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Indian Ocean Reunion Patrick Dykstra Swimming With Humpbacks

Swimming with Humpbacks

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An incredible opportunity to swim with humpback whales and other relaxed marine life in the crystal waters of Aitutaki, in the Cook Islands, with NWS' expert guides for one of the natural world's most unforgettable wildlife encounters. 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.

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  • 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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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.

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Days 2 - 6 - Swimming with Whales

After breakfast from 8am-12pm, head to the marina where our spacious, covered and safety-equipped private boat will take you out to find humpback whales. In the afternoon, enjoy snorkelling, exploring the vibrant coral reefs, paddleboarding or kayaking.

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Day 7 - Swimming with Whales

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 and float on rafts while drinking fresh coconut. End the day with a sunset dinner on an uninhabited island.

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Day 8 - Depart Aitutaki

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

Indian Ocean Reunion Patrick Dykstra Swimming With Humpbacks

Visibility is usually excellent, often over 50m. 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. 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.

Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island

Situated on its own private island, Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort offers barefoot luxury with views across the translucent turquoise waters of the O’otu (Full Moon) Channel down to Aitutaki Lagoon and the main island of Aitutaki with its rustling palm trees. The island is well geared for tropical relaxation; swing in your hammock above the champagne sands and drift off to the sound of the lagoon lapping on the shore and the gentle breeze rustling through the coconut palms. Alternatively if you are feeling energetic this is the ideal place for watersports.

Your Beachfront Bungalow offers a distinctive island experience and is set on its own private beach with complimentary stand-up paddle boards, kayaks, and bicycles to use at your leisure, at the resort, on the lagoon or around the main island. Equipped with glorious Polynesian-style outdoor shower, king size bed, in-room Wi-Fi access (charge applies), satellite flat screen TV, refrigerator, coffee/tea making facilities, hairdryer and bathrobes, your Beachfront Bungalow comes complete with your own private balcony with sunloungers.

Dates & Prices australia

Dates and Prices for australia
DatePassengersTrip LengthTrip StylePrices from
01 - 08 Sep 202448 DaysSmall Group6950
08 - 15 Sep 202448 DaysSmall Group6950
15 - 24 Sep 202448 DaysSmall Group6950
01 - 08 Sep 202548 DaysSmall Group7750
08 - 15 Sep 202548 DaysSmall Group7750
15 - 22 Sep 202548 DaysSmall Group7750

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