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Swimming with Humpbacks in the Cook Islands

An incredible opportunity to swim with humpback whales and other relaxed marine life in the crystal waters of Aitutaki, in the Cook Islands. Travel to the tranquil Aitutaki, with NWS' expert guides for one of the natural world's most unforgettable wildlife encounters. Humpback whales are by nature one of the most gentle and non-aggressive marine animals, ranging from 12 to 16 metres (39 to 52 feet) in length. Spend eight days on and around Aitutaki, exploring this tropical paradise, snorkelling off uninhabited islands abundant with sea life and relaxing on a private island offering barefoot luxury.

Between July and October the waters around the Cook Islands in the South Pacific vibrate with the melodies of the humpback whale. This is where they gather to sing and socialise, to mate and give birth. Their song can be clearly heard both above and below the water.

What to expect from Swimming with Humpbacks in the Cook Islands

Why book this trip

  • Swim beside schools of eagle rays, white tip reef sharks, huge wrasse and more.
  • Spend time with humpback whales including juveniles and mothers with calves.
  • Enjoy water sports such as paddleboarding or kayaking, and even exploring the lagoon via a Polynesian Outrigger Canoe.
  • Relax at the outstanding Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort in your own Beachfront Bungalow.
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What to expect

Day 1 - Arrive in Aitutaki

On arrival in Aitutaki you will be met at the airport and transferred to your water facing villa at Aitutaki Private Island Resort. Tonight the group will meet for dinner and learn about the days ahead.

Days 2 - 7 - Swimming with Whales

After a good breakfast each morning, we will head to the marina, where our spacious, covered and safety-equipped private boat will take you out to find humpback whales. Visibility is usually excellent, often over 50m. Our mornings with the whales normally last for around 4 hours, from 8am-12pm. In the afternoon you have the opportunity to enjoy the many other activities on offer such as snorkelling and exploring the vibrant coral reefs, making use of complimentary water sport equipment to go paddleboarding or kayaking, or even exploring the lagoon via a Polynesian Outrigger Canoe. On the last full day, after our whale trip we will take an extraordinary trip in a small-covered speedboat around the famous Aitutaki lagoon, where we snorkel off the uninhabited islands, float on rafts while drinking fresh coconut and end the day with a delicious sunset dinner on an uninhabited island.

Day 8 - Depart Aitutaki

You will be dropped off at the airport for your onward international flights home.

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Dates and Prices for australia
DatePassengersTrip LengthTrip StylePrices from
Sep 01 - Sep 08 20248 DaysSmall Group7730
Sep 08 - Sep 15 20248 DaysSmall Group7730
Sep 15 - Sep 24 20248 DaysSmall Group7730

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