Whale watching tour boat from TongatapuAhem (cue the tune of Gilligan’s Island, please)….

Just sit right back and you’ll see a tail,
A tail from a fateful trip
That started from this tropic port
Aboard this tiny ship.

Nukualofa harbor.tonga

Captain of the Sea Angel, whale watching tours.Nukualofa, Tonga

The mate was a mighty sailin’ man,
The Captain brave and sure,
Eight passengers set sail that day
For a six hour tour.
A six hour tour.

Approaching island.Tongatapu whale watching tour, Tonga

The sun was hot and beatin’ down,
The water cool and deep
The tourists put their snorkels on
and flippers on their feet.
And flippers on their feet.

Snorkelers swimming with humpback whales, Tonga

Whale fin and diver.Humpback whales in tonga.Tonga TIme

Snorkelers with Humpback Whales.Tongatapu Tonga

Whale's belly with swimmers.Whale watching in Tonga

Snorkelers swimming toward humpback whales, Tonga

The ship set ground on the shore
Of this uncharted desert isle
With Rosemarie,
The Captain too.
The first mate and his pal.
The tourist from Japan that day,
myself, a guide and Yao….

Whale watching tour, picnicinig on a deserted island, Tonga

Tonga Whale Tour.picnic island.Tongatapu


Okay, so we were not shipwrecked, and the deserted isle was the site of the most stunning mid-tour picnic I’ve ever had in my life. The only castaway was this little guy
who’d hitched a ride in Rosemarie’s bag. Cute!

Hermit crab hitchhiker, Tongatapu whale watching tour

And this “tale” of whale watching in Tonga has to do with seeing rather than telling. The humpbacks are here in Tonga for the winter season, where they calve in these waters.

A few people really did swim with the whales. Not me. They got so close, it was amazing! I was also struck by the way they moved through the water. Their dorsal fin is tiny, and they undulate, so that all that is normally seen is their back, giving the appearance of a sea serpent more than a whale. And when they roll onto their backs, you can see the water change to a light turquoise, reflecting their white bellies.

Humpback whale tail, Whale Watching Tour in Tonga

Whale tail; Whale Watching tour from Nuku'alofa Tonga.Tonga Time

Humpback whales in tonga

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