Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Want to dive with the Humpbacks of Tonga?

I am very excited to be joining Douglas Hoffman next year for an incredible trip to Tonga to dive with humpback whales. Douglas has been diving with the whales of Tonga for eight years and we look forward to him sharing his expertise with us. Below is Douglas' posting about our September 2013 trip.

via Douglas Hoffman-"I am happy to announce that well known underwater photographer and tour guide Amanda Cotton, will join me for an expedition dedicated to photographing Southern Hemisphere Humpback Whales in Ha’apai Tonga September 12-21, 2013. The adventure consists of 9 nights accommodations at Serenity Beaches resort and 8 days of whale swimming. The boat is Tropic Bird, and is operated by Whale Discoveries.

I worked with Whale Discoveries in 2011, and liked not only the boat, but how it's owners Dave and Tris Sheen think in terms of whale swimming. Just because it is legal in Tonga to swim with whales does not mean the whales necessarily want to swim with humans. What we're looking for is whales that are as curious about us as we are of them. When this happens we can have what is called a “mutual encounter”. This behavior happens when humans are floating in the water and not charging toward the whales. Rather the people float together in a group and wait for the whales to feel at ease. When this happens the whales can relax and play for what can be hours of uninterrupted fun and interaction.This will be my 8th year, snorkeling with Humpback Whales and I am looking forward to managing the swims in a way that facilitates wonderful photographs to be created.

Trip Specifics:

Hotel; including breakfast and dinner meal plan.

Round trip island transfer to and from airport.

Boat includes 8 days whale swimming, lunch, snacks.

International flights are not included, but be advised they can be expensive. Estimate $3,000 from Florida, and $2,500 from California. Routings typically go through Fiji, or New Zealand. There is only one domestic airline, and while reliable they do not run on Sunday.

For details contact (Douglas) 808 870 3686."

If you're interested in joining us on this amazing once-in-a-lifetime trip or would like further details from us here at A COTTON PHOTO, email us at info@acottonphoto.com.

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