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For our annual Adventure Travel issue, we scoured the globe to find the 25 Best New Trips in the World for 2010, complete with a Best Trips photo gallery. Today, we present Tonga. The world’s far corners are now well within reach.

TONGA: Whale World

Each June, some 450 humpback whales arrive in the shallow waters off Tonga’s Ha’apai Islands to mate and calf, transforming the archipelago into an oversize nursery until September. The Ha’apai are one of the only places in the world where you can snorkel with the 50-foot-long mammals—and starting next year, Wilderness Travel will be the only tour operator to bring clients here to do it. “They’re really curious and let you get very close,” says the outfitter’s Barbara Banks. Just don’t expect a Sea World encounter. “It’s done with the absolute strictest guidelines about behavior around the whales,” adds Banks. “There is no contact.”

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  1. Video of Humpback whales in Tongo
    November 24, 2009, 5:37 am

    Swimming with humpback whales is a once in a lifetime deal.
    It’s not legal to swim with them anywhere without a permit.So it is a very good opportunity to do it in Tonga.
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    November 24, 2009, 10:07 am

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    July 28, 2010, 4:09 pm

    Humpback whales are amazing creatures. They 52 feet long, weigh up to 50 tons, and the usual life span is 40 to 50 years. The males are singers of the whale species and have the broadest and most versatile vocal range in the animal kingdom.
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    October 26, 2011, 5:38 am

    Whales are my favorite…but unfortunately never seen a single one except in documentary made on them.

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  12. Joan
    November 2, 2011, 1:04 am

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    January 17, 2012, 7:22 am

    I never dream to swim together with whales especially those bigger ones. Are they not rude to the people. I’m afraid by the way.

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    January 26, 2012, 11:44 am

    But sad to say that whales are coming to extinction