be ages 12+
  • Tour departures require a minimum of 2 travelers to run. Please do not book international flights or connecting travel until merchant confirms minimum numbers have been reached
  • Incidental charges, charges for additional services and gratuity at the property are not included
  • The promotional value is valid only for date range purchased and may not be exchanged or redeemed for any other dates
  • Passport with 6 months validity and required
  • Bookings with Encounters Travel are only made after the voucher is redeemed and a booking confirmation email sent.
  • After vouchers are redeemed Encounters Travel booking conditions and cancellation fees apply
  • Review the State Department's website for passport requirements and important announcements before traveling to your destination
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