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SWIM WITH HUMPBACK WHALES

Mo'orea, French Polynesia

Trip Details

When:

Trip 1: Aug 18- Aug 24, 2024: 8 spots (7 spots available)

Trip 2: Sept 1- Sept 7, 2024: SOLD OUT

Trip 3: Sept 8- Sept 14, 2024: SOLD OUT
Trip 4: Sept 22- Sept 28, 2024: 8 spots (3 spots available)

Trip 5: Sept 29- Oct 5, 2024: 8 spots (7 spots available)

Where

Mo'orea, French Polynesia

Price

$4550
Length

7 Days, 6 Nights & 5 days on the water

Group Size

6-8 people + 1 trip leader

Experience

Confident/Strong Swimmer

*No Scuba Diving experience is necessary for wildlife interaction 

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Mo'orea is a South Pacific island, part of French Polynesia's Society Islands archipelago. Mo'orea meaning yellow lizard, lizard (Mo'o), and yellow (rea), is just a 30-minute ferry ride from Tahiti, it is known for its jagged volcanic mountains and crystal clear lagoon.

From August to October humpback whales migrate from Antarctica to French Polynesia to breed and give birth. French Polynesia is one of the few places in the world where you can swim with humpback whales. In order to respect the whales, we observe them from the boat and determine the whales’ activity phases (such as socializing, resting, or moving), before entering the water. Whale watching is still a regulated activity as these islands are classified as wildlife sanctuaries.

Experience

  • You will be spending 5 days on the water observing humpback whales with the potential to experience pelagic encounters with pilot whales, rough-toothed dolphins, spinner dolphins, oceanic white-tip sharks, and any other marine life we encounter. *Interactions are not guaranteed

  • Enjoy the crystal clear lagoon as we anchor at the sandbar to swim with the stingrays and black-tip reef sharks.

  • Drift through the lagoon to look for turtles and spotted eagle rays.

  • Time to enjoy the island of Mo'orea

  • Stay in a house with like-minded individuals & create lifelong friends!

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INCLUDED

  • Shared Accommodation in Mo’orea

  • 5 days on the water (4 full days & 1 half day)

  • 1/2 day Safari tour to explore the island

  • Transportation
    (In Mo’orea & to and

    from the whale excursion)

  • Fruit and non-alcoholic drinks on board the boat

  • 3 meals a day (Continental Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

  • An experienced captain and local guide

  • Digital copies of photos from the trip

NOT INCLUDED

  • Airfare to and from Tahiti (PPT is the Airport Code)

  • Accommodation & transportation on Tahiti 

  • Ferry Transportation

  • Personal snacks/ drinks

  • Personal Expenses

  • Gratuity for boat captain (It's highly recommended to tip)

  • Travel Medical Insurance (Required)

  • Car or scooter if you want to get out around the island on your own

*MUST HAVE A VALID PASSPORT FOR A MINIMUM OF THREE MONTHS AFTER THE RETURN DATE TO ENTER FRENCH POLYNESIA

*NO VISA REQUIRED- DEPENDING ON YOUR PASSPORT

*Non-Refundable Deposit of $1000 to reserve spot 

*The remainder of the payment is due 120 days prior to Expedition

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About your trip leader

Kelsey Williamson

Kelsey's passion for the ocean led her to organize expeditions to provide opportunities for others to swim with marine life and foster their own connection with the ocean. She firmly believes that when more people care about our ocean they will in turn make small changes in their daily live which is a crucial step towards our planet's survival.

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Basic Itinerary

Arrival Day 1

  • Arrive in Tahiti and take the ferry over to Mo’orea.

  • Everyone will be picked up and we will check into the accommodation

  • Safety briefing for the week 

  • Welcome dinner with the group

Boat Days 2-6

  • Breakfast at the accommodation.

  • Head out early on the boat to spend the day searching for humpback whales!
    Lunch will be brought on the boat.

  • On a few of the days, we will also dock at the lagoon to swim with the black-tip reef sharks and sting rays.

  • One day will be a half day on the boat and we will spend the other half of the day cruising around the island on a safari tour.

  • Head back to shore to chill, catch the sunset and eat dinner together.

Departure Day 7

  • Check out of the accommodation around 10am

  • Transportation will take you to the ferry to head back to Tahiti or your next destination if you are staying longer in Mo'orea

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Accomodation

We will be staying at a shared house located on the beautiful island of Mo'orea.

The specific accommodation arrangements will be made once we have a clear understanding of our group composition, including the number of solo travelers, couples, and friends. Our standard rooms are designed for double occupancy, but should you desire more privacy, single rooms can be arranged for an additional fee upon request.

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