An exerpt from the Travels with Lonely Planet syndicated article that appeared in the Houston Chronicle, Salt Lake Tribune, Arizona Star and several other US newspapers throughout the month of October 2006.
Diving with whales is one of the most extraordinary experiences the planet has to offer; take this activity to a little-known French Polynesian isle, and it becomes an absolutely incomparable adventure.
Rurutu, the gem of the Austral archipelago, is dotted with limestone caves and is steeped in culture and honest smiles. Even though it's just a short 11/2-hour flight south from Tahiti's Faa'a International Airport, it is completely off the tourist radar. While the weather in Rurutu is often warmer from November to March, the best time to visit is between July and October, when migrating humpbacks come close to shore to reproduce before heading back to icy Antarctic waters. . .
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