Swim with Humpback whales - French Polynesian remote island expedition

      Tubuai Island

      Jt
      16 reviews
      Sep 24 - Oct 8, 2023
      Group size: 1 - 18
      Swim with Humpback whales - French Polynesian remote island expedition
      Tubuai Island

      16 reviews

      $NaN
      Sep 24 - Oct 8, 2023
      Group size: 1 - 18

      About this trip

      If you've ever wanted to say, I was there before it was cool, this is the place to go.


      Tubuai Island is on the southern island chain of French Polynesia, and is as remote as you can get without being on a boat in the middle of the ocean. 


      Each year populations of humpback whales travel north to the South Pacific and the warm waters of French Polynesia to raise their new born calves.


      Join us for six days of swimming with these amazing giants of the sea. No SCUBA certification needed.



      What’s included

      • 6 days on the water
        We go out each day from about 730 am- 4pm
      • 7 Nights Accommodation
        Accommodation is twin share rooms, at a small family run lodge.
      • All meals on the island
        Breakfast and dinner at the lodge, and lunch on board the boat
      • Digital photos
        An online drive is shared for you to access photos taken by our guides
      • Non-alcoholic drinks
        Basic refreshments on board the boat
      • Airport Transfers
        Transfers from and to Tubuai Airport
      • Gear if needed
        Wetsuits, mask, snorkel and fins are available, but we advise having your own
      • Arifare
        International and Domestic airfare
      • Travel Insurance
        We cant stress it enough- please get this
      • Gratuities
        For the crew

      Available Packages

      Session 1 - September 24 - October 1

      These Tubuai Expeditions are led by Shane Gross. Check out his profile on the team page (www.justthewild.com/team). Shane has  ran the Tubuai expedition for the last two years and for 2023 is also leading two of the sessions in Mo'orea before heading down to Tubuai for another season. 

      $3,975
      Deposit: $900
      Session 2 - October 1 - October 8

      These Tubuai Expeditions are led by Shane Gross. Check out his profile on the team page (www.justthewild.com/team). Shane has  ran the Tubuai expedition for the last two years and for 2023 is also leading two of the sessions in Mo'orea before heading down to Tubuai for another season. 

      $3,975
      Deposit: $900
      Session 3 - October 8 - October 15

      These Tubuai Expeditions are led by Shane Gross. Check out his profile on the team page (www.justthewild.com/team). Shane has  ran the Tubuai expedition for the last two years and for 2023 is also leading two of the sessions in Mo'orea before heading down to Tubuai for another season. 

      $3,975
      Deposit: $900
      Single Supplement Tubuai Sessions

      This option is for those who wish to have a single room, and not share. 

      $1,100


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      Jt
      Just the Wild
      16 reviews
      Joined in July 2022
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      Reviews

      This trip was one of the best in my life. Our guide Caine is a marine biologist who knows the whales like they are family. As an older person, I was greatly helped when he would take my hand and lead me in the water to a good view. Our boat crew was amazing at locating whales and dropping small groups close by, so we could see and photograph. The accommodations at “The Chanps” were lovely and the hotel staff very nice and helpful. Great breakfasts, cooked to order. Advice: Bring super good equipment that you are comfortable with (my fins were a bit on the short side) and follow the directions Caine sends out ahead of time. Remember, this is the Caribbean, where people go out of their way to be NICE, so leave your stuff behind and have fun. Finding whales is not guaranteed, so be happy if you get to be with some in the water…awesome.!
      By Carolyn C for Swim with Sperm Whales, Dominica November 2023 on Nov 28, 2023
      Fabulous! This was an incredible trip, well organised but mostly with amazing people. Aimee as a guide is incredible and as a person even more incredible. Desmond is the best whale watching skipper I have seen. And the people like me on this trip were amazing, which shows that it is an amazing community in Just the Wild.
      By Vasco D for Swim with Blue Whales - Timor Leste, November 2023 on Nov 28, 2023
      Caine is such a phenomenal person, and amazing photographer. Choosing to go on one of his trips was a no brainer for me. Ironically, he wasn’t even guiding, and I was introduced the what must be the kindest and most amazing person, Ocean Aimee, one of his guides. Not only did she do a fantastic job organizing the trip, keeping us supported, but she also is an award winning photographer! How amazing is that to have. Couple all this with a completely unique, one of a kind experience in the little known country of Timor-leste and phenomenal blue whales and that alone would have been 11/10 on the trip. To add even more to all that, I was blessed with the best group one could hope for, an amazing on site guide captaining, and we saw 8 different cetaceans in 7 days! While 7 days might sound like a lot, trust me, everyday was full and left me wanting more drops. Blue whales. Sperm whales. Melon headed. The list goes on. What an adventure. What an experience! *important to note we had an amazing experience and saw a lot of things incredibly, and we all were of the same idea and understanding that the ocean doesn’t owe us anything and no interaction is promised. I think living in this perspective will help make sure you have the best time!
      By Zac S for Swim with Blue Whales - Timor Leste, November 2023 on Nov 28, 2023
      I can’t even describe in words how amazing this trip was! Magical animal encounters (not a given or a guarantee- we were just incredibly lucky), perfectly harmonising travel group (not a given neither), phenomenal captain (Des), fantastic guide & photographer (Aimee), great food, safe and clean accommodation. I couldn’t have wished for more! Absolutely magical! THANK YOU TO EVERYONE!!! <3 PS: only one little mini-improvement I would suggest: please create a chill-out zone with couches, bean bags etc in front of Aquatica office/ dive centre ;)
      By Cloe C for Swim with Blue Whales - Timor Leste, November 2023 on Nov 28, 2023
      JG
      I had a wonderful time. Aimee was the best guide you can have. Expirienced so many magical moments. No words can tell.
      By Julia G for Swim with Blue Whales - Timor Leste, November 2023 on Nov 27, 2023
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