Whale watching on Rurutu

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Whale watching on Rurutu

From July to October, humpback whales come to breed off the Austral Islands, a sanctuary suitable to privileged cetacean observation.

Because it does not have lagoon, Rurutu can be approached easily from the open ocean. It is therefore a popular destination during winter in the Southern hemisphere (from July to October) for humpback whales: dozens come every year to mate and give birth to calves.

Since 2002, French Polynesia has become a sanctuary for marine mammals. Among the key spots to watch cetaceans - some more than 15m long - is the island of Rurutu, which has managed to avoid all manner of pollution, including noise: it only takes a certain number of tourists at a time. Divers put on flippers, masks and snorkel to watch the animals as whales may be afraid of oxygen tanks and swim away.

If you are a whale lover, this will be a dream come true: observing the marine choreography of this protected species and listening to their love songs, in the water or from the specially equipped platforms. The emotions that surface during these incredible experiences with the whales are sure to leave any audience spellbound.

Raie Manta Club
BP 55 Avatoru
98775 Rangiroa

+689 87 72 31 45

www.raiemantaclub.com/ruru-uk.htm