Other calmer days were spent fishing offshore banks and pinnacles that had amazing baitfish and monster job fish and plenty of wahoo and dogtooth tuna.
These shallower banks seem to attract the humpback whales and we were often approached by friendly and inquisitive whales.
The Blue Water Explorer team have been exploring the Kingdom of Tonga with their newest vessel (Tongan Explorer, a custom built new 30 foot Panga) to the Ha’apai group of islands during the month of September 2015. It had been over ten years since Rob Torelli had sailed through this amazing island group and upon return he was suitably impressed with what the team had discovered.
The diving options available are simply amazing in the Ha’apai chain of islands. On the calmer days dive sites include live offshore volcanoes that offer world class spearfishing with monster wahoo, giant trevally and dogtooth tuna along with a great array of reef species. Water visibility exceeded 40 meters and fish life is prolific
On the windier days the guys explored the closer reef systems, passes and bommies and were again impressed with the quality of the species available. Here coral trout, job fish and an assortment of tropical snappers were plentiful.
Here’s what some of our guests have had to say:
Gary Conway, Chair of Spearfishing New Zealand.
“Thanks for adding to my “bucket list” guys. After 30 plus years of competitive spearfishing including some truly epic coral adventures throughout the Pacific the last thing I expected was the blast Tonga, Ha’apai offered. Our sport is on the edge and thrills come with risk. Having the right crew and boat was key to keeping the thrill-seekers happy and safe.”
Daryl Wong, Daryl Wong Spearguns.
The diving is truly world class and the bonus thing about this destination is there is a great variety of accommodation to choose from. These include affordable Guest Houses all the way up to 4 star ocean front resorts. Quite amazing when you consider some of the best blue water spearfishing in the world is 30 minutes from your home base.
Blue Water Explorer owner and former nine times Australian Spearfishing Champion, Robert Torelli, had this to say about his initial exploration visit to Ha’apai:
“The Ha’apai Island group is the El Dorado of blue water free diving and spearfishing. I have never experienced anything like it in 30 years of travelling the world spearfishing! Everything you could wish for is here, warm, crystal clear waters and plenty of game fish that can be dived in any weather. Add to this the seasonal migration of whales, the great variety of accommodation along with our very own professional dive guides and custom built spearfishing boats and you have a match made in heaven!”
Blue Water Explorer Ltd is now running regular spearfishing charters from Pangi harbour, Ha’apai. They will be running from early June 2016 through to mid December 2016 and will be conducted from our custom built 30 foot charter vessel Ha’apai Explorer.
Our 2016 packages consist of both 7 and 10 day expeditions and we offer a variety of accommodation options varying from four star resorts through to more affordable Guest Houses. Contact us (email@example.com) for specific options or see below for “off the shelf packages” available.