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Dive Review of Tongan Expeditions/Vava'u Reef Resort in
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Tongan Expeditions/Vava'u Reef Resort: "Great", Jul, 2017,

by Bruce Cummings, CA, US ( 1 report with 3 Helpful votes). Report 9682 has 3 Helpful votes.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We went to Vava置, Kingdom of Tonga to scuba dive and swim with the humpback whales in July 2017. Humpbacks migrate from Antartica to the Tonga waters in late July through early October to have their calves, breed and then return to Antartica. We stayed at the Vava置 Reef Resort on Kapa island for 7 nights and it was entirely 5 stars. Resort has a total of 5, one bedroom bungalows with private bathrooms and fresh water showers. Ours was 50 feet to the ocean so we would occasionally hear the humpbacks surfacing and blowing out front during the day or night.
Meals were 5 star and the chefs (Hannes and Julia) were always attentive to making wonderful meals and desserts.
Several kayaks, paddle boards and a glass bottom, two person boat are provided and free for exploring the local waters and up close visits with the whales out front was a daily activity. A 5 minute walk in the jungle from the Vava置 Reef Resort are a small community of Tongan's and a Mormon Church and a Weslynn Church wth wonderful singing on Sunday mornings. The Tongan's were quite welcoming to us outside visitors.
We did 5 days of boat scuba dives and 1 day of swimming with the whales with [tonganexpeditions.com link]
out of Neiafu. The scuba boat would come to our resort boat dock at 8:30am and take us out for two tank dives. There were at most, 4 scuba divers most days and the same on the whale swimming days. The Dive Masters / instructors / guides were all very good and interested in pointing out the local critters and whales. Mariner痴 Cave and local area was very cool dive with many nudibranchs, clown fish and their anemone hosts. A shallow 30 foot second dive off the Falevai jetty on Kapa Island was spectacular and was a nursery area for thousands of juvenile fish hiding in large mounds of fire corals.
We absolutely recommend Vava置 Reef Resort and Topanganexpeditions when visiting Vava置 Kingdom of Tonga and would love to return soon.
Websites Tongan Expeditions   Vava'u Reef Resort

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Cayman Islands, California, Florida, Galapagos Islands, Australia,
Closest Airport Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga Getting There Fiji Airways out of Nadi, Fiji.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, choppy, no currents
Water Temp 77-77°F / 25-25°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 80-100 Ft/ 24-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Dive profile and safety briefs were given before each dive.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales > 2
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 5 stars
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