Trip Number:  
1910

Title:        
FIJI & TONGA: BEACHES, REEFS, AND WHALES 

Dates:        
Aug. 19-Sep. 1, 2019

Price:        
$5,975

First Publication: 1801            Last Publication: 1903


Web Instructions: ASAP, hiking, cultrual, snorkeling, paddling-sea_kayaking 


Web Notice:

This trip has a WOW factor not to be nissed -- 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, snorkeling, 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! We have a thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to swim with
whales. These Pacific blue 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 can
swim to within 10-30 meters of these magnificent animals, in their
natural habitat. (Those not wishing to enter the water will still have a
brilliant viewing of the whale pods). 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 to share meals of locally sourced
foods, paddle an out-rigger canoe, 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. $5975
includes double occupancy rooms with en-suite bathrooms at eco-lodges,
some meals, all equipment rental, local guides, domestic/Tonga air
transfers, all land transfers, and one whale swimming excursion. (There
may be additional opportunities to swim with the whales. Additional
charges will apply.) Applications must be received by 12/1/2018.

Info Tag:

For details contact L Janis Stahlhut, jstahlhut@me.com; CL Jeanne
Blauner, jablauner@icloud.com.

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