In the Australs of Tahiti, the snorkeling at Rurutu Island is known as a different kind of experience. Most of the snorkelers coming to the Rurutu Island area are looking for an upclose experience with the southern humpback whales which come to mate and birth in the waters north-northeast of Rurutu from August to November. There are several boat trip operators to help Rurutu Island snorkelers get near the 30 to 45 foot humpback whales that are known to be very curious and will swim right up along side of you.
To reach Rurutu Island snorkeling by air, fly into the Rurutu Airport from Fa’a'a International Airport (PPT) in Papeete on the island of Tahiti. It’s about a ninety minute plane flight. The main international airlines serving Fa’a’a Airport are Air Tahiti Nui (Los Angeles), Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) and Air France. To continue on to one of the many islands within French Polynesia, the inter-island airline is Air Tahiti. Due to unusual flight times, you might appreciate the day room rentals at the Intercontinental Tahiti.
Overall, Rurutu is the 6th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 13 snorkeling dives in French Polynesia.