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Q: Why travel with Life Aquatic Expeditions?

A: Owners, Dr. Lei Lani Stelle and Shane Keena, MFA, will personally lead this expedition to Aitutaki in the Cook Islands of the South Pacific, and have extensive experience in this region. Lei Lani has studied marine mammals for over 30 years, including research focused on humpback whales.  Shane is an award-winning wildlife photographer and professional artist, who has photographed marine life throughout the Pacific from New Zealand to Alaska.

Both have traveled to the South Pacific multiple times for the unique opportunity to swim with humpback whales.  Lei Lani will provide insight into the natural history, scientific research, and conservation efforts while Shane will document your thrilling encounters and share photo tips. 

Q: Is this trip right for me? 

A: Snorkeling with humpback whales is an incredible and unique experience. It does require comfort in the water; you don't need to be a competitive swimmer but do need to be able to enter the water from the boat and get back on board via the ladder.  Experience snorkeling is important but can be gained from practice in a pool.

Only a minimum levels of physical fitness is required but you should consider your comfort in small boats and susceptibility to seasickness.

Keep in mind that we will be in remote areas, far from US medical facilities.

 - Contact Life Aquatic Expeditions Team with specific questions

Q: Can I travel alone?

A: YES, but the cost is based on shared occupancy.  If you are willing to share a room with another participant (same gender) then you will pay the listed price, but if you want a private room there is a single supplement.

Q: Are there age limits? 

A: There are no set minimum or maximum ages, just consult us if you are concerned. Families are welcome on this expedition.

Q: Can special diets be accommodated? 

A: This expedition is NOT all inclusive.  Each room has kitchen facilities so you can buy groceries and/or bring specialty foods if needed.  Local restaurants cater to tourists so there are a variety of options including vegetarian/vegan items on most menus.

Q: What are the accommodations? 

A: We will stay at a beautiful Beachfront resort on Aitutaki.  Rooms are poolside (beachfront are available for an additional cost) with kitchen, King size bed (or 2 singles), and ensuite bathroom.


Q: What do I need? 

A: A valid passport valid for 6 months after return date.  No visa required for US travelers staying less than 90 days; if traveling on another passport be sure to check requirements. 

A detailed packing list will be provided. 

Q: Payment policy? 

A: Payments can be made by check, bank transfer (e.g. Zelle), or credit card (+3% processing fee). 

  • A deposit of $500 is required to reserve your space

  • payment plans are available

Cancellations made more than 90 days before departure are refundable minus 10%; within 90 days all payments are only refunded (at 90%) if we can fill your spot.

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