Spectacular vids chronicle biggest-ever whale swim season in Tonga
The biggest-ever whale swim season in Tonga – both in numbers of whales and travellers – has been chronicled in two compelling, new, short videos produced for Majestic Whale Encounters that capture the beauty and power of swimming with the gentle humpbacks in the kingdom’s tropical lagoons.
The inspiring and moving clips – both under four minutes long and now available for viewing on www.majesticwhaleencounters.com.au – follow a bumper whale swim season in Tonga for Majestic Whale Encounters, with more whales than ever and bookings for the Australian eco operator up 15 per cent on last year.
“We’ve been running whale swim holidays in Tonga for six years now and the number of whales this year was 10 per cent up on 2016, with every year a record in terms of the number of humpbacks which use the warm lagoons as a nursery for their calves in August and September every year,” said Majestic Whale Encounters director, Carmen Ellis.
“And our bookings have grown likewise with more and more nature lovers drawn to the warm, clear, tropical waters of Tonga – itself an idyllic destination – where they can spend longer in the water to watch the humpbacks at play,” Ms Ellis said.
The two spectacular, new videos were shot by videographer Darren Rice who owns Sandy Beach Resort where Majestic Whale Encounters’ guests stay on the Ha’apai group of reef islands 40 minutes by air north of the Tongan capital of Nuku’alofa.