Tahiti Whale Watching Cruise - Papeete

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From August through October, thousands of humpback whales migrate to the warm waters of French Polynesia. Catch a glimpse of the majestic mammals on a whale-watching excursion from Papeete. Venture out on the ocean with an expert guide to witness the whales as they play, breach, or feed around your boat.

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After pickup at your hotel, meet your boat for your 3-hour whale-watching cruise with experienced guides. Set out on the warm clear waters of Tahiti with the hopes of seeing whales and dolphins leaping and feeding.

Every year from August to October, humpback whales migrate from Antarctica to Tahiti to give birth to their calves or to seek a mate. During your cruise, your guide shares fascinating stories and facts about these beautiful animals as you look for them in the sheltered waters around the islands.

If youre lucky, you might catch sight of the whales spouting and leaping from the water. Dolphins, seabirds and other marine life can also be spotted in the clear turquoise water.

After about three hours on your whale-watching cruise, your boat returns you to the Papeete harbor for transport back to your hotel.

Inclusions for Tahiti Whale Watching Cruise

  • 3-hour cruise
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)

Exclusions for Tahiti Whale Watching Cruise

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 30 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

Please bring swimwear, towel, sunscreen, hat and sunglasses

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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3 Traveler Reviews

  • A really EXCELLENT tour. The small boat just 4 guests aboard left the Top Dive Centre at the InterContinental Resort in Papeete
    . We saw a number of Humpback whales, mostly mothers and calves. But more than that we, unexpctedly, got the opportunity to swim and snorkel with the whales. My wife choose not to enter the water with the whales, having had a knee replacement operation less than five months before. I came away with the great memory of seeing a whale and its calf swim 10-15 feet below me.
    My only criticism of this tour are with the communication. We thought we were going on a whale watching tour, but from the outset swimming/snorkelling with whales was what the operators were offering. Thats great, but the actual nature of the tour needs to be made clear to prospective clients

  • This was the best day ever. We got to swim with a mother whale and her calf for almost two hours. it was incredible and so peaceful at the same time. Never in my life have I been that close to a whale and I have done a lot of whale and dolphin watch cruises.

  • First, the trip confirmation email from Viator said it was 8am, where when we arrived at 7:50am, the captain said the departure time was 7:30am and waited us for long time already. This is really unacceptable.

    Second of all, we chose to have English tour guide. When the guide talk, they all talk in French and all other guests are French. Albeit the guide explained a little in English afterwards, but it also feel like not too welcoming for us.

    Third, the joining instruction did not say anything about what we will need to prepare for joining the trip. When we arrive, they told us we can wear the gear and swim next to the whale which we didn't expect. Also, there was no any life jacket, but only diving suits and snorkeling gears, which I feel so dangerous after jumping into the ocean and got up immediately, since I know how to swim but not in the ocean with waves without life jacket.

    Overall, the trip experience could be much better if the instruction sent to us in email could be much more clearer.

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