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Tonga is one of the best places in the world to see humpback whales, who migrate some 5,000 miles from their feeding grounds in the Antarctic to the warm, sheltered waters of Tonga’s Vava’u group of islands. Regulations for the Tonga Whale-watching Operators Association were drawn up with input from the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme, and the International Fund for Animal Welfare. Whale-watching Vava'u, whose motto is ‘Maximum encounter – Minimal impact’, has run whale-watching trips in the area since 1993, operating two boats that carry a maximum of eight passengers per boat. A day trip costs about £110 per person.

Find out more about whale watching in Tonga.

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