French Polynesia August/September 2022 Trips

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Moorea Whale SNORKEL Trips August/September 2022

Why join this trip:

Imagine being picked up by a boat directly from your hotel restaurant. A trip where you can have a close encounter with a whale 10 minutes after leaving the dock. A location that puts you in warm, clear water, takes 1/3 the time to get to than other humpback whale destinations, and costs half the price. A trip where the operator never cuts a whale encounter short. A trip where you are on a boat with a small group of people, 6  or 10 at most, compared to 20 people on the "day boats". This is the amazing trip that Scott Gietler experienced, and has put together for you to enjoy - a trip of a lifetime. Scott had whale encounters every day he was on the water. Snorkel only, no dive certification required!

On this trip, we have two different boats available. A smaller boat for a maximum of 6 people including the trip leader and a larger boat for 10 people and two guides. See the boat details for more information and the trip dates for when each boat is being used. 

Check out this awesome video!


To get a little insight as to what the trip is like, read the reports from our 2019 and 2020 trips, here!  

Mo'orea Trip Report 2019

Humpback whale season is from August 1st to November 1st. All trips are at the peak of the season.

Moorea Trip Report 2019 Moorea Trip Report 2019

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Moorea 2019 Trip Report

Moorea 2019 Trip Report Moorea 2019 Trip Report 

See more amazing photos from our previous Moorea trips here and here.


Choose from the following dates:

August 27 - September 3

Trip Leader: Erik Lukas - Smaller Boat

September 3 - 10 

Trip Leader: Erik Lukas - Smaller Boat

September 10 - 17  

Trip Leader: Mark Strickland - Smaller Boat

September 17 - 24

Trip Leader: Tommy Stylski - Smaller Boat

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Only $2,995 for 7 nights


Why Join This Trip 

  • Our whale boat stays out all day, taking advantage of time in the early morning, mid-day, and late afternoon when many other operators (i.e. half-day boats) are not out.
  • We have selected a top-notch operator with a high level of expertise in finding whales and providing you the best chance of having a quality encounter in the water. Having an operator who knows how to get you a better whale experience is critical in Moorea.
  • Our operator’s boat has a hydrophone, which not only helps us to locate the whales, but also provides you the opportunity to hear these whales singing in great detail!

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  • Small group size (max 6 guests on smaller boat, incl trip leader or max 10 guests on larger boat and two guides)
  • 7 nights accommodation at Hotel Kaveka, twin occupancy in Garden Bungalow
  • Lunch provided on the boat days
  • 5 days on the water looking for whales, weather permitting, on a private boat with captain and guide and 1 day of rest to explore or relax.


  • Breakfast & dinner not included. Buying food at the grocery store can be inexpensive. Most restaurants will pick you up free of charge at the hotel, but the restaurants can be pricey. There is a reasonably priced pizza place within walking distance of Hotel Kaveka. Lunch is not included on non-boat days.
  • Upgrading to a single occupancy room
  • Ferry Ride to and from Moorea ~$30 USD round trip.  There are two ferry companies: Aremiti (has 2 ferry boats) and Terevau (Has 1 ferry boat)
  • Transfers between the airport and ferry, then the ferry and resort: There is a taxi company located right on the pier, and they charge 2.500 CFP for the cab that can seat up to eight passengers (roughly USD 25).There is also a public bus service which leaves from the pier upon the arrival of the fast ferries, and the price is 350 CFP per person one way (roughly USD 3.5). There is also the ALBERT TRANSPORT mini-bus shuttle which is also on the pier upon arrival of the fast ferries and the price person one way for this is 700 CFP (roughly USD 6.7) and you may book online at or . 
  • Tips
  • Private guide
  • Travel Insurance: click here to learn more about our preferred plan


Additional Information

  • Please bring your own wetsuit, mask and fins. There are no rental options on the island. A full 3mm wetsuit is recommended; many guests have skipped the wetsuit and gotten very cold when the weather got windy and cloudy.
  • We are not in the water all day. There may be long periods of time when you’re on the boat looking for whales. 
  • Guests must be good swimmers for this trip. Due to local regulations, we are dropped 100m away from the whales and must swim at a brisk pace up to them from that distance. It is possible to hire a private guide to help you swim if you are not a good swimmer. Please inquire for more details.
  • Many guests have gotten sunburn even though there is shade on the boat, so all skin must be covered. We suggest a hat, scarf for face/lips, face gaiter, full skin or wetsuit and plenty of sunscreen. 
  • Guests are required to be physically able to get up a small boat ladder on their own. If assistance is required to climb up a boat ladder, a private guide will be placed on the boat to assist you at your own expense.


Smaller Boat Details

  • Semi-inflatable 24ft / 7.5m boat.
  • Smaller than most boats allowing more intimate whale encounters
  • Only 6 guests  - exclusive experience
  • The central area is open for gear storage and allows ease of movement around the boat

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  • 31ft / 9.5m boat
  • Maximum 10 guests still allow for intimate whale experiences
  • 2 guides to support different swimming abilities 
  • Fixed central seats for added comfort

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Guests will fly into and out of the international airport on Tahiti in Pape'ete (code PPT). From there, it is a 15-minute taxi ride to the ferry port, where you can purchase a ticket on-site to cross the channel to Moorea Island (typically about a 45-minute ferry.) The new ferry, Terevau Piti, has also recently become available, decreasing the travel time from Tahiti to Moorea to 30 minutes. You can take a taxi or bus from Moorea ferry port to Hotel Kaveka, which is about 15 minutes away.


Sample Itinerary

  • Day 1: International flight arrival at Tahiti (airport code: PPT), take ferry to Moorea, hotel arrival
  • Day 2 - 6: Look for whales 9AM-4PM (times are samples based on previous years and not guaranteed to be the same each year).
  • Day 7: Day of rest. Can be used to dive, explore the island, or potentially add another day of whale swimming (dependent on boat availability and agreement between all guests during the trip).
  • Day 8: Depart hotel, take the ferry back to Tahiti for flight.



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About Hotel Kaveka

Family owned and operated, The Hotel Kaveka offers incredible value for discerning travelers from around the world. Nobody knows Moorea better than the team of professionals at The Hotel Kaveka. Portable televisions with local reception are in the bungalows along with a mini refrigerator and air conditioning. All the rooms included on this trip have air-conditioning, which is not available at many other hotels in Moorea.

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Payment Schedule  

Deposit: $800

Payment 2: $1000, Due 2/1/22

Payment 3: Balance, Due 6/1/22

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Got Questions? Ready to Book?

Call us today at +1-310-915-6677 email us at

Or stop by our office at 3961 Sepulveda Blvd, Suite 206 Culver City, CA 90230 

And let us book your dream vacation!

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Photo Gallery 

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Moorea Humpback Whale Photos Taken by Mark Strickland

Moorea Trip Report 2019
 Moorea Trip Report 2019

Moorea Humpback Whale Photos Taken by Scott Gietler

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Moorea Humpback Whale Photos Taken by Eric Lukas

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Moorea Humpback Whale Photos Taken by Bryan Chu

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