Whale swim Regulations

In order to protect the whales and minimise the pressure on them while they are in Tonga, a set of regulations were written.

The official regulations can be downloaded HERE

It is important to understand that we are there to watch the whales and not to impose ourselves. We are looking for mutual interactions and not simpe  “pass by” encounters. This may mean that we will only get into the water once we decide the whales actually want us there. With enough patience, you are guaranteed to have an encounter of a lifetime.


The guidelines in summary:

  • Not more than 4 swimmers plus one certified guide in the water with the whales
  • not more than 90 minutes in total with a mother and baby. After any one- and-a-half hour interaction, during which a service provider may leave the pod and another may interact with it, no vessel may attempt to interact with the pod for at least one and a half hours
  • No boat may approach directly in front or directly behind the whales.
  • No sheparding the whales
  • No harassing of the whales
  • One boat at a time with the whales
  • Unlicensed vessels not allowed within 300m from the whales
  • No person shall make any loud or disturbing noise near whales
  • No person shall use Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus (SCUBA) for diving or swimming with whales


  • Privacy


This following document sets forth the Privacy Policy for theWhale Encounters website, www.whale-encounters.com and www.freediveholiday.com

Whale Encounters is committed to providing you with the best possible customer service experience. Whale Encounters is bound by the Privacy Act 1988 (Crh), which sets out a number of principles concerning the privacy of individuals.

Collection of your personal information

There are many aspects of the site which can be viewed without providing personal information, however, for access to future Apnea Australia customer support features you are required to submit personally identifiable information. This may include but not limited to a unique username and password, or provide sensitive information in the recovery of your lost password.

Sharing of your personal information

We may occasionally hire other companies to provide services on our behalf, including but not limited to handling customer support enquiries, processing transactions or customer freight shipping. Those companies will be permitted to obtain only the personal information they need to deliver the service. Apnea Australia takes reasonable steps to ensure that these organisations are bound by confidentiality and privacy obligations in relation to the protection of your personal information.

Use of your personal information

For each visitor to reach the site, we expressively collect the following non-personally identifiable information, including but not limited to browser type, version and language, operating system, pages viewed while browsing the Site, page access times and referring website address. This collected information is used solely internally for the purpose of gauging visitor traffic, trends and delivering personalized content to you while you are at this Site.

From time to time, we may use customer information for new, unanticipated uses not previously disclosed in our privacy notice. If our information practices change at some time in the future we will use for these new purposes only, data collected from the time of the policy change forward will adhere to our updated practices.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

Apnea Australia reserves the right to make amendments to this Privacy Policy at any time. If you have objections to the Privacy Policy, you should not access or use the Site.

Accessing Your Personal Information

You have a right to access your personal information, subject to exceptions allowed by law. If you would like to do so, please let us know. You may be required to put your request in writing for security reasons. Apnea Australiareserves the right to charge a fee for searching for, and providing access to, your information on a per request basis.

Contacting us

Apnea Australia welcomes your comments regarding this Privacy Policy. If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy and would like further information, please contact us by any of the following means during business hours Monday to Friday.

Call: 1300 550 787

Post: Attn: Privacy Policy,

Freediving Holidays,
2/21-25 Church Street,
Chatswood, NSW 2067,

E-mail: swim@whale-encounters.com