Nov 152009
Brush with a Tsunami (Tonga)

BEFORE: AFTER: Thanks to Claire Stucklen for these iPhone photos! She’s a fabulous masseuse, who was visiting Sandy Beach from the Four Seasons Resort Wailea, Hawaii. On the 29th of September, around 6:50 in the morning, I was out early on the beach hunting for shells.  I didn’t even notice the mild shaking, which others […]

Nov 082009
Humpback Whales in Tonga (Part II: Singing and Swimming)

The most thrilling experience of our trip to Tonga was the opportunity to swim in the water with the humpback whales.  Surprisingly, in the presence of such large creatures, I didn’t feel scared.  The whales were so graceful and in control and aware of our presence, that I never felt like I might get accidentally […]

Oct 262009
Advice for Prospective Whale Swimmers

So if I’ve convinced you to book your next trip to Tonga, congratulations!  It’s surprisingly easy to research and book online, and yes, they will eventually return your emails.  Just give them a few days. Here I’ve put together some advice for prospective swimmers: [Click on title for full story]Every day out on the water […]

Oct 082009
Swimming with Humpback Whales in Tonga (Part I: All About Humpbacks)

Just last week, I returned from a trip to Tonga, an island kingdom located in the Pacific Ocean, about a thousand miles (1,600 km) northeast of New Zealand. Tonga is one of the few places in the world that you are allowed to swim with whales. It was an awe-inspiring experience. These are pictures from […]