Swimming with wild whales in the languid lagoons of Tonga is a mystical, magical experience. The Australian eco-tour operator, Majestic Whale Encounters, will add even more mystique next year with the launch of its new ‘Whale Swim and Yoga Retreat’ package.
The eight-day itinerary in September, 2018, which comes with an earlybird booking saving, will see male and female nature and yoga lovers spend a memorable week at a secluded sanctuary in Tonga flanked by white, palm-lined beaches.
“Swimming with these breathtakingly beautiful creatures is a truly spiritual experience and by adding yoga for the first time, we are adding another layer of connection so our guests can really commune with nature on a deeper level,” said Majestic Whale Encounters Director, Carmen Ellis.
A highlight of the new package will be four days spent swimming with the gentle and playful humpbacks in Tonga’s warm, tropical lagoons. Guests will stay six of the nights at an eco-resort on the ‘off the grid’ island of Ha’apai, where they can choose between glamping-style tents or luxury, wooden fales, which have ocean views along with a personal pathway to the beach.
The whale-watching boat will depart each day from the front of the resort. Guests will have the opportunity to spend four days swimming with the majestic mammals, which stretch 19m long, while maintaining safe, non-invasive guidelines set by the ‘Responsible Whale Watching’ code in Tonga.
Daily yoga will take place in a purpose-built pavillion, which has a high roof for plenty of air flow, and situated close enough to hear the lapping of the waves. Beach yoga will also be on offer, providing a beautiful setting to stretch and meditate as the sun sets.
During the stay at the resort, guests will also have access to kayaks, paddle boards as well as a nearby reef to snorkel in.
Including six nights’ accommodation at the eco-resort, one night at the airport hotel, all main meals, four days swimming with humpback whales, daily yoga and inter-island flights, the Whale Swim and Yoga Retreat package starting on September 11, 2018, costs $3700 per person, twin-share, or $3800 per person for the luxury wooden fales if booked before December 15, 2017. This represents a saving of $300 per person, or $600 per couple.
Rates after December 15, 2017, will be $4000 per person, twin-share, or $4100 per person for a luxury fale. Flights to Tonga from Australia (five hours direct) with Virgin Australia or via New Zealand are extra.
For bookings or information, call Majestic Whale Encounters on 0405 594 253 or visit www.majesticwhaleencounters.com.au
Photo credit: Grant Thomas -Whale swim