Dolphin Watching Expedition

  • Port

    Moorea, French Polynesia

  • Activity Level


  • Excursion Type

    Local Sightseeing, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible


  • Starting At


  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 3 Hours

  • Meals Included


Join marine biologist Dr Michael Poole or his assistant on this ecotourism and research project on wild, free-ranging dolphins. Dr Poole has been studying dolphins in French Polynesia since 1987. Spinner dolphins, rough-tooth dolphins and pilot whales are seen around Moorea, with spinner dolphins regularly coming inside the reef.

With a little luck, as you set out by boat, you will see schools of acrobatic spinner dolphins while an excellent commentary provides details on the remarkable life and society of these wonderful mammals. Learn about the geology of French Polynesia while viewing the dramatic beauty of Moorea from the water. Dolphins are found on 95% of the tours, but the thoroughness of the explanations and the sheer magnificence of Moorea's coastline will ensure a rewarding time for all, even on those few occasions when no dolphins are found.

Between July and the beginning of November, there is the additional chance of viewing the humpback whales that maintain a seasonal presence to mate and calf here.

The tour operator follows international ecotourism guidelines and is an active contributor to the conservation of French Polynesia's dolphins and whales. Participation in this tour will help to further this goal.


Time permitting, you can enjoy an optional swim stop at the end of the tour. This requires a water entry directly from the boat and is not a swim with the dolphins. Wear your swimsuit under your clothing; bring a towel, water, sunscreen and a hat. Expensive jewelry or clothing should not be worn on tour. The boat is covered; wear sunscreen to protect yourself from the glare off the water. Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed. Coral is fragile and can hurt. Do not stand on coral; wear aqua shoes in order to avoid any wounds and discomfort. Camera equipment should be carried with care and appropriate waterproof protection. The boat may be wet; personal belongings should be stored with caution. The dolphins are wild and roam freely -- sightings are likely, but are not guaranteed. Dr Poole is occasionally unavailable; in this event, his assistant guides the tour in his place. Tour duration may vary.