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The Niue Humpback Whale Expedition

Expedition led by underwater photographer Fiona Ayerst


Fiona Ayerst

Photographer - Photojournalist

I’m a writer, an underwater photographic specialist, and an enthusiastic traveller. I’ve been leading trips worldwide for years. I enjoy sharing my passion for nature with people, and when you join my trip, we’ll explore the surroundings together and learn more about the area, the animals, and the nature surrounding us.

Would you like to join me on this sparkling gem of an island in the heart of the South Pacific?

Gorgeous Niue underwater boasts many things to do, such as pristine beaches, stunning coral reefs, and a vibrant marine ecosystem. During the Niue Humpback Whale expedition, we’ll explore this untouched paradise together.

Prepare to be awe-struck as you encounter majestic humpback whales in their natural habitat. Guides will join us to ensure a safe and respectful encounter, allowing us to observe these magnificent creatures in their element. Beyond the whales, Niue’s waters teem with a kaleidoscope of marine life, including many dolphins. Moreover, on the Niue Humpback Whale expedition, we dive beneath the surface to discover colourful coral gardens, tropical fish, and other fascinating creatures that call this underwater world home. From tranquil snorkelling sessions to thrilling whale and dolphin encounters, every moment in Niue promises to be filled with adventure and wonder.

However, it’s not only about the open ocean; we will also do some incredible snorkelling trips in the chasms (such as the Matapa Chasm) surrounding the island.

Actually, there’s a lot to do on land, too. If you wish to be more adventurous, various hikes and biking trips (together with me) are also part of your package. If you’d prefer to relax on the beach with a good book, indeed you’ll do just that!

If you are a photo enthusiast, I’m also offering daily tutorials and critique sessions as part of this trip. Because it’s vital to capture stunning photos in Niue, I’ll assist you in setting up your gear correctly for each shoot and show you how to care for it correctly, ensuring years of use.

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Where will I stay during my trip?

You’ll stay on the island in quaint and comfortable bungalows with a private bathroom, a kitchen, wifi and a tv.

What activities are included in the expedition?

For the Niue Humpback Whale expedition, the price includes four whale/dolphin snorkelling trips, each half a day in duration. These trips are interchangeable with SCUBA diving on local reefs. Other included activities are daily photo tutorials and critiques, hiking, and snorkelling- all with me. If you want to learn more about breath-hold swimming, I will also share exercises and basic breath-hold techniques, allowing you to spend a more relaxed time with the whales.

Where is the point of departure that I must travel to?

On the Niue Humpback Whale expedition, explorers must travel to and from Niue International Airport. This is located near the Nuie town of Alofi.

What specialised equipment should I bring?

You can bring your own scuba or snorkelling equipment, but they are included in the trip price. Some people like to bring their masks and snorkel for hygiene reasons and because they are light in their luggage.

What available add-ons / optional are not included in package?

Additional cultural trips and village tours are available. Extra SCUBA diving and whale trips are also available. The cost is around $350 per dive but can vary depending on where you are diving. Mountain bikes can be hired.

Are sightings / encounters on the trip likely?


Can you freedive down to the whales?

In Niue, you cannot dive deep down with the Humpback Whales as this can disturb them.

Expedition Dates
  • Expedition 1: 24 August – 31 August 2024
  • Expedition 2: 31 August – 7 September 2024
How does the catering work?

You can easily purchase food at local shops and prepare the meals you love at your accommodation. We will also eat at local restaurants if you want to join us and sample some of the incredible seafood and Pacific Island flavours.

What qualifications / fitness / skills are required?

If you want to join me on the Niue Humpback Whale expedition, you should be swimming fit. A SCUBA diving qualification is not required, but the package includes some optional SCUBA dives you cannot participate in if you aren’t qualified. Instead, you can participate in the whale trips.

Are special permit or visa's required?
Niue operates under a visa-free policy for many countries. However, visa requirements can change, and it’s essential to verify the current entry requirements.
Is specialised equipment included in the expedition?

All diving/snorkelling equipment is included but you may want to bring your own mask and Snorkel for hygiene purposes.

Is transportation provided during the expedition?

Airport transfers and trips to other activities are included. Explorers can walk around the small town of Alofi and the beach.

How do bookings / cancellations work?

Bookings are done directly on Gloworm. You need to click the booking link to proceed. The expedition fee is payable when you book. Should you wish to cancel, you have the option to move to next year; alternatively, you will receive 75% back.

When should you book?

Bookings should be made as soon as possible. Niue is very popular during the August and September Humpback Whale season, and accommodation books out quickly. If you do not book quickly, we might not be able to find suitable accommodation for you. Also, the whale trips are limited to 6 people per trip.

  • Accommodation
  • Activity fees
  • Airport transfers
  • Expedition transport
  • Equipment rentals (not photographic equipment)
  • Expert tutorage
  • Guide fees
  • Pre-departure Orientation
  • Travel booking assistance
  • WiFi connection
  • Food and Alcohol
  • Conservation levy
  • Carbon tax
  • Entrance fees
  • Emergency assistance
  • International transport
  • interpretation services
  • Laundry
  • Permits & Licencing
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel / medical insurance
  • Visa fees
Expedition from

$2400 / 7 nights

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