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Humpback Whales in Bora Bora

Hear the calls of humpback whales in the waters around Bora Bora

Best time: September–October

The months of September and October, when the weather starts to get warmer, are the best times to see humpback whales in the sea off the Moorea Island coast. At this time the visibility in the water is still excellent and it is often possible to hear the whales calling whilst you are diving, which is an amazing sound to hear

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What is the best time of year to see humpback whales in Bora Bora?

Humpback whales can be seen around Bora Bora during their migration season. A good time to see them is during September and October, when they migrate to mate and give birth in warmer seas. When you are diving, you can often hear them calling, and the water visibility is still excellent! Show more

How close can you get to the humpback whales while diving?

While visiting Bora Bora to dive and see humpback whales, keep in mind that humpbacks are gentle and curious animals known to be unpredictable and aggressive if they feel threatened. It is advisable to maintain a safe distance of at least 100 ft (30 m) from them while diving. Always follow safety instructions provided by your guide and stay close to your group. Show more

What other marine life can you see in the waters off Bora Bora?

The surrounding waters off Bora Bora are just as enchanting as its sandy beaches! Marine life includes several species of whales, including pilot whales and beaked whales. You can also spot lovely dolphins and sharks along with rays, and colorful tropical fish coexisting amongst the coral reefs, making your diving experience memorable! Show more

Where are the best spots to see humpback whales around Bora Bora?

Bora Bora is part of the migration path of humpback whales. The communes of Maupiti and Rurutu are popular breeding grounds for these giants, while they can also be spotted in waters surrounding other islands like Moorea, Raiatea, Tahaa, and Huahine! Contact local guides for more details about whale hotspots. Show more

What precautions should be taken while diving near humpback whales?

Diving in the vicinity of humpback whales is an unforgettable experience, but safety is crucial. Follow safety instructions provided by the guide, avoid making loud sounds or rapid movements that may offend or disturb them, and maintain a safe distance of at least 100 ft (30 m). Enjoy your dive and cherish the memories of the graceful aquatic creatures you encounter! Show more

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