Dates: October 2020 TBD
Group: 6 participants
Mo’orea is considered the “Heart of French Polynesia”. It is a high island in French Polynesia, one of the Windward Islands, part of the Society Islands, 17 kilometres (11 mi) northwest of Tahiti. The name comes from the Tahitian Mo'ore'a, meaning "yellow lizard": Mo'o = lizard ; Re'a (from re'are'a) = yellow.
The island was formed as a volcano, the result of a Society
hotspot in the mantle under the oceanic plate that formed the whole of the Society Archipelago. It is theorized that the current bays were formerly river basins that filled during the Holocene searise.
Mo'orea is about 10 miles in width from the west to the east. There are two small, nearly sym- metrical bays on the north shore. The one to the west is called Opunohu Bay, which is not very populated but many travelers have come into the bay. The one to the east is Cook's Bay, also called Pao Pao Bay since the largest commune of Mo'orea is at the bottom of the bay. The highest point is Mount Tohi'e'a, near the center of Mo'orea. It dominates the vista from the two bays and can be seen from Tahiti. There are also hiking trails in the mountains.
Accommodation (5-7 nights, some rooms may be double occupancy).
Airport transfers, ferry transfer and local transportation.
Three meals per day while (including dinner the first day (arrival day) and breakfast the last day (departure day).
Professional whale guide, captain and expert team.
Freediving, photography, and optional editing lessons.
Snorkel, mask, and fins.
Camera equipment and underwater housings (optional).
Travel and medical insurance or expenses related.
Airfare to and from Mo’orea or Tahiti, French Polynesia.
Accomodation or activities outside trip dates
Swim with wild humpbacks, variety of dolphins including rough toothed dolphins, sharks, stingrays, other whale species.
Stay in a house with the small group.
Snorkel the beautiful coral reef.
Enjoy the clear turquoise and blue waters of French Polynesia.
Watch the swell break at the edge of the reef.
Check out the beauty of Mo’orea at several overlooks located around the island.
DAY 1. Arrive in Tahiti, French Polynesia
We will arrange a pick up for you from Tahiti Airport. Please schedule your flight to arrive before 5pm today, or plan to fly in a day early as the ferry to Mo’orea runs only until 6pm.
Upon arrival, we will take you to the ferry, which crosses 17 km to the island of Mo’orea. On the way enjoy some whale watching from the top of the deck.
In the evening, we will have dinner followed by a safety briefing. We suggest an early night of sleep to prepare for whale swimming the next day.
WHALE SWIM DAYS 5-7 days
Breakfast will be served at the house prior to departing on the boat each morning.
Full day swimming with whales. The days will be around 7 hours in length with lunch on the boat. We have an experienced captain and crew to assist in finding the whales.
Lunch and snacks will be provided on the boat.
Non photographers and photographers are welcome, there will be optional photo workshops in the evening after returning from the water.
After getting off the water you will have time to rinse gear, shower, and rest before dinner time.
We will eat dinner together at the house some nights. There will also be times during the trip where we will go out for dinner together which is also included in the price.
We will bring you to the ferry depending on your flight time where you will cross back to Tahiti. The ferry will take about 45 minutes to cross.
We will arrange airport and ferry drop offs throughout the day, 2 hours before your scheduled departure.
For those interested in spending the night or more time in Mo’orea or Tahiti, before or after the trip, we can help arrange a hotel or place for you (additional fee).