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

Moorea-Maiao, French Polynesia

From $114.28

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  • 4 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • 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

What's Included

  • Guide
  • Bottled water
  • Beverages
  • Fresh fruits
  • Live commentary on board
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Use of Snorkeling equipment
  • Snacks
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Departure & Return

This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.

Departure Point

  • 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.

Pickup Details

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Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • 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

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 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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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q: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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Traveler Tips

There were only 4 of us, plus the two guides, so it was very private.
185 reviews
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Great experience and tour
MattSasso, Feb 2022
Pierrick and his captain were very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. They go above and beyond to make sure the tour was great
Response from Host, Feb 2022
Thank you guys for joining us
Breathtaking experience
Joshua_C, 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!
Response from Host, Nov 2021
Thanks guys for choosing our ecotourism business . We hope to see you again
Swimming with the sting...
Katie_T, 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.
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
David_E, 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!
Response from Host, Oct 2021
Big thank you from the team !!! Hope to see you again, Cheers
Best Humpback Tour in Moorea
Micheal_A, 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.
Response from Host, Sep 2021
thank you so much guys
Magical Experience
Kirah_O, 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 :)
Response from Host, Aug 2021
thank you guys
Great guides, don’t forget your towels.
karina_j, 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.
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!
Krissy_E, 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.
Response from Host, Nov 2020
Thank you guys ! Happy you get an amazing encounter🤙🏻
Once in a lifetime
Diana, 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.
Response from Host, Oct 2020
Happy you got a great experience !! Cheers🤙🏻
Whale of a tale...
Rudy_v, 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!
Response from Host, Oct 2020
Thank you guys🤙🏻 Hope to see you again!


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