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Worldwide, there are 80 species of cetaceans including at least 16 species frequently observed in the Polynesian waters. The most emblematic underwater cetacian is the Humpback whale. In the coastal areas of the peninsula and in interaction with the humpback whales, we are likely to see: rough-toothed dolphins, spinner dolphins, pilot whales … and even more rarely their predator, the killer whales.
Humpback whales are marine mammals carrying the largest migration in the world. They leave their feeding area at the poles and travel thousands of kilometers to tropical waters in ordertoo mate and to give birth there. The waters of French Polynesia are a resting place for these animals, especially for mothers and calves thanks to the presence of lagoons and shallow reef areas.
In Polynesia, the first whales arrive in June and the last leave in December. But the peak season is between August and November and during this period we guarantee the encoutner with the whales because their presence is permanent. They are mainly met in the Society Islands (Tahiti, Moorea, Tetiaroa) Late in the season, many whales gather in the south of the Tahiti’s peninsula (Te Pari) before starting their long migration to the south pole and it is not uncommon that we organize trips until late November to observe them.
We have the chance to meet calves and their mothers, juvenile groups or overexcited adults, or even singing males during the season. Their song then animates the seabed, and even kilometers away, it is possible to hear their melancholy melodies that envelop you. The dive center owns hydrophones that will allow you to hear, even without getting wet.