Category Archives: tonga

I turn 55 in a week but what I am really excited about is going to Tonga in about 10 days for this years annual whale swim adventure.

I am getting older, there is no denying it. Time is going by far to fast, and the older I get the faster time seems to go.   In my mind, it seems like yesterday when I went to Vavau’ … Continue reading

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Seems like just yesterday when the fleet of Voyaging Canoes gathered in Maui.

  Tomorrow is the beginning of the Mahalo celebration for the Hawaiian Canoe Hokulea and her crew.   For three years the canoe has been at sea voyaging and now she has returned.  What a special day indeed. Standing next … Continue reading

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Swimming with whales as part of a small group is Epic!

I have started to assemble my gear for my upcoming trip to Tonga this year.   I am blessed to have 17 days on the water this season, with two groups of people from as far away as Switzerland and … Continue reading

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Kohola Gallery is named after the Whales

Whales are large animals that weigh around 30-40 tons but they are also quite graceful. Whale season may be over in Hawaii, and while out of sign, they are never out of mind. Kohola Gallery in Maui, is named after … Continue reading

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Swimming with Whales

In two months, I return to Tonga to observe humpback whales in the wild.  Snorkeling with  these majestic giants is one of life’s most incredible experiences and I am so excited to share it. This will be my 12th season … Continue reading

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Remembering my first Tonga Trip

Aloha, I still remember my first trip to Tonga in 2006.  I chartered a 60 foot sail boat with a whale swim permit and spent 2 weeks sailing through the island group.  We spent 6 days in the Vavau’ island group … Continue reading

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Early morning light on Maui’s North Shore

I watched the waves come in for a while and really enjoyed the waterfalls over the exposed coral. The lines of the reef and incoming wave helped me see the image I wanted to create,  but the incoming waves limited … Continue reading

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Honorable Mention at Beneath the Sea

I have not entered a photography competition since receiving first place in an international competition in San Diego five years ago and thought it was time.  So I sent this and a few other images to Beneath the Sea.   … Continue reading

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Tonga Whale Swim Guide

Whale Swimming in Tonga  –   by   Douglas  J Hoffman Tonga, used to be one of the best kept secrets in adventure travel but those days are numbered. The increase in tourism is to a large part related to whale swimming but not all. … Continue reading

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Day six of Seven Day Nature Challenge

This image was created last week, and it shows my friend Kai Matthes along side a majestic Sperm Whale that just happens to be upside down with its jaw exposed.  The female named Can Opener enjoys brief interactions with swimmers … Continue reading

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