Paul Nicklen and Sea Legacy Team

We were honoured to have one of the world’s most acclaimed nature photographers, filmmakers and marine conservationists Paul Nicklen and his team from SeaLegacy visit us in Tonga this year. Paul has spent over 20 years documenting the beauty and the plight of our planet and as an assignment photographer for National Geographic magazine, he captures and inspired the imagination of a global audience.

Paul is also the co-founder of non-profit, SeaLegacy which plays a crucial role in ocean conservation centred around extraordinary visual storytelling using a team of the world’s best photographers and filmmakers to capture the beauty and the threats below the surface of our oceans. SeaLegacy then utilises the incredible captured media to fuel, inspire and fund global campaigns that trigger lasting and sustainable change to protect our precious oceans. You can read more about their inspiring work here.

We had some truly amazing experiences and interactions with the whales during the week, we even got to see some baby whale dancing (Check out Paul’s awesome Instagram footage!).

Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the year 2019 – Winner with whales

Honoured to be announced the winner of the behaviour category for the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the year 2019. This was an image I took of a heatrun of 14 humpback whales and 50 dolphins in the South Pacific. One of natures most powerful displays and with an entourage of rough toothed dolphins, was truly an amazing experience. I feel privileged to have witness this spectacular behaviour from so many beautiful cetaceans. Every day I am on the water means a chance of seeing something amazing, but I couldn’t do this without my long time friend and Skipper Sione Fifita and the team from Whales in the Wild.

 

Swim with Whales in Tonga 2020

Just released our new dates for 2020, we still have spaces available for next year, so if this has been a life long dream, come join Swimming With Gentle Giants for the experience of a lifetime.

Tour 1 – 11th -22nd July (7 Days) – Vavau – 4 spaces available
Tour 2A – 23rd – 30th (7 Days) – Vavau – 4 spaces available
Tour 2 – 23rd July – 1st Aug (7 Days) – Vavau – Fully booked
Tour 3A – 1st -12th August (7 Days) – Vavau – 3 spaces available
Tour 3 – 1st -12th August (7 Days) – Vavau – 1 space available
Tour 4A – 11th – 19th August (7 Days) – Vavau – Fully Booked
Tour 4 – 12th – 20th August (7 Days) – Vavau – Fully Booked
Tour 5 – 22nd Aug -2ndSept (7 Days) – Vavau – Fully Booked
Tour 6 – 4th Sept – 13th Sept (7 Days) – Vavau – Fully Booked
Tour 6H – 1st -12th Sept (7 Days) – Haapai – Call for availability
Tour 7 – 14th – 25th September (7 Days) – Vavau – Call for availability
Tour 7H – 12th – 22nd September (6 Days) – Haapai – Call for availability
Tour 8 – 25h Sept – 3rd Oct (7 Days) – Vavau – 2 spaces available
Tour 8H – 22nd – 30th Sept (7 Days)- Haapai – 3 spaces available
Tour 8A – 29h Sept – 3rd Oct (7 Days) – Vavau – Call for availability
Tour 9 – 5th – 13th October (7 Days) – Vavau- Call for availability
Tour 9A – 7th – 13th October (7 Days) – Vavau- Call for availability
Tour 10 – 14th – 23rd October (8 Days) – Vavau – Fully Booked

The Pod Podcast – feature

Marc West interviews Scott Portelli about whales, the ocean, marine life and all things underwater in his Ocean Swimming Podcast series:

Synopsis:
Scott Portelli is an acclaimed wildlife and underwater photographer, and has swum with whales and other magnificent creatures of the deep in some of the world’s most exotic locations, like Antarctica, Tonga, the Falkland Islands and Norway. Among many other awards, Scott was awarded Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 2016, and he runs tours that you can join up with around the world to swim with whales.


Photo by Joanna Lentini

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