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Ocean Wildlife Expedition; Swim With Whales, Sharks, & Rays Half-Day Boat Tour provided by MOOREA MOANA TOURS

Ocean Wildlife Expedition; Swim With Whales, Sharks, & Rays Half-Day Boat Tour

Ocean Wildlife Expedition; Swim With Whales, Sharks, & Rays Half-Day Boat Tour
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Get closer to marine giants than you ever thought possible on a half-day boat tour that gives you the chance to snorkel alongside whales, stingrays, and sharks. You’ll receive personalized attention in a small group limited to eight people and enjoy the convenience of hotel pickup and drop-off. Plus, a naturalist guide offers the insight scoop on local marine life and increases your chance of spotting it.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, French
Highlights
  • Increase your chances of spotting marine life on a boat tour
  • An obvious choice for nature lovers
  • Choose between a morning or afternoon tour to suit your schedule
  • Receive personalized attention in a small group limited to eight people
What to expect
  • Your driver or skipper will pick you up at your hotel prior to your selected time and you'll head to the pier located at Artisan Perlier. After meeting your guide and boarding your boat, you'll sail out on the waters off Moorea on an underwater wildlife expedition to immerse you in the rich marine life of the Moorea reef and lagoon ecosystems. During your tour, you'll experience the crystalline waters of the sand bottom lagoon including observation of pink whipray stingrays and blacktip reef sharks. Drift through a channel towards the outer reef to observe leopard rays and grey sharks beneath you in the pass. Observe cetaceans including spinner dolphins, rough toothed dolphins, and humpback whales (if conditions permit). You'll be able to get into the water to swim or snorkel (snorkel gear included) with creatures of the underwater world to observe more closely. From mid-July to mid-November, humpback whales are present in our warm waters; they migrate from Antarctic waters to calve and reproduce. French Polynesia is one of the few places where it is possible to swim with them and observe them directly in their realm. The calves are particularly curious and are masters at eliciting memorable emotions from our guests. Primary focus of this wildlife expedition activity is to observe humpback whales. During the tour, the best spots for navigation and wildlife observation will be chosen by the biologist and captain, depending on weather. Most of the time the navigation will be on the north and the west coast of Moorea. During this excursion, you'll enjoy some fresh fruits, water and juice aboard the boat. Tour will end at the pier around 11:30am or 6pm, depending on the time you selected. After disembarking at the pier, you will be return to your hotel by boat or vehicle, depending on the location of your hotel.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English, French
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Increase your chances of spotting marine life on a boat tour
  • An obvious choice for nature lovers
  • Choose between a morning or afternoon tour to suit your schedule
  • Receive personalized attention in a small group limited to eight people
What to expect
  • Your driver or skipper will pick you up at your hotel prior to your selected time and you'll head to the pier located at Artisan Perlier. After meeting your guide and boarding your boat, you'll sail out on the waters off Moorea on an underwater wildlife expedition to immerse you in the rich marine life of the Moorea reef and lagoon ecosystems. During your tour, you'll experience the crystalline waters of the sand bottom lagoon including observation of pink whipray stingrays and blacktip reef sharks. Drift through a channel towards the outer reef to observe leopard rays and grey sharks beneath you in the pass. Observe cetaceans including spinner dolphins, rough toothed dolphins, and humpback whales (if conditions permit). You'll be able to get into the water to swim or snorkel (snorkel gear included) with creatures of the underwater world to observe more closely. From mid-July to mid-November, humpback whales are present in our warm waters; they migrate from Antarctic waters to calve and reproduce. French Polynesia is one of the few places where it is possible to swim with them and observe them directly in their realm. The calves are particularly curious and are masters at eliciting memorable emotions from our guests. Primary focus of this wildlife expedition activity is to observe humpback whales. During the tour, the best spots for navigation and wildlife observation will be chosen by the biologist and captain, depending on weather. Most of the time the navigation will be on the north and the west coast of Moorea. During this excursion, you'll enjoy some fresh fruits, water and juice aboard the boat. Tour will end at the pier around 11:30am or 6pm, depending on the time you selected. After disembarking at the pier, you will be return to your hotel by boat or vehicle, depending on the location of your hotel.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 51487P2
Call 0061 (87) 2285 255
Important information
Inclusions
  • Guide
  • Bottled water
  • Beverages
  • Fresh fruits
  • Live commentary on board
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • Snacks
  • Alcoholic Beverages
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Duration
4h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Moorea-Maiao, French Polynesia Tour departs from Tiahura public beach located next to Hibiscus Hotel. Hotel pickups will be either by boat or vehicle, depending on location.
  • Ports:
  • TIAHURA
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum recommended age is 4 years
  • Recommended items: Swimsuit, towel and sunscreen
  • Please note: In-water observation with humpback whales are not guaranteed. Local operator's priority lies both to guest safety and to respect of all wildlife encountered during tours. We will only enter the water with humpback whales after the biologist onboard has observed their surface activity and deemed it safe for both the guests and the whales. Allowing the whales to continue their natural behavior, mating rituals, and migrational movements is vital for a healthy marine environment. Government placed regulations are followed for all interactions.
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travellers
Inclusions
  • Guide
  • Bottled water
  • Beverages
  • Fresh fruits
  • Live commentary on board
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • Snacks
  • Alcoholic Beverages
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Moorea-Maiao, French Polynesia Tour departs from Tiahura public beach located next to Hibiscus Hotel. Hotel pickups will be either by boat or vehicle, depending on location.
  • Ports:
  • TIAHURA
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
4h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum recommended age is 4 years
  • Recommended items: Swimsuit, towel and sunscreen
  • Please note: In-water observation with humpback whales are not guaranteed. Local operator's priority lies both to guest safety and to respect of all wildlife encountered during tours. We will only enter the water with humpback whales after the biologist onboard has observed their surface activity and deemed it safe for both the guests and the whales. Allowing the whales to continue their natural behavior, mating rituals, and migrational movements is vital for a healthy marine environment. Government placed regulations are followed for all interactions.
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
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Gal Y
1 contribution
Best experience ever
Oct. 2021 • Couples
Just wow! Everything was just spot on. The guide the captain and the photographer were all professionals knowledgeable and very nice people. They respected the wild life, were patient and eventually got us an insanely close encounter with a mama and baby whale. Hard to describe the feeling of being so close to these magnificent creatures in the wild. Thank you so much!
Written 16 October 2021
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KAIKOA
Moorea, French Polynesia5 contributions
Best experience ever!!!
Oct. 2021 • Friends
Best experience ever!!! On board with our guide Mana, photographers Papaya and Spoon and Captain Iotua!!! Epic!!! Do not leave the island without coming out a few times with the Moana crew to have the most mind blowing and unforgettable experience with Moorea’s wild life! Mauruuru to the whole team!!
Written 15 October 2021
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pierricks937
Thank you so much for joining us many times, Cheers
Written 16 October 2021
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Lisy F
2 contributions
Incredible swim with dancing and breaching whales
Oct. 2021
From start to finish, our experience was excellent! First, we did not know any french and were concerned about the language barrier. That was quickly put to rest when we were communicated via email and in-person, as they spoke great English.
Secondly, they over-communicated via email to ensure that we did not misunderstand pick-up times and expectations. It was great. They came and picked us up at our door and dropped us off at our door. This helped greatly, as we are new to the Island. The drive was great.
Okay, for the good stuff...the experience itself was absolutely incredible. We had never had the experience of swimming with whales before and we were not sure what to expect. Our experience far exceeded our expectations. The team was so good. They knew how to find and track the whale. They were very respectful of these beautiful animals and asked that we show the same respect. They were very professional with our safety as well. In fact, as we searched for the whale they took the time to clean the ocean with any debris they found along the way. It was great.
Seriously we never imagined being within arm's length away from these amazing animals...all the while feeling very calm. It was like the whale were happy to see us. They danced and breached for us. It was magnificent. Clemont was a fantastic guide, as well as Josh as guide and Photographer. The images Josh captured were incredible and now we will have them forever. This experience was very impactful and surely a bucket list item. We are so thankful for the team's expertise in all areas.
Written 13 October 2021
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pierricks937
Hi guys Big thank you from the team for your message hope to see you again cheers
Written 14 October 2021
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Brandi
1 contribution
Best Thing I've Ever Done
Sep. 2021
Okay, I loved this SO much, I would have done it every day if I could have afforded it. I actually originally booked two separate whale tour companies and loved Moorea Moana so much after the first excursion that I canceled with the other company and just booked with Moorea Moana again. Why? Mana was such an incredible guide—you could tell that he had real respect for the whales. Where other companies would get too close, he made sure to respect how the whales approached us and how we approached the whales. And, Greg (trip 1) and Louise (trip 2) were both exceptional photographers—they captured images I'll treasure forever. On the first trip, we saw two singing humpback whales. On the second one, we saw a humpback mostly breaching the water (she swam away when we got in with her). But then, on the second sighting of the day, we saw a mom and a huge calf, who stayed around for a while. It was INCREDIBLE. Do not miss out on this experience. Some recommendations: Do yourself a favor and shell out the extra money for the photos. You won't regret it. I'd probably book the morning tours—seems a better time for whales. And, just be patient on the ride out, searching for them. It takes a good while to find the needle in the haystack, but when you do, it's worth every second of your patience.
Written 9 October 2021
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pierricks937
thank you so much for joining us ! Best regard Seybald Pierrick
Written 14 October 2021
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Robert V
1 contribution
Wonderful Experience
Oct. 2021 • Couples
My wife and I enjoyed the tour. The crew were very professional and very helpful. We were on the AM tour and the water condition was a bit choppy but the crew made it a pleasant ride. This was our first time in deep ocean water and our guides made sure we were safe the entire time. We will definitely be using this company on our next trip to Moorea.
Written 5 October 2021
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pierricks937
thank you guys for joining our journey cheers
Written 7 October 2021
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Nili
1 contribution
Incredible swim with two singing whales
Oct. 2021 • Couples
I had an incredible experience swimming with rays, sharks and whales off the coast of Moorea! Our tour guide Mana and his team were all so kind, informative and determined to help us search for the whales. Despite having an injured ankle and not being able to swim, Mana helped pull me (and other tourists) with a paddle board so that I could swim alongside everyone. Everyone was so accommodating and I felt confident and safe the entire trip! We got to swim with 2 different singing whales on our excursion and it was truly breathtaking! This was the highlight of my entire trip! :) 10/10
Written 4 October 2021
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pierricks937
We are so happy you enjoyed your time with us! Thank you for the review and for trusting us with your adventure. We hope to have you again in the future should you return to French Polynesia!
Written 5 October 2021
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mimip249
2 contributions
Underwater Wonder in Paradise🌴
Sep. 2021 • Family
Mana and his expert guides, boat captain( awesome wave catcher!) photographers were “top notch”! Incredibly respectful and knowledgeable... their guidance regarding swimming with these majestic giants gave us much hope for continuing these magical and astounding encounters! We remain in awe of our experience, and for the amazing people who are some of the luckiest on this planet! Continue your wonderful journeys... we WILL return!

Maruru, Mimi&Dana
Written 29 September 2021
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pierricks937
Happy you get a great time with us Thank you for joining Cheers🤙🏻
Written 1 October 2021
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Barbra B
Tiputa, French Polynesia5 contributions
More to do in Moorea with the Whales
Sep. 2021
Another year of whale swims! Despite the whales wanting to put on a show above water only, our captain, 'Chewy', was able to position us perfectly so we could at least have a mom & calf swim by us. (known as a drop and believe me, not the easiest thing in the world to time!) Josh, one of their professional underwater photographers, captured so many memories (again) for me. Worth every extra penny to have the lasting memories. And of course our guide, Clemons (sp?), managed our encounters safely and provided much insight to these incredible cetaceans. Even if you are a group, a couple or a solo traveler, do take a moment to take this tour.
Written 27 September 2021
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pierricks937
Thank you guys for joining us that day !
Written 28 September 2021
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Victor
21 contributions
Whales, Sharks and Rays
Sep. 2021 • Couples
Seeing the whales was the most amazing thing I've ever seen! And the sharks were all but scary. Great tour! Great vibes! Would definitely recommend.
Written 24 September 2021
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pierricks937
Thank you so much guys 🙏
Written 25 September 2021
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Philip_and_Anne
4 contributions
Phil and Anne's whale encounter
Sep. 2021
We arrived in Moorea the day after the 4 week Covid lockdown was lifted, so it was hard to find a whale watching tour that was ready to book passengers. Our hotel recommended Moorea Moana Tours, and we were able to book a last minute trip. We were picked up at the beach behind our hotel, and were shortly swimming with stingrays and black tip reef sharks. After that, we set out for whales, but had to go all the way to the southern tip of the island to find them. They appeared suddenly, so we had to enter the water quickly, but they swam away. On our third attempt, we were able to catch up with the whales after a strenuous swim of a few hundred meters. Our guide was fantastic at pointing out the whales sleeping in the water below us, and we were able to see them even better when they surfaced to breathe. It was definitely a worthwhile experience but best for strong swimmers. The best part of the tour were the guides, who were valuable in making this an unforgettable experience.
Written 22 September 2021
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pierricks937
Thank you so much for your feedback guys Cheers
Written 24 September 2021
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One of the best bucket list items ever!
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THE BEST
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