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Kingdom of Tonga

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August 18 to 26, 2018

Consider Tonga! 170 tropical islands, most uninhabited. Coral reefs awash with brightly hued fish. White sand beaches and verdant hills sheltering rare plants and native birds. A rich history of kings and cultural traditions.

Loving leviathans! Spend three days snorkeling in the waters of the Vava’u island group amid southern humpback whales and their calves. Joining us is faculty leader and biology professor Stephen Palumbi, who has researched the genetics and evolution of whales. A local hero. Walk around the splendid 22-acre 'Ene'io Botanical Garden with its founder, Haniteli Fa’anunu, dedicated to saving Tonga’s endangered plant species. The giving tree. Learn the important part coconuts play in the lives of Tongans—from the producing of coconut milk and oil to converting coconut waste into electricity, soap and charcoal.

Watch this video to see what it's like to swim in open water with a 40-ton whale.




Stephen Palumbi
Hopkins Marine Station

Stephen Palumbi focuses his research on the genetics of marine organisms focuses not only on basic evolutionary questions but also on practical solutions to preserving and protecting the diverse life found in the sea.

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