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Encounter With Friendly Humpback Whales of Tonga
The South Pacific Nation of Tonga is one of the few places in the world where in water whale encounters are officially sanctioned.
Humpback whales were hunted to near extinction in Tongan waters until 1978.
Today a whale watching industry is helping to stimulate the local economy and the majestic whales are fully protected. The level of interaction was dictated by the whales. As we backed away they approached closer.
As we slid into the water, two presumably adolescent male humpback whales initiated a close encounter with us.
We departed Tonga with a sense of profound awe and appreciation.
Thank you to the kind people of Tonga and to the magnificent humpback whales.

Join Blue Water Ventures every February as explore the Springs of Florida!

Each winter as the Gulf temperatures begin to drop, The West Indian Manatees migrate into the clear warmer springs of Florida. By February, the manatees have been in Crystal River for several months. Most of the population will leave the river for the Gulf waters by late March. February is an excellent time to visits these springs. The weather in February can be very pleasant and there are typically plenty of manatees basking in the spring-fed water. We may experience daytime temperatures ranging from the 50’s to70’s.

Our trip will also include two days of exploring Ocala National Forest and the spectacular wilderness canoe run, Juniper Springs. During our canoe trip we may drift by basking alligators, river otters and a multitude of wading birds such as little blue herons, white ibis, great egrets and limpkins. By joining us in the wilderness of Ocala, you will be experiencing a slice of Florida that most visitors to the state never see.

Reservations are rolling in for our next women’s sea kayaking, snorkeling, whale watching adventure to Baja, January 28th 2012 with Blue Water Ventures. This is an amazing adventure, from desert to sea!
Trip Highlights
* Kayaking through mangroves and from our secluded base camp of Espiritu Santo Island in the Sea of Cortez
* Unforgettable Encounters with Cailfornia Gray Whales, Magdalena Bay on Baja’s Pacific Coast
* Snorkeling with Sea Lions and Colorful Reef Fish in the blue waters of Baja
* Beach combing for treasures along beautiful deserted beaches
* Delicious local seafood caught and prepared by our Mexican Crew
* Skiff supported base camps with spacious tents
* Naturalist-led hikes, snorkeling excursions and whale encounters
* Sunrises and Sunsets over magnificent desert scenery
*Swimming alongside a filter feeding harmless shark that may be over 30 feet in length

Every February, a group of women head to Baja to snorkel with the world’s largest fish, the whale shark. In the last 18 months Kim Powell, owner of Blue Water Ventures has searched for whale sharks on 8 occasions and has swam with them each time. Join Blue Water Ventures as explore the Baja Peninsula, swimming with whale sharks, sea lions and reef fish. We then head to the Pacific side for extraordinary encounters with California Gray Whales in Magdalena Bay.

Our next all women’s adventure to Baja is January 28th- February 6th, 2012 followed by an optional whale shark snorkel extension. Check it out at: http://www.bluewaterventures.org

Join Blue Water Ventures every February as we snorkel with sea lions in the Sea of Cortez!

Looking for the ultimate Baja Adventure? Join Blue Water Ventures every February as we have eye to eye encounters with California Gray Whales, Whale Sharks and Sea Lions. Our next adventure is January 28th-February 5th, 2012 and is designed as a trip for women. Included is an optional extension to swim with the world’s largest fish, the Whale Sharks, february 6th-8th.

People have described this adventure as “life changing” on their “bucket list”.

Join us!

Kim Powell, MRPA
Owner, Operator & Naturalist
Blue Water Ventures
phone & fax: 831-459-8548
email: bluewaterventures@sbcglobal.net
108 Mason St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060