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Tahiti Humpback Tours 2022

“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 Swim with Humpback Whales in beautiful Moorea, Tahiti!

We offer personally escorted, small whale swimming group tours in Moorea, as this island is known as the ‘humpback whale nursery’ and has the most humpback whales in the area throughout the season in French Polynesia (early August – early November). Humpbacks are seen around other islands, but they are only passing through.

Our all inclusive packages have NO hidden costs, include beach-side & garden Tahitian-style thatched-bungalow accommodation, fresh French-Tahitian and international cuisine prepared by our private chef, swim with whales (and other amazing marine-life), some leisure time & airport transfers.
After 22 years operating our Tonga whale swim tours in Vava’u – we began new tours to swimming with humpbacks in Tahiti in 2016 and our guests are coming back there again, as they love it so much!
Our dedicated & passionate team Sabri, Maire (the whale-whisperer!), Teri’i, Emma and Rae, take care of every detail to deliver the best humpback whale experience in Tahiti! (See info about our team, further down the page. 

Q: How long has Tahiti been offering whale swim experiences?
A: 22 years now!

Q: Why haven’t I heard about it?
A: Unlike Tonga, whale swimming 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!!!! 

 

If you would like to join us with the Humpbacks in Tahiti in 2022 or 2023 please email me at: rae@whaleswim.com

 

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Our 2022 Tours in Tahiti are now FULLY BOOKED 

 

Our 2022 Tours:  7 nights/6 days

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

Spaces Available:
#FP722D      19 -26 Sept  2022          Spaces available:  FULLY BOOKED 

#FP722E      8 – 15 October  2022          Spaces available: FULLY BOOKED 

2022 Prices: per person

Solo Traveller to share: 
Executive 2 bedroom Garden Suite: AUD$6,156   

Solo Traveller:            Garden Suite:  AUD$6,560

 (Click on blue hi-lighted link below this price list for info on each accommodation & bed configuration)

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Inclusions:

  • 7 nights at the lovely Moorea Sunset Beach – each bungalow or suite have comfortable beds and 100% cotton bedding and towels and an ensuite bathroom, right on the edge of a beautiful turquoise lagoon.
  • 7 continental breakfast buffets
  • 2 lunches at the 2 best cafes on Moorea
  • 4 evening meals prepared by our personal chef
  • 6  x 4 – 4.5 hour trips on the water with the whales guided by certified/experienced/passionate Guides
  • Transfers on Moorea from/to Ferry/Airport Moorea Sunset Beach
  • 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 in Papeete on main island of Tahiti
    • alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
    • travel insurance

Itinerary:

Arrival Day: (the date your tour begins) We meet you at Moorea airport or Ferry Terminal | transfer to the Moorea Sunset Beach (check-in is after 2.00pm)
Your Tour Briefing is at 6.30pm, followed by the Welcome dinner at 7.00pm 
Day 1: Breakfast | Board our whaleswim boat | 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 Moorea Sunset | free evening.
Day’s 2 – 6: Breakfast | pickup by whaleswim boat| out with the whales (4 – 4.5 hours) | lots of fun | return to Moorea Sunset 
Day 6: Farewell dinner 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 otheractivies 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 Sabri to register your interest click here

We recommend that you bring an underwater camera (GoPro is perfect with the short-pole (no long poles permitted) and swap your best photos with the other guests in your group.

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9 nights/8 days

#FP922B    27 Sept – 6 October    Spaces available: FULLY BOOKED

Double/Twin:       
Executive 2 bedroom Garden Suite: AUD$6,780 
per person  
Garden Suite 1 bedroom: AUD$6,065 per person

(Click on blue hi-lighted link below this price list for info on each accommodation & bed configuration)

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Tour Inclusions:

  • 9 nights at the lovely Moorea Sunset Beach  (scroll down to the foot of the page for more photos) with ensuite bathrooms, right on the edge of a beautiful turquoise lagoon
  • A continental breakfast buffet daily
  • 2 lunches at the 2 best cafes on Moorea
  • 5 evening meals prepared by our personal chef.
  • 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 in Papeete on main island of Tahiti
  • snorkelling gear
  • alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • mandatory travel insurance

Itinerary:
Arrival Day: (the date your tour begins) We meet you at Moorea airport or Ferry Terminal | transfer to the Moorea Sunset Beach (check-in after 2.00pm)
Your Tour Briefing is at 6.30pm, followed by the Welcome dinner at 7.00pm
Day 1: Breakfast | Board our whaleswim boat | 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 Moorea Sunset
Day 2 – 8: Breakfast | Board the whaleswim boat | out with the whales (4 – 4.5 hours) |lots of fun | return to Moorea Sunset
Day 8: Farewell dinner on last night. (5 evening meals are included in the tour package)
Day 9: Breakfast | End of tour | transfer to the airport or ferry terminal.

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Our Incredible Team

Sabri Ben Hassine

Sabri lives in Paris, France with his lovely partner, Emma and their gorgeous daughter Pacifique, 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 from 2016 – 2018 and joined us as Tour Leader for the 2019 humpback whale season along with his partner, Emma and their cute baby daughter, Pacifique, who will be 18 months old during the 2020 season in Moorea.

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

Emma Hattais

Emma is our amazing cook! She attended a hotel school called Médéric in Paris when she was 15 years old but then at 17 she took an opportunity to start working as a model around the world and did so until she went back to school at La Sorbonne at 22. That’s also when she began working in restaurants part-time and very soon she was lucky enough to be working full time in the kitchen with great differents Peruviens chefs who gave her the taste and passion for ceviches and Japanese nikkeï food and taught her many of their traditional recipes.  She also loves cooking flavourful french, italian, greek and Vietnamese cuisine that she knows you will enjoy.  

Emma had her own small and successful restaurant called ‘La Vague’ (the wave) in Paris (http://lavague.restaurant.zenchef.com/en/) for 3 years before she met Sabri. When she became pregnant with Pacifique she decided to sell the restaurant and become a full-time Mum and this year, join the amazing WhaleSwim team as a chef for the season in Moorea.
She has always been an animal lover and 3 years ago, fell in love with the humpback whales when she came to Moorea with Sabri. She  can’t get enough of them whenever she get this incredible chance.  Emma will be preparing delicious cuisine for our groups during the 2021 season.
 

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.

 

 

Our ‘Whale-whispering’ Boat & Crew
– Maire and Teri’i Te’amuu

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 9 guests 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 ‘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 Teri’i, is his crew and skippers the boat while Maire is guiding us around the whales.                Photo right – Happy boat Crew: Teri’i (skipper), Maire (skipper & whale-whisperer-guide) and Sabri (Tour Leader)

 

Our Amazing Tours . . . . . 

(Click the link with BLUE background below and the info will drop down!)

Why we do NOT operate day-tours on random dates

Arriving & Getting to Moorea, French Polynesia (Tahiti)

What you will need to bring:

The Best Snorkeling Gear to swim with whales

Accommodation by Faa'a airport & downtown Papeete - for extra nights

Transfers - airport & Ferry in Papeete & Moorea

How many people in the group?

Why you will have longer time in the water

Your days on the water in Moorea

Terms & Conditions of Booking a WhaleSwim Adventures Ltd Tour

Your Accommodation

Moorea Sunset Beach

A little corner of paradise along a white sandy beach facing the turquoise lagoon surrounded by a tropical garden, the Moorea Sunset Beach is located on the North-West side of Moorea Island. The peacefulness and the white sandy beach and turquoise lagoon will be appreciated by all.
All the accommodation (2 Beach Bungalows, 2 Lagoon-view bungalows,  2 x 2-bedrooms/2-bathrooms Suites, 7 x 1-bedroom suites, 16 x Garden Bungalows with 1 bedroom & a mezzanine with a double bed & fan, all have air conditioning in the bedrooms, a Queen size bed, a sofa bed that converts to a double bed, they are all equipped with a kitchen, a bathroom and separate WC, a laundry room with a washing machine and a dryer, a living room with TV, and a furnished terrace with a view of a lagoon or tropical garden. 

Ocean side, exploration of the lagoon can be done under water and above, or in the deep blue with local dive centre.  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 10 – 15min walk from the Sunset. Most restaurants on Moorea provide a free pick/drop-off service every evening.