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September 2-12, 2011 Naia Liveaboard trip to Tonga

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Postby douglasjhoffman » Wed Nov 10, 2010 7:43 pm

NAI'A's 10-day trips begin in Tonga's capital Nuku'alofa, and extends north into the untrammeled coral atoll wilderness of the Ha'apai Group, where the greatest number of humpback whale pods are found -- but almost no other boats, save the fishing canoes of villagers.

Sailing throughout this maze of islands and reefs, the location and activity of the whales largely determines the precise course of each new day. These are wild animals and this is no zoo! However, our experience has proven the mornings to be the best time for whale spotting and swimming encounters. Later in the afternoon NAI'A finds a safe evening anchorage near a dive site.

Our 10-day itinerary to includes time for Whales, Volcanoes & Virgin Coral Reefs and our daily schedule is very flexible. Usually our days on board are filled with spotting, observing, photographing and swimming with whales. From the sight of the first breach at dawn, to the silhouette of whales resting at sundown, these expeditions are a special and rare kind of ocean adventure in a particulary picturesques part of the world. It's no wonder the whales like it here.

On this trip Mark Strickalnd, and I will be guest photographers and available to answer questions, talk story, & critique images. Between us we have over 40 years experience. We are happy to share our tips and techniques.

While in Vavau' this last September I spoke with some people who went to Ha'apai this year too, and saw several sets of mother and calves in addition to heat runs. Being on the Naia, and far from other boats we should have epic encounters. Using the Naia and her crows nest as well as two zodiacs, the crew should have no problem finding whales and rotating groups in and out of the water.

The Naia is known as one of the worlds finest liveabaord operations and having been on two previous cruises, its clear why. The crew is fantastic, as is the food. The cost is $4,986 per person

For information about the trip please contact me at To reserve your spot on the boat please contact the Naia at Be sure to them we sent you. If you have been on the Naia before, remeber to ask about their return diver discount.
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