Incredible trip!! EJ has so much love and respect for for the whales, which is infectious. It was a masterclass on how mixing tourism with animal encounters can and should be done. I would go again in a heartbeat! - Victoria Stokes ~ Tonga 2019
I visited the Ha’apai Islands in Tonga in 2017 to fulfil my ultimate bucket list of swimming with Humpback Whales!
The thought of swimming with these majestic creatures was amazing enough but to meet EJ and have her as our Tongan Whale Swim guide, made my experience truly incredible!
The first thing you notice about EJ is her very warm and welcoming nature, from the get go you are at ease and feel right at home. Couple that with her extensive knowledge, experience and awareness of marine life and you start to realise just how lucky you are! It’s like winning the tour guide lottery!
When swimming with the Humpbacks you quickly become aware that they are huge! Which can create a little adrenalin, or a lot ;) However, EJs uncanny ability to pick up on each swimmer’s disposition and her attentiveness to make you feel safe and calm, at the same time as spotting and swimming towards a Whale is exceptional.
EJ is truly in sync with the marine life around her, respecting their space, reading their behaviour and making them feel as comfortable as us humans. Her positive enthusiasm and encouraging words makes every tour thoroughly enjoyable.
I was greatly appreciative to have had EJ as our Whale Swim guide and I would highly recommend EJs Encounters to everyone!
EJs Encounters are exceptional!
Rebecca Glissan ~ Tonga 2017
“EJ was a fabulous speaker with our year 3 class. Her passion for the ocean and it’s many inhabitants shone through her fun and interactive session. Students were engaged in the photos and videos and mesmerised by her whale songs and stories of her encounters with these majestic creatures.
EJs knowledge and style of presenting are second to none and we would love to have her back to share her experiences again anytime!
Thanks EJ, you left a group of children wanting to learn even more about the oceans and excited to protect our precious resource!”
Ms Ashley Williamson - Year 3 Teacher of Margaret River Independent School
EJ, you have enriched the lives of so many, by connecting us through your passion and enthusiasm for the ocean and animals / mammals and continue to share your love through your photos (which are fantastic) and appreciated by so many. Thank you.
Shirley Longstaff ~ Tonga 2017
"EJs Lectures on humpback whales was one of the most powerful talks I have ever been to. Her passion and caring was so authentic that is would be impossible for anyone to walk out of the lecture the same person as when they walked into it. I will forever be more aware of how my actions affect whales among other animals"
Lauren ~ Guest from Expedition Ship to Antarctica.
I've just returned home from a six day tour of Lady Elliot Island with a stunning friend of mine, a fantastic new human friend, soooo many gorgeous marine creatures and EJ.
It wasn't a hard decision to book the trip as my family loved our time in Tonga with EJ and her whalies last year. The prospect of swimming with Manta Rays and Turtles and spotting Whales was too good to pass up and super exciting!!
EJ was sensational with her communication while we were planning the tour, and had already done a heap of work putting our package together, so it was very easy for us to make it happen.
The tour itself was incredible!! It far exceeded my expectations and I'm still buzzing from the encounters and close interactions we had with the marine life.
EJ is a wonderful host and has the perfect balance between giving us our own space and choices, and excitedly encouraging us to follow her expert lead. We quickly became very comfortable snorkelling which opened up an incredible world to us.
Her phenomenal photos will give us the perfect record of our experience!!
I can't thank her enough
Michelle ~ Lady Elliot Island 2018
I highly recommend the Whales tour in Tonga with EJ Encounters.
EJ's expert guidance and warm nature made for an informative, safe and comfortable yet exhilarating experience.
My husband and I had a wonderful time connecting with these gentle giants in the water and watching their feisty escapades from the boat.
We never felt too rushed, which is one of our favourite aspects of experiencing things together, as everyone wants time alone to more deeply connect with each other and absorb the experience, of which EJ was aware and respectful.
We also admire EJ Encounters respect for the local culture and the environment in which she operates and the obligation to give back to the community in which she operates.
Much love to you EJ and we both thank you for a wonderful time in Tonga and the introduction to my long time soul family, the Whales.
Heather Cripps ~ Tonga 2019
My husband and I whale swam with EJ in Ha'apai Islands of Tonga in 2017 and we can highly recommend her as a whale swim expert. My husband is not a confident whale swimmer but EJ spent extra time with him in the water and he thoroughly enjoyed his encounter.
EJ has a huge love & respect for the whales & the sea environment. She is knowledgable and explains the "whale swim briefing" with humour & detail. Her bubbly personality shines through, both the whales & swimmers are infected by her enthusiasm.
We are looking forward to joining her on her "Up close & personal Ningaloo Reef Tour" in the near future.
Christine McDonald ~ Tonga 2017