Half day whale tour 4h00

Badge of ExcellenceMoorea-Maiao, French Polynesia

From USD 110.02

Price varies by group size

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 4 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Animal lovers won't want to miss the opportunity to see humpback whales on their migration through Moorea. Between July and November, there is the possibility of seeing the whales and their young, and even swimming with them if the conditions are good. High-tech equipment allows the crew to listen for whales, increasing your chances of finding them.
  • A must for flora and fauna enthusiasts
  • Snorkeling equipment will be provided
  • Refreshments during this tour are included
  • Enjoy personalized attention on this small-group tour

What's Included

  • Loan of masks, snorkels and fins
  • Drinks offered during the tour
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Moorea Activities Center - Opunohu
    Moorea-Maiao, French Polynesia

    A car park with a Moorea Activities Center sign on the mountain side is available. Base opposite sea side

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

A vehicle marked Moorea Activities Center will be waiting for you at the exit of the ferry or in front of the reception of your hotel / pension

What To Expect

'Ōpūnohu Bay

Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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73 reviews
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Great tour but weather was not great as it rained and also windy. They enjoyed the tour.
Kim_S, Oct 2022
The Whale did not show up. Most memorable part was the Stingrays and the sharks. The guide tries to look for the whales but no none were around. Overall, the tour was great.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thank you Kim, see you soon🌺🌞
Started off amazingg.
Behind_D, Oct 2022
The experience was okay. The staff were amazing and explained everything perfectly. Signed up to swim with the whales and yes the whales are unpredictable, but soon as we exited the pier we found the mom and daughter. We watched as the whales swam past the other groups that stayed in the water. But seemed every time we dove in the whales moved. Eventually our captain left the area and drove about an hour to the bottom of the island to search for more but this ride had all 11 of us a little woozy. The waves near the south were also rougher. By the time we got down there it was another mom and baby but they kept disappearing. Half of the boat had sea sickness and they started asking to go back so we didn't get the joy of getting the up close experience but we did see them from maybe a football field away. Albeit this is towards the end of the season as welll so there are not as many whales. I would have preferred to stay where the first whale was and been patient. That long ride to the south had us all ready to swim to shore for some stability lol but I would do it again and would do it again with this company, just unfortunate that it didn't happen this time.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thank you for your feedback about your tour. As you know we do not control nature (ocean imprevisible as well as cetaceans). The captain chose to go to the other side because he knows his island perfectly and he thought he found some (which he did) but there was too much wind and swell so the launch was impossible and the whales were too agitated. See you soon 🌺(with your seasickness medicines)😉
Swimming with whales, once in a lifetime experience
Eugene_C, Oct 2022
Swimming with whales was bucket list stuff! Amazing! Our guides were very helpful and patience with everyone, very respectful of momma and baby whales. Love to do it again
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thank you for your comment and the 5 stars. See you next time on Moorea 🏝
Breathtaking and awe inspiring
brinderer01, Oct 2022
We were stunned that we could get so close to the whales, on not one but two occasions. We loved the sensitivity our captain and guide had towards respecting the behaviors of the whales to keep them safe and happy first and foremost before allowing us to enter the water. We were able to experience up close and personal Moments with a baby whale and its mother that was breathtaking, awe-inspiring, and surreal. The captain and guide were fun and engaging and non-judgmental, helping us through minor setbacks and celebrating victories as they came. We were able to see dolphins playing as well as a fish chase with birds, and overall it was an absolutely amazing experience. Thank you so much!
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Maruuru roa 🙏
Whale tour
jamilla_a, Sept 2022
Saw from the boat two male humpbacks jump - that made my year:) husbond and daughter swam to the whales - well guided tour. Thank you for a professionel and good experience.
Response from Host, Sept 2022
Thank you Jamilla, See you next year😉
Coolest experience of my life.
Sarah_J, Sept 2022
This was hands down the coolest experience of our lives. One, our guides were incredibly knowledgeable about the animals, ocean, and what they were doing. We felt very safe and cared for. Two, we really valued their approach to this experience. It was all about what the whales wanted and respecting their wishes. We were dealing with nature and we’re going to try our best to see the whales, but ultimately respect their wellbeing. Third, we got to swim with whales AND dolphins!! It was so freaking cool. We also saw a ton of wildlife from the boat which was super cool. Fourth, the guides were amazing, gave us recommendations, and brought a very positive, respectful attitude. We loved this experience so much and would 1 million percent recommend it and Dorris/Moorea activities center to be the people you shared it with.
Response from Host, Sept 2022
Thanks a lot for this comments, see you very soon🌺 Take care🙏
Once in a life time swim with whales
Lucas_C, Aug 2022
Amazing! Don’t second guess it, I would highly recommend this to anyone that wants to swim up close with whales, sharks, sting rays, turtles
Response from Host, Sept 2022
Thank you Lucas, See you next year🌺
Lia_D, Aug 2022
Great guide. He knew exactly what to do. And swimming with the whales was magical. So glad we did it
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Thank you very much. See you soon🌺
Unique and incredible experience
Anna_H, Aug 2022
If you’re visiting Moorea during whale season, you cannot miss out on this experience! Our tour guides were so knowledgeable and informative. Great for families or couples . Ill cherish this forever !
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Mauruuru Roa for this comment. It was a pleasure for us to meet you🌺
Highlight Of Our Trip
martinjsbaron, Oct 2021
Absolutely the highlight of our time in French Polynesia. The guides were fantastic and the experience a once in a lifetime event. If you go to FP this is a must, if you are there at the right time of the year.
Response from Host, Oct 2021
Thank you very much for your comment. See you next time🌺
Whales in Moorea what a blessing
JoAnn_R, Oct 2021
Jay was a Favreau guide. I was a slow swimmer and he helped me on the board so i could keep up and make it to the whales. I took his advice and left the camera behind so i could just enjoy the experience. I can't wait to a three whale photos he posts. It was truly an experience of a lifetime. So grateful.
Response from Host, Oct 2021
Thank you for your comment and very pleased you enjoyed your tour with us. See you very soon🌺
William_P, Oct 2020
Was the highlight of our trip. We loved Jay and he made sure our trip was breathtaking. We spent a lot of time with a mom and her calf and the whole experience was simply hard to explain. We loved it.
Response from Host, Oct 2020
Thank you for your comment. Take care🙏
Brandon_S, Sept 2020
Amazing experience!!! We swam with a whale, sting rays, turtles and saw dolphins spinning! Great guide with lots of info.
Response from Host, Sept 2020
Thank you very much for this comment and for the 5 stars. See you soon.
Fantastique !!!
lilian1974, Nov 2022
Malheureusement nous n’avons pas vu de baleine !!! Mais avons fait 2 haltes dans le lagon, où on a nagé avec les raies, les tortues et les requins !!! Un souvenir qui restera gravé !!! Merci à Caro pour cette très belle journée 😘. Lilian et Lisette
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Merci à vous eux de votre visite. A très bientôt🌺
Découverte des baleines décevante
Daniel_V, Nov 2022
Vu 2 sauts de baleine d assez loin . Mais pas de mise à l eau pour observations Accompagnatrice professionnelle Capitaine du bateau pas très sympa , assez sec et à même refusé a l accompagnatrice une dernière mise à l'eau pour voir les requins arguant que cela prendrait trop de temps..... Vu le peu de résultat pour les baleines , cela aurait rattrapé la matinée
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Ia orana Daniel, Merci pour ce retour, nous comprenons la déception de ne pas avoir fait de mise à l'eau avec les baleines mais parfois les conditions ne sont pas réunis ou elles ne sont pas présentes (nous pouvons pas contrôler la nature😉) En ce qui concerne le capitaine, le retour lui sera fait compte sur nous. On espère tout de même vous revoir parmi nous pour d'autres belles aventure🌺
Achement Baleine !
Isabelle_M, Nov 2022
Nager de près avec une baleine et son baleineau Très émouvant et inoubliable ! Merci encore à tous et toutes
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Merci pour ton commentaire et tes 5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟. A une prochaine fois 🐳
Expérience exceptionnelle !
Antoinette_J, Oct 2022
Expérience inoubliable ! A peine sortir de la baie nous avons eu la chance de voir un dauphin et quelques minutes après une baleine et son baleineau. Puis on a eu la chance d’entendre un mal chanter et nager avec lui. Nous avons particulièrement apprécié le fait que Moorea Activities Center soit soucieux du bien être de la baleine avant tout. Un souvenir qui restera gravé dans nos mémoires à vie ! Merci à Jay & Doris de nous avoir permis de vivre ça.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Merci Antoine pour ton commentaire et ces 5 étoiles 🌟. Nous sommes ravis que vous ayez pu faire de belles rencontres 🐬🐳. A une prochaine fois 🌞
Molto bello, consigliato
simone_f, Sept 2022
Operatori molto professionali, test di acquaticita’ prima di andare in mare aperto. Spiegazioni sulla tipologia di balene. Abbiamo nuotato con tre balene a pochi metri di distanza
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Grazie per questo commento e queste 5 stelle. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Arrivederci 🐳