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WHALES & WORSHIP

TONGA 9 DAY IMMERSION & ADVENTURE

WORSHIP ALONGSIDE THE ENERGETIC TONGANS BEFORE DIVING

INTO THE DEEP BLUE OCEAN WITH HUMPBACK WHALES!

Highlights

• 2 incredible days swimming with

magnificent Humpback Whales

• Experience the beauty of the Royal

Palace and surrounding markets

• Immerse in the beautiful parish of

Nuku’alofa

• Experience the famous peaceful

Tongan Sabbath

• Revel in a cultural exchange at a local

primary school

• Experience life in a small fishing village

• Visit the limestone plateau of Mt Talau

National Park

FROM*

Dates:

$3090

4th – 12th September 2013

* Ex Sydney, per person / twin share

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ITINERARY

DAY 1: Wednesday 4th September

DEPART FOR TONGA

DAY 2: Thursday 5th September

ARRIVE TONGA

On our arrival at Nuku’alofa airport, we will be met by our local guide

and transferred to our accommodation Nuku’alofa, the capital of Tonga.

Enjoy a peaceful morning relaxing & exploring our surroundings. Perhaps

discover the natural wonderland beneath the sea while snorkeling or relax

in the crystal clear waters.

Later this afternoon our local guide will take us on a tour of Nuku’alofa and

the surrounding villages on the island of Tongatapu. We begin by strolling

through the markets filled with local produce, beautifully patterned tapa

cloth and handicrafts. From here we will visit the Royal Palace, an ornate

white framed building built in the 1860s overlooking the sea. Travelling

inland to Mala’e Kula, or red ground, we will visit the Royal Tombs, the

site of a volcanic stone burial ground where we will find vivid reminders of

Tonga’s past.

From the Royal Tombs we will drive to the Blow Holes to witness the

pounding of the surf as it’s funneled through a natural tunnel in the rocky

shoreline, emerging in fountains that shoot up to 18 metres high!

Nature of a different sort awaits us in Kolovai, where we will see hundreds

of flying foxes clinging to the Casuarina trees, before our last stop of

Hufangalupe, a natural bridge, where we will spend some free time

exploring and taking in the views from the beautiful cliffs.

Nuku’alofa overnight (B,D)

DAY 3: Friday 6th September

SCHOOL IMMERSION

We will awake early for a peaceful Mass on the beach before breakfast.

We will then visit a local school for a fun-filled cultural exchange. We will

meet the students, participate in cultural exchange activities and join in

their day. We may play a game of sport together or even try to learn the

native language.

Nuku’alofa overnight (B,D)

At the end of the day we will celebrate Mass with the local community and

share our stories over dinner.

Neiafu overnight (B,L,D)

DAY 7: Tuesday 10th September

WHALE ENCOUNTER

Our second day encountering the magnificent Humpback Whales, either

swimming with mothers and their calves or quietly slipping into the deep

blue water to hear their song.

At the end of the day we will again celebrate Mass with the local community

and share more stories over dinner.

Neiafu overnight (B,L,D)

DAY 8: Wednesday 11th September

VAVA’U TO TONGATAUPU

On our last full day we can enjoy the morning in this tropical paradise

during free time before our afternoon flight back to Tongataupu.

Once we are settled back into our accommodation we will have a farewell

dinner and reflection during our last evening together.

Nuku’alofa overnight (B,D)

DAY 9: Thursday 12th September

DEPART TONGA FOR AUSTRALIA

We will begin the day with a special Mass on the beach at sunrise before

some free time on our last morning. In the afternoon we will be transferred

to the airport for our flight home.

Meal Code

B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner

DAY 4: Saturday 7th September

VAVA’U

We will farewell beautiful Nuku’alofa this morning, as we transfer to the

airport to board our flight to the spectacular tropical island paradise of

Vava’u, where many of the local people in this collection of islands live

a traditional subsistence lifestyle. Upon arrival in Neiafu we will check

in to our accommodation before heading out on a familiarisation tour. A

highlight will be Mt Talau National Park – a limestone plateau overlooking

Neiafu, the Port of Refuge and the Vava’u archipelago.

In the afternoon we will travel to a nearby fishing village to work with the

local community. We will be taken on a tour of the village, meeting the local

people and seeing how they live from day to day. After collecting food with

the community we will learn how to prepare a traditional dinner in an Umu

- an underground oven. We will celebrate our day together with a special

Mass, before sharing the traditional dinner.

Vava’u overnight (B, D)

DAY 5: Sunday 8th September

TONGAN SABBATH

As we awake on the Sabbath day we have the opportunity to enter into

this slow-paced day with the locals. As this is the first country in the world

to greet the holy Sabbath, their law upholds it as a holy day of rest. After

Mass we will participate in a guided reflection with our Chaplain.

Enjoy the quiet streets in town today, with all the markets and stores

closed. During free time sit back and relax or perhaps head out for a swim.

In the late afternoon we will head out on a spectacular walk along the

Vava’u limestone cliffs from Neiafu to Toafa Church on Vava’u’s west point,

admiring the incredible views of the Hunga Cliffs and offshore islands.

Vava’u overnight (B,D)

DAY 6: Monday 9th September

WHALE ENCOUNTER

Our first day encountering the magnificent Humpback Whales. The South

Pacific Humpback Whales migrate from their feeding grounds in the

Antarctic to the warm northern islands of Tonga each year and we will

have the unique opportunity to enter their world during our visit. Each day

will be a different experience; one day we may swim with mothers and their

calves, on the other day we may have the chance to slip quietly into the

deep blue water to hear their song.

INCLUSIONS

Airline/Flights:

• Economy class airfares Ex Sydney, based on the above itinerary. Fares are subject to change

until tickets are issued.

• Taxes & Fuel Levy (always subject to fluctuation until tickets are issued)

Accommodation & Meals:

• Based on moderate standard hotels throughout with breakfast daily. Other meals as specified in

the itinerary.

Miscellaneous inclusions:

• Professional local tour guide &/or escort throughout the programme

• All entrance fees as per the itinerary

• Deluxe Air-Conditioned Touring Coach with driver

• Porterage of 1 piece of luggage per person at hotels

• Tipping of guide &/ escort and driver

Deposit: A non refundable deposit of $600 per person is required at the time of booking to

secure seats.

Balance: Due no later than 60 days prior to departure.

NOT INCLUDED:

• Passport and any Visa costs (if applicable) • Meals not specified • Items of a personal nature

(eg. Phone calls, laundry, beverages) • Travel Insurance: Harvest Inroads recommends

Covermore & World Assist (QBE) due to their comprehensive cover. Please advise us if you require

Insurance & we will forward a copy of the PDS (Product Disclosure Statement) for your consideration.

N.B. Insurance is best taken out when you make your first payment to ensure you are fully

covered.

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