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Humpback Whales of Niue

Would you like to join me on this sparkling gem of an island in the heart of the South Pacific to free-swim with the Humpback Whales of Niue Islands?

Gorgeous Niue underwater boasts many things to do, such as pristine beaches, stunning coral reefs, and a vibrant marine ecosystem. During the Niue Humpback Whale expedition, we’ll explore this untouched paradise together.

Prepare to be awe-struck as you encounter majestic humpback whales in their natural habitat. Guides will join us to ensure a safe and respectful encounter, allowing us to observe these magnificent creatures in their element. Beyond the whales, Niue’s waters teem with a kaleidoscope of marine life, including many dolphins. Moreover, on the Niue Humpback Whale expedition, we dive beneath the surface to discover colourful coral gardens, tropical fish, and other fascinating creatures that call this underwater world home. From tranquil snorkelling sessions to thrilling whale and dolphin encounters, every moment in Niue promises to be filled with adventure and wonder.

However, it’s not only about the open ocean; we will also do some incredible snorkelling trips in the chasms (such as the Matapa Chasm) surrounding the island.

Actually, there’s a lot to do on land, too. If you wish to be more adventurous, various hikes and biking trips (together with me) are also part of your package. If you’d prefer to relax on the beach with a good book, indeed you’ll do just that!

If you are a photo enthusiast, I’m also offering daily tutorials and critique sessions as part of this trip. Because it’s vital to capture stunning photos in Niue, I’ll assist you in setting up your gear correctly for each shoot and show you how to care for it correctly, ensuring years of use.

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Where do we stay?

You’ll stay on the island in quaint and comfortable bungalows with a private bathroom, a kitchen, wifi and a tv.

What activities are included in expedition?

For the Niue Humpback Whale expedition, the price includes four whale/dolphin snorkelling trips, each half a day in duration. These trips are interchangeable with SCUBA diving on local reefs. Other included activities are daily photo tutorials and critiques, hiking, and snorkelling- all with me. If you want to learn more about breath-hold swimming, I will also share exercises and basic breath-hold techniques, allowing you to spend a more relaxed time with the whales.

What is the expeditions point of departure?

On the Niue Humpback Whale expedition, explorers must travel to and from Niue International Airport. This is located near the Nuie town of Alofi.

What specialised equipment should I bring?

You can bring your own scuba or snorkelling equipment, but they are included in the trip price. Some people like to bring their masks and snorkel for hygiene reasons and because they are light in their luggage.

What available addons / optionals are not included in package?

Additional cultural trips and village tours are available. Extra SCUBA diving and whale trips are also available. The cost is around $350 per dive but can vary depending on where you are diving. Mountain bikes can be hired.

Can I freedive down with the whales?

In Niue, you cannot dive deep down with the Humpback Whales as this can disturb them.

What are the expedition dates?

  • Expedition 1: 24 August – 31 August 2024
  • Expedition 2: 31 August – 7 September 2024

How does catering work?

You can easily purchase food at local shops and prepare the meals you love at your accommodation. We will also eat at local restaurants if you want to join us and sample some of the incredible seafood and Pacific Island flavours.

What qualifications / fitness / skills are required?

If you want to join me on the Niue Humpback Whale expedition, you should be swimming fit. A SCUBA diving qualification is not required, but the package includes some optional SCUBA dives you cannot participate in if you aren’t qualified. Instead, you can participate in the whale trips.

What special permits / visas are required?

Niue operates under a visa-free policy for many countries. However, visa requirements can change, and it’s essential to verify the current entry requirements

Is specilised equipment included in the expedition?

All diving/snorkelling equipment is included but you may want to bring your own mask and Snorkel for hygiene purposes.

Is transportation provided during the expedition?

Airport transfers and trips to other activities are included. Explorers can walk around the small town of Alofi and the beach.

How do bookings / cancellations work?

Bookings are done directly on Gloworm. You need to click the booking link to proceed. The expedition fee is payable when you book. Should you wish to cancel, you have the option to move to next year; alternatively, you will receive 75% back.

When should I book?

Bookings should be made as soon as possible. Niue is very popular during the August and September Humpback Whale season, and accommodation books out quickly. If you do not book quickly, we might not be able to find suitable accommodation for you. Also, the whale trips are limited to 6 people per trip.

DATES: The dates for our 7-Day Humpback Whale expeditions to Niue Islands are:

  • Expedition 1: 24 August – 31 August 2024
  • Expedition 2: 31 August – 7 September 2024
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Fiona Ayerst – Underwater Photographer / Environmental Journalist

Fiona Ayerst is a underwater and wildlife photographer based in South Africa notable for. She has swum with many species of shark, photographed them, including the Great white shark, Tiger shark and the massive but tamer whale shark. Her images have won awards in numerous photo competitions. She writes for several magazines, and works as an editor for Beyond Blue magazine. She is a proponent of protecting sharks and ocean environments. Her images have appeared in magazines and newspapers worldwide, such as Time magazine, as well as on magazine covers and Coffee table books featuring wildlife photography. She won South Africa’s 2003 Wildlife Photographer of the Year. She gave a TED talk in 2012 titled My journey into water.

The Humpback Whale expeditions occur at Niue Islands during the middle of the annual migration of humpback whales to the coastal waters surrounding the island. Niue is a small island nation in the South Pacific Ocean. It’s known for its limestone cliffs and coral-reef dive sites. Migrating whales swim in Niue’s waters between July and October. In the southeast is the Huvalu Forest Conservation Area, where trails through fossilized coral forests lead to the Togo and Vaikona chasms. The northwest is home to the rock pools of Avaiki Cave and the naturally formed Talava Arches

Expedition price

Sharing – USD2400 per person (7 nights)

Single – USD2600 per person (7 nights)

  • Accommodation
  • Activity fees
  • Airport transfers
  • Expedition transport
  • Equipment rentals (not photographic equipment)
  • Expert tutorage
  • Guide fees
  • Pre-departure Orientation
  • Travel booking assistance
  • WiFi connection
  • Food and Alcohol
  • Conservation levy
  • Carbon tax
  • Entrance fees
  • Emergency assistance
  • International transport
  • interpretation services
  • Laundry
  • Permits & Licencing
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel / medical insurance
  • Visa fees

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