Category Archives: tonga

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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Day 5 of 7 day Nature Challenge.

Part of what I do when leading whale photography trip is help people with their camera settings so that when the moment comes, they are ready to make good photographs. While in the water I do my best to manage … Continue reading

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2016 Whale Photography Exhibit

This image was created during a heat run.  What you cant see are other male whales, and a mother and calf. The males are busy trying to prove which one is the more powerful to the female in the hopes … Continue reading

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2016 Whale Exhibit

Hope received the Gold Medal in international competition and happens to be the first whale I swam with in Tonga. This portrait is signed and numbered, printed and framed with aluminum. Please contact me with questions or to purchase 808 … Continue reading

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2016 Whale Photography Exhibit – “Born Wild Born Free”

This portrait is not on the wall but is one of the pieces prepared for when the piece that is up sells. I love the story behind the photograph.  I went to sea that day with the hope of photographing … Continue reading

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2016 Whale Photography Exhibit at Montage Kapalua Bay Hotel

  I am so fortunate to have spent a month per year for the last 12 out of 13 years,  observing and photographing whales in the wild.   I am also blessed that my passion for whales has enabled me … Continue reading

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