Let us take you swimming with whales.

An experience you'll remember for life.

We Take you swimming with Whales

Majestic Whale Encounters is a family run company who’s soul purpose is to take our guests on a journey, the experience of a lifetime that few people will ever have the chance to do. From the moment your picked up at Nuku’alofa airport till the time you sadly depart from the beautiful islands of Ha’apai all your worries will be taken care of. You will spend your days in the company of wonderful people who’s number one concern is that you are having the time of your life.

Whether that be relaxing on the beautiful white sandy beaches, snorkeling the coral reefs, reading your favorite in a hammock, sipping on cocktails as the sun goes down or frolicking with whales in the tropical turquoise waters of Ha’apai. Everything for your dream holiday awaits you.

You will become immersed in Tongan culture brought to you from the local villages of Foa and you will fall in love with the relaxing “Tongan way of life” on an island where time really does stand still.

The locals are more than happy to share their knowledge and the history that is part of the island of Foa to make your time here a memorable one.

Carmen has always lived her life with the motto that ‘you only live once’, and that if you want something, you should go for it. That drive, combined with her love of the ocean, has enabled her to live her dream of sharing this life changing experience with people from around the world of swimming with God’s most amazing of creatures ‘the Humpback Whale’.

Carmen is involved in conservation of marine mammals and has a lot of passion for these amazing humpback whales. She is keen to share with others so they may develop a deeper understanding of these spiritual creatures.

Her husband Matt is an avid surfer who also shares a love of the ocean. Initially, Carmen brought him along to a whale season in Tonga to work alongside her as a whale swim guide and it wasn’t too long before he fell in love with the whole experience and the beauty of the marine life in Tonga.

Carmen, Matt and their three daughters live in the Central Coast of Australia and as a family they are never far away from any ocean.


 As of 2014, Sarah Cullen officially joined the team as a new co-owner. Sarah has always had a love of nature and travel like her older sister Carmen and is so excited to be a part of this incredible venture. She has had many jobs working with animals and is a keen conservationist. You might even meet her husband, Nathan, who will be there for part of the season, he will make sure you are always entertained and share with you his love of the ocean.

Sarah says the most exciting thing about being a part of Majestic Whale Encounters is the look on the guests faces when after they have had an underwater experience with the whale, it is a truly surreal experience that you will never forget.


EJ & spy hop

One of the whale swim guides awaiting your arrival in Tonga is EJ. From Whale Sharks on the Ningaloo Reef to friendly Turtles & Manta Ray’s on Lady Elliot Island, the Potato Cod on the Great Barrier Reef off Lizard Island to amazing Macro life through Papua New Guinea and Melanesia, the Humpback Whales in Tonga have got under EJ’s skin and she is back to join us for the 2016 Humpback Whale Season at Sandy Beach Resort in Ha’apai, Tonga!
Those of you that have been lucky enough to meet EJ can easily say she has a happy, bubbly personality with a get up and go attitude. The salt water seeped into EJ’s veins around 11 years ago when she first began breathing underwater. For 8 years she has been professionally Dive Guiding and Instructing, skippering commercial dive / marine tourist vessels and gathering a wealth of knowledge and experience (very rarely without a camera at hand!). EJ has worked hard to get herself in a position to call her passion her profession. Her love and respect of the ocean, all creatures within it, especially the Humpback Whales- is a part of her life that she is more than happy to share with you! We very rarely get second chances, so live like it’s your last! 
It’s time for you to relax and enjoy, let EJ take you on your special journey through the waters of Ha’apai with our Majestic Humpback Whales


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