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.                                       

ALERT!!! We still have 3 spaces left on our 2017 ‘Magical Humpbacks’ tours & our ‘Photography Enthusiasts’ tour!

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

FP917D     5 – 14 October 2017                   Spaces available: 1 x Solo traveller share only

Prices: per person

Solo Traveller to share bungalow:      Lagoon-view: AUD$5,895 (female)    Garden-view AUD$5,695 (male)

Tour Inclusions:

  • 9 nights Tahitian-style bungalow accommodation with ensuite bathrooms, right on the edge of a beautiful turquoise lagoon
  • A full breakfast daily | 2 lunches at the 2 best cafes on Moorea | 5 evening meals at Sunset Restaurant at your accommodation
  • 8  x 4 – 4.5 hour trips on the water with the whales guided by certified/experienced/passionate Guides | Tour Leader: Magenta Hyde
  • Opportunities to snorkel with other marine-life
  • Transfers from airport & ferry terminal in Moorea
  • Pro-video-grapher available
  • Lots of fun!

Itinerary:

Arrival Day: We meet you at Moorea airport or Ferry Terminal  | transfer to hotel | Welcome dinner
Day 1: Breakfast | pickup by whaleswim boat from the beach | boat briefing | how to swim with whales training (so they don’t swim off) | out with the whales | lots of fun | return to hotel beach | dinner.
Day 2 – 8: Breakfast | pickup by whaleswim boat from the beach | out with the whales & lunch | lots of fun | return to hotel beach | Farewell diner on last night.
Day 9: Breakfast | End of tour | transfer to the airport or ferry terminal.

Please Note:
1. Some days we will be on the water with the whales during the morning from 7.30am other days it will be afternoons from 12.30 – 1.oo pm leaving your free time to experience other activities or just relax. We will give you and itinerary with schedule d times, at the Welcome dinner on your arrival day.
2. You have 4 free evenings to arrange your dinner at restaurants of your choice.
3. Your Tour Leader/video-grapher, Magenta Hyde will make a short video of you on request, for a small fee.

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

FP717B 27 September – 4 October 2017       Spaces available: 3

Price: per person:

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

Tour Inclusions:

  • 7 nights Tahitian-style bungalow accommodation with ensuite bathrooms, right on the edge of a beautiful turquoise lagoon
  • A full breakfast daily | 2 lunches at the 2 best cafes on Moorea | 4 evening meals at Sunset Restaurant at your accommodation
  • 6  x 4 – 4.5 hour trips on the water with the whales guided by certified/experienced/passionate Guides | Tour Leader: Magenta Hyde
  • Opportunities to snorkel with other marine-life
  • Transfers from airport & ferry terminal in Moorea
  • Pro-video-grapher available
  • Lots of fun!

Itinerary:

Arrival Day: We meet you at Moorea airport or Ferry Terminal  | transfer to hotel | Welcome dinner
Day 1: Breakfast | pickup by whaleswim boat from the beach | boat briefing | how to swim with whales training (so they don’t swim off) | out with the whales | lots of fun | return to hotel beach | dinner.
Day 2 – 6: Breakfast | pickup by whaleswim boat from the beach | out with the whales & lunch | lots of fun | return to hotel beach | Farewell dinner on last night.
Day 7: Breakfast | End of tour | transfer to the airport or ferry terminal.

Please Note:
1. Some days we will be on the water with the whales during the morning from 7.30am other days it will be afternoons from 12.30 – 1.oo pm leaving your free time to experience other activities or just relax. We will give you and itinerary with schedule d times, at the Welcome dinner on your arrival day.
2. You have 4 free evenings to arrange your dinner at restaurants of your choice.
3. Your Tour Leader/video-grapher, Magenta Hyde will make a short video of you on request, for a small fee.

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2017: SPECIAL!! Photography Enthusiast’s Tour with the innovative pro-photographers, Michael Smith
(8 guests ONLY)

FP717A         16 – 23 October 2017       Spaces Available: 4

Prices per person:

Two people share bungalow:   Superior Lagoon: AUD$6,200   Lagoon-view: AUD$5,790

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Tour Inclusions:

  • 7 nights Tahitian-style bungalow accommodation with ensuite bathrooms, right on the edge of a beautiful turquoise lagoon
  • A full breakfast daily | 2 lunches at the 2 best cafes on Moorea | 4 evening meals at Sunset Restaurant at your accommodation
  • 6  x 4 – 4.5 hour trips on the water with the whales guided by certified/experienced/passionate Guides and well-known pro-photographer Michael Smith
  • Opportunities to learn camera techniques and snorkel with and photograph other marine-life
  • Transfers from airport & ferry terminal in Moorea
  • Photography processing sessions over the 6 days with Michael
  • A textured fine art print of your best image taken over the 8 days. A beautiful keepsake
  • Lots of fun!

Itinerary:

Arrival Day: We meet you at Moorea airport or Ferry Terminal  | transfer to hotel | Welcome dinner with Michael
Day 1: Breakfast | pickup by whaleswim boat from the beach | boat briefing | how to swim with whales training (so they don’t swim off) | out with the whales | lots of fun | return to hotel beach | dinner.
Day 2 – 6: Breakfast | pickup by whaleswim boat from the beach | out with the whales & lunch | lots of fun | return to hotel beach | 4 Image processing workshops with Michael/Larry | Farewell dinner on last night.
Day 7: Breakfast | End of tour | transfer to the airport or ferry terminal.

Information for Photography Tour

  • Some days we will be on the water with the whales during the morning from 7.30am other days it will be afternoons from 12.30 – 1.00 pm leaving time for Image Processing sessions and some free time to experience other activities or just relax.
  • We will be given the itinerary with scheduled times to the 6 days, at the Welcome dinner on your arrival day.
  • You have 3 free evenings to arrange your dinner at restaurants of your choice.
  • Whether you are new to underwater photography or a seasoned photographer, this tour is suitable to all levels of photography experience.
  • You will need to bring your own underwater camera to get the most out of this tour – anything from a compact UW camera to a full DSLR in an underwater housing. Please note, we will not be using strobes when photographing the whales.
  • There will also be ample opportunities for land based photography so bring your favourite lenses and tripods too.
  • Most days, we will put aside time for post-production sessions, to get the most from your images. This will be predominantly Lightroom based (and a small amount of Photoshop) so please bring your own laptop if you have one, with software already loaded and updated.
  • Due to the remote nature of the location, please ensure you bring spare batteries, chargers, memory cards and accessories as this equipment will not be available to purchase in town.

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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 

About our Tours

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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.