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  1. I have put together a small group of whale enthusiasts that have experienced Humpbacks in Tonga, and wanted to be in the water with Sperm Whales. Due to a sudden cancelation there is an opportunity to join the charter. The boat is reserved for 10 days, Dec 3-12th, 2015. I have been at sea before with this captain and whale swim guide and am very happy with their skills, dedication, and track record. There will be a maximum of 4-5 people on the boat as this charter. The accommodations will be first class and include 11 nights ocean view accommodations at the Ft. Young Hotel. Cost is $8,500 Includes Fisheries Dept permit and fees, permitted whale swim guide, boat, captain, & accommodations. Does not include flights, transfers, meals, gratuities. This is not a cheap trip. I tried that last time and the hotel was ok, but nothing special. This time the accommodations and overall experience will be much much better.
  2. This is an exclusive adventure limited to four people. Right now there is one space open. This will be my tenth season organizing photo tours to Tonga, and over the years I've have learned a lot about whale behavior and photography. This charter has the right boat, takes place at the peak of the season, and will be epic. We will be looking for whales that are displaying particular behavior that we know based on past experience may lead to an extended mutual interaction. When this happens we are accepted into the pod and float along with the whales for hours at a time. I will help participants with camera concerns, techniques, settings, in water positioning, and offer daily review and critique sessions. The adventure includes 11 full days of whale swimming with lunch on the boat, 12 nights accommodation with breakfast and internet. Flights, layover expenses, & dinners are not included. Click here for more details
  3. There is nothing like swimming with whales. The feeling you get when a whale looks you in the eye is surreal and humbling. I have traveled to Tonga ten times to swim with these gental giants, and hope to do it for another ten years. Dont get me wrong I am a die hard diver, and never thought I would look forward to snorkel trips but being in the presence of giants is the most fun I have had with a mask on....
  4. Join Mark Strickland and Douglas Hoffman on an incredible adventure dedicated to swimming with Southern Hemisphere Humpback Whales in Ha'apai Tonga. The dates are Sept 12-23, 2014. Includes 11 nights accommodation, 9 days whale swimming, lunch on the boat, & airport transfer to hotel. This is Douglas' 10th season organizing small groups dedicated to whale photography, and Marks fourth time co-hosting. Limited to five participants this is going to be an incredible expereince. We will not swim with every whale we see. Expereince has taught us to look for specific behaviors that might lead to extended interaction. We know that by being selective in which whales we swim with we could well be rewarded with swims that last for hours rather than seconds.... Please send an email to dhimages@maui.net if interested in joining this adventure. If not able to join in 2014 but are interested, there are sapces avaialbe for the 2015 season. Dates are Sept 4-14th, 2015.
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