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Tahiti Humpback Tours 2021

 


“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 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 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, swim with whales (and other amazing marine-life), some leisure time & airport transfers.
After 21 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, 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 whale swim experiences?
A: 22 years now!

Q: Why haven’t I heard about it?
A: Unlike Tonga, whale swiming 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  2021

 

Our 2021 Tours:

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

#FP921A      1 – 10 September 2021        Spaces available: 5   ( 2 Beach & 1 x Garden bungalow are available)
#FP921B     28 Sept – 7 October 2021   Spaces available: 3  (1  Garden and 1 x Beach bungalow is available)

2021 Prices: per person

Two people share bungalow:
Honeymoon: AUD$6,385 per person (photo top right)   Beach: AUD$6,285   Garden: AUD$6,180
Single Bungalow:  Beach: AUD$7,695    Garden: AUD$7,485
Triple – three people share Bungalow: (1 Queen + 1 x King Single)  Beach: AUD$6,150   Garden: AUD$5,880
NEW!
 Two-bedroom Garden Villa (photo on right) (2 x Queen beds and living area/kitchen): if available at time of inquiry
1 person: Solo-traveller to share AUD$7,200  2 people: AUD$7,200    3 people: AUD$6,550   4 people: AUD$6,230

 

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.

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2021: ‘Magical Humpbacks in Tahiti | 7-nights & 6 x 4. 5 hour trips on the water with the whales

#FP721A    16 – 23 August 2021           Spaces available: 8  (2 bedroom Villa is available)
#FP721B    24 – 31 August 2021           Spaces available: 8  (2 bedroom Villa is available)
#FP721C    11 – 18 September 2021      Spaces available: 7 (Honeymoon Bungalow is booked)
#FP721D    20 – 27 September 2021    Spaces available:  1  (1 x Garden bungalow only)
#FP721E    9 – 16 October 2021             Spaces available: 3 (Honeymoon, Beach & Garden bungalows available)
#FP721F   16 – 23 October 2021           Spaces available: 9
#FP721G   24 – 31 October 2021           Spaces available: 9

2021 Prices: per person

Two people share bungalow: Honeymoon: AUD$5,580   Beach: AUD$5,495    Garden: AUD$5,410
Single Occupancy Bungalow:   Honeymoon: AUD$6,760 Beach: AUD$6,590.00    Garden: AUD$6,430
Triple – three people share Bungalow: (1 Queen + 1 x King Single) Beach: AUD$5,340 Garden: AUD$5,080
NEW! Two-bedroom Villa
(2 x Queen beds and living area/kitchen): 
1 person: Solo-traveller to share AUD$6,200  2 people: AUD$6,200    3 people: AUD$5,720   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 our Tour Leader for the 2019 humpback whale season along with Emma and their cute baby daughter, Pacifique, who will be 1.5 years old during the 2021 season in Moorea.

This larger-than-life, former rugby player (with excellent camera-skills) will be your video-grapher for our 2021 season and will capture your unforgettable moments for the season and take great care of you as Team Leader in 2021.

Emma Hattais

Emma resides in Paris, with Sabri and their daughter Pacifique outside of the humpback season in Moorea.
 
She attended the 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 when she started working in restaurants part-time and very soon she was lucky 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 where she learned their traditionals recipes.  

She’ s also cooking french, italian, greek and Vietnamese cuisine that we know you will enjoy.  

She had her own small restaurant called La Vague (‘the wave’) http://lavague.restaurant.zenchef.com/en/menus/ inParis for 3 years where she met Sabri. When she became pregnant with Pacifique, she decided to be at home to take care of her and then joined the amazing WhaleSwim team as a chef.

 She has always been an animal lover and on her first rip to Moorea, 3 years ago, fell in love with the Moorea and the amazing humpback whales and now, can’t get enough of them whenever she gets the chance. Emma will be preparing delicious cuisine for some of 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)

The WhaleSwim Team 2020!

Back row: Boat crew – Teri’i and Maire  Front row: Deborah (food preparation), Emma (chef ) and Pacifique, Sabri (Tour Leader), Alex (child-carer!)

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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)

Our Terms & Conditions:

What you will need to bring:

Snorkelling Experience Required

The Best Snorkeling Gear to swim with whales

Accommodation by the airport & for extra nights

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