The Island of Whales
Where is Rurutu located?
Situated over 300 miles from Tahiti, you’ll take a 90min flight to get to Rurutu. Rurutu is part of the Austral Islands — which are the southernmost group of islands and as such, have a slightly cooler climate.
Introduction to Rurutu
The cliffs and caves of Rurutu are legendary. Here you’ll find an untouched and mysterious land where the white sand clashes with the intense blue of the lagoon.
Rurutu is well off the beaten path, offering a truly unique experience. The island is still home to many archeaological remnants, bearing witness to a well organized pre-European community of rich and cultural religious practices. Today, Rurutu is most famous for the humpback whales who make the yearly migration to mate or give birth in these warm waters during the months of August-October.
Rurutu is one of few places in the world where you can swim with humpback whales.
What to do in Rurutu
ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS
The number one activity here is snorkeling with the whales. It is a must do and you’ll quickly understand why photographers and filmmakers from all over the world visit Rurutu. But while you’re here, be sure to take an island tour and discover ancient archaeological sites, and burial grounds. Of course, the most important aspect of Rurutu is her people! By interacting with the locals, you’ will discover a kind & welcoming people. Visit the mamas who spend their days weaving pe’ue (mats) and hats. They are also experts in the making of tifaifai (quilts).