2019 Photography with Michael Smith APP M.Photog.

Swim with Humpback Whales in the pristine waters of Moorea, Tahiti and receive expert guidance to create your own incredible images.


Michael runs Into The Wild Photography in Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia. A multi-award winning nature photographer and AIPP Master of Photography, he has a passion for sharing experiences with other photographers.

Michael will guide you in all aspects of photographing the whales: preparation and planning, camera settings, image concepts and post-production techniques to make the most of your photographs.
He will also guide you on landscape photography sessions to round off the photographic experience available on Moorea!

Tour# FPP819A       22 – 30  September 2019        Spaces Available: 4
Tour# FPP819B       1 – 9  October 2019                 Spaces Available: 5 

Two people share bungalow:   Beach: AUD$6,500  Garden: AUD$6,230
Single Occupancy Bungalow:   Beach: AUD$7,800  Garden: AUD$7,600
Triple Occupancy: (1 x Queen & 1 x King Single bed) Beach: AUD$6,050 Garden: AUD$6,000

Moorea, Tahiti – Tour Inclusions:

  • 8 nights Tahitian-style bungalow accommodation with ensuite bathrooms, right on the beautiful turquoise lagoon and exquisite setting sun.
  • A full breakfast daily | 2 lunches at the 2 best cafes on Moorea | 4 evening meals at your accommodation.
  • 7  x 4 hour boat trips with Michael and guided by experienced/passionate ‘whale-whispering’ guides.
  • Opportunities to snorkel with and photograph other marine-life with Michael Smith.
  • Post-production and editing sessions with Michael.
  • Lots of fun!

Moorea, Tahiti – Itinerary:

Arrival Day: We meet you at Moorea airport or Ferry Terminal  | transfer to Lodge | Welcome dinner with Michael
Day 1: Breakfast | pickup by whaleswim boat from the beach | boat briefing near the Lodge | how to swim with whales (so they don’t swim off) | out with the whales | lots of fun | return to beach | dinner.
Day 2 – 6: Breakfast | pickup by whaleswim boat from the beach | out with the whales | lots of fun | return to beach | editing sessions with Michael | Farewell dinner on last night.
Day 7: Breakfast | End of tour | transfer to the airport or ferry terminal.

Information for Photography Tour

  • Some days we will be on the water with the whales during the morning from 7.30am other days it will be afternoons from 1.00 pm leaving time for editing sessions, landscape photography or some free time to experience other activities or just relax.
  • You will be sent an itinerary with scheduled times to the 7 days, at the Welcome dinner prior to your arrival day.
  • You have 4 free evenings to arrange your dinner at restaurants of your choice.
  • This tour is suitable to all levels of photographers. A reasonable level of competence with your camera equipment is recommended.
  • You will need to bring your own underwater camera/housing and we highly recommend a camera that can produce RAW files.
  • Please bring your own weight belts and weights if required.
  • Please note, we will not be using strobes/or flash when photographing the whales.
    There will also be ample opportunities for land based photography so bring your favourite lenses and tripods too.
  • Some days, we will put aside time for editing sessions. This will be predominantly Lightroom based (and a small amount of Photoshop) so please bring your own laptop if you have one, with software already loaded and updated.
  • Due to the remote nature of the location, please ensure you bring spare batteries, chargers, memory cards and accessories as this equipment will not be available to purchase in town.


If you have any questions regarding equipment, you are welcome to contact Michael directly via email: