French Polynesia

Humpback Whale Safari

Photograph humpback whales in Mo'orea, French Polynesia, September 15-22, 2019

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  • Where
    French Polynesia
  • When
    Sep 2019
  • Days
  • Guests
  • Difficulty
  • Price
An 8-day photo tour, led by wildlife photographer Adam Martin – from $3,000 per person.

Join wildlife photographer Adam Martin on a small group adventure to Mo'orea, French Polynesia, in search of humpback whales. We will spend a total of 6 days on the water, for up to 10 hours each day, searching-for and swimming-with humpback whales! Our boat captain and expert local guide will drop us in safe and legal proximity to the whales while maximizing our ability for underwater encounters. Being eye-to-eye with a 30-ton humpback whale is a life-changing experience!

Where we're going

Mo'orea is a South Pacific island, part of French Polynesia's Society Islands archipelago. It's known for its jagged volcanic mountains and sandy beaches.

Each year, humpback whales from the Southern Ocean and Antarctica migrate north to warmer waters. Here they can give birth, safely raise their young, and mate. This can potentially afford sightings of mothers with young calves, or groups of males pursuing individual females in competitive battles for mating rights known as "heat runs".

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What to Bring

Mask & Snorkel

A comfortable mask that fits your face, and an attached snorkel so that you can breath while swimming with your face in the water. Defog is also helpful to remedy mask fogging.


A comfortable and tested pair of fins for swimming long distances each day. Free-diving fins can help you to move faster in the water, but they are more difficult to travel with.


The weather can be hot or cold depending on rain or wind, and an exposure suit ranging from a 2mm neoprene top to a full 3mm wetsuit is recommended, depending on your tendency to get cold.

Sun Protection

We will be spending up to 10 hours a day on the water, so it is important to stay protected with coral-safe sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, and other SPF rated clothing options if not already in a neoprene top.

Sea Sickness Medication

The weather can change a lot day-to-day, and seasickness medication such as Bonine or Dramamine may be necessary if the weather becomes rough. Better safe than sorry.

Underwater Camera

Ranging from a GoPro camera to a complete underwater housing setup, a camera will provide documented memories of this amazing experience to share with your family and friends.

What's Included

  • 7 Nights Accommodation
  • 6 Days On the Water
  • Lunch on the Boat
  • Local Guide & Boat Captain

What's Not Included

  • International Airfare
  • Taxi & Ferry Costs
  • Other Meals
  • Travel Insurance

Come Experience French Polynesia

Experience the trip of a lifetime, swimming with humpback whales in the heart of the South Pacific!