2017 Tahiti Humpback Tours

Join us to snorkel with Humpback Whales in Moorea!

We offer personally escorted, small group tours, with more time in the water.
Our all inclusive packages have NO hidden costs, include Tahitian-style thatched-bungalow accommodation, French-Tahitian/Italian food, snorkeling with humpback whales (and other amazing marine-life), some leisure time & airport transfers.
After 17 years operating our swim-with-whales tours in Tonga – we began new tours to snorkel with humpbacks in Moorea, Tahiti in 2016. One of our dedicated & passionate team members (and video-grapher) in Tonga, now takes care of every detail to deliver the best humpback whale experience in Tahiti!

Q: How long has Tahiti been offering swim-with-humpback whales experience?
A: 18 years now!

Q: Why haven’t I heard about it?
A: Unlike Tonga, its not Tahiti’s main tourist attraction!                                            PLEASE NOTE: we do not operate day-trips with the whales.                                       

2018: Tours in Moorea, Tahiti  Please click here for more information.

ALERT!!! We still have some spaces left on our ‘Magical Humpbacks’ tours & our ‘Photography Enthusiasts’ tour!

ONLY tours with spaces available are listed below . . . .

2017: ‘Magical Humpbacks in Tahiti | 9-nights & 8 x 4. 5 hour trips on the water with the whales

Prices: per person

Two people share bungalow:   Air-conditioned Studio ensuite room Double/Twin:  AUD$5,695 (FP917B only)
Solo Traveller to share:             Lagoon-view: AUD$5,895    Garden-view AUD$5,695 (FP917D only)

FP917B 30 August - 8 September 2017 | Spaces available: 3 | Click here for details

FP917D 5 - 14 October 2017 | Spaces available: 2 x Solo travellers only | Click here for details

 

2017: SPECIAL!! Photography Tour with the innovative pro-photographers, Michael Smith &/or Larry Beard
(8 guests ONLY)

Prices per person:

Two people share bungalow:   Superior Lagoon: AUD$6,200              Air-con Studio room with ensuite: AUD$ 5650.00
Single Occupancy Bungalow:   Superior Lagoon: AUD$7,495
Solo Traveller to Share Bungalow: Superior Lagoon: AUD$6,200   Air-con Studio room with ensuite: AUD$ 5650.00

FP717A 16 - 23 October 2017 | SPECIAL Photography Enthusiasts Tour | Spaces Available: 5 | Click here for details

 

2017: ‘Magical Humpbacks in Tahiti’  | 7-nights & 6 x 4 – 4.5 hour trips on the water with the whales

Prices: per person:

Single Occupancy Bungalow: Garden-view: AUD$5,750

FP717B 27 September - 4 October 2017 | Spaces available: 1 | Click here for details

Our Tahiti Team

Magenta Hyde

Magenta is your Tour Leader for ‘Magical Humpbacks in Tahiti’ tours.
Magenta worked with us in Vava’u Tonga in 2012 & 2013 and in Moorea in 2016 as Tour Leader/underwater photographer and her love for the ocean whales and dolphins and has led her travel the ocean through the South Pacific! Magenta will be shooting video of the humpbacks and the marine environment. Photo prints at  www.magentahydephotography.com 

Rae Gill

Rae is the passionate owner of WhaleSwim Adventures and will be in Moorea as Tour Co-ordinator and on the Cata Manu and in the water on as many days as possible during the season.
Her enthusiasm and her love for the ocean and all marine life is insatiable and her commitment to ensure all interaction during every encounter, has little or no impact on their natural behaviour.
Her extensive knowledge of humpback whales has been gathered over the past 18 years along with many stories to tell.

Michael Smith

@intothewildphotog

Michael is an award winning nature photographer from Queensland’s Hervey Bay and an associate member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography. With a deep passion for the environment and especially the ocean, Michael has created an impressive collection of images which he sells from his gallery, Into The Wild Photography, Homewares & Gifts. Michael will share with you a wealth of knowledge ensuring you capture the best possible images in-camera and will help you refine them to perfection in post-production with daily Lightroom sessions. His light-hearted demeanour and endless enthusiasm for the whales will ensure your experience with these amazing creatures will be one you never forget. Checkout Michael’s website www.intothewildphotography.com.au 

Larry Beard

@larrybeard

Larry Beard is an award winning and National Geographic published photographer that resides in San Clemente, California, USA. He is renowned for his large dramatic ocean scape wall pieces. He often finds himself in harms ways when capturing his stunning imagery.

Larry’s life long passion for the ocean comes though and resonates in his beautiful art pieces. He started and excelled in fashion and commercial photography. At the same time he was shooting the ocean and nature imagery to satisfy his passion. This soon turned into Larry’s soul effort.
Larry has surpassed over 1 million photos in his photography career.

Check out Larry’s website ‘Solitary Exposure Fine Art.com’ www.store.lbeard.com  

About our Tours

What is NOT included on our Tahiti Tours

Why we do NOT operate day-tours on random dates

Our Terms & Conditions

Getting to Moorea, French Polynesia (Tahiti)

Gear you will need to bring

Accommodation on arrival & for extra nights

Experience required

How many people in the group?

Why you will have longer time in the water

Your days on the water in Moorea

Your Accommodation & WhaleSwim Boat

Our WhaleSwim Boat

Our whale-swimming vessel “Cata Manu” is a 30′ catamaran with 2-x-225hp 4-stroke outboards (eco-friendly) – its fast and quiet! Lots of room for 8 people plus crew and good protection from the sun and easy entry and exit from the water. We will have plenty of  fresh tropical fruit (whatever is in season) aboard to snack on each day! Some days, there may be an opportunity to swim with Black Tip reef sharks & rays or hang-out with the large pod of Spinner dolphins and congregate in the lagoon near to Haapiti. The water is a beautiful 25C – 27C during the whale season.
Our Tahitian skipper and our guide, Mairie Temau’u has been taking whale-lovers to swim with the humpbacks since 1999 and is committed to their protection and for all his guests to experience these incredible and majestic gentle giants of the sea. He is a  environmentalist too!  Maire’s brother Tere’e, is his crew and skippers the boat while Maire is guiding us around the whales.

More photos in our Gallery . . .

Hotel Hibiscus

Your accommodation for the 7 or 9 nights is at the Hotel Hibiscus, in the village of Hauru, Haapiti area, on the north-western end of the beautiful island of Moorea. The traditionally thatched fare’s (houses) are set among the beautiful lush garden of fragrant frangipani and many flowering hibiscus trees leadinmg the the beach and the turquoise lagoon surrounding the whole island of Moorea and facing west to the exquisite sunsets every evening.
Their restaurant/bar ‘Le Sunset’ is right on the beach, a perfect place to watch the sunset with a beer, a glass of French wine or a yummy cocktail!
The food! The buffet breakfast is served every morning at the Le Sunset on the beach, with a variety of fresh tropical fruit, breads, croissants, cheeses, eggs and meats, juices, coffee and tea.
The restaurant and bar is open for lunch and dinner each day.  They cater for all tastes and has a huge menu which includes the local French, Italian and Tahitian dishes and exquisite French desserts!

They offer three types of Fares – Superior Lagoon View, Lagoon View and Garden View. The traditionally thatched bungalows are beautifully hand-crafted with en-suite bathrooms, (airconditioning in the Superior Lagoon-view and with a ceiling fans over the bed in both Lagoon-view & Garden -view bungalows), kitchenette, outdoor verandah with table & chairs. There is a salt-water pool too!

If you want a bungalow for three people, we are happy to email a price to you.

The Front-desk staff, Silvia and Gaelle are very helpful and will arrange transport, book rental cars/bikes/scooters and many of the activities available on Moorea and dinner reservations for you.

This is the Superior Lagoon-view bungalow with ensuite bathroom next on the edge of the lagoon. More images of the hotel, other accommodation and Moorea are in our Gallery page.