Moorea Whale Trips August/September 2021
On Friday 29th January, 2021, the French Government made the decision to close all French borders until further notice. This includes the temporary suspension of travel to French Polynesia for tourists from all origins. These latest restrictions are expected to remain in place for two or three months, however, as the pandemic situation in French Polynesia is stable, the local government are negotiating for the border to re-open as soon as possible.
The majority of tourist operators in French Polynesia are continuing to work towards a high season as normal, and we are optimistic that our September whale snorkeling trips to Moorea will proceed as planned.
Moorea Whale SNORKEL Trips
Why Join This Trip:
Imagine being picked up by a boat directly from your hotel restaurant. A trip where you can have a close encounter with a whale 10 minutes after leaving the dock. A location that puts you in warm, clear water, takes 1/3 the time to get to than other humpback whale destinations, and costs half the price. A trip where the operator never cuts a whale encounter short. A trip where you are on a boat with a small group of people, 6 at most, compared to 20 people on the "day boats". This is the amazing trip that Scott Gietler experienced, and has put together for you to enjoy - a trip of a lifetime. Scott had whale encounters every day he was on the water. Snorkel only, no dive certification required!
Check out this awesome video!
Choose from 5 dates:
august 28 - September 4
Trip Leader: Erik Lukas
Trip Leader: Mark Strickland
September 11 - 18
Trip Leader: Mark Strickland
September 18 - 25
Trip Leader: Tommy Stylski
September 25 - October 2, 2021
Trip Leader: TBD
Only $2,995 for 7 nights
- Our whale boat stays out all day, taking advantage of time in the early morning, mid-day, and late afternoon when the other operators (i.e. half-day boats) are not out.
- We have selected a top-notch operator with a high level of expertise in finding whales and providing you the best chance of having a quality encounter in the water. Having an operator who knows how to get you a better whale experience is critical in Moorea.
- Our operator’s boat has a hydrophone which not only helps us to locate the whales, but also provides you the opportunity to hear these whales singing in great detail!
- Small group size (max 6 guests, incl trip leader)
- 7 nights accommodation at Hotel Kaveka, twin occupancy
- Lunch provided on the boat
- 5 days on the water looking for whales, weather permitting, on a private boat with captain and guide and 1 day of rest to explore or relax.
- Breakfast & dinner not included. Buying food at the grocery store can be inexpensive. Most restaurants will pick you up free of charge at the hotel, but the restaurants can be pricey. There is a reasonably priced pizza place within walking distance of Hotel Kaveka. Lunch is not included on non-boat days.
- Taxi to/from Airport/Ferry and Ferry/Hotel (~$25 USD, can be split among passengers), 4 taxi rides total
- Upgrading to a single occupancy room
- Ferry Ride to and from Moorea ~$30 USD round trip. There are two ferry companies: Aremiti http://www.aremiti.net/schedule (has 2 ferry boats) and Terevau https://www.terevau.pf/en/schedules/ (Has 1 ferry boat)
- Transfer from the pier: There is a public bus service which leaves from the pier upon the arrival of the fast ferries, and the price is 350 CFP per person one way (roughly USD 3.5). There is also the ALBERT TRANSPORT mini-bus shuttle which is also on the pier upon arrival of the fast ferries and the price person one way for this is 700 CFP (roughly USD 6.7) and you may book online at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org . Finally, there is also a taxi company located right on the pier also, and they charge 2.500 CFP for the cab that can seat up to eight passengers (roughly USD 25).
- Please bring your own wetsuit and fins. There is no rental options on the island. A full 3mm wetsuit is highly recommended; many guests have skipped the wetsuit and gotten very cold when the weather got windy and cloudy.
- We are not in the water all day non-stop. There may be long periods of time when you’re on the boat, just looking for the whales.
- Guests must be good swimmers for this trip. We are dropped 100m away from the whales and must swim up to them from that distance (local regulation for whale swimming). It is possible to hire a private guide to help you swim if necessary. Please inquire.
- Many guests have gotten sunburn even though there is shade on the boat, so all skin must be covered. We suggest hat, scarf for face/lips, full skin or wetsuit and plenty of sunscreen.
- Guests are required to be be physically able to get up a small boat ladder on their own.
- Airbnb is getting more popular and can be recommended for a night in Tahiti prior to the trip.
Semi-inflatable 24ft / 7.5m boat.
Guests will fly into and out of the international airport on Tahiti in Pape'ete (code PPT). From there, it is a 15 minute taxi ride to the ferry port, where you can purchase a ticket on-site to cross the channel to Moorea Island (about 45 minute ferry ride). You can take a taxi or bus from Moorea ferry port to Hotel Kaveka, which is about 15 minutes away.
- Day 1: International flight arrival at Tahiti (airport code: PPT), take ferry to Moorea, hotel arrival
- Day 2 - 6: Look for whales 9AM-4PM (times are samples based on previous years and not guaranteed to be the same each year).
- Day 7: Day of rest. Can be used to dive, explore the island, or potentially add another day of whale swimming (dependent on boat availability and agreement between all guests during the trip).
- Day 8: Depart hotel, take ferry back to Tahiti for flight.
Family owned and operated, The Hotel Kaveka offers incredible value for discerning travelers from around the world. Nobody knows Moorea better than the team of professionals at The Hotel Kaveka. Portable televisions with local reception are in the bungalows along with a mini refrigerator and air conditioning. The rooms included on this trip are the better rooms with air-conditioning.
Payment 2: $1000, Due 2/1/21
Payment 3: Balance, Due 6/1/21
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Moorea Humpback Whale Photos Taken by Mark Strickland
Moorea Humpback Whale Photos Taken by Scott Gietler
Moorea Humpback Whale Photos Taken by Eric Lukas
Moorea Humpback Whale Photos Taken by Bryan Chu