Shore Excursion Details

Dolphin Watching Expedition

Moorea, French Polynesia

Dolphin Watching Expedition


  • 3
    hrs Estimate Duration

Join marine biologist Dr. Michael Poole, a French-Polynesian dolphin specialist since 1987, or his assistant, for this combination eco-tour and research expedition focusing on wild, free-ranging dolphins.

Depart the pier aboard a covered boat for the scenic ride to the open ocean. Spinner dolphins, the slightly larger rough-tooth dolphins and pilot whales can be seen around Moorea, with spinner dolphins regularly swimming inside the reef. With a little luck, you will see schools of acrobatic spinner dolphins while listening to informative commentary about their remarkable life and society at sea.

During your tour, you will also learn about French Polynesia's geology and evolution while viewing Moorea's dramatic beauty from the sea. Dolphins are found on 95% of the tours, but the engaging narrative and sheer magnificence of Moorea's coastline will ensure a rewarding time, even on those few occasions when no dolphins are found.

Time permitting, you will have an opportunity to go swimming directly from the boat before being transferred back to the pier.

Need to Know:

Note: This tour is not for guests with mobility concerns. Participants must be able to navigate a ladder from the boat to enter and exit the water. This tour is not a swim with the dolphins. Those who wish to swim or sunbathe should bring swimwear worn under a cover-up, sun protection, biodegradable sunscreen and a towel from the ship. There are no restrooms or changing facilities on board the boat. Operation of this tour is subject to guide availability. Those who participate in water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility and must know how to swim, be comfortable in the water and able to cope with occasional currents.

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Excursion Type:

Wildlife Tours

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Tours with this activity level involve walking over relatively level terrain, possibly some cobblestone, gravel, or a few steps. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
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