This experience, wow! I loved the Mystic Sands resort, I felt very safe and clean in this space. The showers were lovely, perfect kitchenette, decent sized rooms for 2 people to share, and plenty to do for relaxing on a beach. While waiting in search of whales, it may get cold or hot, tired and uncomfortable on the boat at times,but as soon as you see that blow spout, the adrenaline kicks in and you're ready to jump right in the beautiful blue waters! You don't need to be Michael Phelps to do this activity, but being quick to get in & out of the boat, and prepared to swim in some choppy strong waves. There is no "bad day" out with the whales, even if the encounter are quick or minimal, you'll still sometimes get a beautiful breeching whale show! I enjoyed going out to town as groups at times to try the different food& culture. Perfect balance between our little Mystic getaway and outdoor life. I'd love to be back! Once I save up again lol. Thanks Nadia & boat crew for everything, Ma Lo apito.
Review by Kamoron2 months ago
Wow, what an incredible experience! Thank you Nadia and team for one of the most amazing trips of my life. Swimming with these peaceful beautiful creatures should be on everyone’s bucket list. We had a fantastic crew who kept us safe and guided us on several amazing encounters. Highly recommend this trip to anyone interested in swimming with humpback whales.
Review by Mariakatehis2 months ago
Most unique trip of my life. I went in mid September and we got a bit of everything. Had whales everyday. We had a nice mix of heat runs, mama and calf (resting and moving), mama and calf with escort, and was 2 feet from an active baby! Nadia was amazing and kept everything very well organized. Exactly what I expected and more. I would go again!
Review by DannoIE Mahupete2 months ago
This was an amazing, one of a kind experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life.
Review by Manchitas2 months ago
Nadia did a great job on organizing this tour and the boat staff-these guys were absolutely amazing at their jobs. I love that the whales’ safety and well-being are completely respected by this company and their staff. They truly love the whales as much as we do! Can’t control the weather but we had a few rough days at sea. Mystic Sands was vey clean and we were well cared for-food was amazing and Mosi is like a second mother to all. Nice location, rooms basic but just fine, comfy bed and hot shower!
Review by Fgzh Vellappillil2 months ago
This is a dream come true - swimming with these whales is a tick off from my bucket list! The unforgettable encounters where truly breathtaking and amazing. I couldn’t be happier. Thanks to Nadia who took care of everything for me. I did a last minute booking and she made it possible for me. Looking forward to joining her again in the future!
Review by Nelish Brinton2 months ago
I booked a tour with 8 water days. I enjoyed every day of it.
The long journey to the remote island and the price was totally worth it. It was a beautiful experience. Nadia did a great job with all of the organization and the accommodation Mystic Sands was beautiful.
Review by Shofienterprisellc2 months ago
Amazing experience. Nadia was super helpful and lovely, her staff truly amazing and with great knowledge of the seas and the whales, the accommodation could not be better. All in all it was a dream come true and the encounters with the whales were great every single day!
Review by Dobar Scepko2 months ago
What an amazing time we had swimming with Humpbacks. Nadia did an outstanding job making all the arrangements, and providing us with top notice boats, outstanding crew members, and down home hotel accommodations. (Everyone that sees my videos puts this trip on their bucket list).
FYI. I met a few people in Tonga that just went there on their own. They couldn’t get on a boat for some days, and basically had a difficult time. If you want a great trip like we had I recommend booking through Nadia.
I will go back and will do the same trip again it was awesome.
Review by Kirtsy DiFrancesca3 months ago
This was a very special experience. The accommodations and care of Nadia and her group was awesome. They care very much about giving you the best experiences possible. The boat guys take it very personally about putting you in great position to have the best encounters. Cannot recommend this more highly, it’s a life experience
Review by WarezB3 months ago
Great experience from start to finish. Nadia and the team were extremely helpful answering my questions during the booking process and the trip itself was incredible! Everything was smooth and easy. The boat crew were phenomenal, hotel staff were great, location of Flying Annie was perfect, and the list goes on and on. I’ll def be back again next year!
Review by Kylagh3 months ago
What a fantastic, once in a lifetime experience. Great and experienced guide and skipper that found us whales all day. The boat was spacious, clean and well maintained. No hesitation in recommending Humpback Swim, big thank you to Nadia and the crew.
Julie-Ann & Phil Davis
Review by HappyCruiser3 months ago
The team at Humpback Swims are phenomenal and the best tour operator you can use in Tonga to fulfill lifelong dreams of being in the water with humpback whales. We have been using them for more than 4 years and will continue to because they look out for all our clients and supply details other operators do not. From trip insurance suggestions, fabulous lunches, accommodation needs, as well as birthday celebrations, they can cater to any individual or group needs. Their specialty is packaging humpback whale life experiences and thinking of every detail. Every day is different on the water when you go out to look for humpback whales as you never can predict what the ocean will give to you, but Humpback Swims is consistent with their commitment to excellence and cares deeply about all of their guests experiences.
Review by Krayziie3 months ago
We were distributed on boats that maximised our opportunities for swimming, guides and skippers were professional and well-informed, food on the boat was good, overall experience was excellent!
Review by Pherenice3 months ago
The most amazing day we ever had! After a huge disappointment the day before with another (really dishonest) company, we found 2 last-minute spots with Humpback Whales. They were perfectly organised, from boat to equipment, the driver and the guide were super nice and experienced, you could see they love their job and do it with passion! They explained us everything about humpback whales and Tonga, after an hour out on the boat they spotted 2 whales and after observing their behaviour we jumped in! It was amazing, we spent the whole morning in the evening water swimming with these beautiful creatures, it was truly breathtaking! After it we had a delicious lunch and spent the afternoon swimming and snorkelling ind beautiful natural caves. It was our dream to swim with whales and Humpback Whales let us fulfil it in our honeymoon, it was thousand time better than we ever imagined! We can’t stop thanking you guys!
Review by Alkoholowy Runako4 months ago
We went on the boat Kalo, and had a great time. The crew all did a fine job, and Ashlee was an excellent whale guide. I have nothing but good words for this operation.
Review by Aburiya Stofbergen4 months ago
Diving with whales is simply out of this world! The trip was very well organized, the food on the boat is very good and well thought to accomodate every individual! Nadia is great too! I recommend!
Review by Genece Rafton4 months ago
I’m here in Tonga with Humpback Swims. This is my 3 trip to swim with humpbacks but my first time in Tonga and it’s been amazing. I have swam with them in other parts of the world and this is the best encounters by far I have experienced.
I have been very impressed with the operations and small number of people on the boat.
I highly recommend humpback swims, they take good care of you on the water and on land...
I spend most of my time on trips similar to this and this has been one of the best trips ever.
Review by Gullnar Derrow4 months ago
If you are looking for a truly unique adventure, then this trip is for you. Words can't do justice to describing the beauty, joy and sheer majesty of being so close to these incredible mammals. Nadia does a great job of communicating, organizing and hosting her guests. No detail is left unattended to and for things that come up suddenly, she is all about getting it taken care of. This trip is extremely well run. My whole goal was to experience swimming with humpback whales for the first time. I accomplished that in spades, but also discovered a lovely south seas paradise with genuine people of the Tongan culture.
We had a new and well laid out boat for our swims. The guide and skipper were extremely qualified. It was clear that their goal was to get us as many swims as possible with whales. They accomplished this. I had an extra day and decided to get an extra day with another outfit. It was not nearly as professionally done as the boats and crews that Nadia provides. If I were to do this again, I would only go through her company.
This is a trip of a lifetime and if you love adventure and animals and travel to an amazing place, you'd be crazy not to go.
Review by Castel4 months ago
I had a wonderful time swimming with the humpback whales in the beautiful island of Vava’u and I owe to Nadia and her team they have been fantastic with organising everything from accomodation to organising the days out on the water and I’m going home full of wonderful memories swimming with the whales from mother and calf to singing males and we even got to see pilot whales and dolphins too
Shout out to Julie, Pake (Tour guide), Waleey (skipper) and Sarah (Caretaker) you were absolutely outstanding and all went the extra mile to make sure we had a good time great addition to Nadia’s team thank you all for a wonderful holiday definitely will be back
Review by Pwho5 months ago
Humpback swims was truly amazing! This was a once in a lifetime experience that didn't disappoint. Was lucky to swim with whales every day! Everyone involved in the organization of this package went above and beyond to do all they could to make this week the best possible. Truly grateful for them. Highly recommend!
Review by Teish Parabkar5 months ago
It was an overall smooth and wonderful experience, we were lucky to have all the whale encounters one could have asked for. There were ample amenities and help from the tour operators was readily offered in terms of directions/ tech/ supplies/ emergency things.
Review by Guangnan5 months ago
Humpback swims provided an incredible experience. It was everything I could have wanted and more. Nadia and her team have truly gone above and beyond and made sure that our group had everything we needed. Every day on the water with the whales was an amazing experience from precious mothers and calves, to exhilarating heat runs! We saw so much! The accommodations were comfortable and clean. We were cooked for every morning and provided a great lunch on the boat daily. Our guides were knowledgeable and worked together to give us a great experience. I cannot recommend this company and Nadia enough!
Review by Okosodo5 months ago
Experience of a lifetime! From the minute we landed till the day we left Humpback swims team were their for us. I spent 5 amazing days on the water with a small group of 6 amazing travelers and swam with whales with different personalities every day. Mother’s and calf’s, young and playful 1 year olds, breaches everywhere, huge males and heat runs. It was beyond my expectations! Not only in whale swims, but fantastic accommodations. If you are looking for a getaway from life itself. Reach out Nadia to get information. You will never regret it.
Review by Lotifa Siripalaka5 months ago
I'm just finishing up my trip in Tonga for the 8 swim day trip at Mystic Sands.
Nadia and her team have been amazing. We have been having the most amazing whale swims! There is definitely a huge benefit to booking well in advance with Humpback Swims. The best trips book up quickly. They seem to have the best boats on the water, with the best crews(especially Baia and Sione). What I enjoyed most was the small groups on the boat and how sensitive they are to the whales mood. Only four people are allowed to go in the water at a time. There other boats with 12 or so people on them, I can't imagine having to wait on those boats. These guys seriously rock!