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Things to do in Bora Bora

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Bora Bora: Shark and Snorkeling Safari

1. Bora Bora: Shark and Snorkeling Safari

Start your two and a half-hour Bora Bora snorkeling tour in the afternoon, boarding a motorboat that will take you across the lagoon. Make multiple snorkeling stops along the way for close-up looks at sharks, rays and other marine life. Stop near the barrier reef and discover a coral garden teeming with nearly 700 species of tropical fish. Black-tip reef sharks are a highlight of Bora Bora. Continue your excursion where you'll have the chance to spot sea turtles, dolphins, whales, leopard rays, and manta rays, depending on the weather conditions and time of year

Bora Bora: Lagoon Tour and Snorkeling Experience

2. Bora Bora: Lagoon Tour and Snorkeling Experience

Join a guided snorkeling tour of the Bora Bora lagoon to discover pristine turquoise waters teeming with tropical sea life. Stop at 3 separate locations, each one frequented by different species. Meet your guide at your selected pickup location and hop aboard a traditional motorized outrigger. Your first stop takes you to a spot where you'll be able to swim with stingrays. These elegant and majestic creatures are very curious and friendly, allowing you to get up close to them. From here, you'll move on to your second snorkeling location for the day, one of the best-preserved coral gardens in the lagoon. Explore this underwater paradise and admire the colorful tropical fish before heading to your third and final snorkeling spot. Last but by no means least, your final encounter for the day is with blacktip and lemon sharks. For a truly memorable experience, hop into the lagoon and swim with these impressive animals. Both shark species are regarded as shy and docile and viewed as everyday companions in French Polynesia. Your guide will join you in the water to ensure that you are comfortable. And if you prefer, you can also choose to stay onboard and take in this moment from the boat. Before heading back to your pickup location, stop at a sandbank to enjoy some refreshments. Savor handmade coconut bread served alongside fresh seasonal fruit while admiring views of Mount Otemanu. Eat your snacks aboard the outrigger or step into the warm, shallow waters one last time. 

Bora Bora Jet Ski Tour

3. Bora Bora Jet Ski Tour

Start your Jet Ski tour of Bora Bora with pickup from your hotel or the Vaitape pier. Then settle onto your Jet Ski, snap on a life jacket and listen as your guide provides a safety briefing before speeding away on your water adventure. Zoom across the crystal-clear lagoon past Bora Bora’s postcard-perfect water bungalows. Get a look at yachts and sailboats, and cruise by the emerald-draped hillsides of Mt Otemanu, the island’s tallest peak at 2,385 feet (727 meters) high.  Your guide stops at two locations where you can jump into the turquoise water for a refreshing swim and soak up the breathtaking tropical scenery. Hear about French Polynesian culture as your knowledgeable guide points out island landmarks and treats you to a coconut husking demonstration. You can select whether you want to ride solo or double. All of the Jet Skis are well-maintained to ensure a safe and thrilling ride. Your 2-hour expedition concludes with a return to your selected hotel or the pier.

Bora Bora by Land and Sea: 4WD Safari and Snorkel

4. Bora Bora by Land and Sea: 4WD Safari and Snorkel

Benefit from pickup at your hotel, or Vaitape pier, and then travel along the mountain roads of Bora Bora by open-sided 4WD vehicle to get panoramic views. Follow a 20-mile circuit around the island, and stop to admire the lagoon at the viewpoints Matira Point, the Faanui Cannon, and Amanahune Bay. Learn about the military relics left by US troops after World War II. Marvel at the volcanic rock formations from the ancient caldera, and watch local artisans making coconut oil and tie-dye sarongs at a crafts workshop. Sample tropical fruits at a plantation, and enjoy a delicious lunch at the iconic Bloody Mary’s restaurant with a quirky interior of tiki torches and palm-trunk seats from Monday to Saturday. When the restaurant is closed, the lunch will take place et the Lucky House Fare Manuia. Spend the afternoon on a boat cruise of the lagoon and search for stunning stingrays and blacktip sharks. Then, snorkel around the coral gardens and marvel at the colors of the tropical fish.  Enjoy a tour focused on respect for marine life, ensuring a great experience whilst protecting the flora and fauna (no feeding of sharks, and protecting the coral). Marine life is well represented, but spotting an animal presence cannot be guaranteed

Bora Bora: Island Tour and Mountains Getaway by Quad Bike

5. Bora Bora: Island Tour and Mountains Getaway by Quad Bike

After a quick initiation on how to drive your quad, cross Vaitape, the city center of Bora Bora, that leads you directly onto the plateau of Amanahune for a superb view of the fifty shades of blue of the beautiful lagoon. You will then head to the legendary Matira Beach and the famous restaurant Bloody Mary's. After several passages on the main road, take a small off-road path that will lead you to the Rock of Anau with a magnificent view of the hotels located on the islets and also a surprising view of the mythical Mount Otemanu. Next, visit another superb viewing point where you’ll discover the first vestiges of the Second World War. Then, drive to a village for a fun stop to see how a pareo is made. The wraparound skirt is not only considered a symbol of Polynesian culture in terms of clothing, but also of artistic expertise. Continue on to a tasting of exotic fruits and coconut water where your guide will present a “coco show” demonstration and lesson on the coconut. You’ll also enjoy a 5-minute stop at the entrance of the Faanui Valley, another incredible viewing point.  To end our tour, take in the mythical place considered to be one of the most beautiful points of the island, the Faanui Canon lookout. Contemplate the lagoon and Faanui Bay with an incomparable panorama making for an unforgettable memory of your time on Bora Bora.

Bora Bora: Jet Ski, Lunch & Shark/ Ray Safari

6. Bora Bora: Jet Ski, Lunch & Shark/ Ray Safari

Start your full-day tour of Bora Bora’s lagoons and bays with a 2-hour Jet Ski Tour led by a professional guide. After a morning pick-up from your hotel or the Vaitape pier, receive a safety briefing, strap on a life jacket, then hop aboard your single or double jet ski and take off. Follow your guide to Bora Bora’s scenic bays past motus and lush mountainsides with awesome views of 2,385 foot (727 meter) Mount Otemanu from the water. Learn about island life from your guide, who will point out natural and cultural landmarks and make stops for swimming and a coconut husking demonstration. Satisfy your appetite with lunch at Bloody Mary’s, an iconic restaurant popular for its food and atmosphere. Relax under the thatched roof amid a kitschy interior of tiki torches and palm-trunk seats while feasting on a menu of seafood, burgers, sandwiches and local specials. Back on the water for your 2.5-hour shark and stingray safari, ride a powerboat to a shallow lagoon frequented by black-tip reef sharks. You will also be able to immerse yourself and swim with the tropical fish. Go in search of the different species of rays present in the lagoon of Bora Bora (Mantas, eagle rays, stingrays). The approach here is focused on the well-being of the marine life (there is no feeding of sharks and rays, and the coral is protected)

Bora Bora: Quintrex 13' Boat Rental

7. Bora Bora: Quintrex 13' Boat Rental

Rent a boat and travel to a motu, or reef iselt, and spend a relaxing day visiting some of the most beautiful sights in Bora Bora at your own pace. Visit the coral garden behind the Sofitel Private Island, Matira Beach, sand banks, and observe rays and sharks directly from the boat. From the lagoon, take in one of the best views of Otemanu Mountain. Your host will provide you with a short briefing on how to navigate your boat and will give you the best tips for possible itineraries, including a detailed map to take aboard.

Bora Bora Luxury Tour and Beach Picnic

8. Bora Bora Luxury Tour and Beach Picnic

Kiss your worries goodbye on a relaxing small group tour of the lagoon and barrier reef of Bora Bora. Snorkel with the amazing sea life of the South Pacific Ocean following pickup from selected hotels or Vaitape pier and a 26-mile boat cruise around the island. Search for blacktip reef sharks and stingrays in shallow water, with an approach 100 % focused toward the respect of marine life. You can stay on board the boat to watch them in comfort. Wade into the water for a close-up encounter with the extraordinary fish before going to a vibrant coral garden teeming with colorful fish. Get helpful tips on how to snorkel in comfort and safety. Speed to a motu with Mt. Otemanu as your backdrop and watch your guide prepare a Polynesian-style barbecue picnic. Swim or snorkel in the turquoise waters, and then enjoy a savory picnic of grilled fish, chicken, and beef, with salads and other dishes served at a shaded table. Get explanations on how to cook these local favorites before drop-off at your hotel or the pier.

Bora Bora: Combo Sunset Cruise & Romantic Dinner

9. Bora Bora: Combo Sunset Cruise & Romantic Dinner

Start a wonderful evening with your loved one and treat yourself to a romantic sunset cruise followed by a delicious dinner at a waterside Restaurant. Start the evening aboard a traditional Polynesian outrigger canoe, gliding smoothly along Bora Bora coral reefs and watching the sunset over the island's lagoon. On the sunset cruise, you could be joined by a maximum of five other couples aboard the Polynesian outrigger canoe. After sunset, you will be taken to a private table at the St. James Restaurant or Yacht Club Bora Bora depending on availability. The restaurants are located in Vaitape, overlooking the lagoon, and provide great views and an intimate yet relaxed ambiance. If you are staying at a hotel on Bora Bora's main island, your return transfer to your hotel has been pre-arranged. If you are staying at a resort that is not located on the main island, you must organize this with your hotel.

Bora Bora: Full-Day Tour with Islet Lunch and Lagoon Swim

10. Bora Bora: Full-Day Tour with Islet Lunch and Lagoon Swim

Discover the rich culture and natural setting of Bora Bora, the tropical jewel of French Polynesia. Go snorkeling and swim among exotic fish and sea life. Listen to live, local music and savor the tastes of regional food for lunch. Enjoy an authentic Polynesian experience on this full-day tour. Start your day by snorkeling to meet the charmingly curious and playful stingrays in warm shallow water on the lagoon, followed by a stop through one of the most preserved coral gardens of the island. On site, undergo a swim like no other, surrounded by hundreds of tropical and colorful fishes fluttering around you. Finally, to top it all off, experience the long-awaited moment of a high emotion immersion with the powerful and graceful sharks, unless you prefer to watch their lively dance from the boat. Next, cruise to a beautiful lagoon lulled by the sound of a Polynesian ukulele or pahu (the traditional drum), accompanied by the natural joy of life shared by the local people. Keep your camera close to capture these everlasting spectacular memories. After enjoying the music, slowly cruise to a motu (local word for islet) and delight in a delicious buffet composed of local dishes. At tables near the crystal-clear waters of the lagoon, enjoy rice salad, grilled fish and meat, fruit, and more, while admiring Mount Otemanu and the Pacific Ocean. Finally, watch different performances known as the Coconut Show, Pareo Show, or Palm Leaf Plate Workshop, to get to know local traditions. After the entertaining and instructive activities, take time to swim around, relax on a sun chair, or walk around before heading back to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Bora Bora

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 172 reviews

We had a great time seeing the Bora Bora main island on a quad bike. We did the complete island, with good info about the island and its surroundings. We also saw the layout of the other islands from 3 different view points, and experienced the off roads. Me and my husband didn’t feel comfortable driving on the off roads, they took over the driving, gave me a chance to enjoy a fun ride!! This is one of best ways to see Bora Bora!

Super belle journée en bonne compagnie, autant en jeep qu'en jet ski, les gens sont formidables ont fait un travail exceptionnel et font attention à leur clientèle. Nous avons été très choyés de vous rencontrer. Merci encore

We had an amazing time! It was our last day in Bora Bora and it was a great way to say goodbye to such a beautiful place. Our guide, Coco, was wonderful. Highly recommend this tour. You won’t be disappointed!

Such a great time with our guide! Showed us all the scenery and history! The trails are super fun to ride on as well! Definitely worth trying! Thank you!

Our guides were very friendly. We enjoyed it very much.