Vava’u, Tonga – Kingdom of Tonga
It sure is a Kingdom. Tonga is one of the only places in the world where you can swim with Humpback Whales. Every year from July to October the whales complete their migration from the feeding grounds of Antarctica to the warmer tropical waters of Tonga where they give birth to their calves
It took me 37 hours from Switzerland to get to beautiful Vava’u. I took the fastest route you can get but it still took me so long. I flew from Switzerland to Singapore, Singapore to Auckland-New Zealand, Auckland to Fuaʻamotu, Tonga and at least Fuaʻamotu to Vava’u.
I booked this trip two weeks before departure. It was very spontaneous but everything worked out. I had already booked my Ticket for my annual L.A. visit end of November when suddenly I realized I still got 3 weeks of holidays to take. It was very short notice so none my friends could take off from work and I really didn’t want to stay in Switzerland that time of the year. So, I thought I can finally do my PADI certification and I know there are closer spots to do it put my goal was to do it somewhere, where I can combine it with whale swiming and cultural visits. I checked the locations of all the PADI Dive Schools and also where some whales will be migrating (in the warmer area of course). And voila, I ended up in the South Pacific. I checked some Instagram profiles and saw the first time the profile of The Buckeltlist Family and their trip to Vava’u. That was it, I booked my accommodation at the Villa Vava’u and my PADI lessons. But I still haven’t booked my flight. I didn’t want to stay three weeks in Tonga. I mean I flew all the way to the South Pacific so I wanted to make sure, I’ll take advantage and visit another island nearby. After a few hours of research, I stumbled to a destination that was very close to Tonga and also has a lot to offer –> ISLANDS OF FIJI.
Snorkeling with the whales was a unique and fabulous experience which I am able to show with this video. It also shows the beauty of the Vava’u island group in the Kingdom of Tonga.