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Also see : Rurutu | Rangiroa | Bora Bora | Moorea | Fakarava / Tikehau

- South of Tahiti in the Australes Archipelago
- Migratory path of the Humpback Whale
- Truly unforgettable snorkelling experiences
- Exhilarating sights of whales nursing their calfs
- Witness the resonating opera of the males


Rurutu Diving , French Polynesia: An Introduction

tahitiLocated in the Australes Archipelago to the South of Tahiti is the tiny but the exquisite island of Rurutu. It is surrounded by a barrier reef and the lagoon within was formed 12 million years ago. Since that time the island had been sinking and much had eroded away until about 1.5 million years ago when volcanic activity pushed limestone from the old reef 100m upwards, the island is now a volcanic peak just 19 miles in circumference. Rurutu is famed for being in the path of the Humpback Whales migratory journey when they make their way from Antarctica to the warmer waters around Rurutu taking advantage of the lack of predators here for reproduction.

Humpbacks inhabit all the oceans of the world though at the end of autumn they leave their cold, rich feeding ground for warm tropical waters, fasting until they return to the cold again in early spring. It was soon discovered that Rurutu was a place for pregnant females to give birth, feed their young and let them gain enough weight and strength for the long journey home around October/November. Its shallow waters are free of deep-sea predators, and in case of a storm there are calm lagoons on both sides.

These magnificent creatures grow to an average of 16m in length and weigh approximately 40 tonnes. A whale watching experience can be undertaken where you are guided by professional divers to encounter the wonder of these creatures, it is not uncommon to witness a mother tenderly playing with her young calf. This snorkelling trip brings to life the privilege of being an audience to a veritable underwater opera: the power and tonal range of the songs of the males is amplified by the coral sea bed and is truly an unforgettable experience.

The singing is hauntingly beautiful, overpowering. Humpback Whales sing the most complex songs in the animal kingdom, consisting of many themes sung in a specific order. A song can last half an hour, then the whale begins the same song again, repeating it for hours, even days. This vocal display is probably related to breeding, attracting females or announcing territory, to maintain spacing between adjacent males or to advertise the fitness of the singer. Sound travels better and faster in water than in air, so the sea is a perfect place for acoustic advertising.



Diving in Rurutu, French Polynesia

Dive with whales off Rurutu....

French Polynesia is not well known in the scuba world, but that is what you will enjoy about it. With fewer divers it is easier to preserve this little paradise...just for you.
Actually, French Polynesia is the ideal spot for all levels of scuba divers. There are dive locations for the beginner inside the lagoon and more technical ones outside the reef. The visibility is very good in all locations ; however as anywhere else it is dependent on factors outside our control such as weather and currents.

Diving is excellent year round which means that there is no "best" season for scuba diving in French Polynesia. We have both a dry and a rainy season. The rainy season is during the Tahitian summer which lasts from December until February, and typically involves rain in the morning with sun in the afternoon.

sharkWhat You'll See

If you enjoy seeing big fish this is the place to be. Sharks, sharks, and more sharks.

Tahiti was rated shark capital of the Pacific by Skin Diver magazine and it definitely lives up to its rating. Lemon, grey, black tip, white tip, and hammerhead sharks all make the waters around Tahiti their home.

The waters of Bora Bora are also home to the graceful manta rays. We are very lucky here, as we can see them inside the lagoon which means the dive location is perfect for divers with little experience, as the maximum depth is 60 feet.

papeeteTo get the most enjoyment out of diving with the big fish it is important to not touch or swim towards them. Instead, when you see one swimming towards you, stay calm, keep your arms close to your body and try to make as few movements and bubbles as possible. You should try to stay out of their direct path so that they don't have to swim around you. If you are careful you can follow them after they have passed, but they are fast and you will rapidly run out of breath if you try to keep up for too long.






A choice of luxury accommodation in 4* and 5* hotels

Prices include flights, transfers, airport taxes, accommodation, FB and diving. Non-diver packages available

Boat diving. Whale diving and snorkeling

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The water temperature ranges from 77 degrees during the winter to 86 degrees during the summer. Many divers here dive without a wet suit, but we suggest you dive with one to keep from getting chilly (a 3mm short wet suit should keep you plenty warm).


Air New Zealand B747

Depart: Heathrow/Manchester Wed/Fri/Sun PM

Return: Heathrow/Manchester

Mon/Thu/Sat AM Flight time approx 20 hours

Economy Class Seat pitch 34 inches

Flight requires change of aircraft at Los Angeles
Domestic flights on Air Tahiti & Air Moorea
Departures also available from Heathrow on Virgin Atlantic connecting.


Only French citizens can enter French Polynesia without a passport and the visa requirements are much the same as for France itself. Western European, Scandinavian and Australian citizens are allowed to stay for up to three months without a visa.

Liveaboard prices quoted at the bottom of this page. For land based packages and flight prices, please contact us and we will compose a price for the holiday.
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