Monday, August 19, 2019 - Sunday, September 1, 2019
This trip has a WOW factor not to be missed - read on! First, an adventurous journey through Fiji's remote and unspoiled Kadavu Island, home to one of the world's largest barrier reefs, the Great Astrolobe Reef, with relaxed-moderate level sea kayaking and snorkeling days, as well as hikes through lush rainforests, brilliant birdwaching, and sunset walks along uninhabited beaches. We then travel to the country of Tonga to find native whales in their South Pacific migratory waters. And now the WOW, a thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to swim with the whales. The whales are gentle and very aware of us in the water, dropping their fins or turning to avoid us as they swim by. The calves are frisky and curious and love being around humans. We enter the water, under the supervision of a trained, professional guide, and swim within 10-30 meters of these magnificent animals. (Those not wishing to enter the water will still have a brilliant viewing of the whale pod). Throughout our days, we intersperse short hikes, cultural explorations, wild-food gathering, and relaxing into our island adventure, along with visits to local villages to learn about their daily lives and share meals of locally sourced foods, paddle an out-rigger canoe paddle, and experience traditional ceremonial singing and dancing. This is a rich immersion trip; but it is the whales that will linger in your memory long after you return home. Applications must be received by 12/1/2018.