What To Expect
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
Meals and drinks not specified
Tips and gratuities
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.
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