Whales at Matafonua Lodge – Ha’apai Tonga (July-Oct)


Matafonua Lodge, being located in the elbow of Ha’ano and Foa Islands, gives us access to one of the best whale nursery areas in Ha’apai. With female Humpbacks coming back to the same locations to give birth and nurse their new born calves. Come enjoy the majesty of the mighty Humpback Whale as they migrate to our warm tropical waters for the winter months. We offer daily trips aboard our 2 fully licensed vessels to watch and swim with these gentle giants, and most days from the beach here at Matafonua you can see them frolic in the shallow water surrounding Foa Island.


Trips leave daily and include a delicious lunch, home baked snacks, and soft drinks. Your day is spent watching, swimming and learning about the whales. We usually anchor at a shallow reef or deserted island for some lunch and snorkeling. Your trip is led by one of our experienced and knowledgeable guides.


Our approach here at Matafonua is to be patient, of utmost importance is the well being of the whales. It should be remembered that it is a privilege to swim with the whales and by giving them absolute respect and care we are usually rewarded with a much better in-water experience.



Mohe Vai is a purpose built 28ft dive vessel with easy access in and out of the water, powered by eco-friendly and very quiet Yamaha     4-stroke engines

Pulú Vai is identical to her sister with large cushion covered benches and plenty of shade, the perfect whale watch boat with speed and comfort in mind.

To see the whales of Foa Island watch the video below