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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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icon4 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds


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 Snorkeling 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 travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travelers
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 canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled 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 sanitization during Ocean Wildlife Expedition; Swim With Whales, Sharks, & Rays Half-Day Boat Tour ?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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  • "There were only 4 of us, plus the two guides, so it was very private." See review


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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 !!!
Whale of a Tale
, Sep 2019
We stared to think we wouldn’t get a chance to snorkel with whales but they never gave up and it resulted in a once in a lifetime experience. We were able to have two separate snorkeling experiences and saw many tales, blow spouts, and one breaching in our search. After snorkeling we stopped to swim with stingrays and sharks. Our tour ended with some rum punch on the way home. The guides were very knowledgeable and kept the whales safety in mind at all times when looking for the perfect snorkel experience. Excellent tour!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Thank you so much to join us and sharing you re experience
Awesome Tour!
, Nov 2018
My wife and I had an excellent time on this tour! There were only 4 of us, plus the two guides, so it was very private. We swam with a ton of sting rays, as well as many black tip sharks and some grey sharks too, both in the shallows just off the coast and in the open water. We spotted a small pod of dolphins that we also tried to jump in with, but they weren't very social and were super fast. We got to see them for a quick minute, but then they were gone. The water and weather was perfect, so visibility was incredible. No whales, as we just missed them this time of year unfortunately, but we did drive around looking for them for a bit to be sure. Our tour guides were very kind and genuinely love what they get to do. They were a blast to spend the morning with. We'd definitely recommend this tour!
1 traveler found this review helpful
A Pretty Good Half Day On The Water
, Nov 2018
We had a good day on the water, although a little disappointed we didn't see any whales. That is to be be expected when dealing with Mother Nature, especially at this time of year. We did get to swim with the Black-tip Sharks and Stingrays, so that was pretty cool.
The tour guides were knowledgeble...
Chris C
, Jan 2018
The tour guides were knowledgeble and friendly. This was a great tour. No whales but all other sea life was experienced on this tour.
We took seven excursions during our...
Robert M
, Nov 2017
We took seven excursions during our trip to French Polynesia. This was the best. These people are knowledgeable about sharks, whales and other sea creatures. They went out of their way to make sure we saw and/or swam with different kinds of whales sharks and dolphins. It was the end of the season but the day before they had seen a humpback. They wanted us to have the same opportunity to swim with a humpback. They went way beyond where they normally go and extended the tour trying to find a whale. They were unsuccessful, but not for lack of trying. They respect the environment and fished out some floating trash, mostly plastic bottles from the ocean.
1 traveler found this review helpful
We had the best tour with the...
Brian T
, Oct 2017
We had the best tour with the whales. sharks and rays. Kori was the best guide we could ever imagine. I would highly recommend this tour for all.
Had a really great time - great...
Grace P
, Aug 2017
Had a really great time - great communication prior to the activity and picked us up from the ferry even though it was running late! Saw spinner dolphins and a few whales, even getting the amazing chance to swim with a young humpback! Snorkeled with sharks and rays too. Great guide, knows his stuff!
Super matinée avec une...
, Nov 2021
Super matinée avec une Équipe au top rencontre avec des raies et des tortues dans un lagon magnifique Merci
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Merci les amis pour votre retour 😀 On transmet à l'équipe !

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