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Kingdom of Tonga

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August 30 to September 6, 2022

More than 170 tropical islands, most uninhabited. Coral reefs awash with brightly hued fish. White sand beaches and verdant hills sheltering rare plants and native birds. A rich history of kings and cultural traditions. This is Tonga.

Loving leviathans! Travel with biology professor Stephen Palumbi, who has researched the genetics and evolution of whales, and spend three days snorkeling in the waters of the Vava’u island group amid southern humpback whales and their calves. A local hero. Walk around the splendid 22-acre 'Ene'io Botanical Garden with its founder, Haniteli Fa’anunu, who is dedicated to saving Tonga’s endangered plant species. Nature’s gift. Soak up the view of white sand beaches and turquoise-blue water while learning about tapa cloth, mat weaving and other traditional crafts.

Watch this video to see what it's like to swim in open water with a 40-ton whale.


Stephen Palumbi
Hopkins Marine Station

Stephen Palumbi focuses his research on the genetics of marine organisms focuses not only on basic evolutionary questions but also on practical solutions to preserving and protecting the diverse life found in the sea.

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