My husband and I were honeymooning in Moorea in early October of 2013 and were recommended to take this tour by a colleague. I contacted Dr. Poole months before to confirm a tour date, however it's not necessary to do this. He was extremely courteous and was quick to reply to all of my questions.
Almost immediately upon taking off from the dock, Dr. Poole spotted humpback whales - a mother and her calf. He gave brief explanation and tutorial. He then told willing participants that due to the good conditions, we'd be able to swim with the whales. We were thrilled! We quickly put on our gear and got in the water. Soon enough - we were swimming only a few feet away from the whales! We watched as the mother breached from the water as we were snorkeling. There were many other moments where we were all in awe.
It was an exhilarating experience and I highly recommend it. We spent one week in Moorea at the Hilton and one week in Bora Bora at the Four Seasons and this was BY FAR our best experience... truly incredible.
One note - make sure to bring a change of clothes, snacks and water as our tour lasted 4 hours and we were cold, hungry and thirsty after being in the water.
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