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Tahiti Humpback Tours 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, as this island is known as the ‘humpback whale nursery’ and has the most humpback whales in the area during the season in French Polynesia. 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, snorkeling with humpback whales (and other amazing marine-life), some leisure time & airport transfers.
After 20 years operating our swim-with-whales tours in Tonga – we began new tours to snorkel with humpbacks in Moorea, Tahiti in 2016.
Our dedicated & passionate team Sabri, Maire (the whale-whisperer!), Teri’i, Barbara, Hans, 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 swim-with-humpback whales experience?
A: 21 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

 

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: 4     (Garden only)
#FP920B     27 August – 5 Sept 2020     THIS TOUR IS FULLY BOOKED!

2020 Prices: per person

Two people share bungalow:
Honeymoon: AUD$6,320 per person (photo top right)   Beach: AUD$6,220    Garden: AUD$6,120
Single Bungalow:  Beach: AUD$7,610    Garden: AUD$7,430
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$7,600 per person    3 people: AUD$6,555   4 people: AUD$6,125

Tour Inclusions:

  • 9 nights Tahitian-style bungalow at the elegant Moorea Beach Lodge (scroll down to the 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, free laundry service at the Moorea Beach 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
  • 2 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 experience 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 Sabri to register your interest click here
4.  We recommend that you bring an underwater camera (GoPro is perfect with the short-pole or an underwater camera) and swap your best photos with the other guests in your group.

Click to BOOK this tour

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

#FP720A      6 – 13 September 2020           Spaces available: 3   (1 Beach & 2 Garden bungalows only)  
#FP720B     15 -22 September 2020            Spaces available: 3   (2 x Garden bungalow only)
#FP720C     24 Sept – 1 October 2020         Spaces available: 3   (2 Beach & 1 Garden only
#FP720D    3 – 10 October 2020                   Spaces available:  7  (Honeymoon/Beach/Garden available)
#FP720E     12 – 19 October 2020                 Spaces available: 3   (1 Beach & 2 Garden bungalows)
#FP720F   21 – 28 October 2020                 Spaces available: 7   (Honeymoon/Beach/Garden available)

2020 Prices: per person

Two people share bungalow: Honeymoon: AUD$5,560   Beach: AUD$5,480    Garden: AUD$5,395
Single Occupancy Bungalow:   Beach: AUD$6,575.00    Garden: AUD$6,410
Triple – three people share Bungalow: (1 Queen + 1 x King Single) Beach: AUD$5,015  Garden: AUD$5,050
NEW! Two-bedroom Garden Bungalow (2 x Queen beds and living area/kitchen):
2 people: AUD$6,470 per person    3 people: AUD$5,740   4 people: AUD$5,400

Tour Inclusions:

  • 7 nights in a Tahitian-style bungalow at the elegant Moorea Beach Lodge – each bungalow comfortable beds and 100% cotton bedding and towels and an ensuite bathroom, 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 the beautiful & elegant, Moorea Beach Lodge prepared by our personal chef.
  • 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 Sabri to register your interest click here
4.  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.

Click to BOOK this tour

Keep scrolling for more information about ‘Our Amazing Tours’ . . . and ‘Our Incredible Team’

 

 

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 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 our 2020 season and will capture your unforgettable moments for the season and take great care of you as Team Leader in 2020.

Emma is an amazing cook! She part-owned and operated a very successful ‘cevichè’ restaurant in Paris for several years and sold it when she was pregnant with Pacifique. Emma will be preparing delicious cuisine for some of our groups during the 2020 season.

Emma Hattais

 

  

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Barbara Van Stek & Hans Van Braak

Barbara and her partner, Hans Van Braak are our fabulous gourmet food team! They hail from the ancient village of Zutphen in The Netherlands where they now live after a few years in France, renovating the boutique hotel and running the successful restaurant ‘La Rosalie’ and then returned to Holland to lovingly renovate and a set-up a fabulous bed & breakfast & cafe in Laren.
Barbara created a huge variety of fresh, flavourful, delicious French, Italian, Thai, Indian, Mexican and Mediterranean cuisine with amazing desserts for our all guests for the 2019 season  at the gracious Moorea Beach Lodge on beautiful Moorea.  Hans is the support team in the kitchen and helps serve food and is the chief dishwasher! They love spending the whale season with us in paradise and we love sharing it all with them too!

 

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:

Transfers and extra accommodation 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 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 Beach Lodge – Honeymoon Bungalow