Pictures are worth a thousand words….
A short introduction :
in the summer of 2010 we spend a bit time in the Kingdom of Tonga, exactly in Ha’apai. We had 5 weeks time for travelling and needed to find a place, where the humpbacks are to find for sure in that time frame.
Humpback Whales are mammals and belong to the family of the Great Whales. They are called “Humpbacks” because when they start diving their back makes an arch. Each individual has its own, unique pattern on the underside of the fluke and is therefore uniquely to identify.They are very artistic animals – even being up to 18m tall – and well known for their breaching and slapping in the water with tails and pectoral fins. The males are the singers : they have very complex and long songs (up to 15 minutes) and repeat it for hours. Like other large whales they are victims for the whale industry and also have to deal with different other situations : collisions with ships, pollution and also noise pollution. This all makes them to still endangered animals ! (As a fact : Tonga has forbidden whaling in 1978, very early, where THE INTERNATIONAL WHALING COMMISSION enacted it in 1986. You really should go on Sea Shepards Website CLICK HERE !
Whale - Live Encounter
Different populations of whales choose different locations to give birth to their babies. Each population returns every year – as long as they are not caught and killed for “research” ! In Tonga you will find the whales between July and end of September.
One day out for diving, during a surface interval, we had the pleasure to have one semi-adult whale just for us…. Just see the video from my husband, Ingo :
Sandy Beach Resort
We stayed there in a small and cosy resort called “Sandy Beach Resort” : it has only 12 bungalows and is idyllically situated direct at the beach. When you arrive, during your welcome drink, you are asked for your personal food preferences and no-one will forget about it ! Dinner is served for all guests together at 7.00 pm on mostly one big table. You choose while enjoying your breakfast from a small daily actualised menu what you like to have for dinner – every special you need is possible. The whole team is more than friendly, reads your wishes from your eyes and acts upon them. I hope to get back there once.