Whale watching on Rurutu

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 seaward. 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 15 metres 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.

It's a whale lover's 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. Emotion overwhelms the audience during these exceptional moments.