Whale season in Moorea

Are you in Polynesia on vacation and looking for an unforgettable experience?

Find out all you need to know about the whale season in Moorea.

When is the best time to see whales in Moorea?

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Every year from July to November, it's the long-awaited "whale season".

These great migrants honor us with their presence in Polynesian waters for several months, mating, calving and resting.

After this period, they head back to Antarctica to feed.

This seasonal migration represents a round trip of around 13,000 km.

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Whale watching in Polynesia

The Polynesian humpback whale population is currently estimated at between 934 and 1849 individuals, according to Dr Poole and Dr Baker. This is only an estimate, as the actual number of individuals is not yet known.

Whale-watching in Polynesia is regulated, but is possible on a boat trip organized by one of the many service providers accredited by the environment department.

Swim with whales in Moorea

In Moorea, these outings will take you behind the reef barrier, sometimes even a little further out to sea, and allow you to observe the animals from the boat or in the water, equipped with your fins, mask and snorkel, if all the conditions are right. An extraordinary experience!

Whale song

During whale season, if no visual observation is possible, you may be lucky enough to hear a song...

Around Moorea, the singing males usually position themselves at the tips of the island, which are ideal for wide acoustic diffusion and thus reach more females for greater reproductive success.

Vibrato guaranteed when you're close to a singing male!

To make sure you choose the right service provider, make sure it has been approved for the current year, and that the online reviews and comments are good.

The association for the protection of whales in Polynesia

The species is considered "endangered" (very high risk of extinction in the wild) according to the IUCN red list.

To find out more and help the humpback whale population grow in Polynesia, contact the OCEANIA cetacean protection association, whose team is based in Moorea.

Every year, they carry out various projects to protect the cetaceans' habitat.

Enjoy the whale season from the breathtaking vantage point of Cook's Bay!

From the Cook's Bay hotel, you can be sure of frequent sightings during the whale-watching season, as Cook's Bay is an ideal resting place for the animals, which then seek shelter from offshore predators and invasive motorized craft.

Book your stay now and enjoy the perfect place for whale watching!