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Bora Bora: Whale Watching Tour with Snorkeling

1. Bora Bora: Whale Watching Tour with Snorkeling

Enjoy a whale watching tour from Bora Bora from July to November when the whales migrate from Antarctica to warmer waters to give birth. Try to spot humpback whales, orcas, dolphins, and rorqual whales. Be picked up directly from your hotel dock and board the boat. Locate and listen to the whales with the onboard hydrophone. Once you see a whale, admire how it plays in the water. Have more of a chance of seeing newborns as this is where they give birth. Learn about the habitat and behaviors of these mysterious creatures. Travel with a company that is registered and approved as a whale watching tour operator with the Directorate of the Environment agency.

Bora Bora: Private Underwater Scooter Experience

2. Bora Bora: Private Underwater Scooter Experience

Have a unique diving experience and see the beautiful marine life on a 30-minute dive in the Bora Bora Lagoon. Admire fish, coral, and the sandy seabed. Dive at one of the prime spots of the lagoon without any experience as this activity is accessible to non-swimmers. Get a briefing from your expert instructor and throughout the activity, float with a surface buoy at a depth of 10 meters. Choose to share your underwater scooters with another person and be able to laugh and talk freely inside the cockpit.

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

3. 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 look at the lagoon from spectacular lookouts, such as 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. 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. The approach here is 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

Mo'orea: Guided ATV Nature Tour

4. Mo'orea: Guided ATV Nature Tour

On this adventurous ATV excursion, discover the beautiful island of Mo'orea and learn its legends from your guide. Jump on your vehicle and start out on the roads, crossing rivers and fruit plantations. Pass the agricultural high school and sprawling pineapple fields. Depending on what’s open, you may be offered a free tasting of local products.  Then, head towards the Belvedere and enjoy the amazing views of the Cook's and Opunohu Bays. Head to the Rotui juice factory and distillery, where you can enjoy a tasting (depending on the day).  If you’ve selected the 3.5-hour option, at this point you’ll discover one of the most beautiful viewpoints of the island, the “Magic Mountain”. Finally, take the tracks across the fields to return to Opunohu Bay. Admire the magnificent panoramic views of the Bay and north coast before returning to your meeting point for some rest and a complimentary drink.

Bora Bora: Combo Sunset Cruise & Romantic Dinner

5. Bora Bora: Combo Sunset Cruise & Romantic Dinner

Start a wonderful evening with your loved one and treat yourself to the delight of a two hour romantic sunset cruise followed by a delicious dinner at the renowned St. James Restaurant. Start the evening aboard a traditional Polynesian outrigger canoe, gliding smoothly along Bora Bora coral reefs watching the sun set 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 the refined St. James Restaurant, where your private table has been booked. The restaurant is located in Vaitape, overlooking the lagoon and provides great views and an intimate yet relaxed ambience. 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 Adventure Day: 4X4 and Jet Ski with Lunch

6. Bora Bora Adventure Day: 4X4 and Jet Ski with Lunch

Begin your day of adventure on Bora Bora with pickup at your hotel or the cruise port; alternatively, meet your guide and group at Vaitape Pier. Climb into an open-sided 4x4 vehicle for a trip around the volcanic island on rugged mountain roads. Complete the entire 20 mile (32km) circumference of the island, listening to your guide's commentary on the way. Make stops at several lookout points, including Amanahune Bay, Faanui Canon, and East Matira. Snap photos of sweeping views and check out some rock formations made by Bora Bora's ancient caldera.  Stop at a local plantation to see tie-dye sarongs and coconut oil being produced, you'll also have the chance to sample some tropical fruits before heading to Bloody Mary's for lunch. This popular island hangout serves local delicacies as well as sandwiches, burgers, and seafood.  After lunch, get views of the island by sea on a two-hour jet ski tour. Explore the sparkling bays and get views of Mt. Otemanu, stopping on the way for a coconut husking demo and a chance to go swimming. End your tour with drop-off back at your hotel or the cruise port.

Bora Bora: Island Tour and Mountains Getaway by Quad Bike

7. 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.

Private Bora Bora Lagoon Snorkel Cruise with BBQ Picnic

8. Private Bora Bora Lagoon Snorkel Cruise with BBQ Picnic

After pick-up at your hotel or at the Vaitape pier, board your private boat for your exclusive 5-hour snorkel cruise, which permits a customized experience with your own captain who will show you the best of the island’s incredible lagoons and coral reefs. Set off around the island to prime spots, based on your interests and the conditions that day. With the water at knee height and the white sand under your feet, you will probably have the chance to walk among stingrays and blacktip 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). Your guide will give you all the knowledge and recommendations you need to know for an optimal encounter with rays and sharks made with respect for animal life. The approach Is 100% focused on the respect of marine life and ensures you a magical experience while preserving the aquatic fauna and flora (no feeding of the sharks, rays and the protection of coral) Despite the fact that marine life is widely represented, it is not guaranteed to spot an animal presence when going out. If this is the case, the excursion will not be reimbursed. You will also snorkel around colorful coral gardens teeming with tropical fish. Your guide can help you to identify the marine life that you see as you explore. If you are new to snorkeling or nervous in the ocean, your guide will be happy to assist you so that you feel at ease in the water. Follow the itinerary above and stop for lunch at a pristine beach with a view of Bora Bora’s majestic Mt Otemanu and sparkling blue lagoon. While your captain prepares a delicious Polynesian-style barbecue picnic, you can relax on the white-sand beach and cool off in the calm, clear waters.  When lunch is ready, eat at a shaded table on the beach, choosing from dishes such as grilled fish, chicken or beef, served with salad, fruit and other sides. Afterwards, enjoy more time to snorkel, swim or sunbathe at your leisure. At the end of your 5-hour cruise, your guide returns you to your Bora Bora hotel to wrap up a memorable private tour in paradise.

Bora Bora Jet Ski Tour

9. 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: Quintrex 13' Boat Rental

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Leeward Islands

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 89 reviews

Ta'iva (not sure if the spelling is correct) was a phenomenal host! I can't say enough about his hospitality, knowledge of the island, and willingness to accommodate our wishes. I had forgotten my GoPro and he took us back to the resort to pick it up, and then we proceeded to a feeding station near the resort where I was able to film a Manta Ray. I will refer your company and Ta'iva to all my friends. Warm Regards, Hans Gevelhoff

My husband and I had an amazing time! Even with the weather being less than ideal (raining), our guide made sure we had a great time! We swam with sharks, sting rays, and lots of other fish at the coral gardens. One of the highlights of our trip!

We had a wonderful guide, and it was a really fun day. He was able to take us to areas the bigger boats couldn't go to. Very personalized experience for 4 people. I would definitely do it again.

One of the best times of my life. Instructor and boat captain was some cool people, made it a very fun and smooth experience. Definitely recommend it!

Jean and Ally were spectacular. This jet ski 2 hour tour was amazing.