About Us

Our Mission Statement

To operate safely, respecting the environment, our oceans and whales from our luxury Sailing Catamaran EXPLORER, sailed by a professional crew who strive to deliver excellence while offering educational and entertaining interpretation engaging the natural world and in the process, giving you a unique and unforgettable experience.

Who Are We?

WE are a group of fun loving professionals, passionate about the environment, our oceans, Tonga and Whales.  We are committed to delivering life long memories and experiences with these majestic giants that you simply will not believe. We have the perfect yacht, a minimum impact code and we love what we do…

Don McIntyre first visited the Kingdom of Tonga in 1990 while sailing to America for the start of the BOC Challenge. That short visit left a lasting impression. He returned in 2010 to re-enact the William Bligh Mutiny on the Bounty (hot link) open boat voyage of survival across the Pacific from the island of Tofua (in the Ha’Apai group) 4000 miles to Kupang in West Timor. That time he fell in love.

Every year since he has spent the entire winter in Tonga living on board the 40 tonne expedition support vessel ICE with his partner Jane, diving and exploring these amazing islands. They have been treasure hunting for shipwrecks while living and swimming with whales. On October 22nd 2015 with the support of and encouragement from His Royal Highness Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala, Don & Jane launched the Royal Nomuka Yacht Club on the Island of Nomuka IKI and were given a 25 year license to occupy the island. They are now building their home on the island which will also become the new base for all future McIntyre Adventure activities.

Every summer for the past 20 years, Don has been sailing to Antarctica sharing that pristine environment with thousands of people. He leads environmentally responsible tourist and adventure expeditions to this amazing place with it’s abundant wild life, whales and spectacular scenery. With a love for whales Don has worked closely with Sea Shepard International for many years in the hunt for Japanese whalers and on one occasion discovered the entire Japanese fleet and was instrumental in arranging a successful interception and action.

Don has received much recognition for his support of adventure and the environment. In October 2014, he received the prestigious Emerald Award from the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS) in Honour of …A lifetime of adventures that have done much to raise awareness of the Marine Environment and the need to protect it. Now he is establishing what is hoped to become in the years ahead Tonga’s premier Marine Discovery Centre and Research Facility on the island of Nomuka IKI.

A pro-Antarctic tourism and Whale Swimming advocate, who is passionate about adventure, Don can now share another special part of the world and the life changing experience of relaxed, unhurried whale swimming and interaction with those who dream it. If your passion includes diving, or other forms of water based adventure or exploration Don can help you make it happen.


McIntyre Adventure has a stunning new boat, SC EXPLORER specifically built for Luxury charter. Manned by a professional yet fun and passionate team in Emmy-Rose and Archie (who live and breathe whales), you are in good hands.

This is a unique opportunity, established with credible ethics and a strong sense of responsibility, where the whales always come first. With over 32 years of combined whale interaction experience, Don and his team believe that managed correctly, the whales are not effected and often look forward to and actually enjoy this stimulating experience with humans.

Guided by the best in the business, McIntyre Adventure Ltd and Whale Sail Tonga are able to deliver an incredible experience safely in the premier whale swimming location of the world. That is the Ha’Apai group in the Kingdom of Tonga. Let your mind, body and soul run free and make it happen today.

Hope to see you soon.

The team at WhaleSail Tonga.

If you want to read more about Don, Treasure Hunting in Tonga and other Adventures please visit McIntyre Adventure

WhaleSail Tonga is operated by McIntyre Adventure Ltd. a company registered in the Kingdom of Tonga.