Whale watching boat tour, swim with humpback whales in Moorea
Boat tour to observe and swim with humpback whales : from mid-July to mid-November
PASSION ~ CONNECTION ~ RESPECT ~ PATIENCE ~ GRATITUDE
Benefit from our 26 years' experience for privileged, respectful and unforgettable encounters, and swim with humpback whales in Moorea.
During their stay in French Polynesia, these fascinating marine mammals offer us beautiful interactions, especially with mothers and calves, as well as with awesome singer males.
WELCOME on board a comfortable and spacious 27ft boat, with a rigid hull and a wide shade covering.
On it's front deck you can also enjoy a tropical sunbath.
Friendly and attentive, our experienced and passionated team welcomes a small group, up to 12 people, and guides you by snorkeling to swim with humpback whales and live a unique and safe adventure.
ENJOY - this oceanic expedition is a unique adventure to enjoy the beauty of ocean home, by interactive encounters with the marine wildlife found in the open ocean and the pristine lagoon, with perfect clear blue waters for viewing the sea life.
Observe marine species in their natural environment, from the boat or during snorkeling.
HUMPBACK WHALES are marine mammals, undertaking long migrations of several thousand kilometers each year.
They come to spend many months in Polynesian waters during austral winter, from mid-July to mid-November, to give birth and mate, before leaving back in Antarctica to feed.
During their stay around Polynesian islands, living on their fat reserves, their activity is punctuated by rest and social activities.
They usually stay close to the island reef, even in Moorea's bays, thus protecting their calves from orcas, however they easily allow us to encounter them, as these gentle giants are curious of their environment and often sociable.
They are known for their spectacular jumps up to 16 ft out of water, and for their impressive, long, and complex songs of the males during the breeding season.
Competition between males for getting female's favors is often intense.
A female gives birth to one calf every 2 years, after about 11 months of gestation.
Shortly after birth, the female can mate again.
A strong love connects the mother with her only calf, that she nurses for many months. The mother is often extremely protective.
ENCOUNTER - RESPECT - Therefore this is very important to apply some observation rules for avoiding to stress them and to endanger the calf, as yourself too.
During expedition we guide you on either watching and swimming with humpback whales, and we focus to achieve the most natural encounter and get the best from the whales on their terms.
Upon "invitation" by these gentle giants, and if ocean conditions permitting, you may have opportunities to slip into the water for a safe guided snorkeling, experiencing an up-close and unforgettable encounter with the Queen of Oceans.
During our approach we put great emphasis on patience and the utmost respect for these majestic creatures who welcome us in their natural environment. Any swim encounter is dependant on the whale behaviour.
Encounter is possible only if the whale agrees it !
Our ethics and extensive expertise since 26 years guides you with the best conditions.
PLEASE be attentive to the instructions of your captain and guide, which must be followed.
Despite their good reputation, whales are very powerful with a phenomenal strength, weighing up to 45 tons.
A lack of knowledge of their behavior and an unwelcome approach can disturb them a lot, even might become a danger.
Share unique moments with mother and her curious and playful calf,
Discover the fabulous and melodious songs of a singer male,
Observe a couple, attentive to each other, or many males trying to gain female favors,
Being spectator of an impressive gathering of several whales....
Every day is different but always magical !
ADVENTURE - DISCOVERY - A whale swim tour occurs mostly in the open ocean, where other pelagic species might also be encountered, even sometimes interacting with humpback whales ; spinner dolphins, rough toothed dolphins, short-finned pilot whale, oceanic whitetip sharks....
RELAX - Back in the lagoon, surrounded by amazing crystal blue waters, swim with graceful stingrays which lightly brush up against you, and snorkel among black-tip sharks.
HAPPY - included
• Healthy local exotic fruits tasting among with beverages are complimentary served on board.
• Snorkeling gear is supplied if needed (snorkels, fins and masks)
• Transfer by car from your accommodation included if needed.
• During expedition, we are happy to share with you details information about life, society and behaviour of humpback whales and other marine species.
DURATION : 4 hours minimum
PICKUP : Details informations about pick up are sent during booking processing, according to your accommodation place. Transfer by car can be organized from your accomodation if needed.
START / RETURN TIME : Start between 8:30 and 9:00am depending on your pickup place, return at 1:00 / 1:30pm.
PHOTOS / VIDEOS : A photos package, or photos + videos package is available on request. Extra charge.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS :
→ Are we sure to see and swim with the whales ?
We encounter the whales and other marine wildlife in their natural environment, so we depend on their will.
Encounters can therefore not be 100% guaranteed.
The opportunities of encounter and swim are every day different, a program of a tour is not exhaustive.
We generally estimate at 50% the chances of encounter and swim with humpback whales on July and November (start / end of season), and 90% in August, September and October (full season).
→ What if we don't see the whales ?
From August 1 to October 31, if the whales have not been spotted during your tour, we invite you on a second tour for free.
→ Do we have to be good swimmer ? Do we have to swim a lot ?
The regulations concerning the distance imposed between the whales and the boat require you to swim 100 meters approximately for being able to approach them.
When it's an easy approach and the whales do not move, the underwater observation can be done on site.
When the whales are moving, we may have to swim several tens of meters.
All snorkelings are supervised by a specialized guide, do not hesitate to let him know a discomfort or difficulty in the water.
Snorkeling is accessible to all, however it's recommended to be in good physical condition to practice it.
→ Are there any restrictions on snorkeling ?
People suffering from medical troubles, especially pulmonary, cardiac, or nervous, must imperatively inform us, during the booking, or when boarding, so that we can give you a special attention.
Important : people who have a pacemaker are not authorized to swim in ocean side.
→ Do you provide lifejackets for snorkeling ?
The boat is equipped with lifejackets for each person onboard, used in case of emergency only.
Lifejackets are not used for snorkeling as it keep the head above the water, preventing underwater observation.
Other suitable vests are provided on request, and we also provide flotation boards.
photo album ⇒ Humpback whales
SOME HELPFUL ADVICE
The "maraamu", a strong tropical wind, cool and dry, may be present some days, so it is recommended to bring warm clothes.
Most of the expedition occurs in the open ocean, out of the lagoon. Protected areas from the wind and swell will be preferred, but whales and/or dolphins may also be in more turbulent areas.
If you are suffering from seasickness, it is strongly advised to provide preventive measures : medicines, homeopathy, anti-nausea bracelets, essential oils,.....ask to your drugstore.
WHAT TO BRING ?
- snorkeling gear (snorkels, fins and masks)
- bath towel
- hat / cap
- warm clothes / windproof jacket, sweater
- shorty or lycra tee shirt
- and good vibes !
Help us to PRESERVE ENVIRONMENT !
→ Use a biodegradable sunscreen that respects the ocean and preserves coral.
→ Avoid to bring plastig bags onboard.
→ Respect marine wildlife : follow instructions of the guide, keep your distance and do not touch the wild animals.
→ Coral is fragile, to avoid his destruction or to hurt yourself, observe it without touching or walking on.
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EXPERTISE - Heifara, the humpback whales whisperer
Native of Moorea, Heifara, our captain, was one of the last deep pearl oyster divers in the Tuamotu islands, with over 3000 dives under his belt. He started interactions with marine wildlife in 1994, and was the first one to guide people into the water with humpback whales in Moorea more than 20 years ago.
He has been close to the ocean since he was very young, being an avid surfer for 37 years, he also practices spearfishing and other water activities, he has captured the true spirit of Ocean.
His great knowledge of underwater world and his understanding of animal behavior, his ease and deep connection with the ocean, have made him a renowned expert and your perfect polynesian guide for a privileged adventure, with encounters in utmost respect for wild animals in their natural habitat.