Moorea Tours
Swim with humpback whales
5

Swim with humpback whales

By Corallina Tours
Recommended by 96% of travellers
96% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
Every year between July and early November, humpback whales migrate through the warm Polynesian waters. They come here to breed or give birth. This is a unique opportunity we have to admire them. During this excursion we sometimes also happen to see spinner dolphins, pilot whales and pelagic sharks. French Polynesia is one of the few destinations in the world where it is still possible to swim with cetaceans and have the opportunity to observe them underwater. Join us and have the experience of your life! On our return to the lagoon, we will also stop to swim with stingrays and black tip sharks. This activity takes place on a shallow sandbank of the lagoon where you can stand as the water is only waist-chest high. It is accessible to all ages without any particular physical shape needed. You can also enjoy a break on the boat with a drink and fresh fruit.
from
C$204.16
per adult
Lowest price guarantee

Ages 7-77, max of 12 per group
Duration: 3–4 hours
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Meets animal welfare guidelines
Live guide: English, Italian, French, Spanish
More


  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • Bottled water
What's not included
  • Restroom on board


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • Moorea Activities Center - Opunohu, Moorea-Maiao, French Polynesia
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    Port pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included ports.
    • Aremiti, Papeete 98714, French Polynesia
    • Terevau, Quai des Ferries Vaiare Moorea, Moorea-Maiao 98728, French Polynesia
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Not wheelchair accessible
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 65400P4

      • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
      • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
      • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
      • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
      • 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
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers

      • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

      If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 65400P4

      Reserve your spot

      Similar experiences

      Itinerary
      • 1
        Cruise in the lagoon Observe and swim open ocean with humpback whale Meet and swim with rays and black tip sharks Round trip transportation included
      About the operator
      Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator:
      • Corallina Tours
        336
        Moorea, French Polynesia
        Joined in June 2017
      • Darcy345
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Best service
        I had a great time with Corallina crew! They did everything to make us feel welcomed and enjoy the activities. And at the end, there were fruits and drinks served.
        Written July 4, 2024
      • Experience720822
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great snorkeling tour !
        Perfect experience! Highly recommended! Great tour , beautiful beaches and fantastic experience for the entire family.
        Written July 4, 2024
      • 985tracyu
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing!
        Our crew was amazing. So fun and full of knowledge and great at what they do. Lovely half day trip. I would definitely book with Carolina Tours again :) thank you Francesca and team!!
        Written June 30, 2024
      • Malcolm M
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Excellent snorkeling experience
        Excellent trip and service. Tama and group were fantastic as well as the snorkeling. We experienced a little crowding in one area, however overall just incredible views and experiences. Would definitely do again and highly recommend 👌
        Written June 16, 2024
      • Chris D
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Wonderful experience in a fantastically beautiful setting!
        We did the morning half-day snorkeling tour. From the moment we walked up and were greeted, we could sense the Tahitian hospitality and spirit in our guide. The two guides were inclusive to different languages (French and English) and were truly passionate about their island and giving guests a great experience. Their attention to detail and guest experience was superb- for example, they proactively provided a jacket and hot tea to my wife when chilled from the wind. The tour is of good length, going to three different snorkeling spots. Because the currents caused too much turbidity in the water at the last location, they brought us to see underwater rock Tiki carvings instead. The most wonderful part of the trip was the return, when they had freshly-cut fruit and beer, Tahiti rum punch, and hot tea they shared with guests. During the return, the boat returned to Opunohu Bay slowly - not fast, rushed, or noisy- while we were serenaded to live Tahitian music on the ukelele. This ending really was above and beyond my expectations, and was such a wonderful experience. Book your tour with Corallina!
        Written June 11, 2024
      • H3471UYmarios
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Absolutely recommendable
        Just Awesome! We came with 2 Little Kids , one Baby , one one year old and it was a fantastic experience. It was small group , no Mass tourism, very familiar. The two guides were traditional tahitians, which makes the experience very Authentic. We Went to three snorkeling Spots but First we Go watching the Dolphins in the Morning. During the Trip , one of the Guides Played the okulele und sang several tahitian Songs. He got a lovely Voice which makes the Trip just Perfect. On way back, Drinks and fresh fruits were served.
        Written June 11, 2024
      • 207anas
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Corallina tour
        It was really nice tour. I saw many marine life. I loved it. Corallina makes sure that we have a good experience and the best time.
        Written June 6, 2024
      • martinsafaria
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        sea snorkelling
        Great day out. No issues. nice to snorkel with sharks. Nice half day trip. Good to see the bays! all gear provided. thanks again.
        Written June 4, 2024
      • JaredV56
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Breathtaking Trip
        This trip was amazing! The guides were very knowledgeable, funny, nice, and overall amazing! The trip is a must do, we got to see all kinds of wildlife and enjoyed our time hanging out on the boat!
        Written May 29, 2024
      • Trip37282092429
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Best snorkeling ever
        Had a great time snorkeling, saw plenty of different fish along with sting rays, sharks, and turtles. Tour guide is a great guy. Would recommend this tour.
        Written May 26, 2024
      • DarinJ771
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Snorkeling in Moorea
        Incredible. Swam with sharks, stingrays, turtles. Small group. Excellent guide and captain. Best experience in Moorea! Fresh fruit, cocktails, and live music at the end. Highest recommendation!
        Written May 24, 2024
      • amarm990
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Best Experience on Moorea
        Best tour in Moorea with a best guide Tamahere and his captain!! We saw turtles, dolphins and sharks with rays in à completly safe way! 10/10 would recommend
        Written May 8, 2024
      • carolinesC8886IM
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Best way to spend half a day on the water in Moorea!
        We had the best time! It was fun to have 3 different experiences all in one trip. And thank you for making us feel so comfortable swimming with the sharks and stingrays!
        Written April 19, 2024
      • Jared G
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing experience
        Absolutely stunning tour swimming up close to sharks, rays and turtles. Great pace to allow ample time to take in the scenery. Amazing guides who were very engaged and interactive. Also supportive of those who are not strong swimmers.
        Written April 9, 2024
      • dongC8979IA
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Wonderful day on the water
        Fantastic morning on the water great snorkelling, lovely boat the best captain and crew you could imagine. Lots of stories and songs great guys. I would go again tomorrow. It is well worth the money.
        Written March 29, 2024
      See all 336 reviews
      These reviews are the subjective opinions of Tripadvisor members and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

      Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

      Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as waiting time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

      Popular mentions

      5.0
      5.0 of 5 bubbles115 reviews
      Excellent
      109
      Very good
      2
      Average
      1
      Poor
      2
      Terrible
      1

      Kim G
      Toronto, Canada1,656 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Sept 2021
      We were picked up at our accommodations and taken to the boat launch and left promptly at 8:30am. After a safety briefing given by Maui we headed out through the pass to the open water arriving to the area we where they had heard a whale around 9:30am. After getting on our gear we quickly swam to the area to observe a male resting and singing - he was 11 metres long. He eventually came up and swam right past us. Unfortunately the water was slightly murky so visibility was harder - may have been because we were closer to the reef. We swam back to the boat and moved on to hopefully find some others.

      After motoring to another area we observed a mum and her calf from a distance but they then went for a deep dive which meant we wouldn't be able to get in the water with them.

      Maui decided to head back to the general area we started in and we found the same male that we had seen before. Back into the water. This area was much clearer and we had a fantastic view when he came to the surface. I got a fantastic video of the whale swimming right by us. This was a fantastic experience!

      We then went to an area in the lagoon where there were sharks and sting rays. Fresh pineapple was offered onboard while people explored in the water.

      They were kind enough to drop us off at Coco Beach where we had a lunch reservation.

      Great trip - thanks to Maui and the crew.
      Written November 6, 2021
      This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

      Jo-lin F
      3 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      So we met a new friend Toraya (spelling?) who worked with Coralina tours and was so passionate about the whales and Ray that we decided to go on the tour. Once on the boat, Maui (owner), Kelsie (photographer) and another person who's name I can't remember gave use the lowdown and all safety instructions. It was a beautiful day. Once out in the really deep we saw whales. One came right in front of us. So close you cod touch but we DID NOT. And another Breached a few feet way. Then it was our turn To get in the water with them. The current was strong and it was hard to keep up with the others on our boat. So we went back.. We missed out on swimming with them that day. But we laid in the water and you could hear them singing.. We enjoyed it so much But felt there was still something missing. We did not get to swim with them that day the experience was wonderful anyway. We decided to again. This time Maui made sure that we were able to get to swim with the whales. Like a true gentleman he helped us. In just minutes we were in the presence of a humpback whale. We just layer floating above this beautiful creature. It was singing and you could feel the vibration to your core. I believe without his help we would have miss out again. Toraya took the reigns next when we went swimming with the sharks and rays. He was so friendly with the rays. You can tell everyone on the tour boat had a amazing adventure. Kelsie took some really wonderful pictures as well. We were so inspired. Thank you again for making it possible.
      Written October 12, 2021
      This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

      Mark h
      2 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Aug 2022
      Maui called me about 45 minute prior to the start and confirmed where to meet since i needed transportation. Francesca picked me up. She was very kind and friendly. Once everyone was in the boat and underway Maui stressed the importance of safety and also how to respect the whales. He gave an interesting talk about why the whales come to the islands. He again stressed the importance of safety and made sure everyone was comfortable in the deep ocean. Maui soon spotted a whale and we entered the water with Francesca leading the group while Maui watched from the boat. We came very close to the whale but it swam away. We got back into the boat and Maui spotted another. This whale hung around us for a very long time. Got some incredible videos. We could look the whale in its eyes and it checked us out. Definitely a life experience. If you have any concerns about being in the deep ocean; dont worry. Its absolutely breathtaking. All types of people were with us. None had a problem. Francesca and Maui put everyone at ease and they always had eyes on everyone. Safety was first. What was also impressive is they could speak English, French, Italian and Tahitian. I am going back on Monday. Great time !!
      Written August 27, 2022
      This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

      Louise H
      Swansea, UK167 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Sept 2022 • Friends
      Did 2 separate whale excursions with Corallina and they were absolutely superb. I booked months ago and Maui very professional to deal with. Cannot believe I got to be in the water both times, so close to the whales. Francesca was guide first time and the whales were around us for about an hour. She was brilliant with everyone, making sure everyone was OK. The second time Maui was the guide and it took a while for the whales to show themselves. We were going all over the water. His patience paid off and they appeared, put on an amazing surface show for us and and then once in we got. He too was brilliant with everyone. What I really liked was how they kept stating the importance of not doing anything to disturb the whales, how the boats have to keep x amount of distance. Of course once you're in the water at that set distance, if the whales want to come for a closer look lol. Boat captains both times were superb. After the whales, it was time to move to the lagoon to swim with the rays and sharks and have done delicious snacks. Thanks guys you were incredible. I'm still getting emotional when I explain to people what it was like. All I can say is that it was like watching something on a big screen playing out in front if you and don't get me started on the beautiful sounds they made. I can't stop watching my videos. So highly recommend Maui and his team.
      Written September 28, 2022
      This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

      FlyGirl
      Denver, CO49 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Oct 2021
      The day started off OK, weather-wise, but before we even got out of the lagoon, it started raining and soon it was wind with cold, pelting rain. The crew managed to spot a couple whales but between the poor visibility and huge waves, nobody other than Casey and another crew member got into water. We returned to the lagoon to look for sea turtles and later swam with rays and black-tip reef sharks.

      For some people it was a miserable day but I appreciated the opportunity to see the island in a different light, that it is not always calm and sunny and clear turquoise water.

      Pros:
      1. The crew appeared to be very competent, knowledgeable about the different sharks (and other sea animals) and skillful navigating rough waters.
      2. When we finally got to swim with the rays and sharks, it was great.
      3. Casey was very considerate and tried her best to help some young children on the tour to stay dry and warm in an impossible situation.

      Cons:
      1. Obviously with the bad weather, we did not get to go in the open water where the whales hang out.
      2. Would appreciate a briefing where life-vests/floatation devices are located, given the fact that weather can turn quickly and not everyone on the boat were confident and/or strong swimmers.
      Written November 17, 2021
      This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

      Jason
      20 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Oct 2023 • Couples
      This tour was so amazing! A once in a lifetime experience. It took us a while to locate the whales, but our guides went above and beyond to make sure that we swam with the humpback whales, with our tour going over the allotted time by a bit. We ended up swimming with a mother and calf whale. I felt like the guides were very respectful of the whales and their space. We stopped the boat a good distance from the whales and swam to them, as to not startle them. Our guide made sure everyone stayed together in the water and guided us around the whales. It was truly incredible to swim with these amazing creatures! Towards the end we made a brief stop to swim with the sharks and rays. I would highly recommend this experience. This is a can't miss in Moorea!
      Written October 28, 2023
      This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

      duggem
      Spokane, WA275 contributions
      2.0 of 5 bubbles
      The weather was awful - rained hard most of the day. No whales and limited visibility for the snorkeling. Not the operators fault (boat crew were very nice and tried their best), but this expensive excursion should be cancelled or refunded under these circumstances.
      Written November 6, 2021
      This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
      Thank you for your review ! When we started the tour the weather was ok, it started raining when we were out in the ocean. Unfortunately we can’t control the weather conditions especially in a tropical country weather conditions can change in very short time. We sometimes cancel and propose to reschedule or refund our clients when the conditions are really bad and not possible to run the tour for safety reasons.
      Written November 18, 2021
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Orry N
      2 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Oct 2020 • Couples
      You don’t realize how close you are going to be to these majestic animals until you are in the water. It is breathtaking. If you are ever in Moorea have the opportunity to see the whales, do it. I would recommend packing your own snorkeling gear and de-fogging them. It is not an easy swim but well worth it. The crew was so helpful and made sure the group was conscientious of the humpbacks to ensure we were nothing but spectators. Managed to get within 15-20 feet. Great crew, amazing trip.
      Written October 9, 2020
      This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

      Holly B
      1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Oct 2021 • Couples
      This was truly a life changing experience. I would come to Moorea just for this opportunity. You can’t access resting whales like this anywhere else and Maui and his crew know exactly how to get you to them. I can’t wait for the pictures from Kelsey! We snorkeled over a singing male and we’re maybe 15 feet from him to watch him surface twice! I can’t explain how incredible it is
      Written October 13, 2021
      This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

      Daniel B
      2 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Oct 2022 • Couples
      The crew was very patient and knowledgeable when finding the correct time to swim with the humpback whales. We got a chance to view the mother whale with her calf swimming close underneath us. Swimming with the rays and sharks afterwards was an additional treat for the tour. Great crew and great experience. Highly recommend this tour over others. Other tours seemed to do a lot of swimming and chasing of the whales.
      Written October 14, 2022
      This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

      Showing results 1-10 of 92

      Swim with humpback whales provided by Corallina Tours

      All Moorea HotelsMoorea Hotel DealsLast Minute Hotels in Moorea
      All things to do in Moorea
      Day Trips in Moorea
      RestaurantsFlightsVacation RentalsTravel StoriesCruisesRental Cars