Join us on an epic photo expedition in Moorea, French Polynesia snorkeling with Humpback Whales.

Humpback whales are seasonal visitors to Moorea. Between July and November each year they travel from the Antarctic to the warm tropical waters of Tahiti to mate and give birth. They are best seen from mid-August through late October. We’ve planned our trip at the peak of the season. It’s common to see mothers and calves, hear males singing, and see breaching and other surface behaviors.

©Jason Belport - Moorea Tahiti Dive Photo Trip - Mother & Calf Shallow


The lagoon and ocean surrounding Moorea, French Polynesia is warm and clear, making it one of the best places in the world to swim with and observe Humpback Whales in the mating and nursery areas. French Polynesia declared itself a Marine Mammal Sanctuary in 2002 offering protection to all of the 16 species of Whales and Dolphins found there.

©Ron Watkins - Moorea Tahiti Dive Photo Trip - Moorea Bay


In addition to humpback whales we may also see pilot whales, spinner and rough-toothed dolphins, stingrays, eagle rays, reef sharks, oceanic white tip sharks, sea turtles and lots more.



Our trips are small-group, photography focused, led by experienced guide and photo pro. We’ll planned 5 full days on the water to maximize the opportunities to swim with these amazing animals.

©Ron Watkins - Moorea Tahiti Dive Photo Trip - Mother & Calf


This is a snorkel only trip, no SCUBA gear or certifications required. You’ll need a wetsuit, fins, mask and snorkel. You must be a good swimmer as there will be a lot of surface swimming to meet up with the whales. You must be able to get in and out of a semi-inflatable boat and comfortable being in the water for extended periods of time.

Contact us for more details!



©Jason Belport - Moorea Tahiti Dive Photo Trip - Showing Off


Pricing:

  • Starting at $3,599 per person


Standard Package Includes:

  • 7 Nights accommodations at Hotel Kaveka, double occupancy in a Garden Bungalow
  • 5 Full days on the water with an expert guide


Additional costs:

  • International airfare to PPPT
  • Ferry to and from Moorea
  • Transfer from the ferry to the hotel
  • All meals
  • Room upgrades
  • Single supplement
  • Additional nights and other activities
  • Rental car if desired
  • Trip insurance
  • Crew tip


Trip 1:

  • September 24: Arrive in Tahiti
  • September 25: Free day, explore Moorea
  • September 26-30: On the water swimming with wales (weather permitting)
  • October 1: Depart Moorea, fly home

Trip 2:

  • October 1: Arrive in Tahiti
  • October 2: Free day, explore Moorea
  • October 3-7: On the water swimming with wales (weather permitting)
  • October 8: Depart Moorea, fly home


Please note that Divers Alert Network (DAN) or equivalent evacuation insurance is mandatory on all trips. Additionally, comprehensive Cancellation, Accident, Medical and Baggage insurance such as Dive Assure, Generali Global Assistance or Travel Guard is highly recommended.

Ron Watkinsy
Ron Watkins is a professional photographer, writer, explorer, trip leader and photography instructor specializing in underwater and topside nature photography. Through his imagery, Ron is committed to raising awareness of the challenges facing our fragile ecosystems and threatened marine life in hopes of promoting conservation. Ron is known as an adventurer who is passionate about sharing his knowledge of photography techniques and helping his clients capture images of unique subjects and behavior.




©Jason Belport - Moorea Tahiti Dive Photo Trip - Siren

©Ron Watkins - Moorea Tahiti Dive Photo Trip - Up Close & Personal

©Ron Watkins - Moorea Tahiti Dive Photo Trip - Big Whales little Diver

©Ron Watkins - Moorea Tahiti Dive Photo Trip - 3 Whales

©JRon Watkins - Moorea Tahiti Dive Photo Trip - Whale with Diver

©Jason Belport - Moorea Tahiti Dive Photo Trip - Whale Bubble Trails

©Jason Belport - Moorea Tahiti Dive Photo Trip - Sleepytime

©Jason Belport - Moorea Tahiti Dive Photo Trip - Shallow Whales with Photographer