Whales, Tonga 2017

DATE: 30 September to 9 October 2017


START: Tongatapu, Tonga

FINISH: Tongatapu, Tonga

COST: $AUD4,950

  • Twin Share
  • Price does not include International Flights


Whales Tonga 2017

The largest an most majestic animals on earth, we travel to the beautiful pacific islands of Tonga to meet with the gentle giants of the waters. Ha’api island is the best place on earth for close up encounters with humpback whale mother’s shortly after calving. With beautiful clear, warm waters and more whales than humans it provides an opportunity for close up encounters.

This is the first pilgrimage Transformational Tours is offering to the Whales in Tonga and is for women only. There will be daily mediation and sharing circles and there is just one place still available.


Total Price AUD $4,950
$1950 – Deposit on Booking
$3000 – Balance due 1st July, 2017

Payment by Direct Transfer to Australian Bank Account or Credit Card securely via Paypal +3% merchant fee (not required to join Paypal)


Inspired by our March of the Matriarchs pilgrimages to the elephants in Zimbabwe, Marietta van der Werff and Janet Johnson guide graduates of the Africa sacred journeys to meet with the elephants cousins of the water, the whales in Tonga. Carrying with them the blessing of the land and spirit of Africa.

This pilgrimage is for women only, just 12 in total, there is one place still available.

There will be daily intimate close up encounters with mother whales and their calves, who are preparing to take to the ocean from the gentle coves of Tonga. We will stay in simple beautiful fales (Tongan beach huts) beside the beach, 5o metres from our private charter boat with expert local and english speaking whale guides. As well as the magical time in the water for the elders of the sea there will be daily sharing circles, meditations and transformational processes for those who wish to participate. And plenty of relaxed time in paradise amongst a wonderful group of women.


  • Maximum group size 10 (plus 2 facilitators)
  • Private whale boat charter and expert english speaking guides
  • 4 full days of whale encounters, swimming alongside them, deep interactions
  • Close and intimate encounters with humpback whales and calves (and other sea creatures)
  • Relaxing and energising time on the beautiful Ha’api Island
  • Explore the ancient “stone garden” of Ha’api
  • Daily sharing, meditation and transformational practices with Janet and Marietta
  • Accompanied by Marietta and Janet throughout



  • Internal flight Tongatapu to Ha’api return
  • All meals on Ha’api, and all other breakfasts
  • 2 nights accomodation @ Dateline 4* Hotel, Tongatapu
  • 7 nights luxury beach fale at Sea Change Eco Retreat on Ha’api Island
  • All entrance fees
  • All guide fees
  • Airport transfers


  • Return flight to Fua’amotu International Airport, Tonga
  • Meals not stipulated (lunches and dinner at Tongatapu)
  • Comprehensive travel insurance (required)
  • Tips ($AUD or $USD100 per person, collected on arrival)

BRIEF ITINERARY (extended itinerary available at pdf downloads tab)

Day 1 ~ Saturday 30 September, 2017

arrive Tongatapu, Tonga, collected from the airport and brought to Dateline Hotel, our coastal hotel 30 minutes drive from the airport where you will be met by pilgrimage leader.

Included meals: none

Day 2 ~ Sunday 1 October, 2017

Out first today together we remain on Tongatapu island for the group to rest and connect before flying to Ha’api to meet with whales. Through sharing circles and gentle walks in beautiful nature the group tapestry will be gentle woven together.

Included meals: (B) breakfast

Day 3 ~ Monday 2 October, 2017

Early morning flight to Ha’api, a short one hour hope in the middle of the pacific ocean and our island home for the next week. There will be an orientation on arrival and then the chance to relax and settle in.

Included meals: (B) (L) lunch, (D) dinner            

Day 4 ~ Tuesday 3 October, 2017

We have a full day to enjoy the pleasures of the island and come together in circle in preparation to unite the blessings of the elephants of African continent with the whales of the Pacific ocean.

Included meals: (B) (L) lunch, (D) dinner            

Day 5-8 ~ Wednesday to Saturday 4-7 October, 2017  (FULL MOON 5 OCTOBER)

The next four days you will be blessed and awed by the beauty and power of the ocean and with exquisite interactions with mother humpback whales and their calves. In the evenings our guides will take you on a sacred inner journey of awakening, with a special ceremony for the FULL MOON on 5 October).

Included meals: (B) (L) (D)

Day 9 ~ Sunday 8 October, 2017

Following four days of sensational interactions with the whales we have a day to relax, share, unwind and prepare for our return home on our beautiful island home.

Included meals: (B)(L)(D)

Day 10 ~ Monday 9 October, 2017

An early morning flight from Ha’api, farewelling the whales from above and connecting with our international flights home from Tonga, carrying the blessings back to our kin and community.

Included meals: (B)

Accomodation List

30 September and 1 October (2 nights)

Tanoa Dateline Hotel

Vuna Road, Nuku’alofa, Tonga

+676 234 11



2 to 8 October (7 nights)

Sea change Eco Retreat

+6421800396  +6768685800


Guides and Facilitators

Janet and Marietta lead our Southern Africa pilgrimage to the elephants and white lions and through this journey to the whales in Tonga are bringing connection between the consciousness of these great creatures.

Janet Johnson was born and raised in Western Australia. Janet’s journey has taken her to many places around the world studying many healing modalities but is most at home with the shamanic and earth healing world. Janet was among the first tour group to visit the Global White Lions Trust at Timbavati with the first Transformational Tours group in 2007, forming a connection that has remained strong. Janet is shamanic healer and breath work instructor and has led women circles in Australia and overseas.

Marietta van der Werff is a Dutch national, and has lived in Zimbabwe since 2001. “Africa is my birth continent, and after many years of moving around the world I have returned Home. I am a plant breeder and business person by profession and am trained as an accredited Journey Practitioner and Conscious Coach. My connection with and love for Nature has been a defining part of me since childhood, and I have always felt a strong drive to share this passion. I feel privileged to be able to combine my hugely varied knowledge, skills and training acquired over 50 years of life,  and help people to awaken to their own Natural and deep connection with Life.”

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