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Rurutu humpback whale watching (Megaptera novaeangliae):

Hello !
Every year at the South Pole, as the austral winter settles in and ice forms, krill (the small shrimp whales feed upon) becomes scarcer, triggering the whales’ great departure...

This migration to warmer waters will last a month for an estimated 5 to 6 000 km. The humpback whales will spend 3 to 4 months there, during which the males will search for mates and gestating females will give birth The calm waters of Rurutu, part of the Austral Islands, appeal to certain whales in search of a tranquil  environment. The mothers may stay there several weeks with their newborns before resuming their travel back to Antarctica.

Eric Leborgne, your guide.
       For 15 years now, in Rurutu, the Raie Manta Club has been coordinating trips around the island
     from mid-July to mid-October to discover these sea giants. Your guide, Eric Leborgne will take you
(1) - (2) : Excursion
     on a unique and extraordinary journey.
(3) Hotel Rurutu Village
        " As a cetacean expert I wish to raise the public’s awareness of these animals, too often neglected
       relics of our past. . "
Map of Rurutu
The guide’s job is to respect the animals and to ensure above all that they are neither stressed nor disturbed. It has been noted that whales go through phases of somnolence, during which they are motionless. It will be during these phases that your guide will let you slip as quietly as possible into the water, using only flippers and snorkelling equipment. You will then witness a fascinating   and unforgettable sight.
Eric Leborgne
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During the active phases of the whales, observation will take place from the boat where you will be able to photograph at will the leaps and other aerial demonstrations of our acrobats... This activity is open to all, requires no particular diving experience or physical condition and  will enable you to combine surface observation and underwater encounter with the whales.
Throughout the world, we are the only ones to offer this quality of observation, combining the know-how and experience of your guide, the transparency of the water and the coastal nearness of the cetaceans. Our team works closely with photographers, filmmakers and television crews from all over the world ( France, Belgium, Japan, United States, Italy…).
Big baby encounter
Minke whale

-surface and underwater snorkelling observation of humpback whales

Minke Roqual
False killer whales

-film shooting

- Private boat
  In the course of our trips, certain species of cetaceans have been seen around the island:
  sperm whales, Minke whales, Rudolphi’s whales, pilot whales, beaked whales, melon-headed whales,
False killer whales

false killer whales, long-beaked dolphins, Risso’s dolphins….

        The complete diving equipment (flippers, dive mask, snorkel and full 3 mm wetsuit) and slickers
     are available on board.
Our boat
       Our boat is a« poti marara »: a 27 foot locally manufactured boat with a turbo-diesel 200 CV engine.
       We highly recommend bringing sunglasses, a hat and sunscreen, as well as warm and wind breaking
     In this season the sea may be choppy; we recommend that people prone to seasickness bring
Whale family
     the appropriate medication.
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Rurutu’s Whale Watching Tours - From mid July to mid October


2 Tours/day - 7 days/week - Morning from 9 AM - Afternoon from 2 PM


Maximum 7 people on board - From 12 years old



/ tour per person (no children rate)
(including transportation from your hotel and equipment. Duration: approximately 2-1/2 H.)

  Special price for Rurutu Lodge customers:

3 Island Package Rangi/Tikehau/Rurutu

Rurutu whale watching:
  Water temperature: 22 to 24 degrees Celsius
Equipment provided :
Rangi/Tikehau dive:
gear included      
tank & weight belt only  

Wet suit Shorty 3 mm, mask, fins and snorkel


To save the environment, places are limited. We apologize to not provide group rate or private tour.


Thanks to keep in mind there’s no diving possible with the Rurutu’s whales. Only snorkeling. No free diving.

Tel: 87 723 145
Since the available seats on the boat are limited, booking must be made in advance.
We are available for
We accept payment in cash, local checks, euros, dollars and traveller’s checks.
any futher information :
!! We do not accept credit cards. A bank with an ATM is available in the village of Moerai.
More information
about :
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Hotel **Le Rurutu Lodge- Tel/fax : 87 940 215 - Fax : 87 930 330


Pension Ariana : Tel : 87 940 669 - Fax : 87 940 714

Manotel : Tel/fax : 87 930 225 –

Pension Temarama : Tel 87 930 280 – Fax : 87 930 281


!! We recommend very early accommodation and flight reservations.


Tel : 87 723 145



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