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Leeward Islands Marine life

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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 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 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: Jet Ski, Lunch & Shark/ Ray Safari

4. 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

5. 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

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

7. 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.

Bora Bora: Half Day Catamaran Sailing & Snorkelling

8. Bora Bora: Half Day Catamaran Sailing & Snorkelling

Welcome onboard Vitamin Sea former racing catamaran for the ultimate sailing experience. Be welcomed by a dedicated and knowledgeable crew and be taken to your mats where you can lay down, relax, and enjoy the ride. The crew will hoist the sails, turn off the engine, and let the magic of sailing begin. Hear about the history and culture of Bora Bora. Take beautiful photos to capture the experience forever. Sail close to Otemanu mountain, the sandbanks, and then the barrier reef. Encounter marine life and learn about corals while snorkeling at our unique coral garden, where our captain will guide you. Go to the most beautiful shallow water bay called 'Paradise Bay' where you will jump in the crystal clear water to relax and enjoy. Enjoy drinks and snacks on a unique Floating Bar, as lounge music plays on the stereo. Celebrate and live a unique experience.

Private Bora Bora Lagoon Snorkel Cruise with BBQ Picnic

9. 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: 3.5-Hour Lagoon Boat Tour with Snorkeling

10. Bora Bora: 3.5-Hour Lagoon Boat Tour with Snorkeling

Begin your Bora Bora lagoon boat tour with a pickup from the pontoon of your hotel. This small-group excursion takes you for a ride on a fast and comfortable boat, equipped with sunroofs to enjoy the sun while being protected, cruising from one snorkeling spot to another.  During this boat tour and snorkeling experience, discover pristine marine areas of the lagoon with an expert and passionate team of guides. Depending on the weather and wildlife behavior on the day, you will see between three to four spots. Head to the manta rays feeding ground, cruise and jump in two renowned local coral gardens, and if the conditions allow, spend time looking for the eagle rays. Your guide will jump in the water with you to point out the different species and help out where required for people who are not comfortable swimmers.

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What people are saying about Leeward Islands

Amazing and un-nerving altogether!! Yes you will swim side by side with sharks and the reef tour showed us 100's of different fish species in so many different colour combinations. Not to mention the ocean itself, I have never seen so many different shades of turquoise and blue.... incredible!! Of course the final spot with a family of 5 Stingrays swimming in a steady formation around their territory.... awesome! Our guides were awesome, including the ukulele playing while we were exploring.... more than 5 out of 5!!!

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!

Top, the very good tour director. I recommend this agency to everyone. Serious, punctual, particularly good. Bora bora wonderful unique experience.

Highly recommend! Great boat and the captain/guide, Glen, was fun, knowledgeable and spoke excellent English. A highlight of our trip!

OMG what a great time! Ruma and NaNa were the best!