Rurutu Tareparepa Whale Watching Expedition

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  • No booking or credit card fees
  • Mobile Voucher Accepted

What To Expect

Dive into the depths of the water and get a front row seat to the most fascinating underwater show and encounter with Tareparepa whales.


  • Get up close and personal with the gentle giants of the sea on this thrilling experience

  • Learn more about the whales and their daily lives from your informative tour guide

  • Admire the stunning view of Rurutu and the crystal clear waters surrounding the pristine island


Day Tours in Rurutu
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3 hours
daily at 9:00 AM; 2:00 PM
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During the season, Tareparepa whales visit Rurutu on their yearly migration from Antarctica to our warmer waters, taking advantage of the calm and lack of predators for reproduction. The clear waters around Rurutu allow for a spectacular encounter with these impressive mammals. It is not unusual to spot a mother-whale tenderly playing with her baby calf.

A local fisherman will guide you on this unique encounter with the leviathan mothers and their growing young on their fully equipped boat. You will be provided with vests and fins, a dive mask, a snorkel and a wet suit. You will also have the privilege of being an audience to a veritable undersea opera: the power and tonal range of the male songs (characteristic of the mating season), amplified by the coral sea bed echo. It is a dazzling show, simply the experience of a life time.


  • Pick-up / drop-off from all major hotels and pensions on the island

  • Roundtrip transfers to/from tour starting point by minibus

  • Guided tour

  • Snorkeling equipment

  • Diving suit

  • Mineral water


  • Meals and drinks not specified

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • This tour must be booked 7 to 14 days in advance.

  • This tour has a 2 passenger minimum requirement for operation and is subject to cancellation if this minimum is not met. The boat has a maximum capacity of 9 persons.

  • Whale sightings at each excursion is not and cannot be guaranteed. No reimbursement should be expected in this case.

  • Snorkeling with whales is not guaranteed. It will be allowed by the guide depending on the security, weather conditions as well as the mammals' behaviors.

  • Please note that the whale watching activity is authorized by snorkeling only (no scuba-diving). Snorkeling equipment and wet suit are available on site but you are free to bring your own equipment.

  • This excursion requires participants to be healthy and in good physical condition. We recommend this activity only to good swimmers as whale watching is always in open waters.

  • The Australes Archipelago is blessed with a slightly cooler climate than the Society archipelago. From July to October, air and water temperature oscillate between 20 and 24 degrees Celsius while summer clothing is fine for the daytime hours, warmer clothing is necessary at night. Rain gear should be provided during outings. It is recommended you bring sunscreen, hat, reef sandals, swimsuit and beach towel.

  • Participants must be 8 years old to join the tour.

  • Program can be modified, postponed or canceled without prior notice.

  • The swell can be rough during the whale watching season. We recommend that persons prone to seasickness acquire the adequate preventive products.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 9 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 8 days or less prior to date of activity.

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