Local boy with shark
Bora Bora Motu

Bora Bora Motu

Motu Mahana Private Beach

Motu Mahana Private Beach

Jeep Tour

Jeep Tour

Raiatea Isle

Raiatea Isle

Shark Boat

Shark Boat

Wading Waiter with Guests

Wading Waiter with Guests


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South Pacific Destinations - The Australs, Rurutu

Rurutu, is located 355 miles south of Tahiti and is the northernmost island of the Austral chain, offering a kaleidoscope of landscapes, from sweeping down-white beaches to fragrant pineapple plantations and steep cliffs chiselled with hidden caves.

Humpback Whale

Rurutu's mountain peak is the highest in the Australs' reaching an altitude of 1270 feet. Its geological structure is quite unique in Polynesia as the island has just a small lagoon and is surrounded by steep cliffs incorporating a number of caves with stalactites and stalagmites which have been created by water drops over millions of years. For this reason, it is sometimes known as the "Troglodyte island". The caves constitute one of the major points of interest on the island.

During the height of the Austral summer (July to October), humpback whales congregate in the waters off Rurutu for pregnant females to give birth, feed their young and let them gain enough weight and strength for the long journey home to their feeding grounds. Humpbacks inhabit all the oceans of the world. However, during this time they leave their cold, rich feeding ground for warm tropical waters, fasting until they return to the cold again around October/November. Rurutu's shallow waters are free of deep-sea predators, and in the event of a storm there are calm lagoons on both sides.

Come eye to eye with a curious humpback off the bow of a Zodiac® (weather permitting), or dive beneath the surface to experience the graceful antics and haunting songs of these massive creatures up-close on a guided SCUBA excursion. This is a one-time sailing not to be missed.