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Tahiti Balleine 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

Rejoignez-nous pour nager avec les baleines à bosse à Tahiti! Nous proposons des excursions de groupe de baignade de petites baleines sous escorte personnelle à Moorea, car cette île est connue comme la «nurserie des baleines à bosse» et compte le plus grand nombre de baleines à bosse de la région pendant la saison en Polynésie française. Des rorquals à bosse sont vus autour d’autres îles, mais ils ne font que passer.

Nos forfaits tout compris n’ont AUCUN frais caché, incluent un hébergement en bungalow au toit de chaume de style tahitien sur la plage et le jardin, une cuisine française-tahitienne et internationale fraîche préparée par notre chef privé, nager avec des baleines (et d’autres incroyables vie marine), des loisirs transferts horaires et aéroport. Après 21 ans de fonctionnement de nos excursions de natation des baleines des Tonga à Vava’u – nous avons commencé de nouvelles excursions pour nager avec des baleines à bosse à Tahiti en 2016 et nos invités y reviennent, car ils aiment tellement!

Notre équipe dévouée et passionnée Sabri, Maire (la chuchoteuse!), Teri’i, Barbara, Hans, Emma et Rae, prennent soin de chaque détail pour offrir la meilleure expérience de baleine à bosse à Tahiti! (Voir les informations sur notre équipe, plus bas sur la page)

Q: Depuis combien de temps Tahiti offre-t-elle des expériences de natation aux baleines?
A: 22 ans maintenant!
Q: Pourquoi n’en ai-je pas entendu parler?
R: Contrairement aux Tonga, la natation des baleines n’est pas la principale attraction touristique de Tahiti, il y a beaucoup d’activités différentes à faire là-bas, la natation des baleines n’en est qu’une!

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

Our Tour Schedules – to download – Click  2020               – Click here for the 2021 Tahiti tours

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

#FP920A      17 – 26 August 2020           Spaces available: 4     (Beach & Garden only)
#FP920B     27 August – 5 Sept 2020     THIS TOUR DATE 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$7,125 per person    3 people: AUD$6,485   4 people: AUD$6,167

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: 2   (1 x Garden bungalow only)  
#FP720B     15 -22 September 2020            Spaces available: 1    (Garden bungalow only)
#FP720C     24 Sept – 1 October 2020         Spaces available: 1     (Garden bungalow only)
#FP720D    3 – 10 October 2020                   Spaces available:  6  (Honeymoon, Beach & Garden bungalows available)
#FP720E     12 – 19 October 2020                 Spaces available: 3   (1 Beach & 2 Garden bungalows available)
#FP720F   21 – 28 October 2020                 Spaces available: 5     (Full tour booking pending!)

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$5,050NEW! Two-bedroom Garden Bungalow (2 x Queen beds and living area/kitchen):
2 people: AUD$6,200 per person    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

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