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(dup) Tahiti Humpback Tours 2019 & 2020

 

“This was our second trip with WhaleSwim after Tonga in 2015 and it didn’t disappoint. Tahiti Moorea island is just a stunningly beautiful island thats stolen our hearts. The encounters we had with the whales will stay with us forever. The whales were so relaxed in our presence. We encountered many mothers and calfs and were lucky to swim with pilot whales, rays and reef sharks. Will definitely be returning soon.”

Jenni and Dean – London, UK

Join us to snorkel with Humpback Whales in Tahiti!

We offer personally escorted, small group tours in Moorea, with more time in the water.
Our all inclusive packages have NO hidden costs, include beach-side & garden Tahitian-style thatched-bungalow accommodation, fresh French-Tahitian food, snorkeling with humpback whales (and other amazing marine-life), some leisure time & airport transfers.
After 19 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: 20 years now!

Q: Why haven’t I heard about it?
A: Unlike Tonga, swimming with humpback whales is not Tahiti’s main tourist attraction, there are many different activities to do there, whale-swimming is just one of them!

PLEASE NOTE: We do not operate day-trips with the whales

 

Our Tour Schedule – to download – Click  2020

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2020: ‘Magical Humpbacks in Tahiti | 9-nights & 8 x 4. 5 hour trips on the water with the whales.

#FP920A      17 – 26 August 2020           Spaces available: 1   (Garden only)
#FP920B     27 August – 5 Sept 2020     Spaces available:  1   (Garden only)
#FP920C     2 – 11 October 2020             Spaces available:  7

2020 Prices: per person

Two people share bungalow:
Honeymoon: AUD$6,230 per person (photo top right)   Beach: AUD$6,095    Garden: AUD$6,000
Single Bungalow: Honeymoon: AUD$7,850 per person   Beach: AUD$7,610    Garden: AUD$7,380
Triple – three people share Bungalow: (1 Queen + 1 x King Single)  Beach: AUD$5,700   Garden: AUD$5,650
NEW! Two-bedroom Garden Bungalow (2 x Queen beds and living area/kitchen): if available at time of inquiry
2 people: AUD$7,395 per person    3 people: AUD$6,450   4 people: AUD$5,980

Tour Inclusions:

  • 9 nights Tahitian-style bungalow at the elegant Moorea Beach Lodge (scroll down tothe foot of the page) 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 your accommodation, the Lodge
  • 8  x 4 – 4.5 hour trips on the water with the whales guided by certified/experienced/passionate Guides
  • Opportunities to snorkel with other marine-life
  • Transfers from airport & ferry terminal in Moorea
  • Lots of fun!

Not Included:

  • All international/local flights & ferry crossings to/from Moorea
  • 4 evening meals
  • 6 lunches
  • accommodation and airport transfers on main island of Tahiti
  • snorkelling gear
  • alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • travel insurance

Itinerary:

Arrival Day: We meet you at Moorea airport or Ferry Terminal | transfer to the Lodge (check-in after 1.00pm)
Your Tour Briefing is at 6.30pm, followed by the Welcome dinner on the verandah at Moorea Beach Lodge at 7.00pm
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 (4 – 4.5 hours) | lots of fun | return to the lodge | free evening.
Day 2 – 8: Breakfast | pickup by whaleswim boat from the beach | out with the whales (4 – 4.5 hours) |lots of fun | return to beach | Farewell dinner at Moorea Beach Lodge on last night. (4 evening meals at the Lodge are included in the tour package)
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 7.15am other days it will be afternoons from 1.15 – 1.30 pm leaving you free time to expereince other activies or just relax. We will give you your detailed itinerary with scheduled times, just prior your arrival day.
2. You have 3 free evenings to arrange your dinner at restaurants of your choice.
3. Your Tour Leader Sabri, is an experienced photographer/videographer and will be be taking bookings for a 15 min video clip of your experience during the tour with the whales underwater. This is an extra cost. Please email Rae to register your interest.
4.  We recommend that you bring an underwater camera (GoPro is perfect with the short-pole) and swap your best photos with the other guests in your group.

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2020: ‘Magical Humpbacks in Tahiti | 7-nights & 6 x 4. 5 hour trips on the water with the whales

 #FP720B      6 – 13 September 2020           Spaces available: 4  (at Moorea Beach Lodge)
#FP720C     14 -21 September 2020            Spaces available: 7  (at Moorea Island Beach Hotel – Beach & Garden only)
#FP720D     24 Sept – 1 October 2020         Spaces available: 3 (at Moorea Island Beach Hotel – Beach & Garden only
#FP720E     12 – 19 October 2020                 Spaces available: 6 (at Moorea Beach Lodge) Beach & Garden only)
#FP720F     19 – 26 October 2020                 Spaces available: 8 (at Moorea Beach Lodge)

Please note: Moorea Beach Lodge and the Moorea Island Beach Hotel are owned and operated by the same owners/management and are 50m from each other on the lagoon in Hauru, Moorea. The Hotel has just been newly renovated and matches the very high standard of the Lodge. 

2020 Prices: per person

Two people share bungalow: Honeymoon: AUD$5,480   Beach: AUD$5,370    Garden: AUD$5,280
Single Bungalow: Honeymoon: AUD$6,750  Beach: AUD$6,550.00    Garden: AUD$6,370
Triple – three people share Bungalow: (1 Queen + 1 x King Single)
 Beach: AUD$4,995  Garden: AUD$4,950
NEW! Two-bedroom Garden Bungalow (2 x Queen beds and living area/kitchen):
2 people: AUD$6,470 per person    3 people: AUD$5,645   4 people: AUD$5,280

Tour Inclusions:

  • 7 nights in a Tahitian-style bungalow at the elegant Moorea Beach Lodge (Tours FP720B, E & F only) and Moorea Island Beach Hotel (Tours FP720C & D only) – scroll down to the foot of the page for photos and info) both accommodation have 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 your accommodations, the beautiful & elegant, Moorea Beach Lodge and Moorea Island Beach Hotel
  • 6  x 4 – 4.5 hour trips on the water with the whales guided by certified/experienced/passionate Guides
  • Opportunities to snorkel with other marine-life
  • Transfers from airport & ferry terminal in Moorea
  • Lots of fun!

Not Included:

  • All international/local flights & ferry crossings to/from Moorea
  • 3 evening meals
  • 4 lunches
  • accommodation and airport transfers on main island of Tahiti
  • snorkelling gear
  • alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • travel insurance

Itinerary:

Arrival Day: We meet you at Moorea airport or Ferry Terminal | transfer to the Lodge (check-in after 1.00pm)
Your Tour Briefing is at 6.30pm, followed by the Welcome dinner on the verandah at your accommodation at 7.00pm
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 (4 – 4.5 hours) | lots of fun | return to the lodge | free evening.
Day 2 – 6: Breakfast | pickup by whaleswim boat from the beach | out with the whales (4 – 4.5 hours) |lots of fun | return to beach | Farewell dinner at your accommodation on last night. (4 evening meals at the Lodge are included in the tour package)
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 7.15am other days it will be afternoons from 1.15 – 1.30 pm leaving you free time to expereince other activies or just relax. We will give you your detailed itinerary with scheduled times, just prior your arrival day.
2.You have 3 free evenings to arrange your dinner at restaurants of your choice.
3. Your Tour Leader Sabri, is an experienced photographer/videographer and will be be taking bookings for a 15 min video clip of your experience during the tour with the whales underwater. This is an extra cost. Please email Rae to register your interest.
4.  We recommend that you bring an underwater camera (GoPro is perfect with the short-pole) and swap your best photos with the other guests in your group.

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Scroll down the page for ‘About Our Tours’ and information and photos of our accommodation at the Moorea Beach Lodge & Moorea Island Beach Hotel.

Our Team

Sabri Ben Hassine

Sabri lives in Paris, France with his lovely partner, Emma, when he is not somewhere else in the world with his work as an Assistant Director for television productions in France and internationally.

In 2011 his work took him to Moorea, French Polynesia where he experienced his first in-the-water encounter with humpback whales and fell hopelessly in love. Every year since then, he became a whale-guide on Cata Manu, with our Tahitian skipper/captain Marie Te’amuu, for his vacation during whale season.
Sabri has guided several of our tour groups in the ocean for the past 3 whale seasons!

This larger-than-life, former rugby player (with excellent camera-skills) will be your video-grapher for our 2019 season and will capture your unforgettable moments for the season and take great care of you as Team Leader in 2019.

Rae Gill

Rae is the passionate owner of WhaleSwim Adventures. Rae has been swimming with humpback whales since 1998 and her connection and love for these majestic creatures, all marine life, the preservation of our oceans and the environment is always present. Being in the ocean with humpback whales is her ‘happy place’!

As a naturalist, she has extensive knowledge of humpback whales that has been gathered over the past 21 years, along with many stories to tell.

 

About our Tours    (Just click the subject and the info will drop down!)

Why we do NOT operate day-tours on random dates

Our Terms & Conditions

Arriving & Getting to Moorea, French Polynesia (Tahiti)

Gear you will need to bring

Accommodation by the airport & for extra nights

Extra accommodation on Moorea and transfers

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 some day! 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 ‘whale-whisperer’, skipper and our guide, Maire 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.

Moorea Beach Lodge

A little corner of paradise along a white sandy beach facing the turquoise lagoon surrounded by a tropical garden, the Moorea Beach Lodge is located on the West side of Moorea Island. The peacefullness of the Lodge and it’s beauty will be appreciated by all.
All the Bungalows (4 Beach Bungalows & 6 Garden Bungalows (photo right) have air conditioning, a Queen size bed, a sofa witch converts into 2 single beds (except for the Honeymoon Bungalow- if available on request), a ceiling fan, a small refrigerator with tea and coffee facilities, a wardrobe, a personal safe, a bathroom with shower and a private deck. Every bungalow comes with a private bathroom with free toiletries.

Moorea Beach Lodge also includes a sun terrace. Guests can enjoy a drink at the on-site bar. The property has a private beach area and free use of bicycles is available.

Ocean side, exploration of the lagoon can be done under water and above, or in the deep blue with Moorea Fun Dive diving center, directly accessible from the beach.  Mountain side , stroll along on a bicycle or by foot, explore the numerous mountain tracks, and at the end of the day, enjoy the sunset.  Half a dozen restaurants and snacks are only a few minutes walk from the Lodge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moorea Island Beach Hotel

 

 

Moorea Beach Lodge – Honeymoon Bungalow