French Polynesia Whale Watching – Private Tour

Excursions Available

Your private whale watching tour will transport you to the open sea where you’ll observe the majestic humpback whales that migrate through Polynesian waters. From August to October these magnificent animals come to give birth before returning to the South Pole and can often be seen with their new born young. Your diving instructors and divemasters will pick the best conditions for safe approaches with a deep respect for the animals. And depending upon the conditions, you might have the lucky opportunity to snorkel with some of the whales and their young. A truly unforgettable experience.

Additional information

No certification required

If snorkeling is approved for your group, the event is open to all guests with good swimming skills.

Whale watching sites

Sites are depending upon conditions and humpback migration patterns (Daylight hours)

Snorkeling guide

If snorkeling is approved for your group, the divemaster aboard will brief you and then lead the group

Snorkel gear

All snorkel gear is included. Everything will be ready for you when you arrive.

Excursion length

Approximately 4 hours.

Excursion date

Check your itinerary, excursions are usually scheduled mid-way through the voyage.

What if I am a diver?

That's great! However, only snorkeling is allowed on this excursion. To scuba dive – consider signing up for our 2 Tank Dive!


Always be ready for adventure.

Book with Confidence

Guaranteed Free Re-Booking in the Event of Do Not Travel Alerts

We guarantee to rebook you and your entire traveling party aboard another Sail Around The World voyage to your same destination at no charge to you if the US State Department and/or CDC issues a “Level 4 Do Not Travel Alert” for your destination that prevents you and/or your crew from traveling to your embarkation port on the dates of your voyage.

You can stay up to date on the latest travel advisories for your destination at the US State Department Travel Advisories website.

Voyage dates eligible for Free Re-booking would be re-booked for your same destination within one year of your initial departure date. If further alerts are issued that again prevent travel, the Free Re-booking offer would be extended an additional year. 

Protocols for Health and Safety Aboard

The health and safety of our Guests and crew are a top priority. We remain committed to operating in a safe and responsible way. Safety protocols aboard all Sail Around The World voyages continue to follow guidelines as defined by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as following all local destination regulations for health and safety.

Sail Around The World no longer requires Guests to be vaccinated and tested for COVID-19.

Although vaccines are not required, we encourage all guests to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines, when eligible, and carry proof of vaccination. Guests are considered fully vaccinated if they have received their final dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine or the appropriate booster at least 14 days prior to the sailing day (not counting embarkation day).

Although not required, we encourage unvaccinated Guests to take a COVID-19 test 3 days prior to their voyage.

Please be aware that health and safety measures may change at any time.

Travel Tip

Build Peace of Mind by Protecting Your Vacation Investment with Travel Insurance

We know that in today’s world travel plans can change without notice. That’s why Travel Insurance for Health and Trip Cancellation is important to consider during travel planning. With a policy that covers travel expenses, your Sail Around The World booking fees can be reimbursed to you should unforeseen circumstances prevent you, or members of your traveling party, from joining the voyage.

Sail Around The World does not require proof of travel insurance as a pre-requisite for boarding, however, some destinations may require travel insurance and/or travel medical insurance as a prerequisite for entry into their country. It is the responsibility of each Guest to verify updated travel and entry protocols to determine what type of travel insurance, if any, is required for their destination.

Note that Travel Insurance and Travel Medical Insurance are different types of coverages. Depending upon the provider, these two coverages can be combined into one policy. 

Because travel insurance may be optional based on destination, and each Guest may opt-in or out of different types of coverages, the cost of coverage is not included in the Voyage Fare.

For convenience, here are a number of travel insurance providers for review, but there are many others.* Check with your insurance agent for details.

Travel Insurance Resources:

* Travel Insurance Resources are provided here for convenience only. Sail Around The World, LLC does not verify the adequacy of Travel Insurance coverages referenced above or any of the policies or other products offered. All insurance policies are not the same. It is the sole responsibility of the purchaser of a policy or other service to be satisfied that the policy covers the risk sought to be insured against. 

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What's Included

Immersive sea and land natural world adventures

Sailing, snorkeling, hiking, beachcombing, kayaking, island explorations, and more

Onboard voyage captain & excursion guide
Private stateroom for two with ocean view, task lighting, and fully air-conditioned
Ensuite private bathroom with window, vanity and shower compartment
All provisions for onboard meals, snacks, and beverages with 24 hour galley access
All Voyages Include:
  • Your private stateroom with double berth and private en-suite bath with separate shower compartment. (Double occupancy with a maximum of up to 2 Guests per Stateroom.)
  • Your stateroom amenities include air-conditioning, ocean view windows, privacy curtains, multi-speed air fan, individually controlled LED reading lights, double AC power wall outlets (plug and 110v or 220v configuration based on destination), storage drawers, shelving and ample hanging storage lockers with hangers.
  • All bedding, pillows, and bath towels for your stateroom are included, (Guests to provide beach towels).
  • Provisioning for all meals while onboard, including the makings for breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and 24-hour access to beverages and snacks, (excluding alcoholic beverages.) Ingredients are sourced from the local destination where possible. Meal preparation and dining aboard is casual family style including fresh grilled island fare, and everyone enjoys pitching in with their own culinary style. Beverages include: sodas, juices, milk, half and half, coffee, decaf coffee, tea, and herbal tea.
  • Prior to departure, your galley will be fully stocked with provisions for all Guests and crew. Guests can coordinate menus and cooking arrangements upon boarding. Your galley is appointed with a 3-burner propane stove and oven, microwave, double sink, fridge and freezer, pots, pans, cooking utensils, dinnerware and cutlery. (Your Voyage Itinerary will also have a plan for a number of meals ashore. Dining and beverages ashore are not included in the Voyage Fare. See your Voyage Itinerary for details on shore dining.)
  • Your voyage will be led by your onboard Voyage Captain. Your captain will handle all the details for leading and managing the sailing, navigation planning, piloting, safety, mooring/anchoring, vessel management, and voyage and excursion coordination for your voyage.
  • All dinghy transportation to/from your yacht and shore is included.
  • All vessel related Covid-19 cleaning safety protocols, preparedness, and procedures are included.
  • Prior to boarding, all vessel cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting of boat interiors, kitchenware, and bedding is included.
  • All taxes, fees, mooring, and port expenses are included.
PLUS Complimentary Benefits
Only on Sail Around The World:
  • All land and sea excursions sponsored by Sail Around The World are included, such as: snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, beachcombing, local sights, and more. Your Voyage Captain may also serve as excursion guide for certain Sail Around The World sponsored excursions. (We can also arrange many other fun excursions for you, such as: scuba diving, jet skiing, jeep or boat tours, deep sea fishing, kite surfing, spa services, and more – pending availability, additional fees may apply.)
  • Entrance fees and permits to all national parks and/or aquatic parks are included for any Sail Around The World sponsored excursion.
  • Complimentary use of kayaks and/or standup paddle boards are included at destinations where available, (weather permitting)
  • Complimentary snorkeling fins are included for all Guests. (Due to safety protocols at some destinations – Guests wishing to snorkel / dive may be required to provide their own personal mask and snorkel.)
  • Complimentary bottled water is included.
  • Complimentary Captain’s hors d’oeuvres event is included (See your Voyage Itinerary for details.)
  • Complimentary onboard WiFi internet access is included at destinations where supported. (Speed and connectivity varies.)
  • Complimentary experience sailing your vessel is offered daily as an option for interested Guests, with time at the helm, learning to sail, chart briefings, and maritime informational talks led by your Voyage Captain. Guests interested in building their sailing skills can benefit from a learn by doing opportunity to expand on-the-water skills in a casual and fun atmosphere. Expand knowledge on topics such as: sailing catamarans vs. monohulls, voyage planning, navigation, marine weather, oceanography, cooking aboard, snorkeling and scuba diving, local knowledge, and much more.
  • Additionally, as you are planning your trip, we’re happy to answer any questions you may have about your destination and or travel plans. In many cases we can make recommendations for hotels, restaurants, shore excursions, and provide tips for local transportation.
We pack a lot into our voyages but some things are not in the Voyage Fare.
The following items are not included:
  • Air travel, ground / ferry transportation, taxis, transfers, and local destination airport departure taxes.
  • Vacation protection travel insurance, Covid-19 testing expenses (if required at your destination), medical services and transportation.
  • Excursions led by third-party providers, such as: scuba diving, jet skiing, jeep or boat tours, deep sea fishing, kite surfing, spa services, and others. (However, we look forward to helping you arrange these and many other fun experiences. Just let us know.)
  • Dining and beverage service while on shore. (See your Voyage Itinerary for details on when meals are planned to be on shore.)
  • Alcoholic beverages and specialty drinks both ashore and onboard.
  • An onboard Cook is not included in the Voyage Fare. (If an onboard Cook is desired, please Contact us for details and pricing.)
  • Course and certification fees for American Sailing Association and/or PADI Scuba certifications.
  • Gratuities for your onboard crew.

Additional Voyage inclusions, exclusions, and booking terms, as well as Voyage information, port details, embarkation boarding times, and more may be found on your Voyage Confirmation Receipt, and/or your Voyage Contract. Login to My Account for more details.


Rate & Booking Details

  • Full legal names and birthdays as they appear on each Guest’s passport are required at the time of booking and on the Voyage Contract.
  • Guests must be 18 years of age or older to book a Sail Around The World Voyage.
  • Upon completing the deposit payment for the Voyage booking the original booking Guest (“Signing Guest”) is required to digitally sign the Sail Around The World Voyage Contract. The acceptance of the terms of the Voyage Contract by one Guest shall constitute acceptance by all Guests on the Voyage Contract. A Signing Guest can view and sign their Voyage Contract online by following these steps:
    1. Login to your account at:
    2. Select “My Voyages and Excursions” in the left hand navigation.
    3. Select your Voyage from the list and then select the Voyage Contract for that Voyage.
  • Stateroom offers cannot be combined with any other discounted or promotional offer.
  • The minimum age to participate in a Voyage with Sail Around The World is 10 years of age at the time of boarding at the port of embarkation. Bookings may be made for minor Guests who are under 10 at the time of booking based on the 10th birthday being on or before the embarkation date.
  • All Voyage Fare deposits paid at the time of booking, as well as all follow on Voyage Fare balance payments paid, are final and non-refundable. We understand that plans change. To obtain reimbursement for Voyage Fares paid in case of cancellation, Guests may elect to purchase a vacation protection plan / travel insurance policy to cover expenses in case of cancellation. Not all policies are the same. Prior to purchasing a policy, read the terms carefully to understand the policy coverages, including coverage relating to COVID-19.
  • Voyage Fares must be paid in full as a precondition to boarding the vessel. Outstanding Voyage Fare balances (including the final 50% ) are due and payable 120 days prior to the sail date. An outstanding Balance Order will be added to your account soon after your deposit is received. To pay outstanding balances:
    1. Login to your account on
    2. Select “My Orders / Payments” in the left hand navigation.
    3. Review your Voyage balance order in the list and select the “Pay” button to proceed with submitting payment.
  • Staterooms carrying unpaid balances with less than 120 days prior to the sail date can no longer be guaranteed and may be released for re-booking to other Guests. All payments received, including deposits, are non-refundable.
  • Pricing is in U.S. Dollars unless otherwise indicated.
  • Pricing and availability is not guaranteed until deposit payment is made.
  • Pricing is “By the Cabin” with all staterooms booked on a first-come-first-serve basis. To book the entire yacht with less than maximum occupancy, Contact Us for details on private yachts at any of our destinations.
  • Prices, terms, dates, and destinations are subject to change without notice.
  • For additional terms, review your Voyage Contract at