Did you ever notice, that if you want something really hard, keep it visually in front of you, and the opportunity will come.
On the last day of my minke whale trip, i got the message of a friend running whaleswims.com in Tonga to come join her.
I needed some motion vision of whales underwater for the snotbot and parley story, so the answer was "Yes" ... of course.
It's not the most easy way to get there, considering it's just a hop on the map.
I never really looked to much into Tonga, but wow this place is way more beautiful than i would have envisioned. The most surprising things that stroke me was how far behind it is, and how few tourists, but also few people live there.
Everything seem the way it should be, and since i am not generally drawn to being a tourist, its like paradise to me.
Needless to say that the whales didn't let me down either. The humpback whale migrate up north from their feedings grounds in the Antartica. Most of them travel up the east & west coast of Australia. But quite a good number is heading past tonga and french Polynesia, with the purpose to breed and give birth, and nurse in a warm and save environment until the newborn are strong and big enough to make the journey back south.
It's mind blowing how inquisitive and gentle these giants are, how they allow us to be so close and how calm they are around us. Tonga has not seen the last of me ...