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

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

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Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Explore the waters of Moorea on a small-group half-day boat tour that offers the chance to snorkel near marine animals such as sharks, stingrays, and whales. Your naturalist guide shares commentary about the creatures you might see, including blacktip reef sharks, grey reef sharks, pink whiprays, leopard rays, dolphins, and humpback whales (mid-July to mid-November). Choose from a morning or afternoon departure for this small-group tour limited to eight people. Includes guide, use of snorkel equipment, beverages, fresh fruit, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Small-group half-day boat tour with wildlife snorkeling, from Ha'apiti
  • Look for sharks, dolphins, stingrays and whales while snorkeling from the boat
  • Hope to see humpback whales during their migration from mid-July to mid-November
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of eight participants ensures a more personalized experience
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Bottled water
Fresh fruits
Live commentary on board
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Use of Snorkelling equipment
Alcoholic Beverages
Food and drinks, unless specified
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Moorea-Maiao , 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.

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This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travellers
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.
  • 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitisation during Ocean Wildlife Expedition; Swim With Whales, Sharks, & Rays Half-Day Boat Tour ?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
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A Must-DO
, Aug. 2022
We got and early start at 7.30 so we managed to beat the crowds with skilled and amazing crew who manages to find whales and get pretty close to them. It's a chance with whales but our crew did their absolute best to keep us entertained while on the move to see those precious creatures!
icon Response from Host , Aug. 2022
We are glad we enjoy your tour thank you
Best experience of the trip!
, Aug. 2022
Our guide was amazing and knew exactly what he was doing. He stressed patience and we ended up seeing a mom and baby! We traveled with our kids (8 and 7) and were unsure if they would be able to participate and even prepped them if they didn’t want to swim that far they could stay in the boat but it was no problem! Manu had a “buddy board” where they could hold on to the handles and pulled the kids behind him so they got to see the whales as well. It was incredible. Highly recommend!!
icon Response from Host , Aug. 2022
Thank you so much guys for your feedback. cheers
10/10 Experience
, Aug. 2022
We loved this experience! Viator made it so easy to book our excursion and we had the best tour guide and experience in Moorea.
icon Response from Host , Aug. 2022
Thank you for joining us!
Incredible experience!
, Aug. 2022
The day started off very rainy and rough, but it was so worth it once we got to jump in the water and see the whales in the ocean! It was such an incredible experience. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and I felt safe being in the open water with him. We ended the tour with a swim the stingrays and sharks in the bay. 10/10
icon Response from Host , Aug. 2022
Thank you so much for your message We really appreciate it !
Great Trip with a really fantastic Crew!
, Aug. 2022
Manu is a consummate professional. Fantastic crew with great knowledge. We found 2 sets of whales. I swam with the sharks and rays and watched the whales from the boat. Highly recommend
icon Response from Host , Aug. 2022
Thank you for your feedback and hopefully see you again.
Honeymoon whale watching
, Jul. 2022
Had a super fun time watching the whales from above and below the ocean surface! The guide and the captain are hospitable, fun and are able to provide an adventurous yet safe excursion.
icon Response from Host , Jul. 2022
Hi guys, Thank you for your feedback ! Cheers
, Jul. 2022
Amazing day with sharks and stingrays, snorkeling in deep crystal clear water and watching humpback whales breach!
icon Response from Host , Jul. 2022
thank you guys for time! cheers
What a day it was!!
, Jul. 2022
My kids and I were super happy with this tour. We had an excellent guide [Clement - hope I spelt the name correct - its a French name]. He is a marine biologist so was very knowledgeable about the various species. Prior to the trip we got a notification on where and what time we would be picked up and the pick up person was on time as well. Clement made the trip enjoyable with his jokes and funny commentary. He knew where to go and find the marine life we wanted to see. Most of all he was very helpful and attentive to everyone. What impressed me most was his special care he took for me as I am not a good swimmer when in ocean. He kept me close to him and safe and made sure that I actually got to see the exotic marine creatures and not be stressed about anything. We were all blessed to see turtles, have close encounters with sharks, beautiful colorful fishes and yes - the sharks as well. The trip itself was pretty satisfactory time wise - we got spend enough time in each place - ending the trip with a nice cocktail! Its an absolute must do trip and if you get Clement as your guide then its all good! Thank you for a wonderful wonderful day.
icon Response from Host , Jul. 2022
Thank you guys for your great review, Cheers,
Great experience and tour
, Feb. 2022
Pierrick and his captain were very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. They go above and beyond to make sure the tour was great
icon Response from Host , Feb. 2022
Thank you guys for joining us
Breathtaking experience
, Nov. 2021
We were so so sooo lucky to have not one but three opportunities to swim with a humpback mother+baby this late in the season (as little as 1 in 5 days has a sighting in the second half of Nov). Our guide (Manatea) and captain (Iotua) did a phenomenal job orchestrating our approaches and tracking them as they migrated west across the island in front of the hilton. Be prepared for intense open-water swimming as the boat cannot approach without scaring them off. However, the reward is more than worth the effort. As an added bonus, we even saw dolphins too!
icon Response from Host , Nov. 2021
Thanks guys for choosing our ecotourism business . We hope to see you again
Swimming with the sting...
, Nov. 2021
Swimming with the sting rays and sharks was amazing. We almost got to swim with a whale, but some other boats scared it away. The singing the male does under the water is an awesome sound.
icon Response from Host , Nov. 2021
Thank you guys for your review. We are at the end at the season and the number of animals getting lower around the island who’s not permit us to be often alone in the water with whales and we have to deal sometimes with boat who approaching whales with no respect . We are glad you enjoy the other amazing marine animals Cheers
Incredibly beautiful
, Oct. 2021
Absolutely incredible experience seeing a whale and her calf. The team seemed very knowledgeable, respectful of the waves and super friendly. If you’re in Moorea this is a MUST do!
icon Response from Host , Oct. 2021
Big thank you from the team !!! Hope to see you again, Cheers
Best Humpback Tour in Moorea
, Sep. 2021
Amazing tour with an amazing company - if you want to swim with whales in Mo'orea, you can't go wrong with Moana Tours. They give their customers the best experience while still being extremely respectful of the animals.
icon Response from Host , Sep. 2021
thank you so much guys
Magical Experience
, Aug. 2021
Sharing the same space as a whale in their natural habitat is truly a magical experience <3 We were lucky to hear a male "singer." Hopefully he found the perfect mate :)
icon Response from Host , Aug. 2021
thank you guys
Great guides, don’t forget your towels.
, Jul. 2021
The captain and guide were terrific and very knowledgeable. The boat was nice. We didn’t bring towels though as there were no notes on what to bring so that was a huge bummer.
icon Response from Host , Aug. 2021
Thank you for your response. On our website under the FAQs for Tour Information it suggests bringing the following: "What should I bring? If you have your own snorkeling or dive equipment, feel free to bring it along! If you do not have equipment we can provide it for you. We recommend bringing any camera (especially underwater equipped setups) that you may own to capture your experience. We highly suggest bringing reef safe sunscreen and towels for ultimate comfort during expeditions. Beverages, light snacks, and dry storage is provided onboard. Don't forget your sunglasses!"
Lucky encounter with Humpback whales at the end of whale season!
, Nov. 2020
Pick-up at our hotel dock was right on time. Our two guides were great--they gave us great information about whales and sharks. First stop was to swim with black tip sharks, stingrays and fish at a sandbar, then we set off around the island for the chance to spot humpback whales to swim with them. Even though it's the end of the whale season (our tour was 16-Nov), we were lucky to spot two groups of whales. The first group were on the move, so we weren't able to swim close to them, but some time later, we found a duo of two adult humpback whales that swim right by us in the water! What an incredible experience! The peak season for swimming with whales is Septmeber/early October, but we took a chance and so glad we did! We recommend Moorea Moana tours.
icon Response from Host , Nov. 2020
Thank you guys ! Happy you get an amazing encounter🤙🏻
Once in a lifetime
, Oct. 2020
It was an unbelievable experience swimming with a whale and her calf. Guide and the crew were very kind and well prepared. Nice to see that these people really respect mother nature. We saw ‘everything’ during to tour what was promised even turtles and spinner dolphines from the boat.
icon Response from Host , Oct. 2020
Happy you got a great experience !! Cheers🤙🏻
Whale of a tale...
, Oct. 2020
Guides Guile and Teddy were awesome! We not only saw several whales but did get the opportunity to swim with an adult male and adopted baby (which will likely not make it they said, so sad)! They were determined and really went out of their way to ensure we were comfortable and to find whales. Highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , Oct. 2020
Thank you guys🤙🏻 Hope to see you again!
Unforgettable experience!
, Oct. 2020
Mana and his captain were top notch! Right on time for pick up, very professional, and Mana made sure we had an unforgettable and safe experience. We were definitely in good hands. We lucked out and were able to swim about 10 feet from a mother humpback and her calf, all while remaining respectful of the mammals and their environment.
icon Response from Host , Oct. 2020
Thank you , happy you get a great Time with our team!
Wanted to book a second trip immediately after!
, Oct. 2019
Saw three whales, sharks, and touched sting rays. The guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. They put us in great position in the water to see everything as close as was safe and respectful for the animals.
icon Response from Host , Oct. 2019
Thank you so much !!!

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